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Reducing Turnaround Time with a One-Day Concrete Floor System

Concrete floors are widely selected for their range of benefits, including durability, affordability, ease of maintenance, and environmental friendliness. The only downside of working with concrete is that it can sometimes take a full day or longer to cure, making it impossible to use an area for that amount of time. This makes businesses hesitant to do renovations, as they will have to shut their doors for an extended time, and even homeowners may be unwilling to lose access to an area of their home for this amount of time. The PFC-280 system from SureCrete aims to take away this problem by offering a pigmented polyaspartic concrete floor system that only takes one day to apply and cure.

Benefits to Commercial and Residential Properties

The advantages of this one-day concrete floor system are fairly obvious. In addition to the durability and affordability associated with concrete, you only have to plan for a single day of downtime. For commercial spaces, this prevents the need to close the business for several days; instead, you can close early one day and begin the installation immediately. The concrete will be ready by opening time in the morning. For homeowners taking time off to remodel their homes, they only need to be around for several hours to supervise contractors as opposed to an entire day or more. This flake floor system is even available in several different colors, including silver, dove gray, white, and antique white, offering enough options for everyone. This makes the system ideal for high-traffic areas, such as in businesses, hotels, residential areas, malls, and other buildings.

Applying the System

SureCrete’s one-day concrete floor system includes Dura-Kote PFC-280, Dura-Kote Flakes, and PFC-120, and it should be applied by professional contractors for the best results. The contractor will begin by curing, cleaning, and etching the surface as well as ensuring the proper temperature and humidity levels. The contractor can then apply the floor by following the instructions included on the container or talking to a SureCrete representative.

SureCrete Products Thin Concrete Overlay Systems

Installing Thin Concrete Floor Overlays

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Thin concrete floor overlays are the most versatile of all the concrete products on the market. When applied correctly, they can solve problems and offer a range of finishes. Consider the following process to get started.

Prepare the Slab

Slab preparation can vary according to how thick your overlay is and should leave you with a surface area that is without bond-inhibiting materials. The thicker your profile, the thicker the application will need to be. Make sure reflections won’t show through the overlay. When cleaning, Super Concrete Renovator can make the process shorter. If you have a coating that must be removed then use specialty strippers, such as Fast Strip Plus, Enviro-Strip, and Glue Remove, to aid in the process. If there are cracks, you may wish to use SCT-EP or SCT-22 to fill and repair.

Select Your Material

Polymer, fine aggregate, cement, and high-range water reducing admixtures are the most important ingredients in your overlay. The best overlays are made up of a blend of fine aggregates and have better setting characteristics. When they are a high-grade, they perform better as well because there are fewer points that need to be filled, reducing shrinkage and increasing strength. Application thickness can be determined by the top size of the aggregate.

We have a few different concrete overlay mixes available, but for thin concrete overlays, Micro Topping is by far our most popular. It is a cement base, is ultra-thin, and provides a uniform coating.

Installation

Trowel application, hopper guns, and spray guns can be used to install overlays. With self-leveling overlays, you can use a squeegee, gage-rake, and smoother tool. Because of this variety of installation techniques, there aren’t many rules of application.

Mixing stays the same, however. Use the exact water amount the mix calls for. Many recommend to measure water out in a bucket and then mark the bucket so each batch is mixed the same. Some need to be “slaked,” or left to rest for a few minutes before mixing again.

Be sure to adequately prepare your sub-base. Many advise against pressure washing as preparation. Instead, use a diamond grinder with 100 grit or less. Make sure the surface is dry, and check your humidity before work.

 

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Improving Concrete Spalling and Crack Treatment

Cracks and concrete spalling can ruin an otherwise beautiful and functional concrete surface by weakening it and disrupting the smooth lines. Both of these issues occur naturally over time as concrete is exposed to weather conditions and daily traffic, but there are effective options for concrete spalling and crack treatment that can help you return any concrete surface to its former glory.

Understanding the Causes

Spalling typically takes place because of carbonation, which is a natural process of deterioration. During this process, steel bars, or rebar that is within the concrete corrode, so the concrete around it bulges and cracks. Both cracks and spalls can also be caused by issues with the installation process. If, for example, you install the concrete yourself and have too much water in your mix, select the wrong strength of concrete, or allow the concrete to dry too rapidly, there is an increased risk of both cracking and spalling.

Patching the Area

The easiest way to improve the area through concrete spalling and crack treatment is to simply patch up the area. You will want to begin by removing the affected area with a chisel and hammer before removing any loose pieces of concrete. You can then apply bonding adhesive and the patch compound, such as Sure Crete’s Deep Fill Patching or Fast Setting Patch Blend. Finally, you will want to apply color to the area if the existing concrete was dyed so the patched area does not stand out and the color can blend as close as possible to the original color.

Resurfacing the Area

An alternative to concrete spalling and crack treatment alone is to resurface the area, and this may be necessary depending on the severity. To resurface, you simply apply an overlay can vary in thickness from about 1/8’ for micro toppings and up to 3/4” in the case of stamped overlay toppings. To improve the treatment, consider taking advantage of the opportunity to resurface with a decorative overlay, and finish it with a SureCrete concrete coloration and sealer system.

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Choosing the Right Paints and Coatings for Concrete

There are numerous options for paints and coatings for concrete, making it a daunting task to try to select the right one. The obvious consideration is aesthetics, as you want to choose a color that complements the decor and color scheme of a space. In addition to this, you need to consider additional factors to ensure that the coating lasts for as long as possible, adding an extra layer of protection to the concrete surface.

Consider the Surface

One of your first considerations when selecting the right paints and coatings for concrete should be the surface itself. Location, for example, plays a key role, as some products are designed for exterior use while others provide the best results indoors. SureSeal Pigmented and SureSeal Pigmented Low VOC Acrylic, for example, are both coatings from SureCrete specifically designed for outdoor use. DuraKote, on the other hand, is an epoxy that is specifically intended to create uniform coloring indoors.

Think about the Future Abuse

In addition to the location of the concrete, the type and quantity of abuse that it will receive is also important. Some coatings work best in residential areas with low traffic. Others, such as DuraKote Pigmented Epoxy 100% Solids, have a high resistance to abrasions and chemicals, making them ideal for commercial or industrial applications. When contemplating the future abuse of the paint or coating, think about whether it will be exposed to foot and/or machine traffic, abrasion, chemicals, thermal shock, and environmental conditions. This will allow you to select the most affordable paints and coatings for concrete that will meet your needs.

Other Considerations

All property owners will also want to think about the cost of a paint or coating, but keep in mind that this is not the most important factor. It is generally worth it to pay a little more for a quality product that will last longer and increase the durability of the underlying concrete. You will also want to consider how the coating is applied and what preparation is necessary.

Cantilvered pool edge tools

The The Right Pool Coping Tools Make a Significant Difference in Building a Quality Pool

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Cantilvered pool edge tools

Pool coping separates the majority of the pool deck from the waters edge itself, making it a key component of any pool area. While it is possible to install coping with a range of products, the results are significantly better when proper tools and supplies are used. Perhaps the most important of these pool coping products are the edge forms and the concrete itself, but others are also crucial.

Strength of Forms

Creating a quality pool requires coping forms that are durable enough to withstand the pressure exerted by the concrete. This particular type of tool must stay firmly in place from the time the concrete is poured to when it sets. Older type forms were typically supported with lumber or bricks every few inches to feet to hold them in place, but if you invest in a quality item that is strong and requires no added support it would make the installation much easier.   PVC forms, such as Bendable Z Poolforms from Concrete Countertop Solutions, are a good choice as they are sturdy enough to stay in place and strong enough to be reused in the future.

Creating Smooth Edges

Many pool builders like to create a custom pool edge with a smooth surface, and in order to do so, they must use a quality form liner that works with the coping form. Selecting a quality tool, like the Bullnose Form Liner, will ensure that the edges are smooth and perfect. The bullnose liner can be easily removed to leave the dried concrete in perfect shape, without any patches sticking to it. If the goal is a patterned edge, then an option such as a Chiseled Slate Form Liner or Bullnose Travertine Form Liner will be the easiest way to create the desired pattern in a uniformed method while ensuring the liner is easily removed without damaging the concrete.

Ease of Use and Durability

When selecting pool coping tools, it is always worth it to pay extra for a better product. Generally speaking, the higher-quality tools will make it easier to install pool edging that appears professional. This allows for smooth lines around the edges and only the desired patterns. As a general rule, a superb installation will also last longer, making the investment in tools worth the extra upfront cost. Quality pools will have smooth lines and extreme durability, both of which are more easily accomplished when using the right tools for the project.

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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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SureCrete Epoxy Color Flake Beyond Garages

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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