Flooring Ideas for Concrete
Ideas for covering your concrete floor
By Larry Ray Palmer
A variety of floor covering options work well for concrete floors. When covering a concrete floor, the smoother surface of new concrete is highly preferable to settled or cracked concrete. Concrete floors can create some of the most difficult installation problems for floor covering installers. This is largely due to the fact that irregularities in the concrete will show through most floor coverings, creating problems in the finished installation.
Vinyl Composition Tile
One of the most common concrete floor coverings in use today is vinyl composition tile. Vinyl composition tile is durable and moderately flexible so that it can conform to the shape of the floor. Vinyl composition tile is well liked in commercial applications because individually damaged tiles can be replaced, rather than replacing the whole floor. For sheer economic value, vinyl composition tile is one of the top choices in concrete floor covering, as it can be purchased for less than $1 per square foot.
For durability, quarry tile is a top choice in floor covering. This concrete floor covering choice is virtually indestructible, if installed correctly. It requires little maintenance and it is an excellent choice for those who require a water-resistant floor that will not need replacing during their lifetime. Unfortunately, quarry tile is expensive, and uneven concrete will cause unsightly and dangerous height differences in the finished product. With those caveats set aside, quarry tile is a popular choice for bathroom and kitchen floor installations. It is also a very common commercial floor covering choice. Quarry tile prices vary greatly, with lower-priced tiles starting at around $4 per square foot.
Vinyl is a common concrete floor covering choice for buyers seeking an inexpensive, low-maintenance floor covering solution. Wholesale vinyl floor covering prices start as low as $3 per square yard, so many home builders choose this option for bathrooms and kitchens as a way to save on construction expenses. Vinyl comes in a variety of patterns, textures and colors and is manufactured in widths of 12 feet and 15 feet. It can be seamed together for larger rooms. Vinyl floor covering is a moderately durable product but it can be torn or cut by furniture or appliances if care is not taken when moving these items. With smooth concrete, vinyl installation is very easy. Unfortunately, uneven concrete or imperfections, such as cracks, will need to be repaired using a filler, commonly called patch, to avoid seeing these imperfections in the finished floor covering installation.
For the do-it-yourself crowd, carpet will often provide the best results. Like vinyl, carpet is manufactured in 12- and 15-foot widths and comes in a variety of colors and textures, including Berber, frieze and sculptured. Grades of carpet include residential, commercial and indoor/outdoor. Price ranges vary a great deal on carpet according to quality, texture, weight and grade. For installation on concrete, you may choose between pad-and-tack or glue-down carpets. Pad-and-tack installation will deliver a much softer overall feel and is generally used on concrete floors with a high amount of traffic, such as a basement with a family room. This application is also preferable in locations that may experience water damage, as removal of the carpet will be much easier. Glue-down installation is usually used for commercial applications. Offices and retail stores that see large amounts of customer traffic but require a durable floor covering other than tile often choose carpet installed with adhesives.
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Larry Ray Palmer is a contributor to DexKnows.com.
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