Cement and other concrete flooring solutions have been around for a long time, serving as the preferred choice for garages, patios and other hardwearing areas.
Cement is increasingly becoming an option not only for these areas of the home anymore, but also throughout the house in many modern homes. These floors can be polished, etched or stained to form the floors in any part of the house, fitting the style and decor for each respective room.
We’re taking a look at the Pros and Cons of what having these floors in the home are:
Cement and concrete floors are easy to maintain because they require little more than a warm-water mop once a week to keep them clean and they can last for a lifetime depending on the traffic.
Environmental Friendliness: Installing concete flooring doesn’t require a lot of raw materials as all that is required is that the top-floor surface is removed to expose the cement and then the cement is treated for the desired effect, meaning there is little to no carbon footprint.
Design Flexibility: Most people think of an ugly grey floor when you say concete or cement, but, with concrete flooring, it provides versatility in colour and texture effects.
Susceptibility to moisture: Depending on the quality of workmanship, the concrete can become susceptible to moisture if during installation areas weren’t sealed off properly which can lead to mold growth.
Hardness and Discomfort: Concrete floor is hard and which can make it uncomfortable to sit or stand on for long periods. It also means that anything dropped on the floor is likely to shatter – such as plates and glasses or anything else that breaks easily.
Cold and Slippery: Whilst this is a concern for older concrete and cement floors, newer flooring treatments make it possible to provide a slip-free floor that is relevantly neutral to the touch but older floors are often icy cold during winter months and can easily cause slipping and therefore is not suggested in homes where there are elderly or children residing.