Decorative concrete flooring is becoming more and more popular in both the residential and commercial sectors. Not only is it as attractive as other options, but it’s also incredibly resilient and easy to maintain. Whether you are an architect, contractor, property manager, or homeowner, you’ll be able to appreciate this durable, beautiful, and versatile material.
When choosing decorative concrete flooring, you’ll have options for choosing colors, textures, and even patterns (if you choose stamped concrete). Choosing the color is entirely a matter of taste and won’t affect the feel of the flooring. However, depending on how the space will be used, you might want to keep a few things in mind when choosing concrete texture for interior or exterior use.
For a Patio or Exterior Walkway
For residential patios, stamped concrete with a clear or colored concrete sealer can create a number of different looks and feels. Walkways and patios can be treated with stains or acid washes that will create the perfectly imperfect look.
When you’re thinking about the texture for these areas, think about the traffic they’ll get and the conditions they’ll be subjected to throughout the year. If the patio is covered, and it’s not susceptible to ice in the winter, a polished texture, like the smooth finishes on the floors in your home, will work beautifully.
On the other hand, if your patio or walkway is exposed to falling leaves in the autumn and ice and snow in the winter, you might want to go with a more slip-resistant texture. Sundek’s classic texture can be applied to any concrete flooring, including patios, walkways, and driveways. If you want to make your patio a no-slip zone and create a beautiful pattern at the same time, you might etched or stamp concrete finishes
For a Residential Interior
You want your home to be a comfortable place, where you can kick off your shoes when you walk in the door and walk around barefoot. Some concrete flooring textures are great for traction but not especially kind to bare feet. For your home, you’ll most likely want to consider a smooth polished texture, which can be paired with a number of colors and patterns to achieve the look and feel you want for your home.
For a Commercial Interior
If you’re looking at resurfacing the concrete flooring in a warehouse, factory, or any other commercial space, you need to keep safety in mind. You can create a very attractive floor, but you’ll also need to ensure that it is slip-resistant. You can do this by choosing classic texture or stamped concrete flooring that will grip the soles of your employees’ and clients’ shoes.
As you can see, there are a few factors to keep in mind when choosing concrete flooring. In addition to decorative concrete overlays, stains, and/or stamps and patterns, you need to think about how the space will be used and the best texture for it. Talk with your concrete contractor about the safest, most attractive concrete textures for the floors and walkways in and around your home or workplace.