Concrete floors are optimal for high-wear scenarios or locations where liquids might splash or heavy things could fall or be dropped. Furthermore, concrete floors can manage incredibly heavy loads that would break other floor types. For these main reasons, concrete floors have been utilized in garages for decades. Recently, however, concrete coatings and colors have come a long way so that concrete floors are becoming more common for other rooms in your home. A normal concrete floor has a fairly rough finish, allowing for greater slip resistance. Concrete can be polished, however, leaving a smooth, shiny finish. The level of polishing determines exactly how smooth and how glossy the resulting surface is.
Polished concrete floors are a good fit for living areas. They are growing in interest because of the many advantages they have over various other floor types. A polished concrete floor reflects light so the interior space is much brighter while requiring much less electric inside lighting. Concrete floors can be colored in a wide array of techniques, from putting in coloured aggregates to the concrete mix, or adding in chemicals to wet concrete, by staining the concrete, or simply by adding a colored concrete coating onto an existing concrete floor.
Concrete coatings have a number of advantages over just coloring wet concrete. For one, concrete coatings can be laid on over an existing concrete surface, instead of needing to be combined before the concrete is poured. Second, concrete coatings can be much brighter colors than concrete alone can be, because the color isn't diffused into a concrete mix, but is rather applied over the top. Concrete coatings can add texture and grip on top of providing a softer surface than concrete alone can.