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The best covering for concrete floors

Updated February 21, 2017

You can dress up the concrete floors in a basement family room or a garage converted to a living space for the family. When deciding on the type of covering you want for your floors, you should consider the type of room, the decor of the space and your budget. With the right covering, concrete floors can transform into an elegant flooring material that adds sophistication to a room.

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Textured Floor Toppings

Textured concrete floor covering systems can create the look of natural stone, tile, wood or brick floors. The material pours over the existing concrete floor and installers stamp the design into the material. With a textured floor topping, you can add tint to the flooring to create the design that best fits the decor in the room. The material is attractive, durable and versatile for any home decor

Stencilled Concrete Coverings

Stencilled concrete coverings allow you to create a design in the existing concrete using different colour topping material and stencils. The stencil coverings can apply to patio concrete around a pool or inside the home. The material is durable and is a cost-effective method to dress up the concrete flooring in the home.


Covering concrete flooring with carpet provides a softer surface for family rooms and playrooms for the kids. When covering a basement concrete floor, dry the floor and remove moisture in the basement. Installing padding under the carpet provides cushion and can help the carpet last longer. The carpet provides warmth and comfort to the room with concrete flooring.


One low-cost option to covering concrete floors is laminate flooring. Laminate comes in a variety of designs and colours. The laminate material can mimic the look of wood, tile or natural stone flooring. The laminate floors use a photographic image of wood flooring or another design to create floors that look natural for a fraction of the price. Laminate panels interlock over any subfloor material, including concrete.


Using hardwood floors over a concrete surface may require professional installation. Wood flooring has a warm and classic appearance that can transform a basement into a living space in your home suitable for entertaining. You can choose dark stain for a rich and elegant appeal, or choose a lighter finish for a natural and airy appearance.

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About the Author

Luanne Kelchner works out of Daytona Beach, Florida and has been freelance writing full time since 2008. Her ghostwriting work has covered a variety of topics but mainly focuses on health and home improvement articles. Kelchner has a degree from Southern New Hampshire University in English language and literature.

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