What are the advantages and disadvantages of a cast floor?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a cast floor?
06 August 2018

Find out the advantages and disadvantages of a cast floor

Advantage of cast floors

Did you recently move home, and does your new home require flooring? Or are you looking to replace your current floor? A cast floor may, besides being practical, be a solid and stylish choice. A cast floor can, for example, generally be installed directly on top of existing tiled flooring.
By choosing a cast floor, you’ll have a floor that is exceptionally suitable for underfloor heating, but also looks aesthetically pleasing. Cast floors are seamless, making rooms look more spacious and transparent. Moreover, there is a broad range of design options for you to choose from, because cast floors come in many different types and in many different colours.
If you’re looking for a floor that requires very little maintenance, a cast floor is very well suited. The practical advantages of a cast floor are legion. Cast floors are easy to keep clean, require very little maintenance and they are very strong. The average cast floor will last for up to 30 years. So, it is a very durable option. Being able to install the floor on top of an existing base is yet another advantage, removing the need for any demolition or removal work prior to installation. Furthermore, the cast floor is suitable for any room. In addition to the facts that a cast floor is maintenance-friendly and looks amazing, the material is highly sound dampening, meaning the floor reduces noise levels.

Disadvantages of cast floors

A cast floor can, in some circumstances, also have disadvantages compared to flooring made of other materials, but those disadvantages are easily prevented. One of the disadvantages of a cast floor is that in new-built homes cracks may form in the floor. In 95% of cases this is happens because the cast floor is fixed to the base. The crack forms in the base and when it expands, and the cast floor can’t bridge the crack, the crack effectively carries on through the cast floor and potentially tears even further. This can be prevented by applying an additional layer to prevent crack formation. Whether this is needed has to be assessed for each individual situation. It should be noted however, that the new EPI Superbase cast floor can realise a static crack bridging of more than 2.5 mm. So, crack formation doesn’t have to impede your choice for a cast floor. Another disadvantage of a cast floor is that it, as said, although very strong, is not entirely scratch resistant. This however, is easily resolved with the use of scratch no more, underneath your furniture.
Finally, discolouration can occur in your cast floor, but this is prevented by applying an extra layer of finishing lacquer, which will counteract discolouration, or by opting for a cast floor that doesn’t discolour. The aforementioned EPI Superbase cast floor is one of our non-discolouring cast floors.
In the unlikely event the cast floor does get damaged, specialised businesses will be able to repair it

Are you looking for advice about an EPI cast floor in your home? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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