7 Things You Should Know Before Installing Brick Floors

Yeah, so, brick floors > brick walls.

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Shannon Sorrells

I used to think I needed an exposed brick wall, complete with a comfy sectional and a giant blanket. But after getting lost in kitchen inspiration on Instagram, it turns out I actually have to have brick floors. There's no other option, really.

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After CQ posted a picture of a kitchen with brick flooring to Instagram, nearly 40,000 people who "liked" the photo realized they also needed the look. One commenter perfectly summarized the feels, writing, "kind of makes me want to go barefoot, open the windows, and make a pitcher of sangria." SAME! The only problem was that I knew absolutely nothing about brick flooring. Is it actually brick? What the hell is the upkeep like? I did some investigating so you don't have to.

Brick is an extremely durable flooring option.

Visit any historical city, and you'll find brick homes that are still standing from hundreds of years ago. If there's one really great thing about brick, it's that it can withstand extreme conditions.

But you should be wary of moisture damage.

A sealant will need to be applied to the bricks every so often to protect against mold and cracking. Even though bricks resist rain well vertically, when laid horizontally, moisture can build up and seep beneath the surface.

It's not the most comfortable flooring option.

Brick is great because it's strong, but it's not exactly comfy on your feet. If there's a brick floor in your kitchen, standing for long periods of time probably own't feel amazing on your feet, so you'd probably need some sort of mat or rug to help.

It can be cheaper then other flooring options.

On average, brick will cost less than $10 per square foot, Houzz . That doesn't include installation costs, but when compared to something like marble flooring, which can cost , it's a better deal.

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It will make your furniture a little rocky.

Your floors will never be completely level, so your kitchen benches will probably wobble a bit. It's not perfect, but it still looks great.

You can leave it textured, or seal it with a glossy coating.

If you want to go for a real rustic look, you can leave the brick unfinished so it has a rough and textured surface. But, if you're going for a more polished look, you can have it sealed with a wax coating.

If you don't want actual brick, you can use tile.

If you're unsure about committing to brick, you can always opt for a tile that resembles the material (they can go for around ). Stores like Home Depot, Lowes, and The Tile Shop all have options.

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