When we are considering new flooring, most often the commonality for Clients is to look at carpet, tile and hardwood options. Concrete floor finishing has primarily targeted the commercial industry because it offers longevity to high traffic areas, little maintenance, an array of color and design options, and a better price as opposed to alternative flooring used in a commercial application. However, this is not just for the commercial arena anymore. In fact, many clients are choosing to build their new homes with in-slab heating in the basement and with that in mind, looking at concrete floor finishing for the basement floor would be ideal. From existing high-rise condos and apartments built in concrete to new homes and garage floors, these finishes lend a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere to any space. Here are just a few of the many benefits associated with them.
Endless Colour and Style Options
There is a variety of finishing options available for concrete floor finishes including dyes and tropical colouring, stenciling, reflective polishes and even various epoxy coatings. Decorative accents and borders, as well as inset designs, are also possible, making finished concrete an ideal flooring for the creative individuals. Special coatings for garage floors are also available to protect from grease, tire skids and oil marks, making these finishes beautiful and practical.
Decorative concrete floor finishes on existing concrete flooring are highly economical and generally, costs between $7.50 and $8.50 per square foot. This includes the labour to grind and patch the concrete floors and cracks as necessary for the mechanical binding process, as well as the layered coats for the base, body, and protective top coat. For additional decorative finishes with an embedded design, stencil or decorative border, expect to pay a bit more relative to the design involved, size of the area and intricacy at play. However, considering concrete floor finishing is approximately half the cost of a tile supply and installation per square foot (of course basing pricing on a standard supplied tile price), this cost is much more reasonable for consideration. This means that you can get a luxurious marble-like finish for less.
Easy to Maintain
Concrete is naturally strong and can easily endure heavy foot traffic. Additionally, decorative concrete floor finishes are stain and moisture resistant and aren’t susceptible to mold, mildew, allergens, or dust mites. Since finished concrete flooring requires minimal care and maintenance to keep that smooth, beautiful finish, it is perfect for homes with pets. You can expect to save a great deal of time, energy and money on this type of flooring in the long run.
Suitable for a Wide Range of Environments
With the vast array of colour and finishing options for decorative concrete combined with the plethora of epoxy coatings and special polishes readily available, they are suitable for almost every environment. From home gyms and workrooms to garages, basements and concrete condominiums and apartment floor finishing, decorative concrete flooring finishes can be customized to suit the atmosphere and conditions of any area.
Combined with their customizability, durability, minimalistic maintenance needs and cost-effectiveness, it’s easy to see why decorative concrete floor finishes work so well in a variety of environments and for a variety of budgets. There’s never been a better or more affordable time to introduce this highly practical and sophisticated flooring to your property today.
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