Your floors may not be the first thing that pop into your head when thinking of ways to improve the look and feel of your business. But there's no doubt that they should be at the top of your list. If you're weighing the pros and cons of all the available options, let the idea of concrete settle in as a possibility. Then read on to find out all the advantages of this flooring type for your business.
As odd as it may seem, you should get rid of the notion that concrete flooring is boring, cold, drab, and only suitable for warehouses. This flooring type is probably just as versatile, if not more so, than other flooring types.
It comes in a variety of colors and textures, limited only by your imagination. Stencils and multiple color options allow concrete floors to look just like marble at a much cheaper price. And would you like your countertops near the reception area to match the floors? No problem. Concrete counters are just as easy to provide as all the others.
End-of-the-day cleaning isn't anyone's favorite chore, but there's no doubt that making sure your floor is clean before closing shop is a non-negotiable. Fortunately, regular maintenance for concrete is often much simpler than that for carpets and wood floors.
Concrete floors are not self-cleaning, but they are very easy to maintain. Once a day, run a dust mop with a microfiber head along the floor to remove dust and dirt. When wet cleaning a polished concrete floor, make sure to use a non-abrasive mop head and a cleaning solution with a neutral pH so the surface doesn't deteriorate.
How often you clean will depend on how much traffic you get. Entrances might need more attention than other parts of your business.
Aside from cleaning, be sure to use a sealer and apply a coat of wax to your concrete floors, which will further enhance its beauty and protect it from wear and tear. Wax also helps to maintain the integrity of the sealer, keeping your concrete floors looking great for many years.
Believe it or not, but concrete flooring is extremely affordable, making it a more economical choice than most other types of floors. On average, wood floors cost anywhere from $8-$10 per square foot and carpets cost just over $3 at the low end.
Concrete floors range from $3-$7 per square foot, but the good news is that putting concrete in large spaces like businesses and stores is usually cheaper than installing it in small houses because it's more challenging to bring the materials, tools, and equipment needed into small spaces.
You may already have concrete underneath your current floors. Why not take a look at it and see if it can be converted to the floor of your dreams?
You want your customers to be impressed when they step inside your business. Therefore, stains and other imperfections in carpets, tile, and wood flooring typically warrant a quick fix from the business owner. You may feel the same way if you happen to stumble upon cracks in your concrete floor. After all, those same cracks that appear in a parking lot or driveway need to be repaired to prevent further damage. But this is one type of material that, when used indoors, allows you to turn imperfections into an appealing floor design.
As long as the cracks in the floor are not posing a structural problem—which they usually don't when they're hairline cracks—you can work them to your advantage. Apply a stain or dye to the cracks to give them an "aged" look. Or simply leave them be for a more rustic appearance. And if you really want to go all out, you can paint or carve a design into the floor around the cracks.
Still not convinced? Concrete floors won't harbor mold and mildew, and they don't succumb to damage from moisture and humidity. Concrete is also a more green option than its counterparts because it lasts for so long, and it can be recycled instead of ending up in a landfill like used carpets and wood often do.
Contact a commercial concrete contractor in your area for additional advice.