While there are numerous benefits to your business or home that finished concrete floors provide, it is crucial to be mindful of the repercussions of unfinished floors. The goal is not to push you into scheduling maintenance services that are not necessary but to help you get the most out of your concrete floors and other surfaces. A bare floor might not raise a lot of concern, but if left in that condition for a long, it can lead to significant damage and costly repairs. Here is what you can expect if you don’t finish your concrete floors.

Wear and Tear in High Traffic Areas

There is no doubt that concrete is an extremely durable material for buildings and other surfaces. This is one of the main reasons it is preferred for flooring since a few other materials only match its strength. Although concrete is quite durable, finishing your concrete floors only adds to this and prevents wear in areas with high foot traffic, such as the kitchen, living rooms, and hallways for residential property. It is different for commercial buildings because most space experiences heavy traffic, making them more susceptible to wear and tear. Finishing any concrete floor prevents this from happening, guaranteeing enhanced quality and durability.

Unwanted Cracks

Finished concrete floors prevent wear and tear or reduce the rate of deterioration. Damage to concrete floors comes in many forms, but at worst, it appears as cracks. The mere sight of cracks on your floor affects the aesthetic appeal and durability, compromising the integrity and safety of your indoor and outdoor spaces. These risks can be avoided by simply finishing your concrete floors and ensuring they receive routine care and maintenance.

Higher Costs

Concrete is one of the most durable flooring materials, so there is no need to replace it constantly. Finishing your concrete floors goes a long way in extending their lifespan, protecting you from unwanted repair and maintenance costs. Failure to finish your concrete floors seems like a cost-effective solution since the damage is not instantly visible, but you risk extra costs in the future. Save yourself money and time by finishing your concrete floors.

Constant Cleaning

Cleaning a concrete floor is less rigorous than one that’s not finished. A finished floor allows dirt and debris to settle on the surface, making it easy to clean with a broom or dry mop. However, when there’s no finishing, contaminants can seep into the crevices or pores. It is advisable to finish your floors if you want to make cleaning a cakewalk.


Unfinished concrete floors in high-traffic areas lead to wear and tear, reducing the aesthetic appeal of your surfaces. There are many reasons why unfinished floors are undesirable, from unsightly cracks and higher associated costs to increased water retention and maintenance. While unfinished floors might not look completely unappealing, finishing them adds much more to their aesthetic value.

No matter what you choose for your floors, ensure it is the right fit. Whatever your residential, industrial, or commercial flooring needs, consult a professional contractor to help you narrow down suitable finishing options.

Meet Lance Davis


Lance Davis is a third generation Concrete Contractor with over 10+ years experience in concrete repair and slabjacking. His company Davis & Sons Concrete has proudly served all of North Central Illinois, Rockford and the outer suburbs - and he would love to hear from you!

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