In today’s budget-conscious society, home improvement projects need to be planned with an eye to the overall expense. Homeowners are still anxious to make improvements to their homes, but they feel the need to do so in ways that are as cost-effective as possible. With the trend of outdoor living as strong as ever, many people have discovered ways to stretch their home improvement budgets. One such discovery is stamped concrete.
As we discovered in a previous blog, stamped concrete is a popular choice for outdoor living spaces. Its durability, creative capabilities (endless color and texture choices) and cost-effectiveness as compared to the natural materials it is simulating all make stamped concrete a wise choice. But did you know that some of these same characteristics make stamped concrete a wise choice for the inside of your house too?
Yes, that’s correct. Stamped concrete is becoming a material of choice that homeowners and designers are using indoors. More and more, stamped concrete floors are being installed in entrances, kitchens, family rooms, bathrooms and basements. Stamped concrete contractors cite several reasons for their popularity.
First of all, stamped concrete is easy to blend in with existing architecture. You are only limited by your creativity as to what design you stamp into the concrete. So, it is easy for homeowners to match what design materials and elements may already be present in their homes. Stamped concrete can easily be made to resemble tile, slate, fieldstone and even wood-plank patterns. And with the ability to color or dye the concrete, it can also match any color scheme already present.
Stamped concrete floors are easy to maintain. Simply sweep and dust mop frequently, and then mop with water and a small amount of mild soap. Rinse to remove soap residue. The floor should be resealed every three to four years. You may want to hire a decorative concrete expert to do this for you.
A stamped concrete floor can be easily changed to carpet or wood flooring if you decide you want something different. Both of those can be placed on top of the concrete.
Finally, if you have allergies, they are a good alternative to carpet.
Besides flooring, stamped concrete is also making an appearance on walls and fireplaces with vertical stamped overlays. An overlay is a lightweight mixture of concrete applied thickly to a wall and then stamped with a pattern.
And you will also find concrete bathroom vanities, concrete bar tops and concrete countertops, all of which can be highlighted with interesting stamps and dyes.
You can see that being budget-conscious doesn’t have to cramp your creativity. Stamped concrete floors and embellishments are one home improvement that’s easy on your eyes and easy on your wallet.