When you initially think of concrete floors, you likely think”cold,””prison like” or”industrial” But with its ability to take on colour and a polished sheen, coupled with its many benefits, concrete may become your new favourite on future projects. Be prepared to have your head blown by how lovely, elegant and warm a concrete floor can look.
Christian Gladu Design
TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design
Here are merely a few of the advantages of concrete floors.
Sustainability. Concrete floors are a sustainable option if you use an existing concrete slab, avoiding the consumption of fresh substances. And they shouldn’t be relegated to basements or garages. When the cement is sanded down and sealed or polished, it appears perfectly elegant in a conventional kitchen or living area, particularly when layered with Oriental rugs and pretty furnishings and fixtures.
Kailey J. Flynn Photography
Easy care. The only maintenance required of concrete floors is weekly mopping with sterile water. I recommend installing a baseboard together with the concrete floor also, even though you feel you might not desire it. Only imagine what a filthy mop would leave behind from the crevice where the floor meets the wall when there were not any baseboard. Plus it will make your choice look finished and intentional.
David Vandervort Architects
Economical. The cost of concrete floors is very low, roughly $2 to $6 a square foot to polish a plain gray slab, giving it a polished sheen. The concrete’s tonal differences, subtle cracks and also aggregates carry on a stonelike, organic texture.
Daniel M Martin, Architect LLC
More elaborate finishes cost approximately $5 to $8 per square foot. Staining concrete floors has been a popular option for decades, because the result is determined by the homeowner’s creativity — distinct colors and application techniques combine to produce a finish that is unique to the house, with subtle variations across the floor.
Other decorative effects, like scoring in grid pattern lines, cost approximately $5 to $8 per square foot. All these are still very impressive. With a high-gloss seal, the floor can be changed to look like limestone. An acrylic sealer may be utilized in the interior application to give it that wet look.
Artisan Custom Homes
At the assortment of $15 to $15 and up per square foot, you can get highly decorative faux finishes, such as a marbled effect.
Longevity. A floor that has been polished and maintained could be expected to last a hundred decades or longer. In this house, let’s appreciate the way an obsolete and cracked concrete floor was not hidden under fresh tiles or carpet. Instead it’s celebrated for the history it holds, and was put on display together with other densely salvaged materials.
Versatility. For exterior applications, silicone-based penetrating sealers may be used to prevent the wet appearance. We can see here how concrete is a good flooring material for indoor-outdoor transitions.
Andrew Pogue Photography
Concrete also looks fine with real stone veneer walls. It accentuates their rustic appeal.
Blue Sky Building Company
Concrete may be an economical and tricky option instead of salvaged hardwood flooring. Stamping wet cement with plank-like wood-grain imprints makes a beautiful effect.