There’s a lot of debate over the best way to install concrete floors, from floor-to-cement, but there are some common sense guidelines that will make the process easier and more cost-effective.1.
Build your concrete floor in one layer.
You want to minimize any gaps in the concrete to help it withstand the weather.2.
Create an angle that will allow the concrete surface to breathe.3.
Install the floor at a depth of at least 1 inch (25 mm).4.
Seal the joints and gaps between the concrete layers.5.
Build a concrete slab, then install the slab.6.
Use a concrete flooring mix, such as borax, sand, or sandstone.7.
Seal any cracks, crevices, or holes.8.
Fill your concrete slab with soil to create a soil-based foundation.9.
Seal out any water, dust, or other contaminants that may be present.10.
Install concrete floor tiles to help protect your house from the elements.11.
Install floor tiles at a height of 1-1/2 inches (25-30 mm).12.
Install a solid-state electrical system and/or ceiling fan to help cool your home.13.
Build in a sprinkler system, as the air canisters will keep the soil and your floors cool during the winter.14.
Install an outdoor cement board installation system, such a ceiling fan, that will create an enclosed concrete structure for ventilation.15.
Install drainage systems to drain the outside of your home to prevent flooding.16.
Install outdoor sprinklers for extra cooling.17.
Install exterior door shutters to keep your house cool during rainy weather.18.
Add a ventilator to your existing heating and cooling system, or use a system that can keep the temperature inside your home below freezing during the colder months.19.
Install sprinkler systems and a fan to prevent insects and diseases from entering your home during the spring and summer.20.
Install electric and/ or gas-powered heating systems to help keep your home warm during the hot, dry winter months.