Concrete floors aren't just for stores and warehouses, as concrete can be polished, painted or stained so that it offers a wide variety of very attractive finishes that are perfect for a residential home. The material is also very durable and hygienic, as it doesn't hold dust and dirt that would otherwise get trapped in carpet fibres. If you've never thought about concrete floors for your home, note why you might prefer this option, and the rooms that are a good fit for this flooring surface.
Letting in light
Buffed concrete is very shiny and easily reflects light. This makes it a good choice for basements, backrooms and other such areas that may not get much natural light or that are too small to add larger lighting fixtures.
Another benefit of concrete is that it doesn't hold heat and will remain cool to the touch so a room won't get overly warm and stuffy, even if you let in lots of bright sunlight. If you have a home with large windows and love letting in the sun, but find that the space often gets overly warm, a concrete floor can be a good solution.
If you have a home gym with heavy gym equipment, moving that equipment can cause scuffs and scrapes on a stone or tile floor. Dropping weights on those tiles can also cause cracks and other damage. A home gym can also become very warm when you exercise. Concrete is more durable and less likely to show scruff marks from your exercise equipment, and it is less likely to chip or crack if you drop something on it. Since the floor stays cool, as said above, this can also help create a more comfortable gymnasium in your home.
While you might want soft carpeting in a room where young children will be playing on the floor, a concrete floor in a game room for older kids can be a better option. If your kids will be playing table tennis or a video game with dancing, they will be very rough on the flooring and may easily tear up carpeting or chip and dent timber slats. A game room might also be at risk for spills and food stains, and these are difficult to remove from carpeting, timber or soft stone. Concrete is much more durable against the heavy foot traffic of older kids playing, and it is more resistant to stains from spills. An aggregate added to its surface can also provide traction for safety.