When Candis and I first started renovating houses together, we went back and forth a lot about updated materials. In some parts of the house, it was inevitable—we were going to have to update because buyers want marble countertops in their kitchens and bathrooms, and no one is going to be excited about buying a house with an old bathroom, no matter how historically accurate it is.
With some renovations, though, we have more freedom, and we can choose what we’re going to do with flooring and other details. While hardwood is the classic go-to material for flooring, sometimes it really pays to think outside the box. I’ve been really surprised by how versatile and cool concrete flooring can be, and how many benefits it has for buyers. So, if you’re not convinced that concrete flooring could look or feel appropriate in a home renovation, here are a few reasons to consider it.
Concrete Won’t Eat Your Budget
First of all, concrete flooring usually costs between two and eight dollars per square foot, even for high-end finishes. That’s a serious steal compared with some of the other materials out there. It’s even more affordable than some laminate options. And, if you save a lot of money on your flooring, you can splurge a little more on other renovation details like kitchen and bathroom upgrades that really sell houses.
It Can Look Like Almost Anything
If you’re like a lot of people, you’re probably thinking, “Cool, it’s cheap, but do I really want to make the whole house look like a half-converted garage?” But concrete flooring is way more versatile than you might think. Different finishes and treatments can make it look like marble, tile, or other types of stone. You can get a high-, medium-, or low-gloss finish, or you could choose a matte finish, depending on what kind of look you’re going for.
As much as we love hardwood flooring materials, many of them aren’t very eco-friendly. You can go with greener options, like bamboo, but those will often cost as much as hardwood. With concrete flooring, you can actually choose to reuse a preexisting concrete slab. Even if you use completely new concrete, it’s still a greener option than most flooring materials.
Care and Maintenance Is Really Easy
Want to show buyers a feature they’ll love? Tell them about how durable the floors are and how little maintenance or cleaning they’ll need. Basically, all the cleaning they’ll ever need to do will be a bit of sweeping and occasional mopping with soap and warm water. And with periodic polishing, a concrete floor can outlast just about everything else in the house. This kind of flooring can literally last hundreds of years without any major work if it gets a minimal amount of cleaning and polishing over the years.
Before Candis and I started our home renovation business, I would never have even considered concrete for interior floors on anything but an industrial urban loft or some ultra-modern new construction house. Since we’ve been improving old homes, though, we’ve learned a lot about different materials and how they can be treated to work with a variety of architectural styles. As it turns out, concrete is a really great option for a lot of homes. Check out how it might fit into your next home renovation and see what other improvements you can make with the money you save!