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The Best Areas Inside Your Home to Install Decorative Concrete Flooring

Aug 6

Whether you want to add a new look to your floors or update an old one, you can do so in many rooms of your home with concrete.

Here are some areas that are good candidates for decorative concrete floors. They are: kitchens, foyers, great rooms, and bathrooms.

If you already have a concrete floor in place, you may want to consider adding an overlay. Overlay concrete can make the floor look brand new.

Kitchens

Decorative concrete floors are practical and beautiful, and can withstand constant foot traffic and spills from food and drink. Since concrete has no grout joints, it can be stained to resemble marble or granite flooring, or be colored with integral pigments to match your kitchen.

The durability of concrete floors is unmatched by other types of flooring, so they are also a great option for kitchens. They can also resist water damage, making them a great choice for wet areas.

While installing concrete slab floors is a large, messy job, it's usually a solid option for kitchens. While it's possible to stain an existing concrete slab for decorative coloring, professional-quality results aren't easy to achieve.

A downside is that decorative concrete flooring is particularly cold without radiant floor heating, and a DIYer may need to hire several contractors for an ideal finish. You should also keep in mind that professional-quality results are nearly impossible to achieve without the help of a superb concrete professional.

Foyers

It's very easy to make an impression in the foyer of your home by installing a statement-making floor covering. Foyer displays often occupy the first wall of the space, so a floor covering that is durable, easy to clean, and beautiful should be your top priority. To create a truly impression-making foyer, consider flashy ornamental concrete.

Using this material on the floor of your foyer will save you money in the long run. Decorative concrete floors are a great way to raise the resale value of your home. And, as it's durable and requires low maintenance, you can enjoy the floor for decades.

The foyer is the first place guests enter and receive a lot of traffic. If you'd like to give this area an upgraded floor, consider installing acid stained concrete. Acid stained concrete is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and can be laid in a pattern of your choice. It can blend into the walls, or stand out as a mural. Either way, it sets the tone for your home.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms see the most foot traffic and are a prime candidate for decorative concrete flooring. While it's true that concrete flooring is very durable, it's not immune to water damage. For that reason, you may want to consider a non-porous material such as microcement flooring. This material also lends itself well to other interior design accessories, such as showers.

Because of its smooth surface and light color, concrete provides a spa-like atmosphere in the bathroom. It is also suitable for wet environments, which make it ideal for bathrooms. 

Great rooms

If you want a unique look, consider installing decorative concrete flooring in your living or rec area.

These floors are no longer boring, thanks to new technologies that make it possible to customize them. You can choose from different textures, patterns, colored concrete, and decorative saw cuts.

Decorative concrete is great for homes because of its versatility, and you can use it to blend with the other elements in a room. It easy to clean so you won't have to order your guests to take their shoes off or have a major cleanup project after they leave.

Basements

When it comes to installing decorative concrete flooring, the possibilities are almost endless for flooring in a finished basement. It's possible to replicate a stone or tile look with a patterned stamping overlay.

A local concrete company in our neck of the woods resurfaces most existing basement floors using a polymer-modified stampable overlay and coloring agents. To get more sophisticated looks, you can paint or stain the floor, which will give the concrete layers rich, translucent color layers. For a more dramatic effect, you can use three or four different stain colors to create a multi-dimensional look.

You can also install a tile floor in your basement if you have an insulated floor. Tile floors can also work well with radiant heat, which is an excellent feature for basement flooring. The cost of installing tile varies significantly, but can fit into most budgets. It's important to understand that tile installation is more expensive than most other basement flooring options. Nevertheless, the benefits outweigh the costs.

Pros and cons of concrete flooring

The main pros of concrete flooring are its strength and durability. If properly sealed and maintained, they can last a very long time. This will save you the expense and inconvenience of replacing your floors over time.

Another major pro of decorative concrete flooring is its affordability. When applied to a concrete slab, it is less expensive than most other types of flooring, and the cost of the basic design is comparable to lower-end ceramic tile, linoleum, or carpet. You can choose a mid-range or higher-end design for your floors, which will range from low-priced laminate to expensive slate or stone. However, you need to be aware that there are additional expenses when it comes to stairs and stairways.

Concrete does present a few drawbacks as wekk. First, concrete is very cold under foot. Thankfully, carpeting and area rugs can help reduce the cold effect of concrete flooring. Another negative aspect of concrete is that it is not heat-resistant. While the heat-reflecting properties of concrete are impressive, they are also a disadvantage.

Concrete additionally, requires regular sealing to keep it looking good. As a result, it is important to find a flooring company that specializes in concrete finishing. They can guide you through the process and help you select the right flooring.

Other areas

The industrial style of concrete flooring adds a modern aesthetic to any room. In addition to being easy to clean, concrete is also non-toxic. You can even use concrete in a commercial kitchen and bathroom.

Other areas in the home that are ideal for decorative concrete flooring are the patio and pool area. These areas are especially attractive due to the many benefits of this type of flooring, including water-resistant surfaces, easy cleanability, and reduced maintenance.

Decorative concrete is also a good choice for patios, since it can transform the look of a plain old concrete slab and add curb appeal. While concrete is great for outdoor spaces, it's not the best choice for your home's interiors.

Bottom line

In sum, decorative concrete is a great choice for indoor spaces. The smooth hard surface makes rooms look more polished and clean. It also has the added benefit of being hypoallergenic, which means it won't attract dust, pet dander, or mold.

Plus, decorative concrete can be stained to match existing interiors. Another great benefit of decorative concrete flooring is that it's cheap and durable.