Stained concrete is a great flooring option, but it does come with some pros and cons. The following page discusses the benefits of stained concrete flooring in your home or business, as well as some of the things you need to consider before installing this type of flooring.
If you are considering getting new flooring for your home or business, stained concrete may be an option that is worth exploring and we will discuss them in detail below. However, it is important to note that there are also some cons as well. We’ll talk about those too so you can make the best decision possible!
Stained concrete floors are a more modern version of the traditional cement or “gray” basement. Stains are added to concrete floors in a wide variety of colors and patterns, giving you an outdoor-like feel without all the upkeep that goes with it.
Concrete floors can be stained with anything from coffee to wine, giving you a truly unique look.
Stains allow the flooring to breathe and reduce moisture accumulation, dramatically reducing your risk of mold growth in humid climates. This reduced reliance on air conditioning systems or dehumidifiers because the stains will provide a natural way to combat moisture.
Stains also allow you to do a complete redesign of your entire interior, without having to go through the expense and time-consuming process of installing new flooring throughout the space.
A stained concrete floor installation is fast and cost effective as well; an average sized room can be completed in just two days.
The biggest benefit of stained concrete is how easy they are to maintain. For example, if your dog or cat has an accident on the floor, you can just clean it up, and viola! No need to scrub away at any stains like with traditional carpet floors.
The pros are that we can customize a stained concrete surface with many colors and patterns. This means you can choose from several options for aesthetic appeal! Stained floors will also take on more patina over time, so they have an aged look which may not suit everyone’s taste.
The cons are that they are not as warm or cozy to walk on when compared with carpeted floors. Another con is that they can only be installed in an area with no plumbing or heating vents.
My favorite design is a gray with white marble pattern that looks like an old quarry floor from the 1800s! A close second is designs have a light color with black, dark brown and even shades of green for the pattern. I also prefer them to show signs of aging which creates that “lived-in” look!
Other popular choices are light colors with natural, earthy tones like beige or light brown that don’t get dirty as easily.
The best options for care involve a combination of sealing, protecting and cleaning.
When choosing the right color stain, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration.
First of all is what type of concrete flooring do you have? If your floors are naturally shiny and glossy then it is important to choose a transparent or semi-transparent stain so as not to cover up this beautiful feature. On the other hand, if your floors are dull then you will want to go with a dark stain so as not to make it even more difficult to see.
Secondly, what is the color scheme of your room? You should take that into consideration when choosing a stain and keep in mind any new furnishings or decor items that might clash with the colors you will be using.
Thirdly, what type of organic matter is on the floor? If you have a lot of dirt or dust, then it might be best to go with a darker color that will help hide any spots left behind by your shoes and other shoes – as well as spills!
Fourth, do you want an overall even look for your floor or do you want a more varied look with different colors?
Finally, are you planning to use your floor for anything other than looking good? If so, then the type of material and how porous it is will be important. For example, floors that have an epoxy coating might not hold up well in high traffic areas because they’re too slippery.
If you are concerned stained concrete flooring may not fit into your budget, other alternatives include:
Many pros and cons come into play when considering installing a stained concrete floor in your home or business.The biggest benefit of stained concrete is how easy they are to maintain. They can be customized to many different colors and patterns, so you’re guaranteed not to see another surface like yours in the neighborhood. Stained floors will also take on more patina over time, giving them an aged look which may not suit everyone’s taste. Luckily there are plenty of options for care that involve a combination of sealing, protecting and cleaning your flooring so it stays looking fresh as ever!
We would love to discuss all these benefits with you in person if you have any questions or want advice about getting new stained concrete floors installed in your home.