Concrete flooring is a common type of flooring adopted by many building owners. Concrete floors can be used in all types of residential, commercial, institutional and public buildings. Before choosing concrete flooring as an option for your building construction, you should be aware of its advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages and disadvantages of concrete floors

Benefits of Concrete Flooring

1. Durability

A well constructed floor will outlast most other components of the building.

2. Hardness

Concrete floors designed to carry applied loads will generally have sufficient rigidity and will not deflect under applied loads to cause problems with non-structural elements, such as doors.

3. Energy Efficiency

Concrete floors have a high thermal mass and can be used to improve the internal environment within housing and reduce energy demands for thermal comfort.

4. Construction Speed

Concrete floors can be constructed quickly. The adoption of concrete floors speeds up the completion of the ground floor. Precast flooring systems have the added benefit of reducing the amount of labor required on site.

5. Damp resistance

Concrete flooring is non-absorbent and therefore offers adequate resistance to moisture. It is used for water retaining floors as well as for shops.

6. Maintenance Cost

Concrete floors are easy to clean and the maintenance cost of concrete floors is very low.

7. Fire Resistance

Concrete being a non-combustible material, this flooring provides a fire resistant floor, which is essential for fire hazardous buildings.

disadvantages of concrete floors

  1. Defects on a concrete floor are not easy to fix.
  2. Concrete floors cannot be repaired satisfactorily by patch work.
  3. It has not very satisfactory insulation properties against sound and heat.

Er. Mukesh Kumar

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Er. Mukesh Kumar is Editor in Chief and Co-Funder at ProCivilEngineer.com Civil Engineering Website. Mukesh Kumar is a Bachelor in Civil Engineering From MIT. He has work experience in Highway Construction, Bridge Construction, Railway Steel Girder work, Under box culvert construction, Retaining wall construction. He was a lecturer in a Engineering college for more than 6 years.