More churches today are refurbishing their floors using decorative concrete and concrete overlays. Perhaps it’s all part of God’s plan. Symbolically, decorative concrete floors represent a solid foundation and help to unify a space. They also can be colored or graphically enhanced to symbolize a congregation’s religious beliefs.

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From a practical standpoint, using concrete rather than an alternative floor covering can save money, both in the short- and long-term. With many churches operating on tight budgets, this can be a real godsend.

Concrete flooring also handles the multiple functions of church facilities with perseverance and grace. In addition to withstanding the foot traffic of hundreds of congregation members, concrete is an ideal high-performance flooring material for church kitchens, recreational facilities and meeting rooms. Here are recent ways churches and associated institutions are using decorative concrete flooring to enhance their facilities and reinforce their beliefs.

Divine Intervention

For Wallace Presbyterian Church in College Park, Md., a seven-sided floor layout in the main congregation area was in need of a unifying centerpiece. The solution was a polished concrete overlay with a heptagonal design that directs the eye to the front altar.

Acid Staining Adds Color and Character

The coffee shop and teen room in the First Baptist Church of Marco Island, Fla., are great examples of how stained concrete floors can give rooms color and character. The coffee shop was stained a rich saddle-brown to make it warm and inviting. For the teen room floor, a livelier, more modern look was achieved with a bright blue stain.

Sunburst Design Conveys a Theological Message

At Our Lady of Guadalupe Religious Education Center in Dallas, Ga., the polished concrete floor in the building’s social hall features a sunburst design incorporating colors and patterns that symbolize the congregation's religious values. The design was sawcut into the floor and then colored with various shades of dye.

A Warm Welcome

The name Solid Rock Concrete was inspired by the Bible, according to owner Shane Ober. So it’s no wonder why his company jumped at the chance to resurface the concrete floors at DaySpring, a Christian greeting card company headquartered in Sialoam Springs, Ark. The main foyer, bathrooms, kitchen and entrance hall, which features a cross-shaped fountain, were colored with stains and dyes and feature a sawcut diamond pattern.

Church Kitchen Gets a Makeover

The floors in the kitchen, restrooms, and halls of Santa Cruz Greek Orthodox Church were revived with a stained microtopping, featuring a bright teal background accented by bands of brown and navy.

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