Who Knew Choosing Floors Was So Fun Yet Difficult

I Love My New Floors

If you have never stopped to think about the beauty of stained concrete floors in your home then you are missing out on a true gem.   I had mentioned previously in another post that I was trying to decide what I wanted to do with my home.  I couldn’t decide between hardwoods or stained concrete, and after much deliberation I finally made a decision that I am so happy with I can’t wait to share it with everyone.  The results turned out fantastic, and the guys I hired to do the job were top-notch professionals.

Drumroll please…

I chose to go with the stained concrete.

Why Stained Concrete?

Kitchen FloorWith all of the research I had been doing I finally talked with Craig at Premier Concrete Staining of Frisco.  He talked me through all the benefits of stained concrete and after our conversation I was hooked and knew that I didn’t want to go with anything else at this point.   The customer service I received from them was amazing and the prices were great too.   I can’t say enough good things about this company and how they did such a great job on my floors.

Take a look for yourself.  Here is a picture of the kitchen and I absolutely love the result.  Maybe it is just because it is mine, but I love it, and cant stop smiling at the results.  This girl is happy, happy, happy.

Why Do Some People Not Like Stained Concrete Floors?

There are several objections you may hear from people, but quite honestly many of the objections are the exact reason I wanted to go with this type of flooring.

Cracking

Many people are afraid of concrete cracking in the future or are afraid of what already existing cracks may look like once stained.   For me personally I love the rustic feel that you get with cracks.  It seems more organic and original and gives my home a unique feel that no other home will have.

If you are worried about cracks Craig and his team can do many things to help hide the cracks.  They can use some of their techniques to cover, hide, and mask the cracks.   I don’t know what the techniques are called, but he did show me some before and after pictures of cracks they had hidden and the results were amazing.

I was easy though, I wanted any found cracks to show through and provide a great unique feel.

Concrete Floors Are Too Cold

You will hear this objection often from people that are trying to talk themselves out of concrete flooring.  However the truth is that concrete flooring is no colder than ceramic tiling or natural stone.  Another good thing about concrete is that if you are planning in advance you can embed heating cables in the floors that will keep the floors warm in the winter.   If you did not have that luxury like me, you can simply use natural light to shine on the floors which will capture the radiant heat and transfer that throughout the concrete floors.   Ultimately it is not much of an issue here in Texas.  We do not get that cold anyway.

Concrete Floors Are Way Too Expensive

Just like many of you, I also thought this when I first started looking into this option.  I found compairing the prices of other materials like tile, slate, and other natural stone the prices were much more affordable to go with the stained concrete.   I was amazed quite honestly.   Craig also told me that they could duplicate the looks of other pricier materials if we wanted, but after seeing what the floors would look like without adding any special duplicating process, I was quite happy with what they could do as a normal case.

The other thing to keep in mind is that the life expectancy of concrete floors will far surpass that of other types of floor coverings (ie. Carpeting, vinyle, wood laminates).   So you take that into account and look into the future, you will be saving money by not having to replace the flooring in a few years.

In the end it all makes perfect sense to go for a look that is amazing, beautiful and will last a lifetime rather than going with something that looks merely decent and need replacing in a few years.

Take My Advice, Just Do It

Again I urge you if you have not looked into stained concrete it would be worth your while to take a look and consider it when you are ready to replace the flooring in your current home.   You will be glad you listened to my advice.  J

Also keep in mind I am only speaking about staining the floors in my home.   You can also go with stained concrete or a stamped overlay for these types of floors as well:

  • Patios
  • Garage Floors
  • Pool Decks
  • Porches
  • Sidewalks/Walkways

Basically anywhere you find a hard surface flooring you can use these techniques.

This is not my driveway, but I would love to do this to the driveway some day.  Check this out

driveway

 

I don’t suggest doing it yourself, but here is a great video that shows how to do it yourself