Concrete is becoming increasingly popular with interior designers. It is practical, aesthetic and bang on-trend. In the past, concrete was reserved for structural purposes and exterior décor. Concrete is often used to build the foundations of a property or to pave the driveway. Decorators are now bringing concrete inside the home for statement walls and ultra-hard-wearing flooring.
You could use micro-concrete for your kitchen splashback behind the hob or as the accent wall in your living room. Concrete flooring can create a wonderful seamless look throughout the downstairs of your property. Each room will flow into the next with one uniform material. There is something beautiful about the simplicity of concrete floors. Here are a few things to consider before you order concrete for your flooring.
Advantages of concrete floors
Concrete is durable, hard-wearing, and easy to maintain. If you can drive your car over it every day, it’s definitely durable enough for your kitchen floor. Concrete is abrasion, chemical and fire-resistant. It retains heat on the surface and works perfectly with underfloor heating systems.
Concrete flooring can be personalised and tailored to your taste. When it’s being laid, you can sprinkle a power into the concrete to change its colour. You can use a stain afterwards to intensify the colour and transform the appearance of the concrete. Or, you could use floor paint to add a different colour and pattern to the surface of the concrete. Unfortunately, this is not the same paint that you use on the walls of your home. Concrete needs to breathe, and epoxy floor paint does not trap moisture under the surface.
Most people don’t like the rough edges and unfinished look of raw concrete. Fortunately, you can grind the surface down and polish it to a glossy finish. Most interior concrete floors have been polished to achieve a more stylish aesthetic. Unlike other coating methods, you can still see the original colour and textures in the concrete with a polish.
Disadvantages of concrete floors
Concrete flooring is not suitable for humid rooms. It will need a protective covering to keep it in good condition. Concrete’s durability makes it incredibly hard and uncomfortable to stand on. It’s also far more painful and dangerous to fall onto a concrete floor, making it unsuitable for young children.
How much does it cost?
Polished concrete looks modern and luxurious. However, it doesn’t actually cost that much money compared to timber and tiled floorings. On average, a polished concrete floor costs £1,950 for a 40m2 floor. It also withstands the test of time and requires little maintenance in the future.
A concrete floor adds something a little different to your home’s interior.