You are wanting to redo the floors on your main level, or finished basement. Are you looking for something unique, durable, eco-friendly, and easy on upkeep? Decorative stained concrete night be the right fit for you!
Concrete flooring is way more durable than any other flooring option. It has incredibly high compressive strength, which is the ability to withstand direct pressure. Your average concrete can withstand pressures over 4,500 pounds per square inch. Because of this, concrete is very difficult to damage. In addition, concrete will not have damage issues that you may find in other types of flooring such as warping, buckling, peeling, or chipping. Also, due to the properties found in the finishes, stained concrete is highly resistant to ultraviolet light, which causes fading and discoloration. The properties found in concrete, moisture may pass through the flooring, but it will eventually just dry up. It will also not grow mold or mildew no matter the humidity levels in the room. Because of the ability to withstand long term dampness and even flooding, Stained Concrete is a very popular flooring choice for basements.
When it comes to upkeep and maintenance of flooring, there is something different for each type of floor, as well as how difficult the maintenance is. Carpets need frequent vacuuming and shampooing, tile requires special attention to grout to make sure it doesn’t become stained, and hardwoods need special cleaning products as to not ruin the finish. All of those flooring options will eventually need to be replaced, or sanded and refinished at some time, which will be very costly and time-consuming. However with concrete, all that is required is sweeping, mopping, and repolishing about once every year or so, which is something you could do yourself and only takes about 10-15 minutes.
Many people nowadays are concerned about the air quality inside their homes. The main contributors to poor air quality are: allergens, such as dust mites, mold, and mildew; retained moisture and dampness; odors, harmful odors such as smoke, and aerosols from personal care and household cleaning products; and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) which are emitted from manmade, low-quality building materials. All of these are things are can be contributed by the use of carpeting, while moisture and VOC problems are associated with with wood and tile installations. But a stained concrete floor is perfect for promoting great air quality. This is because acid-stained flooring allows moisture to readily evaporate. It provides no place for dust mites to hide or for mold or mildew to grow. It cleans easily. It does not store odors. And it may be installed by using a concrete sealer that contains absolutely no harmful vapors or residues.
Concrete floors can be installed using radiant heating and/or cooling beneath the surface so as to provide a slow, steady, “clean” source of temperature regulation to your home. This is unlike forced air heating systems which circulate dirt, dust, pollen, odors, and germs every time the system is activated. This will also allow you to set your indoor air systems 5-10 degrees lower, which will help you save on your power bill.