The benefits of installing a cement-based floor

One of the trickiest decisions when renovating or building your home is deciding on the most suitable type of flooring. An important part of making this decision is being aware of the pros and cons of different flooring options. Consider concrete for its versatility and durability, and read on to discover the overall benefits of choosing a cement-based finish for your floor.

Flooring plays a significant role in achieving unhindered flow from one space to the next. A cement-based floor finish allows you to create a seamless floor finish with a flow from indoors to out, allowing you to extend your indoor living spaces. There are also many options that prevent your cement floor from being slippery for exterior use. One option is to choose a textured finish. This can be achieved with Cemcrete’s Colour Hardener and various imprinting mats to create a myriad of beautiful finishes including rock, wood, textured tiles and more. If you prefer the smooth look, Cemcrete also offers a slip-resistant sealer which reduces the risk of slipping on surfaces prone to getting wet, particularly in bathrooms and around swimming pools.

Cement is naturally an extremely durable product. It offers sheer strength which makes it the most crucial element on any construction site. Cement-based floor products offer the same durability and strength as the rest of your building therefore generating tremendous longevity. Many flooring options might be initially inexpensive in comparison to decorative cement-based flooring products, but cement will last much longer and eventually give you a better return on investment. Cement-based floors such as Cemcrete’s rarely need replacement especially if properly installed and maintained.

It is important to choose flooring that is easy to clean and maintain. Once installed and finished off with the correct sealer, your new cement-based floor is very easy to clean and maintain; only requiring damp mopping. A good quality sealer is applied to help resist water, stains, dirt and abrasives. Cemcrete offers a range of different sealers for various applications and needs. They also provide the CreteCare range of floor maintenance products, making caring for your floor that much easier. The range consists of three products: CreteCare Mop & Shine for daily cleaning when pure water isn’t enough; CreteCare Polish to protect the sealer (this will increase the time between re-sealing and may even eliminate the need to re-seal); and CreteCare Floor Polish Stripper for when the layers of polish become too thick or you would like your floors to look new again.

Cemcrete manufactures quality cement-based coatings and this includes three varieties of floor coatings for a range of applications, renovations, new buildings or an extension of your current floor finish. For renovation purposes Cemcrete has created a skim-on floor coating that can be used either on top of your existing tiles or floor slab. CreteCote is a coloured, cement-based floor coating which is versatile in application and durable. It produces a 1.5mm smooth decorative finish with subtle mottling for interior surfaces. It can be sealed to a matt or gloss finish and polished for further protection and shine. When building a new home or laying a new screed, Colour Hardener is the ideal floor finish. The product is supplied in a dry powder that is sprinkled onto wet, new screeds and wood floated in, essentially becoming part of your floor screed. It is a granolithic concrete material that strengthens and colours concrete floors. Colour Hardener is also an ideal finish for exposed exterior floors or swimming pool surrounds.

For an extremely durable and hardwearing finish that requires minimum maintenance, PolishCrete gives you a terrazzo type floor finish with exposed aggregate. PolishCrete is a thin decorative cement-based system that is designed to be polished to a glossy, hardwearing floor. The product provides a hard polished decorative coating for internal floors, ideally suited for domestic, retail shops, restaurants, hospitality, lobbies etc. PolishCrete can also be successfully applied to kitchen counters and vanities.

The number of colours, designs, and combinations in each product range makes Cemcrete’s cement-based floors a definite choice for any space; office, home, hotel, retail, warehousing and more. Cemcrete offers a range of various colours for each floor product, and with the addition of CreteStain for even more colour options, as well as various sealers to add further effects (gloss, matt, slip-resistance, colour enhancement, and so on) you can never be let down on variety.

Decorative cement-based flooring is the perfect example of a synergy between beauty, sustainability and economy, which will last the life of your home. For more information on Cemcrete floor finishes visit their website www.cemcrete.co.za or contact 0860 CEMCRETE.

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