There are 3 components to concrete resurfacing1. Decorative Options 3. Floor MaintenanceThe best place to start is to ask yourself why you want a decorative concrete floor, what are the options, how much does it cost, how do I maintain it. The most common issues are removal of tile adhesives, carpet glue, paint, crack repair and moisture. Fortunately there are highly effective solutions. There are a few products on the market that are non toxic and highly effective. The process is to spray on with typical garden style pump sprayer. Once dry the floor can resurfaced with a skim coat usually 2 coats. Etching gives the surface “tooth” so paint has something to bite onto. Typically paint chips off because of salts in concrete, like painting sand. To remove the chipping paint use a high quality heavy duty paint remover. Unless grinding off the paint it’s almost impossible to completely remove paint from concrete. Cleaning concrete – Acid etching concrete is highly effective for removing rust, dirt, grime and salts from the concrete surface. Always wear a mask, the fumes are strong. After about 15 minutes the acids can be washed off. The easiest and most effective is a gelled acid. The acid releases dirt and grime, algae and the gel works as a carrier. One of the best solutions is to grind out the crack with an angle grinder and vacuum out loose pieces and dust. If you don’t have a grinder, chip out and remove all the loose pieces. There is air in concrete, little holes and capillaries. There are a few basic remedies. A good roof gutter system is critical to keeping water from traveling along a foundation wall and under a slab. French drains around a foundation are highly effective. Coating a concrete floor and foundation wall with Epoxy waterproofers work extremely well. Decorative concrete stains – Concrete acid stains and dyes are a great solution only if you have a clean concrete floor. Especially right after construction. Like with hardwood stains bring out the beauty, but also the imperfections. The best results are from acid stains and various dyes. There are acetone based dyes that bite hard into concrete and waterbased dyes which are softer and tint the floor. Only use quality products. Concrete Overlays(skim coats) – Concrete overlays are a highly effective function and design solution. They can be integrally colored, stained and dyed. Flattooing, a stencil system can be used turning concrete into a canvas for artwork. The process of Flattooing, tattoing a floor turns a basic floor into a unique one of a kind floor. They are thin and solve a height issue and doorways and steps. They’re being applied everywhere, restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, grocery stores, casinos. 00 per square foot including tools and sealers9. During the past 5 years they have become a staple in residential garages. Epoxy paint – Basic high quality floor paint. Many colors available. 100% solids High Build Epoxy – This is the heaviest duty epoxy system. Colored quartz and chips can be added. The beauty of a modular system is ease of installation, durability and custom design options. 50 per square foot. When you start to see soap subs it’s ready. Many floors have been ruined or worn prematurely by use of improper cleaning products and methods. Residential homes, hair salons, restaurants, retail stores, schools, hospitals all have different cleaning needs and different products. How to choose cleaning products is not always an easy process. Its just as important to know how much to use and the types of tools required as choosing the correct products. Do your research.
A great deal of mixing of ingredients takes place that can produce a variety of different types of items that look like tile, wood, flagstone, slate and brick. Therefore, builders and homeowners can easily transform the look of any area including driveways and Sidewalks. Stamping Is Like Decorating A CakeWhen employing the stamping process to poured cement, it’s a lot like decorating a cake. A talented cake decorator can make the item appear as something that it really isn’t. So can an experienced concrete stamper. Up until the stamping process takes place, creating the walkway, driveway, patio or other hard surface is just a normal concrete pouring job. Up until the cake gets decorated, the cooking process is typically normal. However, much like applying icing on the cake, stamping the poured concrete creates the finishing touch. Furthermore, just as a cake decorator can seamlessly add touches of color and other edible items to the surface, a concrete installer can incorporate different types of designs with other existing exterior surface areas such as brick, wood, metal or stone in order to produce a completely unique outdoor area look. This is especially true when competing with neighboring homes for resale since the exterior of yours has been not only upgraded, but beautifully designed and presented. A great example is the creation of a unique looking courtyard. It takes a long time to wear down the cement.
Compressing two products together that are of the same general composition yet varying color, gradient, and shape is called a stamped product. This type of concrete is often incredibly versatile and could truly fit in with any other decorative decisions that are made. Thus, there should be a very basic understanding of what this flooring is and how to obtain it. Often, these retailers will even offer installation as part of a package pricing option. These different shapes and sizes help make it perfect for any given level or option of decoration for anyone and any type of decoration style. Thus, this is often a very solid interior choice.
One the material is starting to set the pattern block is impressed upon it. This can range from cobblestones to brick or wood and shells to any other design that is desired. Although the usual surfaces used to be traditional bricks and cobbles etc but since these were individual pieces, there was a tendency for the bricks to move or be displaced because of frost damage. Once the cold sets in, the materials between the bricks will swell and then subside pushing up the bricks against each other. With the pattern blocks, there is no way that the frost can get in between because the cracks are just not there. Within the material, rods and other metal structures will reinforce the whole sheet and this ties it in to pavements and walls adjacent to the surfacing as well. If the joints or other meeting places are cut properly, this should allow for movement of the earth beneath, or for the heavy traffic which could cause some damage etc. Even water features can be put in using this same kind of method and walls too will benefit from having a rather lovely finish stamped onto them. They still need some maintenance work, however, since no flooring is damage proof. But keeping back some color when the flooring is installed will mean that there is always some around to touch up what gets damaged with normal wear and tear. They will also have several pattern blocks to choose from giving the householder the chance to see the finished pattern before opting for one or the other.