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Are Concrete Floors Hard on the Feet?

Office concrete floor
Richardson's Concrete Effects

The reality:

Yes, concrete is a hard material and won't cushion or "give" under bare feet.

The pluses:

  • Concrete's hardness also contributes to its durability and abrasion resistance. In a commercial or warehouse setting, hard is good. You need a hard surface that can stand up to forklift traffic and heavy foot traffic.
  • For a residential floor, you can help cushion concrete with area rugs (which are easier to clean than wall-to-wall carpet).
  • While concrete may be hard, it's not abrasive to the feet, especially if it's polished or has a smooth finish.