Benefits of concrete flooring over hardwood flooring

Posted March 20, 2020

Battle of The Floors

In this feature we’re covering all the reasons why you should choose concrete flooring over hardwood. Mapping out your dream home and all its glory is something we all take pride in, but flooring choices are about so much more than aesthetics. We need to take into account the space’s purpose, the durability, desired lifetime of the floor, health concerns, energy costs, and the environment as humidity plays a huge role. The options available to homeowners are frequently limited by the construction of their homes. 

Have you been on Pinterest lately? Perhaps Instagram? If you have, you might’ve seen polished concrete floors trending. Concrete flooring is a truly timeless feature. Humans have been taking advantage of its benefits for over a thousand years. Romans notoriously used concrete for countless buildings and monuments, some of which are still standing today. If that doesn’t speak to the structural integrity of concrete flooring, we don’t know what does.

The majority of new houses are built upon a concrete slab floor. Recent surveys indicate that the national average of new houses built on concrete is 80% – why? The biggest reason for the rise in popularity of concrete slab flooring is cost. Concrete flooring is up to $20 cheaper per metre than timber flooring, however this can vary with houses on sloping sites. It is also far easier to fit water pipes which means you can have the best, cost-effective heating systems available, such as an air sourced hot water heat pump. 

While hardwood floors are beautiful and last the testament of time if maintained, they also harbour a number of disadvantages. Poorly sealed hardwood floors warp and easily mold in humid environments. Hardwood flooring is also a poor insulator which can lead to a number of health complications as ⅓ of your home’s heat can be lost through the flooring if uninsulated. You could potentially opt for a middle-ground of laminate however it doesn’t offer a vast improvement insulation wise and lacks the charm hardwood possesses. If your concrete foundation is insulated, this issue can be mitigated. Because so much heat can be lost through the flooring, an insulated concrete slab foundation will keep your floor warmer – preventing condensation in vulnerable areas and helping to accelerate drying in the event of an accident.

You may have your heart set on hardwood floors despite the cons and be considering floor heating. If this is the case, consider your foundation. Floor heating is exceptionally effective and affordable when paired with an insulated concrete slab foundation. This is because uninsulated concrete slabs draw heat down and away from your floor rather than allowing it to rise to the ceiling. Homes that sit on an uninsulated concrete slab are vulnerable to heat loss roughly the equivalent of leaving a window open in winter. While floor heating may make your hardwood floor slightly more pleasant to walk over, the energy waste and cost to your wallet if not paired with an insulated slab would be significant. 

With correct positioning of eaves and windows, an exposed concrete floor with MAXRaft®’s insulated concrete slab foundation can keep your home toasty in winter and cool in summer. By building your home on an insulated MAXRaft® concrete slab, you can choose from a wider range of options based on your personal needs whilst also making your home energy efficient. A warm home is a healthy home.

Some other benefits of MAXRaft®’s concrete slab foundations include, but are not limited to:

  • Engineered specifically for your section
  • Sustainable
  • Maximum energy efficiency
  • Thermal break insulation
  • Cost savings
  • HOMESTAR™ rating
  • Home comfort
  • Excellent aesthetics
  • Seismic strength
  • Underfloor heating friendly
  • Exposed concrete floors
  • Manufactured and supported by a Kiwi company. 


You can find more information on MAXRaft® concrete slab foundations and polished concrete flooring here: or call us on 0800 629 7238

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