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Top 5 Benefits of Decorative Concrete Floor for Your Home and Business

Top 5 Benefits of Decorative Concrete Floor for Your Home and Business

Decorative concrete floors aren’t something that can only be installed in a new home. In fact many homes already come with a concrete subfloor that is the perfect canvas. Often times, homeowners cover the subfloors up with carpets or hardwood floors. Carpets will stain and hold odors while hardwood floors are susceptible to water damage.

Overall, when you choose a decorative concrete floor, you’re choosing an option that will hold up over time and save you valuable time and money.

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1. Not Prone to Scratching

Vinyl floors and even the most durable hardwood floors are prone to being scratched from simple wear and tear. This is a little less likely with carpets, but everyday foot traffic will absolutely wear them down. When you have decorative concrete flooring that is great quality, it will be very difficult to scratch with high foot traffic or everyday use. When you choose to invest in concrete flooring now, it will save you a lot of time and money further down the road on repairs, maintenance, and replacements. There’s a reason that concrete is used in subfloors—it stands up to the test of time and will be there when carpet and hardwood need to be replaced because they have seen their own demise.

2. Low Maintenance

There are a plethora of acrylic and epoxy coatings to choose from to seal your decorative concrete floors, and all of them will ensure a level of waterproofing. There are many patterns, colors, and textures to choose from with these coatings that you will find something that will fit your taste and overall décor. Concrete flooring is moisture proof, so you will never again worry about unsightly stains soaking into it and destroying it. You will also never have to worry about concrete floors warping due to moisture either. In short, the work it takes to maintain concrete flooring is as simple as sweeping whenever you see fit, or even investing in a floor cleaning robot and letting that do all of the work needed to keep the floor clean.

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3. A Green Solution

Concrete flooring is one of the most eco-friendly options available on the flooring market. Most homes will already have a concrete subfloor that is used to support the flooring material chosen to cover it (carpet, etc.). Rather than installing more materials over the concrete floor, you can opt to simply treat the concrete floor by staining it in your desired pattern and then sealing it. This makes for an attractive yet comfortable surface for your home. In the long run, choosing to have simple concrete floors will save materials like carpets and woods from being used for a short period of time and then being tossed into a landfill.

4. Affordable

In addition to the plethora of other benefits of decorative concrete floors, you can actually get them in your home or business for a low cost. It is not expensive to install, and is extremely durable while being resistant to most damages. The low maintenance requirements combined with the low cost make it one of the most affordable flooring solutions available today. When you opt to keep the floors a simple concrete, you are eliminating the cost of materials and labor that it would take to cover the floors in carpet, vinyl, or hardwood. They are not expensive to clean, and have no running cost for maintenance.

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5. Flexibility in Design

There is so much flexibility in decorative concrete as far as design that you just can’t get with other types of floor finishes. You can create your own polished look, stamped pattern, acid etch, or an all-over stain—something that you can’t do with other floor coverings. Decorative concrete floors are used in many public spaces because they are easy to maintain, reflect light perfectly, and are durable. You will be able to choose the finished look, making this option completely customizable and able to fit any style or type of décor.

Featured photo credit: decor.pinklette via decor.pinklette.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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