Concrete floors indoors are certainly not just a residential phenomenon. You might even say that the concrete revolution started in the commercial world. Many commercial spaces begin with concrete floors but a dull gray surface isn’t always an ideal place to showcase merchandise or welcome customers. A dull gray surface is a perfect canvas on which you can design that ideal floor, however. Due perhaps to its ability to look organic and industrial at the same time, concrete has become a highly popular flooring material for commercial designs all over the country. Rather than lay new floors on top of the concrete at the base, business owners are choosing to resurface their concrete, having it polished, stained and stamped to perfection.
The resurfacing process is simple and certainly worthwhile. In many situations, all you have to do is apply thin layers of concrete to a base concrete slab. After that, you can add almost any design of choice. Once that is a dry, a layer of topcoat sealer finishes off the floor and keep it looking as good as new for many years to come. With this final protective layer, 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. The easy maintenance makes concrete a great option for restaurants and other more mess-prone businesses like pet stores.
Oftentimes the hardest part of installing indoor concrete is choosing a style. From overlays to chemical stains, the design and color options at your disposal are nearly limitless.
A basic slab design can enhance architectural details. When it comes to un-stamped concrete finishes, we feel that it’s all about contrast. Contrast plain, shiny concrete against intricate merchandise installations. Contrast bright blue acid stain against pure white or neutral colored walls. Smooth resurfaced floors looks great against red brick and natural wood features too and make an ideal surface on which to spread out a funky rug. With most acid stain treatments, the floor won’t look flat and dull like unfinished concrete. It will have built in highlights and lowlights and a variety of color saturations.
If you want something more intricate, a stamped design can recreate the look of tiles or stone floors… but in affordable concrete instead. A natural stone stamp is an excellent look for many commercial spaces that will never go out of style.