Concrete is a common building material that also has a number of qualities that make it well suited for interior flooring use, such as its high durability, relatively low cost, and quick installation time. However, there are many different types of interior concrete flooring that you can have installed, each of which has a different set of advantages and has a different appearance. Knowing the differences between the most common types of concrete flooring can help you choose the best option for your flooring needs.
Stained concrete flooring is a type of concrete flooring that challenges the common conception of concrete as a gray, drab material. Staining requires acid solutions to be applied to the surface of the concrete, which then causes a chemical reaction that permanently changes the color of the concrete. Colors can range from blues and reds to a wide range of neutral shades so you can easily match the appearance of your floor to the interior design of the rest of your room. Furthermore, stained concrete will have its coloring go all the way through the material, which means that chips and minor damage will not cause any sort of marring on the surface of your floor and may even be invisible except upon close inspection. After staining, your concrete is usually sealed with a glossy finish that is smooth and reflective.
Unlike stained concrete, stamped concrete is a type of flooring solution that makes use of dyes or stains to recreate the appearance of other, more common flooring materials. This means that you can recreate the appearance of natural stone, brick, or clay tiles, including the grout lines and patterns, with the added benefit of concrete's durability and lower price point. However, stamped concrete can only be applied when the concrete itself is being poured, which means that you will have to remove the existing floor, which can add to the cost.
Acrylic Sealed Concrete
Exposed concrete floors that have already been poured can be treated with an acrylic sealant. Acrylic can come in any color imaginable giving you a great number of different choices that you can make with your flooring design. The sealant sits on top of the concrete and acts as a protective barrier against moisture and physical damage and comes in a matte finish. The main draw of acrylic sealants on concrete floors is that they can be applied when the concrete has already hardened, making it a great choice for remodeling. However, the acrylic can wear away, which means that it will have to be replaced in a few years, making it less suitable for high-traffic areas.
Contact a local concrete floor services to learn more about flooring options.