Most homeowners already know that concrete makes great driveways, walkways, basketball courts, and other utilitarian features of the average outdoor living space. However, concrete isn't normally associated with stylish interiors, and it hasn't been until recently that the material has been used to add creative, stylish indoor components. Following are just three of the ways that concrete is currently being used to dress up indoor living spaces.
Naturally, you're not going to want traditional gray concrete floors in your interior rooms -- but that's light years away from what you'll get from today's concrete flooring options. Polished concrete that's buffed to a rich sheen provides a foundation for rooms where an upscale ambiance is desired. Concrete can be stained, dyed, or painted any color you wish. It can be stenciled or stamped for a unique look, treated with decorative overlays, and textured to create nonslip surfaces in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens. Because it's so easy to clean, concrete flooring is excellent for those with pets or active children in the home, and because it absorbs and holds heat, it helps to keep energy costs down in winter. As an added benefit, concrete is one of the most fire-resistant building materials available.
Concrete also makes great countertops. Home cooks appreciate concrete's easy-care properties, and because it's poured into place, it offers both seamless construction and the ability to custom-design your kitchen workspace to fit whatever mold matches your individual needs and preferences. Because concrete is resistant to heat and scratches, you won't have to worry about damaging it with your meal preparation activities -- and you won't have to worry about stains if it's properly sealed with a top-quality stone sealer. You can also customize concrete countertops in a wide variety of unique ways to create a kitchen that perfectly reflects your individual personality.
Sinks, Tubs, and Showers
Concrete makes wonderful soaking tubs because it holds in heat so well. You can even opt to have embedded heat coils installed to enhance this effect. Shower floors and walls constructed from concrete means that you won't be spending any time scrubbing grout, thanks to the seamless construction concrete offers. Concrete also makes low-maintenance and easy-to-clean bathroom sinks and kitchens.
Please don't hesitate to contact a local concrete contractor, like Hofmann Concrete Construction LLC, at your earliest convenience for more information on using concrete to enhance the appearance and functionality of your interior living space.