Concrete flooring is not a fleeting trend or fad. In fact, its widespread commercial popularity has seeped into the residential space, according to the Concrete Network’s Concrete Floors Survey. Over 82 percent of the survey’s respondents have known about concrete as a finished flooring surface for over five years, and have considered using it in their home or office. The idea of a plain, grey substrate is a thing of the past with all the advancements in technology allowing color, patterns and stenciled logos or emblems.

Why are people choosing concrete?

Over 73 percent preferred concrete flooring due to the aesthetics and the ability for the flooring to be customized—a close second was durability, followed by ease of maintenance. While respondents were able to choose more than one factor that influenced them to choose concrete flooring, the primary reasons are clear.

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DIY Concrete Floors?

There are many, often difficult, steps to ensure a concrete floor is installed correctly—from protecting surrounding materials and surface preparation to installation and sealing and protecting the floor. The experience and equipment of a professional company can save a ton of headaches and money by avoiding the following common DIY mistakes (trust us, these are only the tip of the iceberg):

  • Concrete doesn’t take stain
  • Sealer beads up
  • Stain beads up
  • Sealer peels off
  • Stain is very chalky
  • Using the wrong products to fill pin/bug holes
  • Not knowing what to do with the tack strip areas
  • Removing black glue incorrectly
  • Creating ugly start and stop points
  • Using acid on the concrete
  • Removing yellow glue incorrectly
  • Ghosting from past floors
  • Wrong sealer selection
  • Wrong stain selection
  • Not using the right tools
  • What to do with those control joints embedded in the concrete.
  • Inaccurate product estimates

Concerns about concrete

The largest concern (48%) about concrete flooring are the cracks that can inevitably occur—especially if the floors are used outside of a residential setting where they usually endure more weight. The second largest concern (25%) was the fact that concrete flooring can be slippery. This concern isn’t unfounded. One of the most common complaints about improperly installed (or DIY) concrete floors is almost immediate cracking.

Durable, high strength, crack resistant concrete does not happen by accident—it’s a product of experience, the right equipment, and following well-established guidelines. Why does concrete crack—it’s usually one of the following reasons:

  • Excess water in the mix
  • Wrong strength of concrete used
  • Rapid drying
  • Lack of control joints
  • Concrete poured on frozen ground