When it comes to choosing a material for flooring, concrete always seems to be near the top of the list. It sees popular use in retail, commercial and industrial applications and for a good many reasons. Concrete is renowned for how inexpensive it is when compared to alternative construction materials. It is very long lasting and durable and so your outlay will last longer than you are likely to live. It is reasonably simple to install and easy to maintain needing very little upkeep bar mopping and sweeping. The main drawback which concrete used to have associated with it was that it was boring. This couldn’t be any further from the truth anymore though. Forget dull, plain grey slabs because the variety of styles on offer is what solidifies it as the go to choice for flooring in almost all situations.
Gone are the days of grey concrete being the only option. Now concrete can be coloured in a wide range of hues so your options are almost as big as your imagination. The concrete is usually coloured by dusting or by adding pigment to the wet concrete before it sets. It can be done in many different ways such as through hardeners which are used to colour just the uppermost layer. You can use different colours in different rooms and achieve entirely different looks and styles so the simple addition of colour immediately makes concrete more usable.
This is similar to colouring in that you are introducing another hue to the concrete but it creates a much different effect. Rather than causing a uniform colour change staining is done so that different colours infuse with the concrete but don’t entirely mix leaving effects akin to marble or stone. The choices available are extensive and it can be done through water-based staining for bolder colour schemes and acid-based staining for more natural subdued tones. This technique can produce various different effects and is a great way to liven up a potentially boring space.
If you are looking for more intricate patterns and designs inlaid in the concrete flooring, then you could consider concrete engraving. As with any type of engraving this will involve physically carving shapes out of the top surface. This can be combined with other materials to give a variety of colour and texture. There are many different styles and approaches to doing this and most contractors will be happy to follow your specific designs.
This effect will give you the look of a completely different material. Rather than your flooring looking like it is made of concrete you can give it the appearance of brickwork, natural stone or cobblestones etc. This is done by stamping the uppermost surface to leave the texture and appearance of the desired material. This is a great way of reaping all of the benefits of a concrete floor without losing out on that alternative style you were looking for.
If you want, you can have your concrete floor polished to greatly change its appearance. Depending on how it is done you can achieve different effects including wet style finishes or a highly reflective tiles by scoring lines in the surface. Polished concrete floors look very stylish and given how easy they are to maintain you see a lot of offices make use of commercial concrete polishing. There are even more options available with concrete because it is so versatile and easy to work with so speak with a local contractor and see what further options are available to you.