Brian Knight wrote:Concrete floors are tough to beat and I personally feel orthopedic concerns are perceptual.
For some of us it's not perceptual. I've had chronic back pain for most of my life & I've found that working & living on concrete floors escalated my problems significantly.
It takes me months to recover when I'm not on them for 8+ hours a day.
(My mom owns a small slab house that I stayed in for about 6 months, a couple years ago & it took me 5 months to recover.
She had industrial carpet over a thin pad for support, but every time I sat on the couch, chairs or laid in bed, I could feel the hardness of the concrete through them.
Places with a lot more padding are much better, but still quite noticeable for me.)
If you feel like crap just hanging around at a store for an hour or so, you'll notice it more at your house.
--This is only my perspective & I've known many others who have no issue, but it's definitely something significant to consider if you think it might be a problem for you, specifically.
I just wanted to add my 2c on my personal issue w/ concrete flooring. YMMV. =)
I've been looking over a lot of natural building systems for when my husband & I get our own land & I'm looking at so many extra flooring options so I don't have to do concrete - at least for flooring.