When most people think of concrete flooring, they’re usually thinking of a driveway or warehouse. But did you know that more and more people are opting for a stunning interior concrete floor at home?
Concrete flooring has many advantages over traditional interior flooring options. For one thing, it’s much more affordable. Compared to other popular flooring options, such as hardwood, porcelain, or ceramic tile, concrete is up to 50% cheaper.
You might argue that a concrete floor would take away from the aesthetics of the home, but nothing can be further from the truth. These days, there are a lot of innovative options you can use to beautify your interior concrete floor. Just because you have a concrete floor, doesn’t mean that it needs to be plain, grey and dull.
Concrete floors can be painted using a paint made specifically for concrete or an etching solution can be applied for a look that resembles granite. Alternatively, concrete stamping can be applied to make your floor resemble hardwood or tile. You can even give your concrete floor its own unique pattern.
Finally, let’s talk about concrete’s durability. When properly cared for, a concrete floor can last decades with minimal repairs. This is another way installing an interior concrete floor can save you money. It can stand up to heavy foot traffic, water damage, and is non-porous, meaning spills won’t stain. However, nothing is 100% unbreakable, and that includes concrete.
Here are two reasons you may need interior concrete repairs done:
This is the most common problem with concrete floors, especially for a poured on concrete floor. Cracks usually occur for one of two reasons: either due to extreme fluctuations in temperature (as concrete expands or contracts due to changes in temperature) or because the ground underneath it is uneven. Most cracks are only on the surface, but you will need to have a full inspection done to rule out any structural problems. A crack can be repaired simply by applying a concrete patch with a putty knife, and then allowing it to dry. Sometimes a second coat may be needed. After that, allow it to dry for several days and then apply a sealant.
Repairing a crack is a small job, but to avoid any future problems, it’s best left to the professionals. Click here to request a quote for interior concrete repairs needed in your home.
2) Spalling or Scaling
The first sign of spalling or scaling is a white flakey patch on a portion of floor. There are a number of reasons why this might happen. Often scaling is nothing more than a surface issue, but it can also indicate deeper structural issues. Unlike a crack, which can potentially be repaired yourself, if you notice any signs of scaling you need to call in the professionals to find out the cause. This is not something that should be ignored, even if it’s just a small patch, because there’s always a chance it will grow and eventually separate from the surface. The longer it’s left alone, the more expensive the repair will be.
The benefits of building with concrete are what’s prompting more and more builders to choose this sturdy, inexpensive material, but nothing is 100% guaranteed. If you’re in need of interior concrete repairs to your floor or foundation, don’t wait. Click here to schedule a consult now.