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A Humble Guide To Concrete Floors

Apr 24, 2008
Concrete floors sound boring at first thought. But advances in concrete flooring techniques have enabled consumers to get a wide variety of options when purchasing a concrete floor to be installed. So how much has technology changed the old subject of concrete, and what can consumers expect from the new technology?

One of the biggest complaints with concrete floors is that they are monotone, boring, and do not offer any creativity. But recent techniques such as concrete staining have enabled consumers to choose from a wide selection of colors, patterns, textures, and designs for the floor plans. It is often surprising to see the result of such staining work, as most consumers hardly believe it's the same "boring" concrete that they are accustomed to seeing.

Even better for allergy-stricken home owners is the fact that concrete does not retain any allergens when kept well and maintained properly. In comparison to some hardwood floors or carpets, which commonly hold allergens and keep them, the concrete floor can help allergy sufferers steer clear of the dreadful allergens in the environment. After all- it's your home, you shouldn't have to be uncomfortable in it!

A lot of credit is given to concrete floors because they are so flexible. One can lay carpet or other materials over cement flooring with relative ease. This makes the flooring type great for selling one's home, as the option for concrete or carpet can then go on to the buyer of the home. In either case, a concrete floor can provide an easy way to build upon the design of a room.

One often overlooked aspect of concrete flooring is the fact that it is cheap. Carpet and hardwood floors are usually fairly pricey, as they are no easy task in manufacturing and applying to one's home. But concrete is made up of common materials, and is usually fairly easy to apply. Thus, it is often the best choice for thrifty home builders and owners to get an affordable flooring material.

If you don't enjoy cleaning a room over and over, then concrete flooring is probably the best solution for you. Concrete flooring is quite easy to maintain and clean- making it ideal for environments where there is constant rain, mud, snow, or sand. Investing in a concrete floor can, thus, save one hours of maintenance and cleaning work that can take hours each week.

For the artistic types, home owners can opt to not have acid staining done on the cement, and instead color it themselves. This can be a special way to create a long lasting memory among families. Staining the cement can be as creative as making an intricate mural, or as simple as everyone in the family signing their name onto the concrete in their own way.

In each and every department, it seems concrete floors have the upper hand over conventional means of floor materials such as carpet or wooden floors. It may not be the softest material around, in which case it probably isn't the best for an entire house-wide remodeling. But for entry rooms and other types of rooms, it sure is a creative and cost effective way to stay stylish and original.
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