December 2014 - Stamped Artistry

Can’t I Just Remove My Carpet for Modern Concrete Flooring?

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Like many potential DIYers, you have a great idea. You’re tired of looking at your existing carpet. And who could blame you? Quite frankly, there are few things worse than old, stained, musty carpet. Like many potential DIYers, you have a great idea. You know there’s concrete under that flooring, so why not just yank up the carpet and doctor the concrete a little for some sweet, modern concrete flooring?

What You May Not Have Considered

Well, it sounds like a good idea, but there’s really more to it than all that. See, pulling up that carpet is only part of the job (the easiest part). What you’re going to find underneath is likely a less-than desirable looking slab of concrete. It will be full of stains, cracks, chips…you know, everything EXCEPT what you want.stain005[1]

And you can’t simply throw a stain on it and hope for the best. Oh, and we failed to mention how much of a pain it is to remove the tack strips.

Get a Professional

You can pull up the carpet if you like, but we recommend you have a professional come in and properly prep the floor for staining. They can make the necessary repairs and preparations to ensure that your finished product looks great. It’s worth the extra money! Contact Stamped Artistry for your new concrete flooring.

Are There Negatives to Concrete Flooring?

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We spend lots of time talking about why you SHOULD get concrete flooring in your home. However, nothing can be perfect, right? So let’s take a look at some of the potential negatives, and discuss if they would really be an issue for you.

Potential Negative: Concrete flooring can be slippery at times.Stamped-Overlay-Yorkstone

Rationalization: Well, sure if they get wet they will be slippery. That much is true. However, the myth here is in the flawed logic. You see, a wet concrete floor isn’t going to be any more slippery than wet tile, vinyl, smooth wood, etc. The key is to keep them dry and you will be fine.

Potential Negative: Concrete flooring is cold.

Rationalization: Again, this can be true, but not any more so than other hard types of flooring. And if you live in a hotter climate (like the Houston area where we service), cold flooring is best for the majority of the year. As far as our brief winter, well, you can always use strategically placed rugs in bedrooms where you tend to walk barefooted.

Questions about stained concrete flooring? Contact us now!