When people think of concrete floors, they tend to picture the same material used in driveways and sidewalks, or dirty and stained basement and garage floors. If you don’t know much about how concrete can be used these days, you might raise an eyebrow if someone suggests that you put concrete floors inside of your house. But concrete floors are actually a fantastic option for homes. They can be customized in many different ways to match any style of decor, they are good for the environment and for your bank account, and they can be absolutely beautiful.
What You Didn’t Know About Cement Flooring
Concrete is one of the greenest and most sustainable material options for home flooring. Most of the time, there is already a concrete subfloor underneath another flooring material, like linoleum or tile. When this is the case, installing cement floors is as simple as uninstalling anything that’s been placed on top. This means that no new materials are produced, and no resources have to be consumed. In addition to that, the primary ingredient in cement is limestone, the most common mineral on the planet. even when concrete needs to be made new, it can be made with waste byproducts like fly ash, slag cement, and silica fume, all waste byproducts from factories. Recycled products like glass, plastic, marble, and metal can be incorporated into the poured concrete as decorative touches. When the concrete has served its purpose, it can even be recycled.
That said, you might not want to recycle an upcycle your concrete floor, because it can last a lifetime if installed correctly. In fact, concrete floors have superior longevity to nearly every other flooring material, beating out carpets and wood floor by a wide margin. Replacing these materials uses natural resources, adds waste to landfills, and costs money. Instead, a concrete floor is built to last, and is durable to enough to withstand heavy equipment, furniture, and most other stresses. All it needs is to be mopped with soap and water, and unlike drywall and wood, it won’t grow mold. This mold-resistant property make it an excellent flooring material for people with allergies.
Benefits of Concrete
The benefits of cement floors aren’t limited to the practical, just as concrete floors aren’t limited to garages. Concrete looks amazing in any style of home, as it can be creatively altered to look however you please. In fact, concrete polishing in Melbourne is trending hard this year. The modern aesthetics of this style of interior design brings a pizazz to the gentrified warehouse/industrial chic look, which is so in vogue right now. This trend is taking off in other cities too, and we expect 2018 to be a big year for new innovations in this field across other urban areas of Australia. Aside from getting polished, concrete floorings can also be dyed in different colors or stamped with different patterns. You can make cement floors look like marble or hardwood, or dye them a shiny silver or red. You can make your cement floor the nicest, coolest part of the house.
Of course, you’ll also save money. Concrete floors are quite inexpensive, compared to wood and tile. And because concrete floors can optimize heat transfer, they are ideal for use radiating the heat produced by a floor heating system, or to absorb heat passively during daylight hours. This is why concrete has been a popular flooring material for so many years.: It’s dependable, it’s cheap, it’s practical, it’s versatile and it’s so beautiful. For more great tips on this, check out this article from Houzz.