If you’re looking for a flooring alternative, concrete could be the answer. Some things to consider:
The Good Stuff
What makes concrete durable, also makes it easy to care for. A properly sealed floor will only need a sweep and damp mop to stay looking clean and new. Depending on the amount of traffic, it’s recommended concrete flooring be resealed or waxed every 3-9 months.
Dye can be added during the mixing process to develop a huge range of natural shades. Acid stains, concrete stains and paint, can turn a plain floor into an original work of art. The surface can be smoothed or textured with decorative patterns to suit a home’s style and décor.
Warm it Up
For new construction or pouring over an existing slab, there is the option to add radiant heat. Electrical cables or hot water tubing can be embedded for added comfort in colder climates.
The Not-So-Good Stuff
Hard, Cold and Uncomfortable
The strength of a concrete floor can be a liability. Anything dropped onto it will most likely be damaged or broken. It’s not an option recommended for areas frequented by children or the elderly due to greater risk of injury if fallen on. Concrete floors do not retain heat and are uncomfortable to stand on for long periods.
Moisture, Mildew & Cracking
A concrete floor that is not sealed correctly can capture moisture, leading to mould or mildew. In colder climates, the moisture will freeze, leading to expansion and cracking.
Concrete is an immobile, biodegradable product. However, making it is a high-energy process that produces carbon dioxide.
Using an existing concrete slab as flooring does not require the manufacture of new materials, where as pouring a new floor will have a negative environmental impact.