Home and Building, Volume 18 Number 1 (June 1955)
Could you possibly answer a question re concrete floors. The answer is wanted urgently as our builder is nearly ready to start. I would be quite prepared to pay a fee for the information.
Are concrete floors satisfactory?
Are they healthy?
Would the saving in cost be worthwhile as against an ordinary wooden floor?
What is the best surface treatment?
I believe I have seen an article in Home and Building which we have been getting for about five years, but at the moment they are nearly all packed away.
Your magazine has been most helpful to us in planning our home and we look forward to each issue. We do think that interiors on the whole, especially kitchens, are away above all English designs and really most attractive. —A.C.R., Whangarei.
Your questions regarding concrete floors are difficult to answer without our seeing your section and the plan of the house you propose building. However, we can give you a fairly general answer.
Concrete floors are very satisfactory, particularly on a flat section where the concrete can be laid as a slab and extended to form a terrace or courtyard at the same level as the house floor, thus eliminating the need for steps.
Concrete floors are very healthy provided they are correctly laid. The saving of cost is worthwhile compared with an ordinary wooden floor construction.
However, we very strongly recommend that you write to the N.Z. Portland Cement Association, G.P.O. Box 969, Wellington, for their bulletin ST. 7 entitled "Concrete Floors for domestic use". This Useful booklet will give you all the information you require.page 8