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Step-by-Step Guide for Contractors for Using Decorative Concrete Products

 

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Contractors who stain and install decorative concrete products for commercial, retail, high-end residential, and industrial applications want to use only the best products available. Düraamen is a leader in the industry, offering such systems as the Kwortz Flooring System that outperforms in both esthetics and functionality.
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Taking Epoxy Flake Floors Beyond Garages

Epoxy flake flooring is a type of resin, seamless floor typically placed over concrete. The floor includes decorated acrylic flakes applied to a specially prepared, epoxy base coat. These flakes are then sealed in place with several layers of epoxy finish, creating a hardwearing final surface. Epoxy floors are bacteria and mold resistant, offer protection against chemicals and oils, resist dirt and debris, and are incredibly easy to clean and maintain. This type of flooring is commonly used in garages. But because of its many advantages, epoxy flake floors can be used well beyond the garage. Let’s take a look at some other great places where you can put epoxy flake floors to use.

Industrial Flooring

Because epoxy floors are incredibly durable and extremely long wearing, they are an ideal option for industrial environments. They can easily withstand industrial machinery, as well as chemicals, oils, and other kinds of industrial debris.

Basements & Recreational Rooms

Epoxy flake floors are not only incredibly durable, but can also be customized visually to meet your preferences and needs. They don’t have any seams, and come in a wide range of colors and designs. SureCrete’s epoxy flake floors are available in 20 different reflective pigments that can be combined to achieve hundreds of different colors. Flake patterns and colors can also be easily customized. For example, SureCrete’s Dura-Kote Flakes system is available in 12 unique color options. Furthermore, epoxy floors are quite comfortable underfoot, making them an ideal option of basements, recreational rooms, and other kinds of recreational spaces.

Retail Shops

Epoxy floors are ideal for retail spaces, as they are easy to clean and maintain. Because they are long lasting, they are an excellent investment.

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Most Common Reasons for Replacing a Pool Coping Edge

When it comes to in-ground pools, concrete repairs can be very costly, not to mention difficult to perform. If the pool coping edge around your pool has seen better days, you may want to consider replacing it entirely rather than going through the hassle of making tricky repairs.

What Is the Pool Coping Edge?

The pool coping is the material used to finish the edge of your pool. Pool coping can be made from a variety of materials, including flagstone, but one of the easiest options to work with is cement. In order to create a concrete pool coping edge, you will need to install a pool coping form. Once you pour the concrete and let it set, you then remove the form to reveal a flawless cantilevered pool coping edge. Continue reading

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How to Make Concrete Countertops

When it comes to making custom countertops, concrete is one of the best materials to use because it is so versatile. In addition to being easy to customize, concrete countertops are much less expensive than other materials, and they are very durable. If you are considering DIY countertops, take the time to learn how to make concrete countertops.

Preparing Your Countertop Mold

The first step in making concrete countertops is to create a countertop mold – you will pour the concrete into the mold to actually make your countertops. The traditional way of making a countertop mold involves cutting a piece of melamine to the dimensions of your countertop and then cutting additional melamine strips to use as the edges. If you want to achieve a customized look for your countertops, however, you may want to consider using concrete countertop forms instead. These forms come in a variety of styles, and they can be cut to size for your individual countertops. With these forms, you can create a flawless edge that looks professional.

Adding Reinforcement and Pouring Concrete

After creating your concrete countertop form, your next step is to add reinforcement. If your countertops are going to be very thick, reinforcement may not be necessary, but it is always a good idea. When it comes to reinforcement materials, you can choose from fiber mesh, steel mesh, or steel rebar – the material you choose may depend on the thickness of your countertops as well as the shape. Mesh is easier to cut to size, and it is usually the best option for irregularly shaped countertops. After you’ve cut and installed your reinforcement material, all that is left is to mix and pour your concrete.

Making the Finishing Touches

After pouring your concrete, you need to use a float to spread it evenly in the mold and to level it off. Once you’ve done that, you then need to let the concrete cure – the curing period will vary in length depending on the size of your counters, their thickness, and the type of concrete you used. After the concrete has cured, you have the option to customize the surface using stains, pigments, or stamps. The final touch for your concrete counters is to add a layer of sealant to protect them against scratches and stains.

For all of your concrete tools and materials, come to Concrete Countertop Solutions. We offer a wide variety of concrete countertop molds as well as several options for reinforcement, stains, and sealants. We can even give you tips on how to make concrete countertops. Before you get started with your DIY countertop project, stop in to see us.

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Avoiding Problems with Swimming Pool Deck Edge Forms

When building a swimming pool, there are numerous things to consider. One of these is deck edge forms. These forms are used in conjunction with coping to finish the pool’s edge so it comes up flush with the decking. Although bull-nose brick edge with precast concrete coping has long been the industry standard, innovative designs are now available that completely change a pool’s aesthetics. Continue reading

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Latest Decorative Trends with Concrete Resurfacing in San Antonio

Concrete resurfacing in San Antonio has experienced a number of changes in the last few years that have made it possible for homeowners and business owners to enhance the look of concrete without the need to install a new surface. Sundek of San Antonio is at the forefront of the industry with a range of the latest decorative trends in concrete resurfacing products.

Among those trends is SunFlek, which offers a choice of 14 different color blends of quartz. Ideal for use in industrial, commercial, and residential applications, this option for concrete resurfacing in San Antonio provides a high-strength surface that allows for excellent wear along with chemical resistance. Continue reading

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Smooth pool coping edge with a stamped textured surface.

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Stamped Concrete pool coping edge

Modern design pools with stamped concrete.

The latest in pool design and style is utilizing concrete as a material of choice.  Concrete not only provides flexibility in design but allows for customization, functionality and longevity.  Modern design should incorporate simplicity and low maintenance.  For a pool deck, it is important to offer an easy to maintain surface that will last the test of time.  Pools are unique in that they can splash chemically treated water,  sometimes salt water, or hard water onto their surrounding decking surface materials.  To prevent issues with pool decking and coping materials deteriorating it is critical to get a compatible pool deck and pool coping material to the chemicals found in your pool.

Concrete is unique in that it can be modified, and customized in many ways.  Some concrete can have additives included into its mixture that make it waterproof, other concrete is often sealed to prevents water penetration from its surface.  Either way protecting your pool deck and concrete coping will ensure a long lasting surface finish.

A popular method for creating a designer pool coping is to use a stamped concrete surface texture with a smooth inside concrete cantilevered edge.  This provides a rock like surface texture but a smooth easy to grab inside surface.  The smooth surface gives a clean crisp look to the coping while the textured stamped surface provides grip and a more natural rock type texture.

Using browns, tans and grey colors provides a realistic look to the coping and can be incorporated in the rest of the pool deck and patio to create a continuous virtually seamless surface finish.  By incorporating a stamped concrete pool deck and coping edge you can get the look of realistic stone but have a much more conformable feel on your bare feet while saving money in the process.

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Custom Styles and Options for Concrete Countertops

For many homeowners, the kitchen is a showpiece accented with colorful or unique countertops. If you like the idea of custom countertops , there are some simple ways to use concrete countertops for a unique look.

Basics of Custom Concrete Counters

If you have your heart set on building your own custom countertops, concrete is one of the best materials you can choose. Not only can the base material of concrete be affordable and durable, it is also one of the most customizable options in countertop materials. SureCrete Design Products based out Dade City Florida is a supplier that specializes in DIY concrete countertop fabrication and can not only supply you with the most advanced products around, but will help guide you step by step into creating the countertop you envision.

Customizing Concrete Counters

In addition to being more affordable, one of the main benefits of concrete countertops over natural stone, like marble and granite, is that you can customize the surface of your concrete counters. Many homeowners choose to add decorative aggregates to the concrete to give it a more natural and authentic appearance. Another option is to stamp the concrete as it dries to give it some kind of texture. Some objects you might use to stamp your custom concrete counters include shells, leaves, brick, tile, stone, slate, and more. In addition to stones, you can mix other materials with the concrete to add color or texture. Some popular options include colored sand, metal shavings, precious stones, and glass.

In addition to stamping concrete countertops or adding aggregates, custom concrete counters enable you to add all kinds of creative elements. For example, you could add stainless steel inserts for a built-in trivet, or you could insert novelty items, like shotgun shells or car gauges, for a customized look. SureCrete offers products that are extremely lightweight and moldable making DIY an easy option. When it comes to concrete countertops, the options are nearly limitless – you can be as creative as you like.

If you are looking for an amazing way to enhance your kitchen with custom-built countertops, concrete is an excellent material to choose. Concrete enables you to add aggregates, stamp the surface, or add inlays for a completely customized look.

Assuring Successful Projects with Concrete Stains

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Concrete staining is increasing in popularity in part because of the sustainability movement and in part because of the desire for organic designs. In addition, acid staining can be cost-effective and easy to maintain and provide a uniquely attractive surface. There is a steep learning curve to getting concrete stains applied correctly. Experienced contractors know that the job is going to take some finesse to be done properly and should bid accordingly.

 

Steps Before the Job

There are critical steps you want to take before starting the job to ensure it is done correctly. First, make sure to give your client expectations that are realistic. Inform them that concrete stains can vary from the color chart dramatically. This is because the stain doesn’t come from color pigments added but a chemical reaction and that floors aren’t identical. The concrete stain will only work with what is there and doesn’t hide imperfections.

Make sure your client understands the need for maintenance. No floors are maintenance-free, and this includes concrete stained floors. There will need to be scheduled maintenance to maintain the look in addition to general sweeping and mopping.

Finally, make sure to understand some of the things you will want to avoid doing. Don’t apply seal compound or liquid care after placing and finishing the concrete slab, as the concrete stains won’t react with sealed concrete. Don’t mark the raw cured concrete surface with spray paint, red chalk, or permanent markers. Also avoid curing the slab under plastic curing blankets or poly sheeting, as it will cure at an uneven rate, and the concrete stains may not take. Avoid oil, glue, or PVC primer spills when threading pipe.

 

Tips for Concrete Stains

When applying stain, make sure to use a sprayer and skip the roller, brush, or mop. Apply concrete stains using tight, circular movements. This will help give an even application without overlap lines or brush marks. You also need to make sure that the slab is carefully cleaned before applying concrete stains. Any excess residue on the floor will cause concrete stains to not penetrate properly leaving bare spots in the concrete surface.

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