The Pros And Cons Of Concrete Flooring

by Simona Ganea

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!

Durable.

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.

Eco-friendly.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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The Ideal Flooring for Indoor Pets

The Ideal Flooring for Indoor Pets

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Designing your perfect home can be be a thrilling hobby but it can also come with a lot of responsibilities, especially if there are four legged creatures roaming about your house! A very common question in the flooring business is: what is the ideal flooring for indoor pets? We have narrowed them down and ranked our top three:

1. Bamboo

Natural Trendiness

Bamboo flooring will always be the most attractive choice for our customers because its features create an ambiance of timeless elegance and it leaves a better environmental impact on the planet. It is renewable and biodegradable! Bamboo flooring is popular at homes mainly because of its durability and it is easy to maintain. Our expert’s advice is to stay away from stained bamboo as it is more likely to highlight paw marks and dents. Although bamboo flooring has become a highly trendy material, one of its cons is that it requires regular maintenance. If stains are not quickly cleaned, it will most likely lead to discolouration (the acid in urine can discolour floors and damage them -- when cleaning, don’t use ammonia but vinegar and warm water).

Tip: The harder the surface, the less chance of having dents and scratches. Did you also know that bamboo flooring is fire resistant? By choosing bamboo flooring, owners would be choosing a safer environment for their animals.

2. Laminate

Wood vs. Laminate?

Pet Friendly Hardwood Floors

What is cheaper and more durable than hardwood? Laminate Flooring; it is very popular among pet owners for many reasons -- besides the fact that it is very affordable. Laminate's hard surface can withstand harsh treatment by animals and is also resistant to moisture. Even though some might argue that laminate flooring is not as durable as vinyl, it will definitely last longer than wood. The scratch-invisible and pet-stain resistant flooring will look flawless with any arrangement of furniture. One thing shoppers should consider about laminate is that it amplifies the sound of footsteps and can be slippery for some animals. To fix this, we recommend rugs in the areas with high foot-traffic to create safety and comfort. Still not convinced? A lot of customers use laminate flooring as a temporary fix. Because it is so cheap, a lot prefer laminate flooring when their children and pets are young and upgrade it to hardwood floors at a later date.

 

3. Vinyl Flooring

Infinite Possibilities

Owner of adorable but messy pets? Say no more. Vinyl flooring is the way to go. Not only is it easy to maintain but also easy to clean. Vinyl flooring is moisture resistant, water resistant, and even stain resistant. Most importantly, it is ranked number one in our list because vinyl flooring wraps and absorbs any noise made on the ground: from the clicking noise of heels to the paw noises from the pet’s nails. If you want to choose a comfortable flooring for your pet, vinyl flooring is considered to be soft under the foot compared to stone and tile -- especially for those who own energetic critters. If you own a pet that sheds a lot, luckily vinyl is highly demanded and so it is available in every colour and pattern imaginable. That way, fur and other dust will not be so noticeable.

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All in all, choosing the right type of flooring involves balancing and considering a lot of factors depending on needs and expectations -- factors such as: safety, comfort, durability, resilience, and more. We always believe there is a perfect flooring match to every home.

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