Rock Carpet. It sounds like a decorating choice of the Flintstone family, doesn’t it? Carpet is soft and lush, not sharp and hard like rocks. It might surprise you to learn that rock carpet is a growing new trend, and a popular choice for flooring in new or remodeled homes. If you are building a home, adding a garage, finishing a basement, or remodeling an area of your home you will definitely want to consider the option of rock carpet.
Rock carpet is basically what it sounds like – a flooring composed of many different rocks. Small rocks and epoxy polymers are laid together and coated with a sealant to cover the entire floor area. Rock carpet is usually applied over a concrete base, or sometimes wood if a cement backer is used for level stability. Because it is composed of tiny rocks, rock carpet has a rough, textured feel. This makes it a popular choice for swimming pool areas, garages, entryways, and anywhere that could benefit from extra traction. Rock carpet is extremely slip resistant, which makes it a top choice from the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) for compliance.
If you were picturing boring gray or black gravel rock carpet – think again! Rock carpet is highly customizable, which means it can become basically anything you want! You can choose custom colors, borders, patterns, and even insignias. This can be particularly interesting if you are a business, because you can use your brand colors, embed your logo, or even show directions in your flooring.
Rock carpet is extremely durable and long-lasting, since it’s rock, cement, and strong epoxy coating. In order to keep your rock carpet in tip-top shape you will need to apply a special coating to refresh the sealant. If used indoors you will need to reapply the sealant every five years or so, and every single year if used outdoors.
Rock carpet is an affordable option that will last a long time and add visual interest and texture to your property. Unlike plain concrete, rock carpet is resistant to stains and has no seams. This means that rock carpet is much more resilient and looks the best over years and years of use. If you live in a cold and icy place (or experience cold and icy winters), then the resistance to ice expansion cracks might be useful to you. Another random benefit to rock carpet is that it never feels cold! You know that concrete, tile, and even linoleum can feel cold to the touch, especially during the winter. Because of the natural stone and varied texture, rock carpet holds heat and never feels cold to the touch. Your feet will thank you!
To understand more about rock carpet and your flooring needs, turn to Hard Rock Concrete. As concrete experts they will be able to assess your needs, offer you a variety of options, and complete the job according to your budget and requests. A beautiful new floor is only a phone call away!