White concrete floors have traditionally been thought of as an option just for industrial or commercial properties, but recently more and more homeowners have been installing this chic material to give their rooms a sophisticated, modern edge.
In the past concrete was seen as the base to cover, whereas now many people are seeing the benefits (both aesthetically and functionally) of treating it as the flooring itself. The practical advantages of this material are numerous, and include:
- Energy efficiency
- Speed of installation
- Easy to maintain
- Fire and damp resistance
The above are the very reasons why concrete has been used for years as the base for lot of other types of flooring, but what about aesthetics? Well nowadays many companies offer stylish options to add to the dÃ©cor of your home or business. One of the most popular is to have white concrete installed, but there is also a huge variety of colors and finishes available.
So you have your beautiful white concrete floor installed, but after a while wear and tear takes its toll. Concrete flooring is designed to be durable, so if early on your flooring seems to be in need of maintenance you should speak with your contractors as it may be a sign something under the flooring needs fixing.
If you need to make a repair to your concrete flooring, you can easily find a variety of concrete patchers at your local hardware store. If you're unsure of which is best, do some research beforehand or speak to an employee and see what they recommend.
Use the following steps to make your repair as smooth and hardy as possible:
- Clean the area, removing all grease, loose dirt, grit, and flaking concrete â€“ do this by using a hammer and chisel.
- Use a soft bristle brush to scrub as needed.
- Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.
- Using a trowel, mix the concrete patcher thoroughly.
- Spread the mixture carefully using the trowel, ensuring it is level with the rest of the floor. Using a wet trowel will keep the product smooth.
- If the repair is deep, do not attempt to fill it all at once. Apply in several layers, ensuring each is dry.
- The products tend to take a few hours to dry â€“ even if it looks dry on the surface it may not be the case. Give the patcher at least 2 hours to harden.