CONCRETE FLOORS – What you need to know

Some of the pros and cons with concrete floors.

Concrete floors are truly unique and in our opinion, undoubtedly the number 1 choice when it comes to flooring. At the same time, they are not always practical for everyone and getting the look you want can be expensive.

So before you decide on concrete floors for your next project, we wanted to talk about a few of the options available and some of the pros and cons of different concrete floors.

firstly, there are many types of concrete floors to choose from. All of which are based around the use of concrete as the foundation and finish of a flooring system. Some of the different options available are: Polished Concrete, Honed Concrete, Sealed Concrete, Exposed Aggregate & Burnished Concrete.

Each of these floors have there own pros and cons, based around function, aesthetics and cost.

Concrete Floors

CONCRETE AT IT’S CORE

Lets start with concrete as a material for flooring first, then we can move onto the different systems it can achieve.

PROS

Concrete is very durable, it’s unique and it’s sustainable. The sustainability of concrete as a floor is worth elaborating on. To explain, concrete is used as the foundation for most homes and commercial properties in Western Australia. If you then use this material as your finished floor surface, there is no need for extra material, such as tiles or timber. This alone, makes concrete a sustainable option. Add to this, the thermal mass properties that concrete holds and the potential to lower air conditioning and/or heating requirements and you truly have a uniquely sustainable flooring system.

Some other great benefits to concrete include: it’s seamless nature, this helps with lowering maintenance. Furthermore, it’s smooth seamless surface doesn’t allow dirt, dust and potential bacteria to harbour.

CONS

Unfortunately, the thermal mass topic must be considered a drawback as well. That is to say, if the concrete is unable to be naturally heated by the sun and you do not happen to have underfloor heating, concrete can be a cold surface. Now, in WA this shouldn’t pose much of a problem and a cooler floor may be beneficial. However, design and location should always be considered when you’re thinking of using concrete as a floor.