What are the advantages of a concrete basement floor? With so many other choices like carpet, tile, and wood, what makes concrete the best choice.?
The biggest advantage, which is obvious to most who own basements, is the resistance to flooding and water damage. Another advantage of concrete that is often overlooked is height issues, or I should say a lack thereof. Most basements are set up for concrete floors especially at doorways and steps. Some types of flooring raise the height of the floor which can cause problems in doorways and create code violations at the bottom of steps. Raising the floor changes the step rise. Most building codes require step rises to be the same for safety reasons. Sticking with concrete, including overlays, avoids these potential problems.
Main advantage of concrete is it's versatility.
You can improve the looks and quality of your floor by painting, polishing, staining, stamping or stenciling. You can have the looks of wood, tile or a faux throw rug by using stencils or stampings on the floor.
Concrete and concrete overlays are seamless floors. This makes them easy to keep clean and maintain. This makes concrete the best option for health reasons.
You can create just about any look imaginable. With different types of stains and dyes along with scoring and taping patterns, "the design opportunities are endless". With overlays, you can even incorporate light texturing to further enhance the appearance. And the best part! A concrete floor can be completey unique meaning no other floor in the world will be exactly the same.