Archive for May, 2011

I little About me…

imageHi! My name is Rick LaFata I’m the owner of Custom Concrete Design, I’ve lived in Lake of the Ozarks since 1977 and have been married to my beautiful wife Traci for 24 years, we have 2 beautiful girls, Taylor and Dakota. We love living here at the lake.

I started Custom Concrete Design back in April of 2002, when looking around there seemed like an awful lot of gray concrete in the area. Nobody was filling the niche of decorative concrete overlay installations, so I quickly got myself trained in Florida and Chicago and became a certified installer of decorative concrete.

I came back to the lake, got a loan for a truck and trailer, some equipment and product and off I went. Now, here I am many years later still doing decorative concrete overlays here in the lake area.

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Use Decorative Concrete for an Alternative Interior Flooring Solution

Understanding the solutions that our products provide can be somewhat confusing because quiet frankly, there are just too many options and solutions. With that said, we will start by breaking down the solutions into two categories; Exterior and Interior…

Since we have already discussed Exterior Options in an earlier post, (click here for that post) here we will focus on Interior Options and how you can use Decorative Concrete Inside your home or business for a different flooring Alternative to conventional flooring.

Interior:

Splatter Texture Overlay: Applied approximately 1/16″ to 1/8″ thick to existing concrete to create a non-slip texture. Can be applied as plain gray or unlimited color and design choices. Patterns can replicate that of brick, stone, slate, tile, etc. Ideal for indoor pool decks, water parks, public restrooms or locker rooms where water may be present but a non-slip finish is required.

Slate Trowel Overlay: Very similar to splatter texture overlay but typically a smoother finish.

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Understanding the Solutions that Decorative Concrete can provide you.

Understanding the solutions that our products provide can be somewhat confusing because quiet frankly, there are just too many options and solutions. With that said, we will start by breaking down the solutions into two categories; Exterior and Interior…

 

Exterior:

– Splatter Texture Overlay: Applied approximately 1/16″ to 1/8″ thick to existing concrete to create a non-slip texture. Can be applied as plain gray or unlimited color and design choices. Patterns can replicate that of brick, stone, slate, tile, etc.

– Slate Trowel Overlay: Very similar to splatter texture overlay but typically a smoother finish.

– Concrete Staining: Transforms play gray concrete into a multitude of color options.

– Concrete Coloring: The concrete and be integrally colored before it is poured or it can be colored afterwards.

– Concrete Restoration: Repair unsightly spalling and pitting. Repair uneven or sunken surfaces.

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A Few Important Concrete Cleaning Tips…

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.

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