The face of concrete is changing with the
introduction of new ideas, products, and techniques used by those in the industry. Concrete is no longer
just a foundation for traditional wood, tile, or carpet floors. Concrete is for those who want to deviate
from the norm and have something different and unique. Concrete as the finished floor is gaining popularity
everywhere. Why is this?
Concrete's versatility offers endless
design opportunities. Every concrete floor accepts stain differently which makes each project one of a
kind. Creating patterns with the use of different colors and scoring techniques further enhances the
distinctiveness of decorative concrete floors.
Concrete is hard-wearing and when installed
correctly, no other flooring material can match concrete's strength and durability. With a sealcoat,
concrete resists stains, water damage, mold, mildew, and wear & tear from everyday traffic. Concrete is
an uninterrupted floor, unlike floors that are installed in sections or have seams at the entry of each
room. This continuous floor is an advantage over other floors like wood, tile, vinyl or carpet that can get
moisture under them and become damaged. This makes concrete flooring especially ideal for basements that
are prone to flooding. Simply squeegee the water away and the floor is like new again.
There are various products and methods used
for decorating concrete. Acid staining is the most commonly used application. This is a natural,
translucent coloring process facilitated by a chemical reaction. Since poured concrete has variations or
inconsistencies in the surface and acid stains highlight these variations, no two stained slabs can ever
look exactly the same.
Acrylic staining is a more controlled
process for staining concrete that results in a semi-translucent color. Acrylic stains behave like dyes by
penetrating the surface and adhering to the concrete. They are commonly used to create more vibrant
Scoring the surface to create patterns
further enhances a floor's individuality. It can be scored to resemble small or large tiles or almost any
pattern you can imagine. This combined with the use of different colors and your options are only limited
by your imagination.
Many concrete slabs by themselves are not
good candidates for concrete staining because of too many imperfections on the surface or because they have
been beaten up during construction. This is when overlays are used to make a brand new surface to work
with. Overlays are not just cement paste spread across the floor, but polymer modified cementitious
toppings. The toppings can be stained after application or integrally colored. Different textures can be
applied for custom appearances. When it comes to cost, concrete flooring is comparable to a midrange
ceramic tile or wood floor. But it will easily outlast any other flooring material and maintenance is
cinch. There's no need to worry about replacing it after several years like you might with carpet or
So if you're searching for the perfect
flooring that you can afford, take a good look at decorative concrete flooring.