When you move into a new home, one of the things you have to do is to undertake any necessary restoration or decoration. Among other things, you have to consider what sort of flooring you want. Some people will choose carpeting, and this can look nice, but will only last a few years before beginning to wear and need replacement. However, carpeting only takes a few hours to install.
One type of flooring that is becoming more and more widely used is decorative concrete flooring. This will take more time to install than carpet, but it is very beautiful and extremely durable, and once laid will last for decades. It is also very simple to maintain, only requiring dusting and the occasional wipe over with a damp mop. Decorative concrete can be custom designed in any way you wish, all of which makes it well worthwhile, regardless of the installation time.
The timeline for installation of concrete flooring can vary depending upon the scale of the project. A plain basement floor might take between two and six days. However, more complex decorative concrete flooring using multiple stains or dyes, decorative saw cuts, custom graphics, or perhaps an overlay, can take a lot longer. Other factors such as the existing concrete substrate can also affect the time required for completion. If there is a concrete floor which is all ready for polishing, staining, or the application of a decorative coating or overlay, the work may be completed fairly quickly. However, if the floor needs repairs or extensive preparation it is going to take longer.
In a new building, the floor will need to be completely cured before any decorative treatment can be applied, and this can take up to a week. It is also best to install any drywall before a decorative concrete floor treatment in order to avoid damaging the floor. Another thing which affects installation time is the length of drying times between each step, and also the ease of accessibility. If partition walling is installed, it may be better to remove it, since the floor can then be treated as one large area, rather than many small rooms.
The surface of the concrete has to be in first class condition before any decorative treatments are applied, and this may necessitate grinding, acid etching or an overlay. High end treatments involving saw cuts, graphics, borders, stencilling, and the use of several colours will take considerably longer than a basic installation.
Another factor affecting installation is the size of the crew and their skill level. It is a good idea to hold a construction meeting with the homeowner, architect, and concrete contractor all present so that all parties are aware of the necessity for the floors to be installed perfectly and protected throughout the construction process.