For some people, concrete floors may be perceived as industrial or clinical, being associated with warehouses and factories. However, while concrete floors are incredibly common in these environments, they are becoming more and more popular in both residential and public commercial buildings. Not only do they create a sleek and modern look, but they also offer a number of practical benefits that make them ideal for any room, from kitchens and bathrooms to even bedrooms.
Above everything else, concrete floors are incredibly durable, making them perfect for areas of high footfall such as entrance halls. This durability makes them incredibly resistant to wear and tear, suffering minimal scuffs and scrapes, meaning they continue looking their best for years after installation. Similarly, concrete floors have great weight-bearing properties and are therefore ideal for rooms with heavy-duty furniture.
Due to their durability, concrete floors are also incredibly easy to maintain. Regular vacuuming and mopping are all that is needed to keep your concrete floors looking as good as new, without the use of expensive chemicals. They will also not need replacing in the same way as other flooring materials such as carpet or laminate, as a well maintained concrete floor can last for hundreds of years.
As concern is growing over climate change and pollution, large steps are being taken in the concrete and wider construction industries to increase the sustainability of concrete as a material. Here at Mix It, we are proud to have an aggregate recycling plant alongside our concrete mixing plant in Barking, allowing us to use reclaimed aggregates within our ready mix concrete and preserve natural resources.
Once installed, concrete floors are a great way to increase the sustainability of any building. While it may not be particularly insulating, concrete’s ability to absorb and retain heat minimises the need for artificial temperature controls, thereby reducing excess energy usage.
The versatility of concrete means there are concrete floors suitable for almost any budget. The most basic concrete floor is an incredibly affordable option, both during installation and beyond. For larger budgets, the concrete industry has evolved over time to allow for the creation of different colours of concrete, and different finishes, achieved through the use of screeds above a concrete subfloor.
At Mix It, we can supply North London and Essex with ready mix concrete and flowable concrete screeds perfect for concrete floors. With over 30 years’ experience in the concrete industry, our expert team is on hand to help in any way they can, so get in touch today to see what we can do for you.