During a home construction or renovation project, flooring is often overlooked during the planning and design process. Whether new flooring will be installed in the living room, kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom, not many people put enough effort into choosing the best material for this surface.
The main reason behind this is that many people do not consider the floor as an essential element to the interior design. And this is a big mistake to make. When the right type of flooring is installed, it will enhance the overall appearance of any room.
The Growing Popularity of Concrete Floors
The different types of flooring materials come with their own set of pros and cons. However, there is one material that offers several advantages that outweigh the disadvantages: concrete.
Well-designed, good- quality decorative concrete floors are one of the most popular flooring options today. This is because they offer the following remarkable benefits:
Concrete is one of the toughest, long-lasting building materials around. It has high compressive strengths and extremely resistant to wear and tear.
Decorative concrete floors do not get easily scratched. This is a big plus if you have pets and kids and if you love rearranging your furniture. Additionally, unlike other flooring options, concrete flooring does not warp and buckle.
Because concrete floors do not get damaged easily, they will give you years of excellent service.
2. Natural Appeal
Concrete can be designed in various ways. You won’t have any difficulties finding a floor that will complement or improve a room’s interior. You can choose from various finishes: polished, stamped patterns, acid etch, or an all-over stain.
When designed and installed properly, concrete flooring can effortlessly capture the look of more expensive flooring options including granite, marble, flagstone, travertine, and slate. As such, you will have a stylish, elegant floor at less cost.
3. Low Maintenance
To seal your concrete floor, acrylic or epoxy coating will be used. Because of this, your floor will be waterproofed. As such, you will never have to worry about unsightly stains soaking into your floor and destroying it.
In addition, you won’t have to spend hours cleaning or maintaining decorated concrete floor. To maintain and clean it, you simply sweep or mop it as you see fit. Another option would be to get a floor cleaning robot and let it do all the work for you.
4. Energy Saving Quality
One of the unique features of concrete is that it has a “thermal mass” property. This means it has the ability to absorb, store, and slowly release heat and coolness.
Because of this, your concrete floor can help rooms stay cool during the summer and warm in the winter. And this will reduce the load on your heating and air conditioning system. This, in turn, will help you save money on your energy bills.
5. Health and Sustainability Features
If you or a family member suffers from allergies, a concrete floor is your best option.
With this type of flooring material, you won’t have to worry about your floor collecting dust and dust mites, molds, and mildew – well-known allergens. As long as you sweep or mop your floor regularly, you won’t have to worry about these triggers aggravating your allergy symptoms.
In addition, if you are looking for eco-friendly, sustainable building materials, you won’t go wrong with choosing concrete. Concrete is manufactured using recycled or waste products and the whole production process is typically energy-efficient.
More importantly, with a decorative concrete floor, you won’t have to invest in additional materials such as wooden planks, tiles, or carpet. And this will prevent you from contributing to future landfill waste.
Finally, concrete floors are one of the most affordable flooring options.
Aside from reducing waste during the floor construction or installation, by enhancing the concrete slabs, you will also eliminate the cost of materials and labor needed to cover the floor. Applying your chosen finish on the floor isn’t expensive as well.
The low maintenance requirements combined with the low cost of installation thus makes concrete flooring one of the most affordable flooring solutions available today.
Since decorative concrete floors offer a number of exceptional benefits, they should be at the top of your list of flooring options. If you want to know how this type of floor will work in your home’s decor or you want to be sure you will have the right design that will fit in and enhance your interior, talk to your contractor and floor painting specialists.
AUTHOR BIO : Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.