Concrete now popular for residential flooring

by Madelein
Concrete now popular for residential flooring

Traditionally, concrete flooring has been used where utility, durability and limited maintenance are more important than aesthetics. “However, because of the staggering design options available nowadays, concrete floors are also increasingly adding beauty to residences,” says Hanlie Turner, Business Development Manager at Cement & Concrete SA.

Hanlie Turner, Business Development Manager at Cement & Concrete SA

Turner says concrete offers both aesthetic and practical options for the flooring of key areas such as foyers, patios, kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and garages.

“Concrete flooring has become popular in both the kitchen and bathroom, owing to its durability, ease of cleaning and the fact that when sealed, offers protection against moisture damage and can be made impervious to staining agents.”

Versatility in design and application

“Designers and home-owners are increasingly using decorative concrete floors in residential foyers to maximise ‘first impressions’ by adding stencilled motifs, multi-colour tile-like patterns and saw-cut designs,” Turner adds. “More recently, as a result of Covid pandemic, consumers have been using concrete floors to create ‘fun and functional garages’ that double up as playrooms or work-from-home office spaces.”

Another benefit of concrete floors is affordability when compared to vinyl, ceramic tiles or carpet. Even concrete floors with more complex designs can hold their own, pricewise, against other materials such as marble, granite or top-end wood.

Durability vs. cost

The lifetime maintenance cost of a concrete floor is low, as sweeping or damp mopping is usually all that is required. Concrete floors do not trap pet dander that can trigger asthma attacks and allergies, making them a safer option in today’s changed world.

“In addition, concrete floors offer benefits when a house is for sale. Should the new owners want to change the floors, it is simple to install carpet, wood or tile on top of the concrete slabs,” concludes Turner.

For more information about the benefits of concrete flooring, contact the CCSA Information Centre:
Tel: +27 11 315 0300
Website: www.cemcon-sa.org.za

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