Concrete is a popular flooring surface that can be used in a variety of settings, from industrial to residential. In a survey by concretenetwork.com, about 82% of respondents are familiar with concrete flooring, making it quite well known as a design and architectural element in construction. It’s not hard to see why. It’s durable, relatively inexpensive, and easy to maintain. Its versatility in design also makes it a favorite among chic homeowners and decorators looking for a minimalistic and modern look.
Yet, despite its great qualities, concrete floors often get a bad reputation for being boring, cold, and even susceptible to eventual wear and tear. The good news is that most of these common issues are easily resolved with the right know-how. Let’s take a look at four common concrete floor issues and their solutions to help get your floors in tip-top shape in no time.
When concrete floors develop cracks
Durability and strength are the main qualities of concrete floors. Compared to other materials, concrete can stand the test of time. But changes in temperature, moisture, settling, and high floor traffic can often cause your concrete floors to develop cracks over time. A good way to avoid this is by applying an epoxy coating to your concrete floor. This can create a durable surface that can withstand high-traffic areas. If there are already cracks in the floor, you can apply a colored cement paste or patching materials to help mask off chips and cracks.
Moisture is ruining your floor
When concrete floors are installed over bare soil—often as with the case of basements—moisture from the earth can move up to your concrete floor and damage its surface coating. And because the area is damp, it can also lead to safety concerns such as slippage and growth of mold and mildew. Treating your concrete floors regularly with a sealer such as epoxy coating can help protect them, from moisture to settling in the surface.
Concrete floors in their most basic form look gray and hard, which is good if that’s the aesthetic you’re going for. But what if you want your interior to look more fun and inviting? The great thing about your concrete floor’s bare and minimal look is that it will allow you more freedom in designing it. In fact, in the same survey by concretenetwork.com, about 71% respondents choose concrete flooring because of its aesthetic and endless options for customization
There are a variety of techniques you can do to add color and texture to otherwise plain-looking floors. Do you like a more sophisticated look? Staining might be your best bet, as it can give your concrete floor a nice marble-look finish. Do you want your floors to reflect your artistic side? Consider dyeing and airbrushing techniques that can turn your blank-canvas floors into beautiful masterpieces. The limit is your imagination.
Cold concrete floors
Afraid of getting cold feet with your concrete floors? Good news: now it is possible to add radiant heat to your floors to keep them warm and comfortable. To create heated flooring, electrical cables or hot water tubes are embedded in the concrete. This option is the best for new construction. If you want a quick remedy for existing concrete floors, adding area rugs and carpeting should do the trick to provide insulation against the cold floor.
Concrete floors are a great choice for flooring that will suit different tastes and lifestyles and withstand the test of time. With proper care, maintenance and the right attitude, sturdy and stylish concrete floors are yours to keep.