When you have a home with a large garage space, you might not give much thought to finishing the floor, even if you do put up drywall and fill in the ceiling. However, your garage floor is the area that experiences the most stress over the life of your home, and if you finish the floor correctly, the garage can be more functional and even beautiful.
If you plan to remodel your kitchen, you have a few different floor types to choose from, each with their own pros and cons. Polished concrete is a great choice if your kitchen sees a lot of action. Not only does polished concrete work well with various styles of interior design, but it also provides a kitchen with a number of important benefits.
Spillages Are Easy to Clean
Spillages are a common occurrence in a kitchen no matter how careful you are. And polished concrete fares well in this department. Drop a spoonful of pasta sauce on a polished concrete floor for instance, and you’ll be able to clean it up with some simple soap and water. Polished concrete is seamless and smooth. This allows you to easily find and wipe up spills and other accidents.
Wooden and tile floors don’t fare as well when exposed to spillages. The seams in wooden floors can accumulate dirt and grime over time. And the same is true for the grout between tiles.
Stains Aren’t a Problem
Unsealed, polished concrete is porous and thus will stain over time if exposed to spilled food and drinks. But polished concrete is sealed. As a result, spilled sauces and other dark colored foods won’t cause long-term stains. No matter how busy your kitchen is, your concrete floor will remain the same color.
Wear and Tear Is Minimal
Concrete is a sturdy material that can withstand heavy foot traffic for years without showing any signs of wear and tear. Most other flooring types cannot compete with polished concrete when it comes to durability. Wood flooring isn’t as hard as concrete flooring. And tiles often break.
But to keep your concrete floor looking as beautiful as the day you had it installed, you will need to reseal it once every several years or so.
Design Options Are Limitless
Polished concrete floors go well with just about any style of interior décor. And one of the best things about polished concrete is that you can customize its look, finish, and color to achieve the exact style you want. For instance, if you want a modern look, and your kitchen contains lots of chrome and steel, you could go for a grey, white, or black concrete floor with a matte finish.
One unique and often surprisingly pleasing aspect of polished concrete flooring are the cracks that might sometimes appear over time. Or if you have just uncovered your concrete floor, you might already notice several cracks running through it. Cracks in a polished concrete floor add character to your floor and give it more of a natural stone feel. This is great if your kitchen is rustic in design.
Temperature Control Is Simple
If your kitchen receives lots of sunlight, and you live in an area that sees warm summers and cold winters, concrete flooring will give you the ability to control the temperature in your home easily.
Concrete has a thermal mass of 2060, which is higher than most other materials, including sandstone and brick. This means that concrete can store a large amount of heat and cold energy. When you expose a concrete floor to the winter sun during the day, it will retain much of that heat, and then release it throughout the night to keep your home warm.
The same applies to the summer sun, so it’s important to keep your concrete floor shaded during summer, and instead expose it to cooler temperatures. It can then release those cool temperatures at night to keep your home cool.
Are you planning to remodel your kitchen soon? Then consider adding concrete flooring to your kitchen’s design. Deluxe Concrete can polish your existing concrete floor or we can pour and polish a concrete floor for you, and customize it to meet your specifications. Call us today to discuss how we can help you achieve the look you desire with polished concrete flooring.