Some people may think about concrete flooring and picture a plain expanse of gray that looks like it belongs in a warehouse, but concrete has moved on considerably in recent years.
Today, concrete flooring is available in many options, and each is as stylish as any carpet, vinyl, or hardwood floor. You can choose different colors, textures, stains, and durable finishes that can be used inside and outside the home. If you’re considering a concrete floor for your home but are unsure which is the best choice for your project, here are some new types of concrete finishes available today.
Examples of New Concrete Flooring
When it comes to choosing the type of concrete flooring for your home, plenty of options are available to suit whatever look you want. You first need to consider how much you want to spend, whether you like it textured, the color of it, and more, as this will all impact your final decision. Here are just a few options you could choose from to get you started on your decision making.
An acid stain is the best choice for a bold finish as it reacts with the concrete and creates a finish that will not fade or chip. It gives a mottled look, giving extra depth, and is available in a wide range of colors.
A water-based stain delivers a subtle and classy finish for concrete floors as it’s not as intense as an acid stain. It also provides a consistent finish and, as it is low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds), it is safer to apply than an acid stain.
The fast stain does what you would expect it to do, as it will dry faster than other types. It’s also a more eco-friendly option in many cases and works well with polished concrete or alongside water or acid-based stains.
If the flooring is placed in a high-traffic area inside your home, then an epoxy finish could be ideal as it provides a high level of durability against abrasion and chemicals. The look of epoxy is very glossy and usually in a single color.
Epoxy is also available with a slight metallic sheen which can provide an extra level of dimension and can make a room appear brighter.
Granite epoxy (also known as terrazzo) involves decorative chips of color in the liquid epoxy, providing many options for pattern and color combinations. However, the surface is still smooth, glossy, and durable.
Quartz Sand Epoxy
Quartz sand epoxy is solid and is an excellent choice in garages or workshops. It is available in various colors, offers exceptional durability from water, chemicals, and wear, and is slip-resistant.
A concrete floor can also be sealed in acrylic, providing protection and a matte finish. Still, it must be waxed regularly to maintain its durability.
Concrete Flooring: The Benefits
No matter which type of concrete flooring you choose, there are some key benefits you’ll enjoy in your home for many years to come. Concrete is an excellent choice for both internal and external flooring. It’s clear that there are plenty of options to choose from, meaning you will be able to find the perfect finish to suit your home and garden, but it’s also an incredibly resilient and durable choice. It will withstand damage and pressure from footwear, pets, furniture, and moisture from the weather or a swimming pool.
Concrete is also deficient in maintenance. Some finishes may require waxing or re-sealing occasionally, but generally, they can be wiped clean and resist chemicals and water.