The Pros And Cons Of Concrete Flooring

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!

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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.

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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.

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Easy to maintain.

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.

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Lasts forever.

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.

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Design freedom.

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!

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A very hard surface.

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.

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Not as comfortable as other materials.

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.

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It’s cold.

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.

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Not great with moisture.

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.

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