Concrete floors are preferred for high-wear scenarios or places where fluids may spill or heavy things might fall or be dropped. In addition, concrete floors can handle extremely heavy loads that would probably break other floor types. For these reasons, concrete floors have been put to use in garages for many years. Lately, though, concrete coatings and colors have come a long way so that concrete floors are becoming more popular for other spaces in your house. A normal concrete floor has a relatively coarse surface, enabling better slip resistance. Concrete can be polished, however, leaving a smooth, shiny surface. The level of polishing determines how smooth and how shiny the resulting surface is. Colored or polished concrete floors are well-suited for multiple areas in your home.
Polished concrete floors are well-suited for living areas. They are expanding in popularity as a result of the many benefits they have over various other floor types. A polished concrete floor reflects light so the interior area is much brighter while requiring less electrical inside lighting. Concrete floors can be colored in a range of techniques, from putting in colored aggregates to the concrete mix, or adding chemicals to wet concrete, by applying a concrete stain, or just by adding a colored concrete coating onto an existing concrete floor.
Concrete coatings have a few advantages over just staining wet concrete. For one, concrete coatings can be laid on over an existing concrete surface, as opposed to needing to be combined before the concrete is poured. Second, concrete coatings can be much brighter colors than concrete alone can be, because the color isn't diluted into a concrete mix, but is instead applied over the top. Concrete coatings can add texture as well as grip in addition to adding a softer surface than concrete alone can.