Oct 2019 CONCRETE FLOORING FAQ’S
Sephaku Cement answers all of your cement flooring FAQ’s with hard and fast facts to your frequently asked cement/concrete questions. From selecting the right type of cement, to applying the perfect concrete stain, concrete colours and dyes. See Sephaku Cements answers to your most commonly asked cement questions.
Question: Is concrete flooring cold and damp to the touch?
Answer: Cold to the touch yes, but damp, no. One of the most common assumptions about concrete is that it’s a cold and damp deterrent. The truth in fact is while concrete can be cold; it’s no chillier than any other flooring alternatives such as tiling or stone type options. In fact, while concrete may be innately cold to the touch, its actually extremely good at radiating heat, making it one of the most ideal flooring options to incorporate underfloor heating systems. Keeping ambient summer temperatures comfortably low and radiating heating systems in the winter, concrete flooring systems are a win for temperature control, regardless of the season.
Question: Is decorative concrete flooring costly?
Answer: On the contrary, decorative concrete flooring offers a more affordable solution to decorative flooring systems while offering a diverse selection of finishes and decals, at a fraction of the cost of authentic materials. From wood grains, to cobbles, concrete stamping, stencils and etching, stains and concrete dyes. Decorative concrete treatments effortlessly enhance the appeal of any concrete based installation at the most affordable cost associated to the job.
Question: How do I choose the right type of cement for my project?
Answer: Outside of selecting the correct blend of cement for your project, it’s important to note that substituting costs for quality is never the recommended approach when it comes to buying your preferred brand of cement. While cheaper cement options may support a more affordable budget in the short term, longer term costs to repair compromised concrete on account of using poor quality cement will always work out more costly long term. Outside of frail and brittle concrete finishes, using a poor quality product will also see the need to use greater proportions of cement to achievethe same strength and durable end result.
Question: Is concrete poolside paving slippery?
Answer: Adding traction to any pool side area should never be overlooked given the increased risk of slipping on the inevitable wet surfaces around a pool. While even textured pool decking can be slippery when wet, cement flooring and paving can be equally as slippery underfoot when wet. While this is certainly the case especially when concrete floors have been polished or sealed with glossy epoxy coatings, there are fool proof methods to texturizing cement without influencing the look of the finish. Stamping concrete surfaces or adding a decorative etched decal can do just the trick to add traction to slippery surfaces, as well as other texturizing treatments such as applying a gritty sealer to cured surfaces or slip resistant tape.
Question: Will concrete flooring inevitably crack?
Answer: Yes and no. While all concrete installations are prone to crack as a result of the effects from freeze thaw expansion and contraction, there are sure ways to prevent this eventuality, making sure that extensive cement based installations are able to adjust to the inclusion or loss of moisture. Beginning by ensuring that the concrete mix is blended with the correct proportion of water, and the subgrade has been adequately prepared to form a level and stable foundation. The correct placement of sealing joints will help guide inevitable cracks into mindfully placed grooves that help prevent the random and aesthetically unpleasing cracks in concrete slabs and flooring.