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Concrete Flooring Checklist

While most people think concrete is for outdoor areas, it makes for a beautiful and unique indoor flooring choice. We designed a Concrete Buying Checklist to help you ask your local professionals questions before purchasing. For your convenience, we offer a print friendly version of the Concrete Buying Checklist so you can take it with you when shopping.

Buying Concrete Flooring? Know Before You Go!

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PDF icon for PDF fileBuying Concrete Checklist - 166kb pdf | Download our buying checklist, so you know what questions to ask at your local floor store.
image of checkbox for checklist Questions to Ask What Do I Want to Know? / Key Points About Buying Concrete
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checkbox for checklist What are the pros/cons of concrete floors vs. other flooring? If you are unsure that concrete is for you, this will help you decide.
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checkbox for checklist What different types of concrete do you carry and how do they differ? You should be shown the following to get an idea of the brands or types you like:
  • Types of concrete
  • Overlays
  • Brands
  • Shapes and Sizes
  • Price Ranges
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checkbox for checklist What would you personally recommend for my situation? Consider:
  • The look you are trying to achieve
  • Home décor and furnishings
  • Climate extremes and traffic level
  • Any pets, kids or disabilities you have
  • The type of room (including stairs)
  • Type of subfloor (wood, concrete)
  • Need for sound insulation
  • Lighting
Once You Have an Idea of What Product You are Leaning Toward...
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checkbox for checklist What different looks can I create with concrete? Polished: Smooth, gleaming surface
Sealed: Clear or colored; Has protection against damage
Scored: Shallowly cut with circular saws to create designs
Stamped: Stamped with a pattern to look like stone, brick, tile, etc.
Stained: Produce the appearance of stone, wood, etc. or to add color
Dyed: Mixed at the installation site to achieve bright, rich shades
Integral Color: Colorant is mixed with concrete during processing
Paint: Concrete can easily be painted with solid colors or patterns
Colored Hardeners: Sprinkle on powder which creates intense hues.
Colored Release Agents: Pigments that gives color hardeners an antiqued or mottled appearance
Concrete Flooring Aggregates: Mixing in gravel, stone, sand etc.
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checkbox for checklist How will the floor be sealed? Urethane sealers are pricey and abrasion resistant. Acrylic sealers provide softer surfaces and require more maintenance. They have UV protection and are easy to re apply as needed.
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checkbox for checklist What is the average life expectancy? If properly cared for, concrete can often last a lifetime.
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checkbox for checklist Is this preferred for a DIY installation? Ask for DIY instructions. These can also be found in our installation instructions.
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checkbox for checklist What does the Manufacturer's Warranty cover and how long does it last? Look for a warranty accompanied by a large US company backing the product. If you find a cheap warranty from a private labeled product without a big US presence, be cautious. Read the fine print!
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checkbox for checklist What can you tell me about the manufacturer and your experience with their products?
  • How long and how much have you sold?
  • Customer Testimonials?
  • Large or small/private label?
  • # of years in business?
  • Do they provide support?
Other factors to consider
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checkbox for checklist Is the product in stock or does it have to be ordered? Is there a minimum order? Rare products may take longer to ship. Ask your salesperson to check stock with the distributor.
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checkbox for checklist What is your return policy? Find out penalties, fees and stipulations for returning. Can you return extra concrete?
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checkbox for checklist What is the lead time before I can have this completely installed? Consider factors such as ordering the product, waiting for arrival and installation.
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checkbox for checklist What other accessories or products might I need and do you carry them? Examples: Grout, aggregate, coloring agent, trims and moldings, tools for installation, rugs or mats
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checkbox for checklist Can you provide care instructions? Follow all the manufacturer's instructions to ensure your warranty is not voided.
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checkbox for checklist Do you sell cleaning kits and repair kits? Look for products recommended by the manufacturer.
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checkbox for checklist What financing options are available? Consider financing if you decide on a product that is more than your budget.
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checkbox for checklist Do you deliver? If so, curbside or stacked in the installation area? Is there a fee? How many days do I have to schedule in advance? Do I need to move furniture? Are there any other preparations that I need to take?
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checkbox for checklist If not, do you have a list of licensed installers you recommend? If not, use's "Find it Locally" Search Tool.

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