Advances in technology have made it easier to color, stain or even stamp patterns on concrete floors, making them an increasingly popular option for homeowners attracted to their easy maintenance, durability and versatility. But concrete floors can be difficult to install and come with some disadvantages, including the need for periodic polishing, that you should consider before choosing a concrete floor.
Installing a concrete floor is a much more labor-intensive project than putting in wood, carpet or tile, especially if you want your floors to have a specific look. Most homeowners will be more satisfied with the finished product if it is done by a professional. The process is also quite messy, so make sure to cover all furniture and even the walls.
Concrete floors are known for their easy maintenance, but they do need periodic attention. High traffic areas may lose their luster and must be periodically re-polished and resealed. They may also crack with age, but are easy to spot-repair. Finally, concrete floors are notorious for showing dust and dirt and will generally require more frequent cleaning than some other types of floors.
General Look and Feel
Concrete is an excellent conductor of cold and heat, which means concrete floors can be hot in summer and cold in winter. Insulating them when they are installed will help regulate their temperature. They are also highly compatible with radiant floor heating systems. Some owners also complain that their concrete floors amplify sound. Introducing area rugs and other decorative fabrics to the room can help muffle excess noise.
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