There are so many options when it comes to choosing flooring for your home, office or business premises. Wood floorboards and carpet have long been the traditional option for houses, and there is little wrong with that method. Rather than carpet, many people have turned to tiles and wooden flooring, each of which can make for very attractive, durable and hardwearing flooring in the right rooms. However, there is one type of flooring that has made the jump from industrial to home use and can be very effective.
Concrete is the material of choice, especially in many modern and new-build homes, and has actually been popular as a household flooring medium for a lot longer than you may think. It’s surprisingly affordable, very durable, and while you may consider it fit only for the factory floor, you’ll be surprised how attractive a well-finished concrete floor can be in the home. Let’s talk a bit more about concrete floors, and how to find the concrete contractor you can trust to do a good job.
Finishing Concrete Floors
One of the main bonuses of concrete floors comes in the shape of the many different finishes that can be applied to them. The concrete will be laid in the traditional fashion, but after that there is a lot that can be done to make your floor look quite sensational. The starting point is that your concrete contractor will polish the floor once it is ready and will then seal it, so it is waterproof. It’s at this point that the finish becomes an important choice.
The finishes you can choose from include the following:
- Acid Stain in which an acid is applied to the surface resulting in a quite amazing, mottled effect in rich browns and earth colours. The only problem here is the eventual colour cannot be guaranteed, so it’s a bit of a chance. When done right this provides a very attractive result.
- A Water-Based stain is a common choice as it is easier to determine the colour outcome. The result will not be as bright and stunning as the acid version, but it will still look great and provides you with a very durable floor for life.
- Polished concrete may look at its best if treated to a Fast Stain, which gives it a speckled look and is among the eco-friendlier of all the possibilities. The finish of this is quite wonderful and looms great in a large modern and airy room.
- Acrylic Seal is a popular option as it is simple method that provides a nice sheen to the floor and comes in a range of finishes, plus it is hard-wearing and waterproof.
These are just some as there are a number of epoxy coatings you can use on concrete floors, so when you are looking for a concrete contractor make sure they offer the finishing options you are considering.
Choosing a Contractor
A few more tips for you that should help choose the right contractor include making sure they can show you prior examples of their work, either in person or in pictures. Also, ensure you get a written quote – and get more than one – that is guaranteed to be the price you pay. Talk to the people who will be doing the job as they’re going to be in your property, and you need to be able to trust them.
Consider all the above and look around for the right service provider, and you’ll have a concrete floor that is the envy of everyone who sees it.