Concrete Flooring – All Your Questions Answered

At Oxfordshire Concrete, we supply both volumetric and ready-mix concrete, along with various other types for commercial and residential use. We proudly supply materials used for concrete flooring across the UK and are well versed in the subject matter. Read this blog to have all your concrete flooring questions answered by experts in the construction industry. 

1. How to clean concrete floors

The process of cleaning concrete floors is simple. Sweep away any debris, such as leaves, dust or dirt, using a soft-bristled brush or a dry mop. Mix a bucket of warm water with a mild cleaner and clean the floor using a mop. You can also spray a multi-surface floor care cleaner straight onto your concrete flooring before mopping the area. Allow the concrete to dry completely before it’s used. 

2. What is the best paint for concrete floors?

When deciding to paint your concrete floors, you should choose durable and long-lasting paint, such as epoxy. Epoxy is stain-resistant and is ideal for both garage or patio floors as it resists marks, scuffs and cracking. Make sure your concrete floor is primed before being painted, as the primer will prevent the paint from cracking or peeling. 

3. How much is concrete flooring? 

The cost of a polished concrete floor can range anywhere from £80 to £150 per square metre. The price could increase depending on the labour needed to install your concrete floor and the area you’d want to cover. Underlays also add to the overall cost, with the price depending on the material you choose. Get in touch with Oxcrete for a concrete flooring quote or for more information on our pricing. 

4. Why do concrete floors crack? 

The main cause of cracks in concrete floors is shrinkage. As concrete hardens it starts to reduce, or shrink, and pulls the concrete apart, causing cracks along the surface. If these cracks have appeared after a house has been built, it’s likely they are just settlement cracks rather than underlying issues. If you are concerned about cracks in your concrete floor, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Oxcrete. 

5. What is the best underlay for concrete floors? 

The choice of underlay does depend on your budget, but we would recommend choosing an underlay that provides excellent thermal insulation, soundproofing, and is easy to install, such as thick foam with a built-in damp-proof membrane (DPM). The choice of underlay also depends on whether you are placing tiles, carpet or even cork flooring over the concrete. 

6. Why use concrete flooring? 

Concrete is known for its strength and resilience, with properly maintained concrete floors lasting upwards of 100 years. They are easy to install and very difficult to damage, which is why concrete floors are commonly found in warehouses and garages. Concrete is both cost-effective to install and cheap to maintain, much more so than other types of flooring such as hardwood. If you’re looking for a new floor that remains within budget, will last a lifetime, and is fire-resistant, consider investing in concrete flooring.

If you’d like to purchase a new concrete floor, contact Oxcrete for a quote and for more information on our services.