Many architects and building designers favour concrete as a structural material for their projects. As a building material, concrete is strong, tough, and resilient. However, it also serves as an ideal decorative material for architectural projects.
Here are the advantages of decorating with concrete.
When used as flooring, concrete can easily withstand pressure and weight from furniture and foot traffic, so homeowners do not need to worry about damaging it. It is also highly resistant to damage from impact or scratches. When properly sealed and maintained a concrete floor can last indefinitely, which saves homeowners money and effort in replacing their floors periodically.
Heat leaves concrete rapidly, making it cold to the touch. This makes decorating with concrete ideal in warm climates, as concrete can make a home naturally cooler in the summer. Homes in cold climates can use rugs or carpets to keep their floors warm.
While decorating with concrete requires a relatively large initial investment, concrete flooring can be cost-effective in the long term. It does not require additional floor covering, and its durability saves homeowners money on floor replacement and maintenance. Cold concrete floors can also help homeowners save on energy bills during the summer.
Unlike most other types of floors, concrete does not keep dust or dirt particles. Accumulated dirt on concrete floors can easily be swept and cleaned. This makes concrete generally the best flooring choice for homeowners with allergies.
Recent advances in concrete mixing have allowed for concrete to be available in different colours and textures. Colour can be mixed into concrete before installation. Alternatively, builders can apply staining agents onto concrete slabs. Concrete may also be polished for a smooth surface, or etched with patterns before it sets to create textures. All these applications make decorating with concrete easier, which give architects, building designers, and interior designers a wide variety of design options for their projects.
While it does require energy and carbon dioxide to produce, concrete is still considered an environmentally friendly material because producing it, specifically as a subfloor, does not deplete natural resources. No trees need to be cut down to produce concrete. Concrete is also a recyclable material, and it does not contain any harmful VOCs.
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