I’m thinking of concrete floors for the basement in our summer house. They are eco-friendly, great with underfloor heating and reduces dust/allergen issues. They won’t chip or dent and great for heavy use areas. So pretty perfect for those occasional rainy days, when the children are stir crazy in the house, and want to ride their bikes around the basement.
In Britain, however, you do need to be careful with older houses which were built with suspended timber floors. Concrete floors can drive any rising damp issues into nearby walls. Good ventilation should help solve the issue.
Abigail Ahern has polished concrete on her ground floor which has lasted about 10 years and aged beautifully. She’s used rugs and furniture to add warmth and colour as well. The look is edgy rather than industrial.
Still not convinced? The following article may just convince you.