When you're building a brand-new home, the choices you need to make can feel endless—from the smallest details, such as light switches, through to the larger ones, such as the overall style of the home. Deciding which type of flooring to use in your open plan living space is a fairly major decision that can have a major influence on the final look that you achieve in the space.
Finding the right flooring material isn't as simple as choosing the option that looks the best. As well as aesthetics, you need to consider practicality, availability and, of course, the price. For these reasons, many Australian homeowners are opting to use the existing concrete slab as their living space flooring. By simply sanding and sealing the concrete with an epoxy resin, you can transform it into a beautiful, modern and practical floor. Here are two of the main reasons why so many people are choosing epoxy flooring.
1. It's cost-effective
Whatever size your budget is, keeping your costs under control is always an important part of a successful home building project. Flooring costs can vary dramatically, but they're usually a significant chunk of the total cost of the build.
Using your existing concrete slab can save you a considerable amount of money. Although you'll pay for the sanding and the application of the epoxy resin, this will cost a fraction of the amount needed for materials and labour for an entirely new floor, such as timber or tiles, to be installed.
2. It's durable
Concrete is one of the strongest and most long-lasting building materials available. The epoxy resin further enhances this durability by creating a rock hard and completely waterproof top layer. This makes your concrete impervious to the moisture damage, cracking or warping that plagues virtually all other flooring types.
This durability also makes it incredibly low maintenance. Epoxy-coated concrete won't need sanding or refinishing like timber flooring, nor will it be vulnerable to rot or insect infestation. Even a hardier tiled floor will require regrouting and specialised cleaning, where a sealed concrete floor only requires light, regular cleaning to stay in top condition.
If you like the sound of using your existing concrete slab to create a strong and attractive flooring your new home, then contact your local concrete specialist. They can help you to decide which of the different epoxy colours and styles will be best suited to your tastes and your home's design.