When it comes to the flooring in your new home, there are so many options that it can be completely overwhelming to try to decide. But one of the types of home flooring seems to get a bad rap: concrete. This stalwart material doesn't deserve its bad press, however, and is rarely industrial or cold-looking when put in a home. So if you're looking for a couple of benefits to choosing concrete flooring in your new house, then here's what you need to know.
If you're a fan of minimalist living — in every respect — look no further than concrete flooring. Concrete is exceptionally easy to clean; you don't need any specialized materials or cleansers, as a mop with warm, soapy water will do the job perfectly. Concrete is also easy to afford, hovering around $2 to $6 per square foot on average for a basic, yet shiny and polished floor and somewhere around double that for an embellished floor.
Finally, concrete flooring is easy to feel good about, so long as you're working with pre-existing slabs of concrete. If you don't have to make the concrete for your home, your environmental footprint shrinks down to nothing, giving you an eco-friendly flooring material that still looks fabulous.
Carpets can be chewed, wood and vinyl can be scratched, but, when it comes to your pets, concrete is forever. No matter how badly your furry friend needs its nails clipped, it won't scratch up your concrete flooring — nor will it hide shocking amounts of fur or hair within a plush weave.
Add to that the fact that concrete doesn't soak in any urine or feces that your pet might happen to leave behind, and you have a recipe for a floor that can withstand even the heartiest (or naughtiest) of pets.
As mentioned above, there's always the option to customize your concrete flooring to make it match you, your personality, and your decor that much better. Different colors, designs, and patterns can all be incorporated into your concrete flooring, allowing it to echo your design choices elsewhere in your house. You can even include bits of marbles, stones, and glass mixed into the concrete to give a bit of extra color and sparkle.
If you're worried about your floor getting too cold in the winter, concrete looks good with any type of rug — or, if rugs aren't really your thing, concrete flooring is one of the easiest types of flooring to incorporate radiant floor heating into.
For more information, contact a local flooring company like Concreate.