Concrete flooring is a great option if you want your home interiors to be in harmony with furniture,walls, accessories and all.
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Let me clear many wrong notions one has about concrete floors –
Concrete flooring is dull and gray, limited to outdoors and industrial surfaces, and generally very cold and uninviting. But this is far from being true!
Did you know that decorative concrete can be made to imitate natural surfaces like marble and wood ? Lets check out all this and more on how concrete floors can make your interiors vibrant and lively!
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What are concrete floors made up of?
Concrete is a mixture of cement, water and aggregate, when dried becomes hard and looks like stone. Concrete floors are durable and can be used in homes, industries, driveways, parking areas, retail floors and other heavy traffic areas as it is tough and resistant to wear and tear.
Types of Concrete Floors
Stained concrete floors
Special stains and acids are used which chemically react with the concrete to achieve a blotchy and speckled look. These stains etch and bond color into the concrete surface. Using this technique, a variety of colorful textures and designs can be used to created on the concrete floor.
Polished concrete floors
Concrete flooring is treated using a chemical densifier. Then it undergoes 12 steps of grinding and polishing. Diamond and resin grits are used for this.Polished concrete flooring has a glossy look. This is ideal for retail floors asthe area looks neat and tidy, is easy to clean and is less porous i.e. it prevents water, oil and other chemicals from penetrating the surface.
Sealed concrete floors
Plain concrete floors can be sealed using a coat of tinted sealing solvents either water based or solvent based. Water based sealers are recommended for interiors. Sealing makes the concrete floor surface non-porous and durable when applied in thin layers.
Scored concrete floors
After the applied concrete stain dries away, shallow-cuts are made on existing concrete surfaces to show tile grout lines,geometric designs and patterns like plain squares, diamond shapes,concentric circles or a mosaic.
Painted concrete floors
Plain concrete floors can be made beautiful by painting. Apply primer, and choose paint specific for concrete applications. You could paint an innovative design of your choice in the center. You can even buy stencils that are meant for floor applications. A combination of stained and scored concrete flooring can be made to resemble natural surfaces like wood and marble.
Advantages of Concrete Floors
Concrete is strong, durable, and cost effective for a variety of applications including floors, walkways, patios and driveways. Concrete flooring is inexpensive. In fact, decorative concrete may be less expensive as compared to other materials like marble, wood, granite etc. Concrete floors are easy to maintain and clean. Other types of floors chip, fade, peel and need to be replaced every 15 years. During replacement, the waste that is dumped is not Eco-friendly. Since concrete flooring lasts a life time, you can avoid the waste that comes with replacing floors made of other materials. Decorative concrete make your floors look elegant and well maintained.