What Can Happen If You Don’t Finish Concrete Floors?

While we normally cover the positive contributions finished concrete floors can offer your home or business (as they are abundant), it is also important to be cognizant of what can happen if you don’t finish your concrete floors and decide to leave them bare, so this week we’ll be exploring this topic in-depth. In doing so, we hope not to scare you or bullying you into services you think you might not need. We do this so that you’ll get the most out of your concrete floors. Read below to find out what may happen if you leave your concrete floors without a finishing!

Wear & Tear In High Traffic Areas

It is well know that concrete is an extremely durable building and surfacing material. This characteristic is one of its main benefits as its strength is matched by few. While concrete is durable in and of itself, finishing them only adds to this fact. This is especially true in high traffic areas where wear and tear is much more likely such as living rooms, kitchens, and hallways for residential locations and the generally the entire space for commercial. By finishing the concrete floors in question, one can prevent this wear and tear from occurring (or at least deccelerate the rate) thus ensuring lasting quality.

Unwanted Cracks

As expressed above, finishing concrete floors prevents wear and tear or at least slows down the rate at which it occurs. This wear and tear can come in many forms. At its worst, it can appear as cracks in the concrete. Not only are cracks unsightly, they can also be dangerous. Eliminate the risk of cracks by simply finishing the concrete floors!

Higher Costs

Because of concrete’s durability, it does not have to be replaced often, and as explained above, finishing them only assists in extending this already lengthened lifespan. This not only means less maintenance but lower costs as well as constant upkeep and eventual replacement only yields higher costs. If you decide to leave your concrete floors bare, you are sure to open yourself up to said costs. Save yourself time and money in the long run by finishing your concrete floors now!

Constant Cleaning

When concrete floors are finished, cleaning is a breeze. Debris and dirt stay on the surface allowing for easy cleanup with a dry mop or broom. However, when no finishing of any kind is applied, the contaminants may seep into the concrete’s cracks and/or pores. Make cleaning of your concrete floors a cakewalk by simply finishing them! You won’t be sorry.

Water Retention

Porous by nature, unfinished concrete often retains dirt, debris, and other contaminants as touched on above. In addition to these impurities, unfinished concrete may also hold unwanted moisture - especially in basement settings. By finishing the concrete, you reduce if not completely eliminate the chances of this occurring.


When you don’t finish concrete floors, many things can occur such as wear and tear in high traffic areas, unwanted and unsightly cracks, higher associated costs, increased cleaning and maintenance, and water retention. In addition to all of these things, unfinished floors are simply not as aesthetically appealing as finished concrete floors. While unfinished floors aren’t necessarily completely unappealing, by simply finishing the floors, you add that much more to their appearance. If you hire a pro (like Custom Concrete), you’ll ensure the job is done quickly and in the most effective manner while still maintaining superior quality!


In recommending “finished concrete floors” to our clients, it is usually inferred we are referring to polished concrete floors. While this is our top choice and specialty, there are numerous other options to choose from such as C3 diamond floors, C3 metallic floors, rustic C3 Woodcrete floors, as well as many other decorative options. Custom Concrete Creations specializes in such decorative concrete flooring. We service commercial, industrial and residential clients throughout the Midwest. We are proud to be considered Omaha's preferred decorative flooring contractor because of our experience, passion, professionalism and unparalleled customer service!

No matter what you choose though, what is important is that it’s the right choice for whatever your residential, commercial, or industrial need may be. We hope that in exploring what may happen if you don’t finish your concrete floors, we have assisted in narrowing down your choice.

Still not sure? No worries. We recognize the importance of this decision and want to make sure you’re making an informed one. Click here and here to learn more about the benefits of polished concrete floors.

At Custom Concrete Creations, we have state of the art equipment and a properly trained team with years of experience. Custom Concrete Creations is a premier contractor serving the Omaha area as well at the Midwest. Give us a call or send us an email for your custom concrete finishing needs today!