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Get a New Epoxy Garage Floor Today!!


By Rick LaFata - Custom Concrete, 2015-04-19

 

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.

 




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A Few Important Concrete Cleaning Tips…


By Rick LaFata - Custom Concrete, 2015-04-08

 






Concrete surfaces tend to accumulate dust very gradually and when it does, you realize how difficult it is to clean the exterior. This is precisely one of the reasons why periodic concrete cleaning helps in maintaining your home, driveway, and concrete patios to give it a yearlong spic and span look. High quality pressure washing is a key element of proper concrete cleaning. 

What Is Pressure Cleaning?

Pressure cleaning is a method of using high-pressure water to clean hard to remove the dirt, grime and grease from concrete surfaces. The system consists of a pump with a spray that creates high-pressure water with high velocity that enables cleaning of stains on concrete surfaces.

Points To Remember

* To start with, you will need a proper pressure washer, gloves, approved chemicals, eye protection equipment, water source, power source and accessories.


* Use a power washer with adequate pressure, preferably 3000 psi and with a flow rate of at least 4-5 gallons per minute.

 

* Choose a wheel mounted pressure cleaner.



This will allow you to clean a far greater concrete surface area in quicker time span.


* A rotary nozzle does a far better job of cleaning concrete surfaces than the regular fan nozzle. This is because a rotary nozzle sprays the water in a circular fashion and at a higher speed.

* A hot washer pressure washer does the cleaning job much better than a cold-water pressure washer. The former costs more and the choice will depend on your budget. Hot washer equipment cleans faster and is the preferred choice for large commercial applications. Do not to use hot water above the temperature specified by the pump manufacturer.

 


This will cause the thermal release valve to pop and a replacement may be needed.

* Power washers are maintenance prone equipment. The seals, o-rings and springs need routine checkup as they tend to get worn out very quickly due to the high pressure of water. As an additional precaution, never run the pressure washer dry or in the bypass mode even for a short time.

* A combination of power washing with chemical cleaning is very effective in getting rid of stubborn stain on concrete surfaces. To achieve best results, you must spray the stained area and then allow it to stay for 15 minutes before washing it off. If the stain is oily or greasy, use an alkaline degreaser. Rusty stains are best removed by a chemical cleaner containing oxalic acid.
When operating pressure cleaners which use chemicals, make sure that the local laws allow you to drain off the water into nearby sewers.

* Your safety is of paramount importance. Do not venture on a concrete cleaning job without proper clothes, gloves, shoes and goggles. Never do the power-washing job standing on a ladder and do take care to stay clear of electrical fixtures and jacks. 

During winter, it is advisable to run an antifreeze mixture through the pumping system before you store it. This is especially true if you do not have a climate controlled enclosure.

Concrete cleaning by pressure washing is effective and safe. All you need to do is follow the above tips and any other recommendations provided by the pump or the system supplier.

 




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Our potential clients often ask us the differences between stamped overlays and troweled overlays There are significant differences that every homeowner should be aware of before making a decision about their concrete coating project.

Stamped concrete is concrete that is patterned and/or textured or embossed to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, wood, and various other patterns and textures. Stamped concrete is commonly used for patios, sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, and interior flooring. The ability of stamped concrete to resemble other building materials makes stamped concrete a less expensive alternative to using those other authentic materials such as stone, slate or brick.

There are three procedures used in stamped concrete which separate it from other concrete procedures; the addition of a base color, the addition of an accent color, and stamping a pattern into the concrete. These three procedures provide stamped concrete with a color and shape similar to the natural building material. It also is longer lasting than paved stone, and still resembles the look. One Drawback to Stamped Concrete as compared to Troweled on Systems,  it is more expensive to do just because it requires more material to be placed and can be mo re time consuming as well. So basically more material and labor are required.

A troweled coating is applied by troweling a cement mixture onto the top of existing concrete, usually at a thickness of approximately 1/8”.   The coloring on a troweled coating is put within the concrete while it’s being mixed.  The grout lines are taped  to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, then a tack coat is added over the tape to prevent bleeding of the colors (basically sealing in the grout coat so the top coat will not bleed into the grout lines. The Top coat is then applied in a rough texture to resemble rock or a smother texture to possibly to be more like Tile, or an knockdown finish may be desired, usually two to three coats of sealer is applied to Finish the Project.

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Acid Stained Concrete Floors, are they for YOU??


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. resized-image14

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.

What Is Acid Stain?

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.
  • Non-allergenic
  • Costs less than carpet, tile or hardwood!!

 

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