Four Myths About Home Concrete Flooring

16 July 2015
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People often associate concrete flooring with unfinished basements or industrial warehouses. But concrete flooring is an excellent option for any room where you want a hard, durable floor. Easy to maintain and clean, they can also be very attractive. So don't fall for these common misconceptions about concrete flooring.

Concrete is unattractive; maybe it's good for warehouse floors, but not inside a home.

This might be the most common myth about concrete flooring, yet nothing could be further from the truth! You have probably seen quite a few attractive concrete floors without even knowing that they were concrete; because most people associate concrete with gray slabs, it's easy to overlook the many decorative concrete floors out there.

Through decorative staining, stamping, and inlaying, concrete floors can be made to mimic many other materials, including brick, slate, natural stone, and even wood. And the floors can go even further than material mimicry – by putting a pattern in the surface of the concrete, it can turn into a faux wood mosaic or create complicated bricklaying patterns in faux brick. Almost any hard floor design that you can imagine is possible.

Concrete sidewalks crack over time, and so will a concrete floor.

Concrete sidewalks are quite different than concrete floors. They are exposed to more shifts in temperature as well as more wear and tear, and they often crack due to heaving ground from tree roots or underground freezing.

It's true that concrete flooring can crack – just as vinyl flooring can peel or wood flooring can buckle. But not only is this an uncommon occurrence, it's also easy to fix. Cracks in concrete flooring can be filled and sealed without the entire floor needing to be repaired or redone.

People are easily injured after slipping and falling on hard concrete floors.

Concrete is a hard flooring material – but so are materials like marble and stone. Falling on any of these materials can be painful; this makes plush rugs a good idea for areas where you might be worried about children falling.

The idea that concrete is more slippery than other materials, however, isn't true. In fact, if you're worried about slippery floors, you can even have non-skid additives applied to the surface of concrete to increase its traction.

Concrete floors often have moisture problems and can even cause household humidity and mold.

You may have heard of concrete floors that literally sweat out water, causing all sorts of household problems. But this isn't an inevitable concrete problem – this is a problem with the installation. Concrete that is properly installed over a moisture vapor barrier and allowed to dry completely before being decorated or sealed won't have moisture problems. So be sure that your concrete flooring is installed by a reputable contractor, and you won't have to worry about sweating concrete.

Contact a professional concrete contractor, like Fleshcon / Clearview Concrete, to learn more about your concrete floor options.