Plain concrete slabs have worked as the flooring material for basements,garages,patios,and utility areas for many years,but concrete is now also a viable material in modern High Point homes,where it can be found in polished,etched,or stained form on the floors of any room in your house.
To people used to thinking about concrete as a utilitarian surface suitable only for driveways,garages,and sidewalks,the many virtues of concrete as a flooring material may come as a surprise. You can’t scratch or dent a concrete floor.
Durability: Concrete flooring is extremely tough and resilient and is able to withstand the pressure from very heavy equipment,including cars,trucks,forklifts,and stacked crates. That is why it is such a popular material for hard-working commercial areas,such as garages and warehouses.
Durability also means that the material is difficult to damage. High heels,furniture legs,and pet claws will not scratch the surface. You also don’t have to worry about damage from most dropped items. While it is possible to chip or scratch a concrete surface,you will generally have to work pretty hard to do so.
Easy maintenance: Keeping a concrete floor looking its best requires a minimum amount of maintenance. It will need to get sealed or waxed every 3 to 9 months,depending on the level of traffic,in order to maintain the protective layer over its surface. Other than that,you can use a neutral detergent to mop the floor clean periodically. A blue utility pad can be used for particularly stubborn stains.
Environmentally friendliness? In most cases,a concrete subfloor already exists beneath another flooring material in both on-grade and below-grade locations. That means that “installing” a concrete floor means just uninstalling whatever has been placed over it. Because no new material is produced,there is no carbon footprint or depletion of resources.
Versatility: Provided that the concrete is smooth and devoid of holes,bumps,and defects,you have the choice of installing any floor surface covering over it at a later date,should you choose– although may floor coverings will require an interim underlayment. Concrete floors allow you a great deal of future design freedom.
Heated floors: For new construction or for concrete poured over an existing slab,you have the option to add radiant heat– electrical cables or hot water tubes embedded in the concrete to create warm,comfy floors.
Long-lasting: A sealed and properly maintained concrete floor can last indefinitely. Even in commercial applications,concrete can survive under high-traffic conditions for many decades. Over the long term,this can save you a considerable amount of money and effort over replacing flooring every few years.
Design flexibility: When the majority of people think of concrete floors,they think about ugly gray utilitarian surfaces with sharp bumpy textures. However modern advances in mixing and setting have allowed designers to achieve an almost endless variety of color and texture effects using this versatile material.
In some cases,coloration is mixed directly into the concrete before the slab is placed. For already-installed floors,you can acid-stain the surface,use an appropriate dye or staining agent,or paint over it with a waterproof latex paint.
The texture of the concrete can be made perfectly smooth during the installation process. Alternatively,decorative textural patterns can be molded into the surface while it is still setting. You also have the option of polishing the material to a smooth sheen or etching it to create a faux tile effect.If you have more questions about High Point concrete floors or their maintenance,please reach out to Concrete Maintenance & Solutions at (336) 462-5327 or visit https://www.cmsnc.us
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