Types of Concrete Floors
Tuesday January 06, 2009
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Concrete is one of the hardest building materials available and has been used to create structural foundations for centuries. Concrete is comprised of crushed rock, water and Portland cement. Although many associate concrete with grey drab slabs, they can actually be quite beautiful. Concrete floors can be textured, etched, and stained with a wide assortment of colors, including custom blends. Staining concrete floors can be a difficult process and may require the help of a flooring professional.
Concrete is a highly versatile floor material and can be installed on, above and below grade. Concrete can also act like a subfloor for new flooring. So rather than remove concrete, you can lay the new floor right over it. This is ideal for do-it-yourself installers who want to keep their floor options open. When properly sealed, concrete floors are both moisture and stain resistant. Note that acidic substances and abrasive cleaning products can damage concrete floors.
Light sweeping and occasional mopping should be enough to keep most types of concrete floors looking as good as new. Their easy-to-care-for surface makes concrete a popular choice for those who desire low-maintenance flooring. The surface of concrete naturally deters mold and fungi growth, and resists common household allergens such as dust mites and pollen.
Concrete aggregates can be added to concrete floors to give them a unique look of terrazzo flooring. Types of aggregate you can add to change the look of your concrete floors include glass, plastic, shells and crushed stone. Adding aggregates to concrete not only helps to transform its appearance, it can also improve its structural durability. Keep in mind that coarser concrete aggregates tend to jut out above the floor's surface and could be unfavorable for children.
Concrete floors can be a great floor surface and last a lifetime when properly cared for. They are fire resistant and can be installed with radiant heat systems. Despite the many benefits of concrete flooring, they're not for everyone. The surface of concrete can be hard, cold and very slippery when wet. These characteristics may make concrete a poor choice for children as well as those with joint problems.
Refer to the concrete flooring section on FindAnyFloor.com to learn more about the pros and cons of concrete.
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I have kids in the house, whats the best type of flooring for me. Since I have had kids my floor looks awful
We converted my basement into a billiard room. We installed carpet down there because it seemed like the best idea at the time. Finally after a couple leaks from our pipes we needed something than didn't retain so much moisture. So after another research weekend of flooring information we found cork floors. Its a friendly flooring for our basement and it helps keep it clean. We just installed it right over our concrete too... after we pulled out the carpet of course. Great pick for basements. Make sure you research though. I sometimes feel like the concrete would have just been the best floor for all the circumstances that come up with basements.