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Painted Concrete Floors - Pros/Cons

By Jim Dugan
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Dull, dingy concrete surfaces detract from the beauty of a home. Painted concrete floors are far more beautiful and cheaper than flooring alternatives, such as wood, carpet and tiling. If you'd like to enhance the appearance of your home by adding color to the flooring, painting may be the way to go. Before you jump in head first, learn the pros and cons of adding a painted finish.

Concrete Floor Paint

Acrylic floor paint and epoxy coatings provide great beauty to dingy, dull cement and concrete floors. Available in virtually any color, floor paint is relatively simple to apply, easy to clean and very durable. It's also far cheaper than more expensive alternatives.

The Negatives

Though floor paint provides some amazing benefits, it also has its drawbacks. Paint won't stick to underprepared concrete floors. To encourage adequate adhesion, an acid etch is required. Acid etching is fraught with danger. If you donít know how to protect yourself and surrounding surfaces, irreparable damage may result, and you could end up in the hospital.

Do-it-yourself or Hire a Contractor?

Make no mistake: if you apply paint directly over underprepared concrete floors, peeling will result. Likewise, if you try to perform an acid etch without taking the proper precautions, you could suffer dangerous burns to your skin and lungs. Though painted concrete floors provide beauty to a home, they have considerable drawbacks. Unless you are an experienced painter, consider hiring a contractor or opt for less dangerous types of concrete resurfacing. Some epoxy resin kits come equipped with etching compounds that are easy for less knowledgeable do-it-yourselfers to use.







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