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Decorative Concrete versus Other Flooring Materials

Decorative stained concrete offers a number of advantages that other flooring materials can’t match, particularly when it comes to design versatility. Here, we compare stained concrete floors with some of the alternatives.
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Selecting The Proper Coating For Concrete Floors

During the last thirty years, the protection of concrete floors has gone from essentially nothing to a fairly sophisticated process of some type of protective coating or surfacing. The main purpose, of course, is to provide protection to the slab from deterioration or contamination, or to provide some added benefit such as aesthetics, wear, non-skid, chemical resistance, ease of maintenance, physical performance, and a myriad of other properties. We must remember that no other surface in a building takes more abuse than floors, regardless of the type of building, whether it be industrial or commercial.

Floors are subjected to just about every kind of abuse – impact, abrasion, chemical attack, and thermal shock. Concrete floors are not designed to take this continual abuse. Concrete floors are porous and tend to create dust from wear and abuse. They are also subject to abrasion and chemical attack. It’s for this reason that all concrete needs some sort of protection regardless of where it’s located. The problem, in the overall picture, is to determine what type of protective material to choose for the various conditions.

This article does not concern resilient tile, ceramic tile, carpet, or wood, which are placed on top of concrete floors. These do add a benefit, but are primarily used aesthetically for residential and highly commercial areas. We are focusing on coatings that are bonded directly to the surface and offer long term protection and may or may not have some aesthetic value. The problem for most decision makers today, whether it be architects or facility managers, is to choose the most effective material and application that will result in the best performance and lowest life cycle cost. It is increasingly clear that these individuals must rely on knowledgeable people to assist in proper selection, application, and maintenance of the floor coating. The flooring specialist can guide the owner in proper material, application, and long-term performance, thereby reducing the long-term cost of floor maintenance.

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Get a New Epoxy Garage Floor Today!!

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. Read the rest of this entry

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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