How to Choose a Concrete Floor Finish

Concrete flooring continues to be a popular option in both commercial and residential settings. One of the most important decisions surrounding the installation of a concrete floor is which concrete finish will be the best option. There are a growing number of different floor finishes available and they are all designed to offer different types of results. In order to choose the right one, there are multiple variables which must be considered.
The first variable which is often focused on is the total cost of a particular concrete floor finish. The total cost includes both the initial installation expenses as well as the average long-term maintenance expenses. Unfortunately, looking at is variable alone is never enough. This is because so many different characteristics influence it. As a result, it is important to understand the smaller influential characteristics in order to get an accurate prediction of what the total cost will actually be.
When comparing the floor finish options available, the environment is used in will play a big role in deciding which finish is the best choice. For example, a color hardener can do fairly well inside, however consistently tests poorly when used outside. The opposite is often said of epoxy. There are also a few floor finish options which test equally well both indoors and outdoors.
A hidden cost which is often understated in the total cost is the lifespan of the floor. A concrete finish is not only designed to enhance the appearance of the floor, but also to increase its longevity. As a result, more durable floor will always extend the life of the floor better than less durable alternatives.
Another set of costs which are directly tied to the total cost of a particular concrete floor is the construction cost and maintenance cost. Across all floor, higher initial construction costs tend to lead to lower long-term maintenance costs. When considering the initial construction cost, the cost of materials, time required, and the potential to require a skilled professional can all increase the initial capital requirement. When considering the long-term maintenance costs, everything from repairing small cracks to replacing large squares of the concrete finish must be considered. The frequency in which these repairs will need to be made should be included as well.
Along with the total cost of the floor, there are several additional preferences based variables to consider as well. Some of the most common include smoothness, cleanliness, and light reflection. All of these variables can directly affect any actions or operations taking place on the concrete flooring.
By considering the total cost, variables which affect total cost, and preference based variables choosing the best concrete floor becomes much easier. In most cases there will be a clear winner. If not, there will likely be only two or three options which would all be equally beneficial and should all be considered safe choices.