Ideas For Concrete Floor Treatments

One of the most popular floor treatments is the stained concrete floor. What else can you do with concrete floors besides stain them?

The most modern and industrial flooring "look" is the concrete floor. It seems to be one of the simpler solutions when it comes to dealing with flooring but is it? Consider what you might run up against when creating your concrete masterpiece.

First you need a concrete floor. This may be as simple as ripping up the carpet or as complicated as pouring one.

Secondly, that concrete floor needs to be sanded and polished. This can be a hard labor job if the floor has a roughness to it or gouges and imperfections that need to be adjusted.

If the floor is intended to continue into another room you may have a need to remove or chop away door frames or door plates. This may further require sanding and leveling the floor. This can be costly and time consuming and could require the rental of machinery such as a cement mixer, a heavy-duty polisher or sander.

The reward comes with the finished product, a smooth well polished concrete floor. So if the task is not daunting to you then get started. If you are unsure of yourself, hire a professional to make the job easier on your back and your mind. Better yet, get that concrete floor by starting out with one. The next house you build could have one ready to go if you plan correctly.

IDEAS FOR CONCRETE FLOORS

So you have decided to take the plunge and create the concrete floor you have been dreaming of. Where do you go from there? You have many choices.



1. The classic stained concrete floor.

One of the most classic looks in concrete floors is the acid stained floor. This floor application returns a look that can feel historical as well as modern. The beauty of concrete is that no two floors will ever look the same. Every concrete floor takes the stain differently due to several factors. The process involves the interaction of the metallic salts found in the acidic, water-based solutions used for staining purposes. The salts interact with the hydrated lime in the existing concrete floor and yield color compounds that become permanent. The properties of the original cement, the finishing methods used on the concrete, the type of aggregate used in the concrete, the age of the concrete floor, and the weather at the time of the staining can all affect the outcome of the stain. Working with a professional can help you get the color you are looking for but even the professionals can't change certain aspects of the process. You must want the mystery and surprise of the result to be part of your concrete floor. Cracks and previous un-removable stains can add texture and flavor to the end result.

2. Creating space with a concrete area rug.

This idea is becoming extremely popular. Creating an area rug as part of the concrete floor can be achieved through a painting process or a staining process. Either way it requires some time and expertise. In the case of painting an area rug, a final protective coating, in fact several coatings, will be needed to keep the work from flaking and peeling up over time. High traffic areas should be well protected.

If you are using a staining process to achieve the rug then a way to tape off the stain will be necessary to keep the stain within the confines of the area. Painting it on can actually achieve this or if you have planned the process well, then this can happen at pouring time by scoring the concrete to mark the area or delineate the pattern to be filled. Scoring can also be applied at a later date with saw cuts. Consider a combination of the two processes, staining and painting for a genuinely unique look.

3. Patterned concrete floors

Achieved with concrete pavers, concrete stamping, or scoring with a saw cut or at pouring time, the possibilities are endless. You are creating a pattern that can run throughout the space the floor fills or a particular area as needed. The affect can be altered with additional staining or painting or the pattern can be filled with a particular pre-colored concrete. The patterns can be small, large or in between.

Whether decorative or practical a concrete floor can be assembled to create the look and feel that you require. The product is cheap and the labor required is up to you. Technology has opened the door on the concrete floor phenomenon.

Easy to maintain, easy to change (wood or carpet can be put on top of any concrete floor), and a great alternative for people with allergies or living in climates where water is easily tracked indoors, concrete flooring can go wherever your imagination is headed.

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