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What Affects Cost of Decorative Concrete Floors??

I get Asked this Question more than any, can you ballpark a cost….understandable, but there are a number of factors that can substantially increase or reduce the installation cost of a decorative concrete floor. Some you can control, such as the complexity of the project, and others you can’t, such as the floor size and existing condition. Here are the issues that can have the biggest impact on what you’ll pay:

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Size of the Floor – Typically, the larger the floor area, the lower the cost per square foot for installation due to the economies of scale. A small residential floor project, for example, is likely to cost more per square foot than a large 50,000-square-foot commercial floor.

Material Requirements – Using multiple colors of stain or dye on your floor or a specialty epoxy or metallic coating will not only increase your material costs, but also the labor costs for installation.

Design Complexity – The more complex your project, the greater the costs for both materials and labor. Customizations such as embedded objects, decorative sawcuts, stenciled designs, and the installation of metal divider strips may increase the total floor cost substantially. (But the results will look amazing!)

Current Condition of the Floor – Existing concrete floors that require a lot of patching or surface preparation will boost your total installation cost because these flaws will need to be repaired before the final decorative finish can be applied. Extensive surface preparation, such as grinding, crack repair, and spall repair, can add as much as $2 per square foot to the overall cost of the floor. If a full resurfacing is needed, expect to tack on another $2 to $3 per square foot (for a $4 to $5 per square foot increase).

Floors on Grade vs. Above-Grade InstallationsDecorative concrete floors installed on raised decks or subfloors will need a cement underlayment installed before the finished floor can be applied. Typically installers put down a series of products including waterproofing, metal lathe, a concrete overlay and then the final finishing and sealing coats. These applications can add another $2 to $3 per square foot to the cost of the floor.

Moisture-Vapor Transmission – Some floors have a high level of moisture-vapor transmission that will need to be remedied before most decorative coatings, overlays or sealers can be applied. This is usually not an issue with stained or polished concrete floors, although it can affect the color.

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Decorative Concrete Resurfaced Back Patio Spray Texture in Lake of the Ozarks MO

Today we are on a job in Lake of the Ozarks off Highway W, we started our usual prep procedures on this project, the first thing we had to do was start grinding the surface and open up the cracks to repair we had to remove paint, and oils from the surface.

We also had to level up some low spots up next to the house they ran the full backside length of the patio once these spots were leveled up we ground everything flush, mixed up the muriatic acid, ammonia with water… Sprayed on muriatic acid and then neutralized it with ammonia water once this procedure was done we pressure washed it and mixed up our first bucket of concrete which is our base coat.Decorative Concrete Resurfaced Spray Texture

We laid out the base coat which is a lighter gray, once that was dry we had to put a second base coat on same color once dry we taped out our brick boarder, then rolled out our stencil and cut that stencil to fit the patio. Once the stencil was laid out and cut then placed next to our brick boarder we were ready to start mixing up our topcoat which is our brick red color fire up the compressor hook up the Hopper gun filled the Hopper and start spraying which you can see in the video below, once we had it sprayed out the whole patio was red and you could see our herringbone pattern.

Now we have our topcoat redbrick color sprayed on I wanted to highlight the entire project with a white and a black highlight coats so we mixed up our white coat sprayed small specs which is our highlight coat on the entire surface and then repeated the same procedure with our black highlight coat.

So we have our prep work done the base coats on, our stencil laid out and cut to fit the patio our topcoat on, highlight coats done, we are ready to pull our stencil, pull our brick tape around the perimeter to reveal our pattern and our base coat below.

Next step was to mix up our antique stain we used the darker brick color and a very dark charcoal color and went through the entire pattern coloring random bricks charcoal and the darker brick red. Once I had an even, but random look it was time to mix up our sealer and add 2 coats of our premium outside sealer to lock this job down.

I believe our customer was quite surprised at the complete makeover that this patio went through going from a plain field of gray concrete broom finish texture to having an entirely brick laid look and custom patio.

Another Concrete Surface Saved and Beautified by Custom Concrete Design!

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Decorative Concrete Antique Acid Stained Condo Deck Lake Ozark, MO

This week we were down Horseshoe Bend in Lake of the Ozark, MO… This project was pretty simple once we got past the Epoxy that was put on the outside suspended deck, it was on there pretty good…. the grinders we used did a great Job as usual, but so did the muscle behind the grinder, we always win so this deck coating really had no chance haha

Grinding the Epoxy off we did start to see more and more cracks appear, these cracks were not repaired before the epoxy went on so most of the cracks never showed up until the Epoxy was coming off, looks like the material just filled in the area’s where cracks were present, so now the coating is off we had to open up the cracks some to remove loose material so we could fill it with our crack repair material… Awesome stuff works GREAT!!IMAG1991

Cracks are repaired now it was time to start the overlay, we laid out our base coat of charcoal colorant, it looked great, the next day we came back and started taping the pattern, on this one we hand taped a Ashler slate type pattern, once we got the look we wanted we had to prep up the walls and railing from any over spray of concrete material, next was what we call the tack coat…its a layer that goes over the fiber tape to help keep the top coat from bleeding under the fiber tape, we do NOT want that to happen. ok Tack coat is sprayed on… time to go home for the day.

The next day we came in and started out texture coat which IS the most popular of texture coats that we do “THE TUSCAN SLATE” so we get that coat on once dry we pull the tape and clean it up… looks great!

Next step was to make sure everything is still taped up well from over spray but this time it was not going to be over spray from Concrete, now its time for the Antique Acid Stain, once I mixed it up checked to make sure everything was covered I started spraying it on with my pump up sprayer, we had to do a few coats till I got the look I was after… done let it sit and do its thing.

Looks great so now we need to pick out random squares to hand paint with sponge brushes two different colors one Slate grey Antique Acid (slight blueish tint) and a grey that was pretty standard just a medium grey… a lot of this is shown in the Video at the bottom of this page or click the Red Video Tab at the Top to watch it. So now we have all the squares colored that we want, again this was just random no real pattern, just wanted it to look kinda proportioned.

Ready for SEALER!!… we mixed up our premium sealer and laid down 2 coats with a roller, pretty simple the only thing left was to shoot the final Video and take some pictures and this Job was DONE!!

Another Concrete Surface Saved and Beautified by Custom Concrete Design!

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Garage Epoxy Floor Looks Like Granite Glass in Lake Ozark MO

Back again this week with a Garage floor makeover, the homeowner had a garage floor that was less than appealing, the epoxy coating that was previously placed started to peel, chip, scratched and marred up with tire marks… it seen better days for sure.IMAG1364

Enter Custom Concrete Design we came in took that Old Epoxy off and gave it a SUPER Nice Granite Looking Glass Shine.

Day one as always is our prep work we came in with our grinders and got rid of that ugly looking, non sticking, peeling everywhere marked up Epoxy floor, cleaned and got it back to its original concrete….now its good to go!

Once we had the entire floor profiled and cleaned we started the base coat of colored Epoxy, applied with our Magic Squeegee then back rolled it to even the Epoxy out, we had our chips ready and my spike shoes and out on the floor I went tossing Vinyl Chips like I was feeding the chickens, up in the air to see them drizzle down onto the floor like confetti!!

Next was the clean up… the next day we came in and scraped all the loose chips and removed them from the floor, by the way I always throw my chips out at a 100% coverage this insures a complete and even looking floor, never a flaw with this consistent method. ok now were ready for the Clear UV resistant Epoxy, the coloring in the chips will really pop once this clear Epoxy goes down and the floor will have the appearance of Granite Glass, so just like the base coat we squeegee the Epoxy and back roll….is this floor done??… nope not with out a Protective coat of Urethane to protect the Epoxy.

Our Client was thrilled with his New Granite Glass Floor, its a glass floor you can drive on!!

 

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