Category: Acid Stain
By Rick LaFata - Custom Concrete, 2015-05-16
Coating a concrete garage floor is an inexpensive way to transform a stained surface into a value-added extension of the home. Epoxy floor coatings are a popular way to hide stains and imperfections while also creating a strong, stain-resistant surface. Some products can be professionally installed while others are packaged for the do-it-yourselfer.
With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Custom Concrete Design boasts a product that is 100%-solids cycloaliphatic epoxy. Suitable as a coating for garages, patios, driveways, basements, pool decks and even industrial concrete or wood floors, this product dries and leaves a coating made entirely of solid materials. The percentage of solids left after an epoxy product has dried is a measurement that allows products from different manufacturers to be compared.
According to, Custom Concrete Design, “If you want the highest grade of 100% solids epoxy, you will want a cycloaliphatic epoxy.” Cycloaliphatic epoxy offers high abrasion resistance, won’t fade or yellow, has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and emits no odor after it dries.
Garage Floor Coating claims its product emits no VOCs. Requiring professional installers, this product is applied over a two to three-day time period. The finishes can be a solid color or flecked, also called “chipped.”
Depending on the product, there are many color and design choices available. A Base Epoxy Color is added to the Garage Floor First then we can add flakes to the mixture. More flakes in the mix will create a solid color, while fewer flakes result in a flecked design. High-Epoxy gloss is spread on after the Flakes have had 24hrs to settle and get locked into the base coat. Then the Clear High Gloss Epoxy Finish is Applied, then we apply 4 coats of wax to help protect the Epoxy Coat, it really gives everything a nice High Gloss Shine!!
Concrete garage floor coatings will resist tire skid marks, and a quality epoxy will not be damaged when it comes into contact with hot tires. Additionally, an epoxy coating will not be harmed by the oil and chemical drips often occurring in garages.
For home and business owners who want to upgrade the appearance of their garage or make it more resistant to stains, chips and cracks, a concrete garage floor coating offers all of those advantages.
By Rick LaFata - Custom Concrete, 2015-03-24
Here are a few FACTS!!…. Regular Concrete Flooring is Dull, gray, boring and just plain ugly, but we have a solution, what if I said it’s been given a face-lift?, what if I said it’s inexpensive?… what if I said it was virtually maintenance free?…guess what it is??… well it’s Decorative Concrete Flooring of course!!! This flooring alternative is rapidly rising in popularity. Concrete Overlay Coatings have been a long time standard in the Southwestern part of the United States, Decorative Concrete has caught on nationwide because of its beauty and versatility. Having shed its drab ugly appearance, today it is being transformed into works of art.
Chipped, stained and damaged pool decks, driveways and interior floors can be resurfaced and made to look like beautiful natural stone at a mere fraction of the price of replacing it. Concrete is the new interior and exterior design King. Few materials can compete with concrete when it comes to versatility. It can be molded into any shape, stained or dyed to match nearly any hue and exhibit textures ranging from rough to highly polished. Concrete can be given a whole new look with engraving, acid staining, texturing, overlaying or resurfacing.
Most acid stains are a mixture of water, hydrochloric acid, and acid-soluble metallic salts. They work by reacting chemically with the hydrated lime in the stain producing color in the concrete. When acid stain is applied to a concrete surface it creates a mottled, uneven, translucent color. This coloring process gives the surface a look similar to weathered stone, slate or marble. Since each concrete slab has a slightly different chemical combination colors in concrete can vary. Acid Staining unlike paint is not a coating. Therefore, the color becomes a permanent part of the surface and will not chip, flake or peel. Since acid stain is translucent cracks and other imperfections in the slab give a weathered look of character.
Concrete acid staining isn’t something that should be done by a novice. There are so many things that can go wrong with the application from spills on your walls or driveway, to eating a hole in the floor of your car or truck if not handled properly.
However an experienced applicator can produce a one of kind work of art with concrete and acid stain. Intricate designs can be scored or etched into your surface giving the appearance of tile or stone. Stained concrete floors seem to be everywhere — in homes, at work, in stores and shopping malls, schools, sports complexes, hair salons, anywhere there’s concrete.
Benefits of Stained Concrete:
- You can custom design your surface.
- Easy to care for, cleans easily with a damp mop.
- Very durable, with care will last a lifetime.
- Costs less than carpet, tile or hardwood!!
So are Acid Stain Floors for you??…….if the answer is YES then……
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