I'm not going to lie; concrete flooring is not a popular choice for today's homes. It seems to have gotten a bad reputation for being ugly and "cold". But before you move on to considering hardwood flooring, carpeting or laminate, take the benefits of concrete flooring into consideration.
What are the Benefits
There's no denying that we are living in trying economic times. Concrete flooring is by far less costly than most other flooring choices out there today. Afraid that concrete floors look cheap and sterile? Think again. Advancements in concrete flooring have proven that many of these floors can almost be exact replicas of far more expensive flooring choices. If you live in an area that may be prone to flooding, it is definitely a safer environmental choice. Not only that, but concrete flooring is also far more durable than these other materials!
Also discount the idea that concrete floors are cold floors. Concrete flooring is insular, meaning it keeps the floor cool in the summer, and it keeps the floor warm in the winter.
What are the Drawbacks
Of course, as with all things in live, there are some "cons" to the "pros" mentioned above. To add on to the "insular" comment above, bear in mind that concrete flooring can take a while to heat in the winter time. Also, if you have young children or elderly or disabled persons about, concrete is very hard and very unforgiving. Should one fall on concrete, injury is almost a certainty.
To obtain the appearance that you desire, there is no doubt that a professional must be hired. Otherwise, the concrete flooring will look just like that: concrete flooring. It must also be properly sealed; otherwise stains and odors may become a problem.
The good news is that, with the last couple of points there, a professional can easily present these problems. They will be able to give you the type of finish you desire, as well as seal it properly. Can you imagine having a marble entryway for only a small percentage of the cost for a REAL marble floor? This is what a professional concrete contractor can do for you.
If you are looking for a specific design, it is important to discuss this with your contractor as soon as possible. Perhaps before hiring the contractor on, mention the type of design you would like and ask them for any examples of similar jobs they have worked on. Ask for pictures! Remember, you are paying them to finish a job to your expectations. You have a right to have a good idea just what you are paying for before you hire them.
Still not sure that a concrete floor is right for you? Look at your budget, and look at the cost for other types of flooring that you may, perhaps, prefer. Do these other types of flooring fit into your budget? Consider how often the different types of flooring would need to be replaced. It is quite possible that your marble-looking concrete floor will never need to be replaced as long as you live in that home.
Durable, affordable and versatile. Contact your local concrete contractor for more information on this type of flooring and how it can work with your home.