The Case for Concrete Floors
Low in maintenance, high in impact and works with home styles from traditional to modern. What's there not to love?
Concrete floors are a sustainable option if you use an existing concrete slab, avoiding the consumption of new materials. Once the concrete is sanded down and polished or sealed, it looks perfectly refined in a traditional kitchen or living room, especially when layered with Oriental rugs and pretty furnishings and fixtures.
The only maintenance required of concrete floors is weekly mopping with soapy water. I recommend installing skirting along with the concrete floor as well, even though you think you may not need it. Just imagine what a dirty mop would leave behind in the crevice where the floor meets the wall if there were no skirting. And it will make your choice look finished and intentional.
The cost of concrete floors is low compared to laying of timber, laminate, tile or natural stone. Concrete comes in tonal differences and colours which can take on a stone-like, natural feel.
A floor that has been polished and maintained can be expected to last a hundred years or more. In this home, let’s appreciate how an aged and cracked concrete floor was not hidden under new tiles or carpet. Instead it is celebrated for the history it holds, and has been put on display along with other architecturally salvaged materials.
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