If you’re planning to sell or simply want to improve your home’s appeal, you should consider looking down — down to your floor, that is. Ask yourself whether your floor adds to the beauty of your house. If your answer to that question is not a resounding “yes,” then it may be high time for you to do something about it and try decorative floorings for a change.
To help you out, here are four enhancement techniques you can try to make your floor stand out (while it’s being stood on):
1. Paint Your Garage Floor
Painting your floor is the easiest and most cost-efficient way of improving it. However, painting garage floors it isn’t really something that many people think about. But believe it or not, doing this will actually help boost your property’s charm and value.
The rule of thumb is to heed these two pieces of advice about choosing paint: Choose the right finish, and never sacrifice quality. For your garage floor, you should use latex paint and let it dry thoroughly. One full day is quite enough for the paint to withstand footsteps, but be sure to avoid driving on it for an entire week for good measure.
2. Get Artistic and Use Optical Illusions
Many interior design experts recommend starting from the ground up when deciding on home design. This also applies when you’re trying to tweak it, especially if you’re looking to add character to your house. One neat trick is to bring out your artistic side and start creating an optical illusion on your floor.
You can also try painting a “carpet” on your steps leading up to your porch to lend your home a regal appeal. To achieve this, make sure to prepare the surface through power-washing and sanding before applying concrete paint. After that, use painter’s tape to get neat lines, but make sure to remove it at just the right moment to avoid ruining the design or leaving gummy stripes on it.
3. Add Personality with Polished Concrete
Polished concrete is all the rage these days because aside from making cleaning and maintenance easier, it also adds personality to any room. This type of concrete floor is treated with various chemicals to achieve a sleek surface, accentuated by fine diamonds to achieve the elegant sheen it is known for.
It is also known to support a hygienic environment as it helps prevent the build-up of allergens, including dust, mites, and animal dander. Also, polished concrete is more favorable for Mother Nature as it reduces your carbon footprint during the manufacturing process.
When you decide to go with polished cement, you should consider hiring professional contractors to implement it to ensure that the look you are going for is achieved.
4. Go Seamless with Resin
Aside from polished concrete, the resin has also gained so much attention in the interior design and architecture sectors because of the seamless appearance it lends any flooring system. While this type of floor is more common in commercial establishments with a lot of foot traffic, it can also be used in residential properties.
Most resin mixtures contain polyurethane, epoxy, or methyl methacrylate (MMA).
Polyurethane-based resin flooring is robust, so it is considered the most durable choice among the three. Epoxy is best used for decorative purposes because of its flexibility in terms of eye-popping color variety and is most favorable in terms of odor control and hygiene. MMA resin cures the quickest out of the three, so it is best for speedy construction.
Ready to Improve your Floor?
Improving your property’s appeal and value lies on your floor — figuratively. Whether you choose to go for concrete floor paint or decide on a different enhancing technique, you should keep in mind to test it in a small area first, especially when implementing these improvements yourself. This not only allows you to get the look you want to achieve for your floor, but also ensures your safety and well-being.
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.