Concrete is known to be one of the most widely-used flooring materials for residential and commercial surfaces that experience a tremendous amount of traffic, like your garage, basement, warehouse and showrooms. Its density is definitely a plus and a good thing for all homeowners and business owners. It is also a good addition to your exterior landscape design and for areas such as walkways, patios, pool decks and driveways.
Benefits of Decorative Concrete
Concrete has a lot of benefits. But when you think of decorative concrete, the benefits are doubled and you’re in for a really good deal once you invest in it, and have your concrete surface looking like new for many years to come. Here are some of the things you will love about decorative concrete:
Durability – concrete surfaces are not easily damaged from foot traffic, weather, automobiles, tools and even chemical stains. It stands up to these threats and can last for a very long time. Also, it is safe and slip-resistant.
Ease of Maintenance – a concrete floor can resist all kinds of damage and dirt. It creates a non-porous surface that keeps mold, mildew and bacteria out. A quick sweep or damp mopping can already do the job of cleaning the surface.
Versatility – concrete can be stained, stamped or resurfaced to create a stunning design based on whatever kind of creative application you want to have. It can mimic the looks of expensive items like natural stone, brick, tile and wood at a fraction of the cost. It can match any kind of décor and landscape.
Long-lasting – a decorative concrete surface can last even longer than the regular (and expensive) flooring options like carpets, wood, tile, and linoleum. Also, colors will never fade and it has UV resistance.
Environment-friendly – stains and stamped concrete, two of the popular decorative concrete applications, will never affect the environment. It’s safe, has no chemical fumes, and doesn’t give off an excess amount that could damage your surroundings.
Temperature-friendly – concrete surfaces can help your rooms remain cool during the summer and warm during winter days
Types of Decorative Concrete
If your concrete is still gray and boring, chances are that you’ll need professional help and services to boost its appeal efficiently. There is an incredible range of designs and finishes that you could use for your surface, such as:
Stained Concrete – these offer a rich and vibrant color that will always stay true as time passes. It’s one of the best economical options to have a unique concrete surface that has limitless design capabilities. This beautiful floor application is perfect for your family rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and is the best way to keep dusts and allergens to a minimum.
Stamped Concrete – also known as patterned concrete, can give off an appearance that resembles brick, slate, stone, tile and wood patterns that can also resemble hardwood floors. This durable concrete surface application can stay beautiful for many years to come.
Resurfaced Concrete – if your concrete floor has damages and imperfections, a concrete resurfacing can do the job of covering these up efficiently and creating a more expensive look like flagstone, cobblestone, and even custom tile.