Concrete flooring and countertops are, in many ways, the new kid in town. While concrete has been around forever, using it in decorative ways on the interior of your home is a relatively new idea.
The advantages of concrete
Concrete flooring and countertops offer many advantages:
• Easy to maintain—a simple swipe with a damp cloth or broom is all you need to take care of concrete. You may need to reseal heavy traffic areas every couple of years but this is a quick and simple process.
• Durable—if properly installed, concrete will never wear out. Wood warps and buckles, tiles crack and come loose and carpeting shows dirt and wear quickly. These issues are never a problem with concrete.
• Eco-friendly—Concrete is made from all natural products and can include recycled items like plastic, marble, glass etc. In most areas, the products needed to make concrete are local, thereby eliminating the need for expensive delivery. It is resistant to mold and mildew and can even withstand some natural disasters like fire and storms, allowing it to be recycled later.
• Cost effective—your heating and cooling bills can be reduced as concrete is a natural regulator of indoor temperatures. It will absorb the heat during the day and slowly release it in the cooler evening hours.
• Allergen & toxin free—this is a great choice for flooring and countertops if anyone in your home suffers from allergies. Unlike other floor coverings, concrete does not harbor dust mites, does not release any toxins from glue or varnish and mold and mildew are not able to grow on concrete.
Customizing your concrete floor or countertop
There are many ways to infuse a bit of personality into your floor or countertop.
• An acid stain will give your floor a unique color and pattern. It is also possible to apply the stain in a pre-determined pattern to really customize your flooring.
• Add bits of recycled glass, mica chips, sea shells, recycled plastic, fossils, crystals or metal to your floor or countertop for an expensive, custom look.
• Concrete can be molded and poured into any desired shape.
When it comes time to replace your flooring or countertops, consider concrete. You will not only save money in the long run but the end result will be a beautiful one-of-a-kind focal point in your home.