Next time you’re out for a day of shopping or a bit of urban exploring, look at your feet every once in a while. You might be surprised to see a smooth concrete floor beneath them!
Due perhaps to its unique ability to look sleek yet natural at the same time, concrete has become a much sought after flooring material for interior designers across the country. Variations of concrete flooring, be they stained, colored, stamped or otherwise captivatingly customized, can be found in chic retail stores, trendy restaurants and upscale offices on every corner. So now it’s the homeowners’ turn to tackle the concrete trend. There are many long term benefits to indoor concrete and there are so many places to put it! When it comes to residential properties, concrete is definitely not just for the garage anymore. Concrete floors can elevate kitchen, bathroom and basement floors from run-of-the-mill to uncommonly cool.
The process is simple. In many situations, all you have to do is apply thin layers of concrete to a base concrete slab. After that, you can add virtually any visual design of choice. Wait for it to dry, layer on a topcoat sealer and you’re done! Your floor will stay looking as good as new for years to come. Oftentimes the hardest part of installing indoor concrete is choosing a style since the design and color options at your disposal are nearly limitless! Now would be a good time to put away any mental images you may be having of a boring slate gray substrate and start picturing Arizona flagstone, rich Mexican tile and even hardwoods. They can all be recreated in concrete.
If you’re still having doubts, here’s a list of some of the benefits to having concrete floors in your home:
- Taking moisture and humidity into account is of paramount importance when it comes to basement flooring. Hardwoods in humid climates can warp and split. Carpeting absorbs moisture in the air which can lead to potential mold issues. Concrete is breathable and mold-resistant to withstand the dampness of a basement.
- With the protective sealer, the flooring surface is extremely easy to maintain. Just grab a cloth, a mop or a broom and it’ll be sparkly clean in no time!
- Concrete enhances architectural and aesthetic details. It looks great against brick walls or interior columns and makes an ideal surface on which to lay out a rug for texture and color.
- It's easy to change. If you’re thinking of selling your home, the next owner can install carpet or wood right on top.
- Last but not least, it’s a perfect hypoallergenic alternative to carpet for allergy-sufferers.