If you have a home, chances are you've got at least one concrete floor. There is something to be said for a material that can withstand all types of traffic, as well as weather anything Mother Nature might have in store. Unfortunately, what a concrete floor has in durability, it sorely lacks in pizzazz. While gray is not without a certain battleship-esque charm, we all know it will never be the new black.
Concrete floors are quickly growing in popularity. Of course, we're used to seeing concrete in garages. However, in some new properties, concrete is replacing tile in kitchens, laundry rooms, and even bathrooms. It's well known that concrete is longer lasting, and requires less maintenance than other flooring options, but with the right treatment, a concrete floor can look just as beautiful, too.
Concrete Floor Paint: The most simple and most direct method to un-drab it is to paint it. There are a variety of specially formulated concrete floor paints available. A one-part epoxy concrete floor paint is cost-effective and easy to apply. The result will brighten up the surface in a short amount of time, though garages might need an annual touch up due to tire traffic. A more durable, more expensive 100% epoxy paint kit will take more time in the application, but will be more resistant to harsh conditions. Depending on how well it is initially applied and how well the cement itself is prepped, this kind of concrete floor paint can look spectacular and last a very long time.
Drawbacks: Though cost effective and extremely durable, certain aspects of a concrete floor may not be what some homeowners are looking for. When a glass falls onto concrete, it is likely to shatter. When a person falls on concrete it hurts. This should be considered before installing a concrete floor in an area where young children will spend a lot of time, such as a kitchen. Concrete is often cold underfoot. Many people with concrete floors find a rug not only helps with this discomfort, but can also really tie a room together.
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