Concrete can be used in any number of ways. Traditionally, many people think that cement is good for only sidewalks, driveways, and garage floors. While concrete is great in those areas, cement can also be used in other creative and beautiful ways. One of the main things that keeps people from dreaming of beautiful concrete areas is that, often, people think of cement and grey, bland, and dull. However, with the proper epoxy coating and or acid stain, concrete can be as beautiful as any other surface like granite or marble. So, here are the top 5 ways to utilize concrete. Some are more traditional than others, but remember with a concrete epoxy coating and acid stain you can create a beautiful concrete surface for any room or outdoor area.
- Garage Floors
Yes this is cliché. However, there is a reason that cement is used in garage floors. It is durable and rugged. Yet, if you want to add an additional visual touch, you can always use an acid stain or a cement coating. Concrete epoxy coatings are great for garage floors because they can beautify, strengthen, and protect the cement.
- Commercial Floors
Cliché again. However, the reasons listed above for garage doors also apply to commercial flooring. Show rooms, garages, and more can be well served with a nicely treated concrete floor. An epoxy coating will not only beautify, it will also make cleaning up spills and vehicle leaks super easy.
- Exterior Areas
We are talking about anything outside here. Concrete makes a great surface for walkways, driveways, decks, pool areas, and more. Again, a nice acid stain can color your concrete any way you want it. Additionally, these areas are great for creating designs using a concrete stamp. If you can dream it, it can be created using concrete.
We have discussed this one in depth in several previous posts. The short end of it is this: concrete countertops can be made to look like anything you want (even mimic granite) and with the right artist and acid stain you can pick basically any color PLUS concrete counters are super cost effective. Read >> for a list of full benefits of concrete counters.
- Interior Floors
Concrete can be a great option for any interior floor. Basements can be made beautiful with an excellent concrete coating and color combo. All the things that make concrete great for outdoor use and garages (durability, ease of cleaning, etc) apply to indoor areas. AND concrete flooring can be heated so you don’t need to be worried about your little toes getting cold!