Stamped and colored concrete has a long history of use for exterior pavements. However, decorative concrete can be as pleasing indoors as it is outdoors. Colored and imprinted concrete combines an aesthetic finish with the economy, durability, and strength of concrete.
Decorative concrete surfaces present an affordable alternative to many other materials. Using stains, stamps, dyes, colored pigments, white cement, textured patterns, ornate sawcuts, epoxy overlays, and more, designers and installers can create increasingly attractive floors inside homes and other buildings. Concrete’s versatility allows it to take on the appearance of other materials or create its own unique look while providing good long-term performance. As techniques for decorative concrete finishes evolve, they are supplanting other decorative floor coverings, expanding the market potential for interior floors made of concrete.
Concrete floors provide an alternative to moisture-sensitive flooring materials. Using concrete as the exposed finish offers several benefits. With fast construction schedules, concrete may not have time to dry adequately prior to placing an adhered finish. If that finish is impermeable or is applied with moisture-sensitive glue, there is a potential for failure. Debonding, delamination, blistering, and expansion are a few problems associated with moisture in floors.
There are environmental benefits to decorative concrete floors, too. They do not harm interior air quality as some other finishes might. Concrete floors contain no volatile compounds (VOCs) to pollute the air. Nor do these finishes contribute to microbial growth or staining inside the home.
Another environmental benefit of growing importance is the sustainability of concrete in all applications. Owing largely to its durability and recyclability, decorative concrete is a sustainable material for interior floors. See ConcreteThinker.com
for more information on the sustainability of concrete.