Just the idea of it seems foreign, but we’ve seen beautiful, polished and stained concrete floors in practically every room of the home: converted basements, living rooms, and kitchens. So why not in the bathroom as well?
Before you begin this project, you should have your contractor check out the subflooring to make sure that it can handle the weight of a poured concrete floor. Once this preliminary inspection is complete, you can continue your research to see if a concrete bathroom floor really is right for you.
First, let’s look at the benefits of concrete floors in the bathroom. Many of concrete’s advantages make it a very similar option to tile flooring. For example, it is water resistant like tile, and it is easy to clean and care for. It’s incredibly durable, and with stain and sealant, you’re guaranteed to have a one-of-a-kind bathroom floor.
Now we’ll cover concrete’s disadvantages. Getting the finish right is tricky. It will either be too rough and uncomfortable on the bottoms of your feet or too slippery and dangerous when wet if not done exactly right. It’s best left with a semi-smooth finish for interior purposes. Concrete, like tile, is cold to the touch, and takes a long time to heat or cool. Also like tile, concrete can stain, so it must be treated with a sealant.
Overall, concrete floors are one of our favorite design elements of the past few years. They are especially great for an industrial style bathroom with exposed plumbing and iron fixtures, and they can also bring a sense of unity to an indoor-outdoor bathroom.
We love the look, and while a concrete bathroom floor isn’t for everyone, we think that they make a great addition to many homes!
One suggestion we give our Overland Park customers is to think about heating their concrete floors. If you’re installing a new concrete floor, pouring it over insulation or adding a heating element such as hot-water tubing will help a lot, since concrete is very slow to heat and cool. This technique is used with tile very effectively as well, and it will keep your feet – and the entire room – nice and toasty even on the coldest mornings!
If you aren’t completely sold on the idea of a poured concrete floor, you could do something really unique and use concrete pavers for your flooring. To pull off such an idea, you’ll probably need some professional help, but here at Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling, the customer’s wish is our command, so we’ll do whatever it takes to make their dream come to life!