Concrete Flooring

Concrete Flooring - many concrete floor options available.

Concrete Flooring

Concrete flooring is gaining popularity as a cost-effective, eco friendly flooring option.

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It might sound archaic, but concrete flooring is a great eco friendly choice and it's actually extremely attractive as well.

At Green Living Made Easy, we have plenty of contractor friends and they are seeing more and more of their clients (even very high-end clients that have money to burn) choosing to go with concrete floors because of the many advantages.

If you've never considered using concrete as flooring, don't leave yet. You might change your mind by the time you get to the end of the page!

Eco-friendly concrete flooring

Eco-Friendly Concrete Flooring

What Makes Concrete Flooring Eco Friendly?

When building new house or even remodeling an old house, you can skip the added cost and materials of flooring entirely if you choose to use the concrete slab as your finish floor.

That means less products used, which is really eco friendly. Concrete is very durable and long lasting. You won't need to replace it anytime soon, or ever!

As we always mention, long lasting products are always more eco friendly than those that need to be replaced often.

Fly Ash is often used in the production of concrete. Fly Ash, a byproduct of the coal mining industry and concrete gives it a valid use and keeps it out of landfills.

Concrete flooring will help to keep your home cooler in the summer. Radiant heat can be added and is a better and more effective way to help heat your home in the winter months.

Studies show that people who use radiant floor heat keep their thermostats lower and save energy. There are no VOC's or other harmful chemicals used in concrete, which makes is a great choice for those who have allergies.

Stained Concrete Flooring

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Making Concrete Flooring Look Good

So, we're guessing that you probably don't want the inside of your house to look like your driveway and we don't blame you. There is so much that you can do with concrete flooring to make it exciting and beautiful.

There's really no limit to the finish possibilities and you can find options to fit every taste and lifestyle. Stamped Concrete: Stamps can be used in concrete flooring to give it depth and visual appeal.

There are a wide variety of stamps available and they are imprinted into the concrete before it's fully dry. If you are building a new home, it's very easy to have this done during the installation of your slab.

You can also add stamping during a remodel by having a relatively thin layer of concrete added to your slab during a remodel. Stained Concrete: Concrete can also be stained. Stain can be applied with a brush, roller, or sprayer. The preferred method is by using a sprayer though.

You can choose stain in a wide variety of colors and can even add different colors of stain to increase visual interest. For example, designs can be added as can darker bands of stain. Adding Pigment to the Concrete: Another option that will allow you to get colored concrete is to have pigment added when the concrete is mixed.

A decent selection of colors is available, but the choices are limited. This needs to be done when the concrete is poured, so if you are working with existing concrete, you'll want to stain instead.

Radiant heating in concrete flooring

Radiant Heating in Concrete Flooring

Concrete Flooring Tips:

If you're considering using concrete as a flooring option, there are a few things that are worth thinking about.

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If you are building a new house in an area that has cold weather, you'll definitely want to invest in a radiant heating system. This will help to keep your floor (and your feet!) warm in the cold winter months.

If you have an existing home and you're going to go down to your slab, you can have radiant heat added - you'll just need to also have a thin layer of concrete added on top of it.

If you are planning to stain your concrete, be sure to purchase an eco friendly stain that is low VOC. You can easily negate many of the "green" benefits of concrete by not paying close attention to the stain you use. VOC's will off-gas for many years and are harmful to your family and the environment.

Use patterns for concrete flooring

Patterns in Concrete Flooring Are Limitless

Caring For Concrete Flooring:

Caring for concrete flooring is simple and easy and doesn't require the use of harmful chemicals, which is also eco friendly.

For general cleaning, you can simply sweep or vacuum your floors with a cleaner that is made to vacuum hard surfaces. Wet mop your flooring regularly with water and a damp mop.

Stains can usually be dealt with simply by using water and a soft brush. If that doesn't work, you can add a mild detergent.

If your concrete has a sealer added, talk to the contractor who stained and sealed the floor for care tips.

Don't drag furniture across your floor. Yes, concrete is durable, but furniture can scratch the finish or even the concrete itself.

Don't use acid-based or abrasive cleaners. They'll damage the floor and they aren't good for you or your family either.

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