Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Flooring Series part 3

First just a reminder to enter my giveaway here.  It ends Sunday

Okay now for the flooring topic. Today we are talking about concrete flooring. I bet when you read this you thought of sidewalks or patios and went yuk! Who would do that inside? The truth is many people.
Concrete has become a new material of choice for designers and homeowners alike.
The look is such that you have probably already been on some beautiful floors and never even knew they were concrete.
Concrete is very durable and yet affordable. The hard surface can last a lifetime and withstand the daily traffic, spills, etc that come from family life. Concrete can be painted, glossed, stained, stamped, or etched to match any decor. Concrete can also be cut and textured to look like tile, yet concrete is much easier on the wallet compared to other flooring choices.
It is a wonderful option for people with allergies and is easy to maintain. concrete flooring is beneficial to the environment and a green building choice. Slow to heat up and cool down, stained concrete can reduce utility bills. Also, because they use the foundation already poured, they eliminate the need to cut down trees or use materials, like carpets, which consume large amounts of energy to manufacture.
Common questions people have are: 
Is it loud, is it cold, is it hard to clean?
Concrete floors can be loud and produce an echo effect, but no more so than ceramic tile, natural stone flooring, and some hardwood or bamboo floors.

Yes, concrete can be cold, but no more so than ceramic tile or natural stone flooring. You do have the option with concrete flooring to install radiant heating cables so you can keep the floors warm and control the temperatureWhile concrete floors are relatively easy to maintain,  they aren't completely maintenance free. How much maintenance your floor will need depends on the amount of traffic it receives and the type of finish you have chosen.

Acid stained concrete floor

     The possibilities are endless when it comes to concrete 
flooring. From coloring the concrete to etching and stamping, the designs you can come up with are limited only by your imagination.

  • Commercial Floors Extreme Concrete Designs East Setauket, NY
    Extreme Concrete Designs
    near New York City, NY
  • Surface Design Solutions Atlanta, GA
    Surface Design Solutions
    in Atlanta, GA
  • Concrete Floors Chicago Concrete Solutions, Inc. Chicago, IL
    Chicago Concrete Solutions, Inc.
    in Chicago, IL
  • Concrete Floors Kemiko Concrete Stain Leonard, TX
    photo courtesy of concrete network


  1. WOW, the concrete flooring is gorgeous. I bet it is really cool:) in the summer would feel great, hmmm in the winter... wear slippers:)

    Have a blessed day my friend!

  2. Love that floor. My cousin painted a concrete floor on their back porch and it turned out great as well. Never saw that done till they done it. Thanks for sharing. Be blessed. Cindy

  3. I love them, would love to have some. I do have a concrete counter top and I love it too. I got your note on my collections post and just wanted to let you know, I agreed with the antlers, too many...lol

  4. if your worrying about stained concrete flooring being cold. install radiant floor heat before you pour.

  5. Debbie, Thanks so much for the sweet Birthday greeting! So glad you stopped by!

  6. Hi Debbie, What is the cost comparison for concrete? I know concrete counters are pretty expensive... My job is still going. I was just there with fabric samples. The painter is there right now and the granite should be finished today. Thank you for asking. It is a lot of work.

  7. I come from the Caribbean where concrete is use a lot; I love it. Great post

  8. I've seen some beautiful stained concrete. I would actually love to do something to our concrete outside, but it's probably not going to happen :-)

  9. Wow..I love this look..who would of thought it was concrete!!!

    Thank you so much for leaving such a sweet caring comment concerning my daughters migraines the other day. Your thoughtful words and prayers are jus what she needed. Hugs to you my friend. xoxo

  10. Great ideas here! My sister and her husband installed polished concrete floors in their home and it really looks amazing. With some gorgeous and strategically placed rugs it isn't cold and it looks fantastic.

    Best wishes,

  11. That's beautiful!

    I'm dying for concrete countertops.

  12. Great information! My neighbor painted their concrete basement floor and it looks great! I like the idea from the comment above about heat in the floor...wooo...wouldn't that be nice on the toes :)
    Have a great Sunday :)

  13. I love concrete flooring and really want to do it in our family room. My friend had it throughout her house and it was great.

  14. Muy buen post de pisos decorados en concreto.