Deciding to use a concrete floor or surfacing for your home or business can have many benefits: it’s stylish, long-lasting, practical and hypoallergenic. Here are our top tips on choosing the right concrete flooring for you:
Do your research There are a multitude of poured concrete floors out there and it’s important to select the right one for your family, home or customers. Make sure you take the time to investigate all of your options and talk directly to the professionals before making any decisions.
Know the risks Polished concrete floors can often require maintenance and care to keep them looking their best. Spills need to be cleaned up quickly or there’s a risk of staining. Many polished concrete floors are prone to cracking and discolouration, so consider investing in a Microscreed option for a sustainable product, which is more suitable for home flooring or bathroom surfaces.
Style Counts Concrete floors are a stylish and modern feature for homes and commercial buildings alike. As with all interior design, concrete flooring will look best when it complements your existing surroundings. With something like a poured resin floor the colour options are truly limitless, so you can create the right style for you.
Go Green Sustainability is everything nowadays. Not only does thinking about the longevity of your floor mean that you can plan ahead, it also means you can save money, time and energy whilst contributing towards a greener and more sustainable future. Unlike timer, tiles or carpet, at the end of its finished flooring life, a concrete floor is part of the structure so there is no residual waste to remove. A Microscreed option won’t even use any harsh chemicals, as it’s water-based.
Safety First Whether you’re concerned for your family or your customers make sure that the floor you choose will stay clean, safe and smooth. Most poured resin and Microscreed flooring is seamless, hypoallergenic and waterproof, but explore all the options available with this in mind before making your choice.
Yacco Maricard, the Japanese design house have opened a second shop in London to showcase their unfussy, classic clothing range, and we were delighted to be asked by Aldworth, James and Bond to provide a microscreed floor surface on top of a new timber substrate.
Their space was totally transformed as the microscreed gives a natural stone effect (even though it was installed over timber boards) giving a distinctive yet unobtrusive look which sits perfectly with the rich colours of the clothing.
Why not pop along and enjoy the energetic environment of Marylebone Lane to appreciate both the flooring and clothing!
You can now catch the work of Floored Genius on Channel 4’s Restoration Man, as Architect George Clarke visits an old cow barn in Herefordshire that couple Marco and Kath Walker are converting into their dream home.
The couple had bought the pair of Grade II listed 17th and 18th century cow barns from their local farmer in Wellington with big plans to create a bespoke home for their family.
When we first visited the development site in 2013 we found the floor in a bad state; the ground was uneven, unsightly and severely cracked in places.
Solacir Interiors’ Microscreed product is a ‘waxed concrete’ finish, which can be easily applied to existing concrete surfaces. It’s water based, rather than chemical based, with a natural-looking finish, so it’s perfect for a family environment. We decided that this would be the ideal choice for Marco and Kath’s ground floor.
The nature of the Microscreed product means that it is extremely versatile; it can be used across a multitude of existing surfaces as well as being available in a wide range of colours, tones and aspects, allowing Marco and Kath to select a personalised look especially for their home aesthetic. It won’t stain or tear and it is less prone to cracking than your traditional polished concrete finish.
The end result was a smooth, seamless flooring throughout the open-plan ground floor – maintaining the original feel of the building, but with a contemporary openness that Marco and Kath were delighted with:
“Our new floor just looks incredible and goes so well with our open plan living space. From first contact with Floored Genius they came up with excellent advice before we decided on our colour scheme, took time to talk through samples, came up with ideas and also gave great after care service when all works were completed.
We would definitely recommend FlooredGenius and their stunning Microscreed floors” – Marco Walker
Visit here for more information on our Microscreed product and you can view more pictures of our work on Restoration Man here.
Floored Genius is delighted to announce it will launch a new self-levelling Coulis decorative concrete flooring by Solacir Interiors at the Surface Design Show, London, 5-6th February 2014.
Sean McIntyre, Managing Director of Floored Genius, says: “We are very excited to be working closely with Solacir Interiors to bring this modern mineral material to the UK commercial flooring market.
“Self-levelling qualities mean decorative coulis concrete is better suited for uneven or irregular surfaces than micro toppings. A 6-10mm thickness makes it ideal for dynamic loads and busy commercial environments, providing a durable yet attractive alternative to polished concrete.
Solacir® Interiors Decorative Floors have been developed by one of the leading French suppliers of this type of material: Pieri® Architectural Products, a strategic business line of GRACE and part of the Grace Construction Products Division, a worldwide leader in the construction products industry.
“We researched the decorative construction market in depth and the quality of Solacir Interiors’ product and its team’s technical knowledge was outstanding. We look forward to a long-term partnership.”
In addition to the new self-levelling coulis concrete flooring, Floored Genius will be exhibiting microscreed, poured resin flooring and several specialty resins. Complimentary 1-2-1 consultations will be available throughout the show to provide detailed product advice and guidance.
The Surface Design Show takes place at The Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Floored Genius’ stand number is 151.
We are delighted that Space Fitting Furniture have chosen to use our poured resin flooring as part of the stunning new Miele kitchen display at their Cardiff showroom.
They have chosen a white poured resin floor to compliment the contemporary style of the kitchen. This stylish white poured resin floor offers a modern alternative to tiles, it is seamless, so there are no grout lines to harbour dirt, resilient so that it is softer underfoot, but very hardwearing, durable and it is maintenance free.
If you have the opportunity call in to view the showroom where Steve and Claire will make you most welcome.
This new resin flooring system developed with Addagrip, allows you to capture an image, logo, photo or any digital artwork seamlessly within a resin floor.
Signature is UV stable, scratch resistant, easy to maintain and is ideal for logos, patterns, stencils and designs. It can be used in commercial environments to provide branded flooring in offices or lobby areas, in nurseries and schools to provide vibrant bespoke pattern in the form of a logo or fun images or in the home to personalise a room.
At the Willow Works, in Beckingham we installed a white poured resin floor incorporating a period map of the village in the reception area of this community, conference and education centre.
To find out more email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for detauls of our Signature flooring
A couple of photos from our recent microscreed flooring projects. Five residential units in South East London, chose a Stone at 2% with a flat, mat sealer and for another project in Stratford upon Avon the client chose a 2% Pearl, also with a flat, mat sealer.
Our microscreed systems are produced by Solacir, a French company. This type of flooring is very popular in France and is sometimes referred to as ‘Beton Ciré’ which is the French for ‘waxed concrete’.
This type of flooring is very versatile and can be applied to screeds, tiled surfaces and even timber substrates to give a seamless, decorative concrete finish.