Homeowners are falling in love with the look of concrete, but they aren’t quite sold on its benefits yet. One of the most frequently asked questions has to do with how the concrete will feel underneath the feet on a daily basis. Is a concrete floor really hard on your feet?
Most individuals want a soft and forgiving surface in their home. They want to be able to walk quietly and comfortably across the floors. Particularly for individuals who have knee and back problems, an extremely hard surface can exacerbate their preexisting conditions. All of these factors have prompted homeowners to begin questioning whether concrete is really going to work for their home. See this post to understand concrete floors and what are the things you can do.
Since concrete is probably the most widely used flooring material for hard-working residential and commercial areas like garages, basements, warehouses and showrooms, its hardness is definitely a good thing! Plus, concrete is also the most popular exterior hardscape choice for walkways, pool decks, outside patios and driveways.
That said…yes, concrete is a very desirable surface for interior and exteriors floors for many excellent reasons:
- Durability – It’s not easily damaged from foot traffic, weather, vehicles, tools or chemical spills.
- Easy to maintain – a sealed floor resists stains, spills, dust and bacteria, so a quick sweep and damp mop is generally all it takes to keep the floor in good condition.
- Versatile – can be stained, resurfaced or stamped to create beautifully individual designs emulating natural stone, brick and wood (at a fraction of the cost of “real”).
- Long-lasting – in regards to replacement, a concrete floor outlasts most other flooring options like carpet, tile, linoleum and wood.
- Environmentally-friendly – in most cases a concrete subfloor already exists beneath whatever flooring is in place, so removing that material to get to the concrete surface eliminates the need for newly produced material to have a new floor.
- Temperature ”wise” – concrete helps keep rooms cool in summer and warm in winter by holding temperature and slowly releasing heat or coolness.
So, what’s not to love about concrete? Concrete Craft creates solid, lasting beauty. If you’re still seeing gray when concrete is mentioned, you need to look at the incredible range of finishes for concrete floors. Using proprietary materials and processes for stamped, stained and resurfaced concrete, contractors can transform any space into unique and beautiful floors.
Stamped concrete is also called patterned or imprinted concrete, and can give the appearance of brick, slate, random stone, tile, and wood plank patterns that resemble hardwood floors.
Resurfaced concrete can easily cover up any imperfections in your existing concrete with a decorative overlay that can emulate authentic Flagstone, cobblestone, or custom tile, with the additional option of custom designs.
Stained concrete floors offer rich, vibrant colors that stay true over time. It’s one of the most economical ways to have a truly unique floor with limitless design capabilities.
And, if you think concrete is too hard to walk on, consider area rugs where you spend time, like in front of the kitchen sink or at a workbench. Wear sandals or slippers to soften your steps. Other stone and tile surfaces have the same impact on feet and bodies as concrete; it’s an individual experience.