Did you know concrete floors could look this good?

If you're wondering what you can do to use your concrete floors as the finished flooring, look no further.

Below, I'll show you some highly decorative, polished, stained, and colored options I think you'll find very attractive.

I'm Mike, my company Day's Concrete Floors, Inc has been installing concrete flooring since the 80's.

More recently, and quite often now, we're being asked to stain, polish or stamp the interior floors. 

Here's some reasons why:

  • Integral color can be added with many colors to choose from
  • The surface can be polished to a high sheen
  • Stains can create some amazing effects
  • Overlays give old concrete a new look
  • Epoxies are now very decorative and durable
  • Concrete is considered a more "green" sustainable material
  • Concrete can be heated with radiant heat

Polished concrete courtesy of Jon Meade Design

Some of the most popular choices

Polished concrete:

Great looking interior floor, can be polished to a matte or high gloss finish. These floors can also be stained or dyed to add color. Requires less maintenance than most other flooring materials.

Polished concrete floor with dye stain

Stained concrete:

Most concrete can be stained. I stain more floors than any of these other types of floor finishes. There are many colors to choose from and every floor is unique.

Stained concrete floor

Stamped Concrete:

Stamping is great if you're looking for a certain pattern. There's patterns for wood, cobble stone, slate, brick and many more. Multiple colors can be used to create a floor that looks very much like the "real" thing.

Interior stamped concrete floor

Decorative Overlays:

Old and worn concrete can be resurfaced to look like stamped concrete or made smooth and stained or polished. An overlay is a great choice for concrete that had carpet, tile or laminate removed and the concrete is cracked, pitted, and stained.

Interior decorative concrete overlay

Epoxy flooring:

Epoxies make great interior floor finishes. There are many colors to choose from, they are very durable and easy to maintain. With the "metallic" additives now available, some wild looks can be achieved that are one of a kind floors.

Reflector enhancer epoxy floor coating

Some things to consider before you decide

  1. The cost of these types of floors can vary from $4.00 per sq. ft. for a simple stained floor to $15.00 per sq. ft. for a stamped or decorative overlay.
  2. If you're building "new" consider using radiant heat in the concrete. This will keep the concrete warm under your feet, a very good feeling.
  3. Smooth or polished concrete can be slippery when they get wet, but no more so than polished granite, hardwood, or smooth tile floors.

Let's recap, why choose concrete for interior flooring ?

  • Environmentally friendly - most homes already have concrete floors, there's no need to cover them up with another flooring material.
  • Versatility - as you can see from reading above, there's so many types of finishes that can be applied to the concrete.
  • Durable - if installed properly, concrete is very tough and doesn't damage very easily.
  • Low maintenance - most of the finishes require only a damp mop, vacuuming and/or dusting. no need for harsh chemical or cleaners.
  • Long lasting - if properly maintained, the lifespan of finished concrete flooring is 30 years or more. 

How to pour a concrete floor

This is a video of us pouring a concrete floor using a conveyor truck.

It's interesting to see how easy a conveyor truck makes it to place the concrete right where we need it. Take a look and let me know what you think.

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A step by step guide on how to install painted epoxy floors

Watch us as I show you how to pour a concrete floor.

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