When you think of concrete floors, you’re first instinct is to probably imagine your garage floor outside, or an industrial factory floor. However, you’ll find that interior concrete floors are becoming quite popular. There are many ways you can make an indoor concrete floor work for you.
You have options! Contrary to popular belief, concrete floors don’t just come in gray. There are a number of colors that you can apply to an interior concrete floor to make it your own in a variety of ways:
- Integral color – If you’re installing a brand new cement floor, the color you choose can be added to the concrete during the mixing process.
- Stains – If you have a pre-existing concrete floor that lacks color, you can stain it with unique finish.
- Dyes – If you’re interested in giving your cement floor a more vibrant or brighter shade, dyes can provide you with that.
- Colored hardeners – If you don’t want anything extremely permanent, colored hardeners normally give freshly-poured concrete a surface-level color.
- Paint – If you’re more of DIY type of person, you can never go wrong with paint.
There are different surface textures that you can apply to your concrete floor to make it unique to your home or business. These include troweled smooth, or polished textures.
- Troweled – Trowels are used to smooth and level the surface of freshly-poured concrete. The effect depends on your tastes, as you can produce a coarse or patterned texture through this method.
- Smooth –Smooth textures look like their name suggests; this effect is also achieved with a trowel.
- Polished – A cement polished texture gives a cleaner, glossy look as opposed to just a smooth texture.
There are two main types of concrete floors:
- Existing concrete – This can be an existing concrete floor or slab within your business or home. While it may be more difficult to add color if it’s already been treated by the previous owners, you can still enhance it with stains or polishes.
- Decorative overlay – Concrete overlays can be a layer of concrete added on top of an existing hard-surface floor, whether it be pre-existing concrete or not. This is an option for those who do not want to go through the hassle of the extensive removal of pre-existing floors.