If you’re trying to create an industrial look in a property, concrete is a great building material to choose. It’s becoming increasingly popular with homeowners who are looking for a flooring solution that’s hard-wearing and stain resistant, as well as stylish.
It’s particularly good in the kitchen or bathroom, but as a recent article for Real Homes noted, there are several things you need to be aware of before you choose this option for your property.
One of the first decisions a homeowner has to make is whether they want poured concrete or an alternative. Poured concrete will give you that smooth and even finish, but it has its downsides. For a start, if you need to access any pipes it will be incredibly difficult to do so with a poured concrete floor.
Although this material is suitable for use with underfloor heating, you’ll run into a similar issue if you need to repair or replace any of the components.
The average cost of a poured concrete floor doesn’t come in cheap either, with the news provider revealing that it costs an average of £130 per square metre. You’ll also have to go to a specialist concrete flooring company for this kind of job.
So, what are the other options if you still want this look but without the hefty price tag? One of the best alternatives is concrete floor tiles. You’ll have the same great aesthetic, but they are typically much cheaper.
According to the website, a 45cm x 45cm tile can be as little as £2 from a builder’s merchant. The tiles need to be sealed, just like a poured concrete floor does, and you’ll want to polish it too. If DIY isn’t your strong point, it’s worth paying a professional to do the job.
Not only will it look much better when it’s finished, but it will also save you having to buy a host of specialist tools. Professional floor fitters will have the specialist flooring tools required for the job.
Yet another option is concrete-look tiles. These are typically made from porcelain and you can expect to pay around £20 per square metre if you go for this option.
Concrete might not be the most common choice for household flooring, but it certainly has a place if you’re going for an industrial design aesthetic. As the news provider mentioned, there are some spaces that are better suited to concrete flooring than others. As well as the kitchen and bathroom, it’s a good option for your garden.
One of the great things about a concrete floor, whether it’s poured or tiled, is that it doesn’t take a lot to maintai\n it. Sweeping and mopping regularly is normally sufficient to keep it in good condition.
If concrete doesn’t appeal to you or fit in with your interior design, there are a number of great options for flooring. Ceramic tiles are a good choice for rooms like the kitchen and bathroom, while wood flooring is perennially popular in living spaces and bedrooms.
Wood flooring was recently named as one of the best choices when it comes to a property’s resale value in an article for My San Antonio.