Exterior Polished Concrete Expands Your Living Space
Do you feel like you could do with a bit more space in your home? If the answer’s ‘yes’, you’re in good company. Lack of space is a problem that many homeowners grapple with, and usually the concern centres around the living area. Maybe the dining area’s cramped, or children have taken over the sitting room.
DirectStone has a potential solution. Exterior polished concrete allows you to expand your living space into your garden.
Blurring the Boundaries Between Inside and Outside
Polished concrete flooring is notoriously good at unifying open plan spaces in the home. So how about expanding those possibilities into the garden? Matching your inside with your outside extends the space available to you, and creates a new kind of living area that blends indoors and outdoors. Simply opening up your home in this way presents multiple new design possibilities.
Why Polished Concrete Flooring?
There are relatively few flooring choices that can be used both inside and out; polished concrete serves both environments equally well. This has to do with its origins as a tough, industrial material that can weather a range of environmental challenges. The glossy finish achieved as a result of grinding and polishing concrete may transform the surface, but its characteristic qualities remain the same.
Isn’t Concrete Slippery When Wet?
Polished concrete doesn’t present a slip risk, even when wet. In fact, the traction provided by concrete is superior to that offered by marble or vinyl flooring in wet conditions. The greater risk occurs when dust is allowed to accumulate on a concrete floor. The DirectStone team would recommend, therefore, that indoor and outdoor polished concrete flooring is regularly swept and mopped to keep it free from dust and grit.
3 Examples of Outdoor Polished Concrete
The elegant simplicity of polished concrete flooring makes it beautifully adaptable for the outdoor setting:
1. Contrasting Textures
Suppose you want to create a stylish dining area as part of your indoor/outdoor living. The use of contrasting concrete finishes works beautifully to delineate space, and elegantly demonstrate the unique patterning and hues of the concrete material.
2. Polished Concrete Patio
Expanding your living space doesn’t mean you have to maintain traditional straight lines. We can create polished concrete patios that favour curves, or arcs. You may wish to incorporate a water feature, or steps to break up the space.
3. Polished Concrete Walls and Seating
If you’re looking for a more intimate outdoor space, you could use beautifully finished polished concrete walls with integrated seating. The classic lines, when broken up with flowers or bright cushions, create an exterior room for dining, barbecues or simply enjoying the sun.
Working With DirectStone
Using polished concrete flooring to blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors adds a new kind of space to your home and increases the value of your property. DirectStone flooring specialists are happy to work with you to create a design that enhances your home and expands its potential. We can offer guidance, advice or a free no obligation quote.
If you would like to talk to us about exterior concrete flooring call our friendly team on 01525 863920/07814 734600.