Can I Use My Existing Concrete Slab For Flooring... - Flooring - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-15-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

Can I use my existing concrete slab for flooring...


New to the forum. We just moved into a new house. In the room that will be my home office, I was thinking about pulling up the old, dirty, ugly carpet and just using the existing concrete floor as my flooring.

I'm only just starting to research the feasibility of doing so. I think it's doable, however I have not yet pulled up the carpet to see what kind of shape the concrete is in underneath. I'm assuming there'll be some cracks at the very least.

Can anyone give me some advise for proceeding? I know there are all sorts of acid stains, overlays, paints and other ways to treat the concrete and get it looking the way you want it to look.

What issues might I encounter upon pulling up the carpet that would preclude me from being able to use the concrete?

Can you point me to some good products for cleaning/prepping/finishing the concrete, or useful websites describing the process?

Anything anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated!




Last edited by Somerichs; 01-17-2011 at 10:05 AM.
Somerichs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2011, 03:42 PM   #2
Pro Flooring Installer
rusty baker's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: SW Missouri
Posts: 4,858
Rewards Points: 148

You should be able to use it. You won't know til you get the carpet up. I personally don't like concrete floors because they are cold and they are bad on the feet, legs and back.


The ads in my post are there without my permission. I do not endorse any of the products.
Semi-Retired Installer
Installing since 1973
rusty baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2011, 09:57 PM   #3
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 21
Rewards Points: 10

Removing the carpet is easy. Just get a utility knife, cut it into managable strips and pull it up into rolls. You may find the pad to come right up, or it might be glued down. The tack strips along the edge of the wall could be either glued down or nailed down or both. In either way, they can usually be pryed up without to much trouble.

Now, I'm with Rusty on the concrete issue. Cold, hard and unconfortable. The fact that you are even considering it, tells me you just want something, tough, durable and cheap. I would try Some type of linoleum or laminate before I stayed with the concrete. Google some pics of what I just mentioned. They have some nice office designs that may be tough and affortable.
Gulledge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2011, 10:04 AM   #4
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

Originally Posted by Gulledge View Post
...Now, I'm with Rusty on the concrete issue. Cold, hard and unconfortable. The fact that you are even considering it, tells me you just want something, tough, durable and cheap.
Thank you for the responses, Rusty and Gulledge. The cold factor is probably my main concern regarding the concrete. It would only be the one room, though, which is probably around 12 feet square, and I can minimize it somewhat with an area rug (maybe) and also by virtue of the french doors that let in a fair amount of sunlight in the afternoon.

And you're right on another count, i do just "want something." we just moved into this house a few weeks ago; it was a short sale and the previous tenant had a dog and didn't take very good care of the carpet in this room, so it's stinky and not very attractive, and I also hate using a rolling office chair on carpet.

Was thinking using the concrete would be the cheapest (finances are a concern right now) and quickest alternative at the moment with a little elbow grease. May just be an intermediate solution until I can do something down the road, either a laminate or some kind of tile or "upscale" linoleum. I do like some of the things you can achieve with concrete, however.

Thanks again for your comments!
Somerichs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2011, 11:20 AM   #5
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: NW Chicago burbs
Posts: 383
Rewards Points: 250

I did this for two years in a main part of my house. The dog was getting old and destroyed the carpet. I pulled out the did it stink. Then I etched and painted the floor with concrete floor paint from my Sherwin Williams store. Outside of the cold floor, there were no issues. The dog passed on and it is now carpeted.

When you pull that carpet it will release the ordors like nothing you have experienced before. You will not believe you were living with that odor.
beerdog is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Removing basement tile and pouring concrete slab tondar Building & Construction 12 11-05-2010 11:28 AM
Pouring Concrete Slab in a small rickety garage. RORO Building & Construction 0 10-19-2010 03:56 PM
Concrete Slab JoelWCassell Building & Construction 1 08-05-2010 10:58 AM
Building on existing concrete slab JimSpokane Building & Construction 2 07-22-2009 01:19 PM
Remodel over sloped concrete slab PSL_Hokie Building & Construction 11 07-11-2007 05:14 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1