Category Archives: Recommendations

A good foundation for your custom floor

Any floor needs a proper foundation. Things to check for that I have found to be common in Austin, Tx : Is the foundation stable? Are there cracks in the walls, do the doors and windows open and close easily? Are there major cracks more than 1/16″ wide? Is there any moisture wicking through the concrete causing mold, white powder… (more…)

Existing Stained Concrete Floor Makeover

Existing stained concrete floors can be altered, repaired, or refreshed by an experienced person with a few tricks and techniques using an array of products that he/she have found to work from experience. Working in Austin Texas, we have found many new homeowners or tenants who want to change the look of a perfectly good stained concrete floor so it… (more…)

Concrete Repair and Microtopping: The good, the bad, and the salvagable

If you have ugly concrete somewhere in Austin, Texas ,  after removing flooring,  badly finished, a new pour contrasting an old pour of concrete, house leveling patching, flaking microtoping with extra bad trowel lines,  too rough, too smooth, not shedding water, or you just don’t like the way it makes you feel.  Before you get the hoe-ram out of the shed,  you still have options.… (more…)

DIY and why not?

Salute to the Austin, Texas DIYers ,  they have my respect and encouragement.  If you have a clean, mostly blemish free piece of concrete that you want to stain,  I say go for it.  Web search for a local stain supply store Austin and see if the people there are DIY friendly.  Most will be.  Or , research the procedures for a… (more…)

Exposed Aggregate Vs Stained Concrete

Exposed concrete aggregate is a very decorative style of concrete design which also gives a non-skid texture to the structure. The particulate aggregate matter of the concrete is pronouncedly visible on the top layer of the concrete giving an awesome appealing finish to the concrete structure. It is used in various places like driveways, patios and sidewalks. The exposed aggregate… (more…)

How to Add Scoring To Your Stained Concrete Floor

As you have been looking around the web you may seen Austin concrete stain floors that look like tile. This is accomplished by what is called scoring the concrete, usually done with a 4″ grinder or a concrete saw. You can create amazing patterns with this process. A word of caution: Handheld grinders can be very dangerous and sometimes they… (more…)

New concrete house slab for staining tips. Part 2

Once the slab has a final trowel,  some concrete contractors mist or cover the concrete with plastic to help avoid cracking. Covering the concrete with cardboard, plastic, or thermoply, is a good way to keep the concrete mostly clean.  After the framers are done is a good time,  ask them to use black string-line chalk.  Red chalk is very hard to… (more…)

New concrete house slab for staining tips.

New concrete house slab for staining tips. I have had clients request information in pouring,  finishing, and protecting their new home slab which is meant for staining and sealing later. A special mix isn’t needed,  however while the concrete is wet color can be troweled into the top layer to create an integral color.  This gives the color a higher… (more…)

Stained Concrete Floor Care

Here are a few tips to maintain your stained concrete floor. To make quick work of cleaning your floor,  have : 3 blue microfiber pads (one for each step) , 2 spray bottles (one for cleaner, the other for wax), 16-20″ flat Velcro microfiber mop with telescopic pole, we like the aluminum one with black fittings at HDepot. Step 1 :   Spot… (more…)

Concrete Sealers to protect your Stained Floor

To extend the life and protect the features of any concrete surface a major key is the use of concrete sealers. Paints and Stains can be used to beautify the appearance of floors, patios, driveways and more, but the correct use of sealers plays a major role in protecting all your hard work and money that you have invested. There… (more…)