Because they believe it’s hard, cold and dull, most homeowners don’t even consider installing a concrete floor in their home. However, little do they know that concrete flooring has come a long way since the grey, tedious appearance they’re used to! In fact, with the appropriate finishing treatment, concrete flooring can elevate the looks and feel of your home. Let’s summarize some of the most striking concrete finishes to account for.
1. Acid staining
By far the most popular concrete flooring finish, acid staining entails applying specially formulated chemicals onto the surface. The active chemicals react to the limestone content found in concrete to reveal amazing and unique colors. To obtain the best possible results and truly amazing colors, make sure to pay attention to the specific mineral composition of the flooring. In other words, the more limestone it includes, the more unique colors it will evoke and you’ll be able to enjoy a trully exquisite concrete flooring.
2. Polished concrete
Before you can apply the polishing treatment, you will have to inspect the flooring and make sure it’s dent-free. In case you notice even the slightest crack, then apply a filler solution and use a grinding tool to even out the surface. Using a fine polishing pad, you should work progressively on the concrete until it becomes flatter and glossier. More often than not, the smoothness of the result will ultimately depend on the grade of the concrete as well as how the finishing treatment was applied.
3. Color mix concrete
In general, to achieve a certain shade to it, the color pigments are added while the concrete is being mixed or before the initial pour. Because the colors pigments are merged with the concrete, the outcome is an incredible consistent coloration across the surface and down through the material. If you’re not satisfied with the effect, then you can incorporate additives to balance the density, consistency and plasticity of the flooring.
As the name suggests, the process implies pressing dimensional stamps into the fresh concrete poured to create textural elements on its surface. Because the stamps are available in a wide array of shapes and patterns, stamping allows you to obtain a concrete floor that can be easily be mistaken for natural stone.
Scoring entails integrating finely cut depressions into the surface of the concrete slab to obtain delightful patterns, elaborate motifs or focal markings. To achieve the desired patterns and shapes, you will have to employ circular saw blades of various thicknesses. Scoring can be performed directly on untreated materials and in conjunction with tinting and color staining. On a side note, if you’re working on a solid concrete surface, then cutting parallel lines will help you achieve the look of a composite tile flooring.
A final word
Take note that before you can apply a finishing treatment to the concrete, first you need to make sure that the surface is smooth and even. Therefore, if you notice dents, scratches or cracks on the slabs, it would be wise to contact a professional concrete floor repair service first.