Concrete has been used in hardscaping features like walkways, stairs, patios, and driveways because of its durability to the elements, but that is also why it is a great option for flooring. Concrete floors have been used in factories and warehouse buildings around the world for that reason. Concrete can withstand hard use over time resulting in less maintenance costs for the company. It doesn't crack, dent, or get scratched easily even with heavy machinery traffic. It is resistant to stains and odors, fire and moisture, concrete flooring can last at 20-30 years, only requiring regular cleaning and occasional resealing and/or waxing. If patching ever becomes necessary, a rapid setting formulation makes repairs quick and easy.
Lots Of Custom Aesthetic Looks
The majority of people have a perception that concrete is coarse in texture, gray in color, and drab in overall appearance. But the fact is that with advanced manufacturing processes along with improved methods of installation, concrete can take on any number of high end looks. For example, after it's been poured, concrete can be dyed, scored, or stamped. Once the concrete has cured, the finishing options broaden to include staining, painting, and etching. You can have a glossy, one-color surface or a multi-colored floor with a matte feel. The custom options are myriad.
Because of its considerable weight, concrete flooring requires necessary structural modifications so that can be prohibitively expensive to install in certain locations such as the upper level of a home, for example, or the ground floor of any house with a basement. Therefore, budget conscious homeowners choose concrete flooring not with a fresh pour, but by removing the floor that currently exists over the slab foundation. Once that's completed, the only costs are elective ones. You can hire a professional to refinish the exposed concrete surface between $4 per square foot for a straightforward job up to around $12 or $15 for highly decorative faux finishes.
Long lasting concrete rarely requires replacement unlike other types of flooring. However, if years down the line, you decide that you are weary of the look or performance of your concrete floor, you can always make changes. You can easily change its appearance by refinishing it. Alternatively, you can also return the floor to blank slate condition, using a cutting-edge product like Rapid Set NewCrete that imparts a pristine, like new appearance. Afterwards, you can either leave the concrete as is or install another material over it.
Many pet owners are concerned about pet damage such as scratches, odors, and stains so concrete flooring is the best option. Unlike many other types of flooring such as carpeting and wood, properly sealed concrete can not be ruined by a pet. Thorough cleaning of pet accidents requires nothing more than soap and water.
Indoor air quality has an effect on home health, hence the discussion of harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds). The flooring market is saturated with so many products that off-gas harmful VOCs, it’s well worth noting that properly sealed concrete does nothing to detract from indoor air quality. It's also crucially important to know that different manufacturers use different processes to produce slightly different concrete mixes. Nonmetallic, with no chlorides added, Rapid Set Concrete Mix stands out from the rest as one of the most ecologically sensitive concrete products out there. In fact, compared with regular Portland cement, Rapid Set boasts a 65 percent smaller carbon footprint!
If you need help with customization options for your home. All American Concrete is there every step of the way. Give us a call can we can do it all.