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Concrete Buying Guide Flooring Accessories

Once you've decided what type of concrete flooring you want, it is time to choose the accessories. Sealer plays a role in the protection and life span of your new concrete flooring, while radiant heat is a creature comfort you may want to install. In this section, read about the accessories you can incorporate into your flooring project.


Sealer should be applied to your concrete to protect the color, pattern or texture you've chosen. Sealing will also protect it from spills, staining and make it easier to clean. Choose a sealer that is appropriate for the amount of traffic your home has, the elements your floors will be subjected to (pets and children) and the decorative finish you're applying the sealer directly over. Your concrete flooring retailer or professional installer should be able to recommend a good sealer for your flooring. Sealers come in different sheen levels and can be anything from matte to high gloss. Keep in mind that the higher the gloss level of your concrete flooring, the more the coloring of your flooring will be enhanced.

Certain sealers also deliver added slip protection to your new concrete floors.

Radiant Heat

Do you like the idea of the versatility of concrete flooring but are put off by the coldness of a concrete slab? Well, then radiant heat is for you. Just as its name implies, a radiant heat floor radiates heat up through the concrete flooring. Heat is delivered equally throughout the room, giving you not a cold hard slab of concrete to walk upon, but a toasty warm floor that is inviting to bare feet on the coldest of winter mornings.

Radiant heating works through a system of tubing beneath the concrete. Hot water is circulated through the tubing, turning the floor into an efficient radiator. The same boiler that runs your hot water in the house or heats your pool or spa can be used for the radiant heat system. The tubing for radiant heat is located in one of the following places:

  • In the concrete
  • Beneath wood sub–flooring
  • On top of a sub–floor then covered over with gypsum

The floor plan of your room(s) will determine where the radiant heat tubing is best located.

Radiant heating is very good for people who suffer from allergies. A forced air system of heating thrusts dust, germs, pollen and allergens into the air of your home as well as dries out your sinuses. Radiant heating does none of that, making it a solid choice for those looking to improve the air quality of their homes.

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