Traditionally concrete flooring has been used in locations where utility, durability, and ease of maintenance are more important than design and beauty. This includes a variety of environments where heavy equipment or machinery may routinely be used, or where staining agents may be common. It is also a popular commercial flooring option for high traffic areas.
Traditional concrete flooring locations include:
- Garages (Both commercial and residential)
- Public Institutions
Because of the design options that have become available for concrete floors in recent years, this material is now branching out into a variety of new residential applications.
Kitchens: Concrete flooring is popular in this room because it is durable and easy to clean. It can be sealed against moisture damage, and made virtually impervious to staining agents.
Bathrooms: The ease of durability is also making concrete a popular bathroom floor choice. In this space textured techniques can be used to ensure that the surface is slip resistant even when wet.
Hallways: The various surface finish and color options that are available allow you to install concrete in a hallway, to create a stylish floor that is also utilitarian in high traffic areas leading to adjoining exterior spaces.
Lofts and Studios: The sleek look of polished concrete, acid etched to give it a unique look, is a popular flooring trend in many trendy loft style buildings.
Rustic Cabins: While natural materials tend to rule the day in these locations, the fact that concrete can be stained to provide a highly durable alternative to slate and marble tile is making this an increasingly common choice for rustic interior locations.