Out of all the materials that can be used for flooring, to me concrete seems like the most interesting option. Of course, like all the other materials, it has both good parts and bad parts. Here are the pros and cons of concrete flooring:
The good things!
Concrete flooring is very durable and very resilient so this makes it difficult to damage. With concrete flooring you don’t have to worry about things like high heels, pet claws or furniture legs damaging its surface because it’s just nearly impossible.
The reason why having concrete flooring is an eco-friendly option is basically because a concrete subfloor already exists beneath another flooring material in most cases so all you do is uninstall anything that was placed over it.
Concrete flooring requires minimum maintenance. You just seal or wax it every 3-9 months and you use a neutral cleaning agent periodically. It’s easier than with wood floors, that’s for sure.
If you take proper care of your concrete flooring then it can basically last indefinitely. All you have to do is make sure you use wax and sealer every few months to protect its surface and to ensure a fresh look.
If you opt for concrete flooring but you decide you want something else at one point then all you have to do is install the new flooring over it. This gives you more freedom in choosing the design because you start with a very versatile surface.
Also, concrete flooring comes in a variety of colors and texture effects, not just in the grey form you’re probably imagining.
The bad things!
Because concrete is such a strong and durable material, this can also represent a problem. For example, if you trip and fall you’ll most likely get hurt. Also, if you drop something on the floor, it will get damaged.
Concrete flooring has a very hard surface so standing on it for long periods of time can be uncomfortable. Of course, carpets and area rugs can solve the problem.
Concrete doesn’t retain heat very well so your floors will feel very cold, especially during winter. Carpets and rugs can diminish the problem but not if you prefer the floors to be simple and free of any accessories.
A properly-installed concrete floor doesn’t normally present any moisture-related problems. However, if not properly sealed, the concrete can be very susceptible to penetration by moisture. As liquid makes its way into the pores of a concrete floor then it can lead to the appearance of mildew or moisture freezing which can lead to cracks in the floor.
Let’s now see how concrete flooring can be adapted and integrated into various types of interior designs. In this beautiful house that has a see-through swimming pool the floors coordinate wonderfully with elements like the grey sectional and the area rug in the living room but also all the wood in the wine cellar. Although the contexts are very different in each case, the concrete floor looks perfect each time.
Here’s another beautiful house which this time features a curved swimming pool and that was built entirely out of concrete. It has a stylish design with an asymmetrical, modern architecture and a very bright and airy interior. The flooring is the same throughout which helps to link the floors and all the spaces in a subtle way, adding uniformity to the décor.
And speaking of concrete houses, this one takes full advantage of this material in all its forms. The concrete flooring inside adds a subtle industrial touch to the décor but is beautifully balanced out by lots of warm wood and glass and metal accents. The simplicity of the colors and finishes emphasizes the natural beauty of the materials involved in the design.
This particular concrete house has a rugged-looking exterior which also partially influences the interior design. The ground floor in particular is interesting because it features polished concrete flooring and also a staircase made of unfinished concrete. Still, it doesn’t look or feel cold or uninviting and that’s because of elements like the fireplace or the decorative wood ceiling.
The unusual curved shape of this house caused by the topography and size of the site also translates into a very interesting and unusual interior design. The living room has an odd shape which actually make it feel extra inviting and cozy. The curved sectional frames a casual seating area with a trio of wooden log table at the center. The polished concrete floor provides a perfect backdrop for the furniture.
In this case the polished concrete flooring used for the social areas allowed for a smooth and seamless transition to be created between the exterior and interior spaces. As the glass wall slides open the living area and the covered deck become one and the same. This transition is also smoothened by the matching wall and ceiling sections for both areas.
This house has a beautiful zen garden but that’s not its only charming feature. The whole interior feels very bright and airy and has a simple but calming and relaxing ambiance. That was achieved by combining simple materials such as wood and concrete to create a shell for all the furnishings and decorations to stand out against.
The huge wooden shutters can completely cut off the interior of this house from the surroundings. When they’re up however, the whole space opens up and the lovely views of the garden and all the sunlight get to become a part of the interior décor. The transition between the interior and the outdoors is made smoother by the continuation of the concrete floor onto the lawn and the beautiful coordination between the shutters and all the furniture inside.
Concrete and glass go hand in hand, especially in a lot of modern and contemporary designs. These two materials complement each other beautifully in the case of this stylish house especially considering all the greenery that surrounds and that has become a part of the design as a whole.
This house is floating above the ground which offers great views and reinforces the relationship between architecture and nature in a very interesting way. The house is built out of exposed concrete which gives it a rugged look that partially defines the interior as well. Of course, elements like the exposed walls and the flooring are complemented by wooden ceilings and lots of stylish furniture which turn this into a very inviting home.