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Decorative Concrete Flooring

Well
known for strength and durability, concrete can be beautiful, too. So much so
that decorative concrete is now recognized as an excellent means of combining
creativity with function. Traditionally, interior concrete has been covered
with other flooring options, such as carpet or vinyl. With decorative concrete,
you can remove far less durable coverings and let concrete shine – literally.

The Pros of Decorative Concrete in Your Basement

Increasingly popular - painting, staining, dying, or polishing your basement
floor can add a rich, deep and beautiful finish, and it allows for more
artistic freedom. You can add personal designs like stenciling and borders, or
use multiple colors to achieve a polished marble, faux tile, mosaic, or rough
stone appearance. Decorative concrete is ideal for rooms where the hard, cool
concrete isn’t an issue, such as a basement. Most important, if you develop a
moisture problem or your basement gets flooded your decorative concrete can
endure the water exposure and the cleanup is easy and painless.

The Cons of Decorative Concrete in Your Basement

The
initial outlay may exceed the cost of a mid-priced floor covering such as
carpeting, vinyl, or wood laminate however the life expectancy of a concrete
floor will far outlast that of most floor coverings. There is a lot of prep work and clean-up work
involved depending on which method you use. You need to know what type of
concrete you have – as stains react differently to each type and, in some cases
stains will not be suitable. You will need to apply a few coats of sealer – you
must choose the right sealer for the job at hand. There are 100’s of sealers
but no one sealer is perfect for all projects. Using the wrong sealer or
applying it improperly can ruin your floor. If the look you want to achieve is
artistic, marble, stone, mosaic or faux tile then hire a professional
contractor to ensure your desired look or you could end up with a mess on your
hands. See our list of professional, prescreened licensed contractors below.

Famous for its strength and durability, concrete can be incredibly beautiful as well. Decorative concrete is now recognized as an excellent means of combining creativity with function.

Traditionally, interior concrete has been covered with other flooring options, such as carpet or vinyl. With decorative concrete, you can remove the less durable coverings and let the concrete shine—literally. Here is some more information to get you started.

Costs

While the cost of decorative concrete flooring depends on the size of the room, quality of materials used and your desired finish, you can expect to pay $2-$4 per square foot for simple stain applications, and up to $12-$25 per square foot for more complicated stencil work. Get in touch with a local contractor for price quotes and more information.

Pros

Painting, staining, dying or polishing your basement floor can add a rich, beautiful finish to your room.

There are a variety of looks that can be achieved, like faux tile, mosaic, and rough stone, to name a few.

If your basement floods, your decorative concrete can endure the water exposure.

Cons

There is a lot of prep work and clean-up involved, depending on which method you choose.

You must know what kind of concrete you have, as stains react differently to each type.

The initial outlay may exceed the cost of a mid-priced floor covering, such as carpet or laminate.

Durability

Concrete is one of the most durable flooring options available, and decorative concrete is no different. However, to keep the color intact it’s necessary to use the right type of sealant.

Maintenance

Maintaining a decorative concrete floor is relatively pain-free and consists mostly of sweeping and scrubbing where dirt build-up occurs. Most tough stains can be scrubbed away with a soft brush and a cleaning solution of mild soap, water and pH-neutral cleaner.

Common Questions and Answers

What type of sealer is good for decorative concrete?

There are hundreds of different sealers, but no on sealer is perfect for all projects. It all depends on the type of concrete that you have. Using the wrong sealer or applying it imp

How should the concrete be prepared before staining or painting it?

Remove the stains and oils first by using muriatic acid to the dry concrete surface. Allow the flooring to dry, and then apply sodium hydroxide (10% solution). Allow to dry before applying your stain or coloring of choice.

History

Decorative concrete flooring got its start in the late 1970’s, but has grown significantly in popularity over recent years.

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