Types of Finishes
Polymer modified cement is applied to the existing concrete in a splatter by the use of a drywall hopper gun or material sprayer. This application creates a unique design that appears to have a swirled texture by using a trowel to "knockdown" the surface. This finish may also be referred to as "skip troweled." This finish is slip-resistant yet easy on your bare feet. Highlight colors can be added in to give it an even more unique appearance. Restaurants, office buildings, patios, residential interiors, and pool decks are just a few of the places this has been done. Click here for some examples of knockdown textures..
This is an extremely elegant application process where the polymer overlay material is applied from ¼" to 1"thick in a two step process. Removing the stencil leaves "grout lines" to achieve the same beauty of slate, tile, cobblestone, random stone, brick, and many variations of shape. A surface texture roller and optional antiquing solution can be applied to give the concrete a "weathered" look. The advantages of a stencil overlay versus stamped concrete is the ability to provide colored grout lines which adds to the realistic look. Many colors and patterns can be combined. Click here for some examples of stencil overlays...
Stamped concrete is the most popular forms of decorative concrete. During a new concrete pour, powdered color is added to the surface and troweled in. Over the color an antiquing powder is added, usually gray or dark brown. Once the powder is down, rubber mats with impressions of the design are stamped or "tamped" into place. This leaves the impression of the pattern in the new cement. Once dry, the new concrete is washed and sealed. Color may also be applied by acid staining the concrete in place of using the colored powders. This can provide an even more realistic look because of how acid stains affects concrete. Stamped concrete can be used anywhere standard concrete is poured and surface strengths range from 3700 psi to over 6000 psi.Click here for some examples of stamped concrete...
A stamped overlay is much the same as stamped concrete except that it is done over existing concrete surfaces. The material is laid between 1/2" and 3/4" to allow for texture in the stamp to apply. This is similar to stenciled overlay but requires a thicker application for the relief's of the stamp to make an impression. The advantage of a stamped overlay over a stenciled overlay is the realism provided by the stamp texture for a very natural look.
This is a low maintenance, decorative flooring system commonly used in garages. It resembles a terrazzo floor and protects against impact and abrasion. A two part epoxy is applied to the floor with vinyl chips to give the floor its "granite" look. The floor is then covered with a clear sealer along with non-slip aggregate. Many colors are available and the chips can be applied with 100% coverage or less. Click here for an example of Epoxy Flooring Installation...
You've paid thousands for a beautiful entranceway, driveway, or patio. Although elegant, these types of surfaces can easily stain from mold, mildew, even rust or oil. Why not protect your investment with PAVER SAVER. PAVER SAVER is a clear sealer that protects and restores the surface of these expensive surfaces for years. Give your beautiful natural stone a wet, protected look.
Acid staining achieves a "motted" look. You have probably seen this flooring in restaurants, pubs, shopping malls, and more and wondered what it was. Acid staining can be applied to existing concrete. If an existing concrete surface is damaged, a microtopping overlay can be used to create an new canvass to work with. When using a polymer overlay more brilliant colors can achieved by utilizing a white portland cement to provide a brighter surface, rather than the darker colors of natural cement. Click here for an example of an acid stain installation
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