10 Clever Ways to Use Concrete to Create a Fire-Resistant Home

Slab the Floor
This beautiful floor is tiled in concrete.
This beautiful floor is tiled in concrete.

Whether it's a ranch house in Albuquerque, a fifth floor walk-up in Fort Greene, or a duplex in Sioux Falls, somewhere under the surface of the floors in your home sweet home likely lies a slab of concrete. For years, interior designers have been looking for new, appealing and often expensive (zebrawood, we're talking about you) ways to cover up mundane concrete flooring. Yet concrete floors provide a cost-effective minimalist aesthetic that homeowners can liven up -- and easily change -- with colorful stains.

In addition to being fire-resistant, concrete floors allow for relief from allergens commonly trapped in carpets (indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental risks to public health, according to the Environmental Protection Agency), are more durable and last longer than other common types of flooring [sources: HGTV, EPA].

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