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3 Options for your Concrete.. the first option is the best (wink)

ConcreteDECORATIVE-CONCRETE-Lake Ozark-Missouri

There are 3 options for Concrete Restoration:

  • Overlay
    No Overlay
    Removal & Replacement

For Today’s Blog Post I talk about just the first option

Option One: Overlay

Decorative Concrete Overlay has been given many terms/names such as Decorative Concrete, Concrete Overlay, Concrete Coating, Decorative Flooring Stamped Concrete Overlay, Skim Coat and Epoxy Flooring. The overlay will permanently cover up surface imperfections on existing concrete. With today’s decorative overlays, it’s easy to give almost any concrete surface, indoors or out, a complete face-lift and at a much lower cost than removal and replacement.

There are multiple options available for achieving any look imaginable with a concrete overlay. Custom Concrete Design’s Concrete Overlays/ Polymer Cement Overlays consist of a proprietary blend of Portland cements, 20 various aggregates and proprietary hybrid polymer resins. Unlike conventional cement and concrete mixes, Concrete Overlays can be applied in layers as thin as a credit card or up to several inches thick without DE-laminating or failure. The overlay creates a chemical and mechanical bond with the substrate.
Overlays are great for many concrete surfaces, including:

  • Garages
  • Walkways
  • Front Stoop
  • Vertical Walls
  • Warehouses
  • Basements
  • Pools
  • Decks
  • Patios
  • Loading Docks
  • Restaurants
  • Driveways

And More!

They adhere well to existing concrete and resist damage from salt, chemicals, UV exposure, freeze-thaw conditions, and abrasion. They are much stronger than regular concrete and are used to resurface existing concrete. Overlays can be created in almost any color, pattern or texture. Sealed which protects them from salts, stains, grease and wear.

Come back to my Blog soon and I will talk about the other two options.

Call me at 573-216-0930 and get your FREE Estimate today!!

Rick LaFata
Custom Concrete Design


Lake Ozark Decorative Concrete Flooring at Emerald Bay Condo’s Club House in Lake Ozark Missouri

Ok here’s the Club House down by the lake at Emerald Bay Condo’s, had to pull up the wood floors, then start grinding the wood glue, after that we got it all cleaned up and started the concrete overlay process.

Put on a Few Base Coats of Choc, let it dry, then laid out the 45 degree 20×20 tile pattern, added the top coats in a light Beige color, the second coat was the texture coat.

Prepped it all with Plastic to get it ready for the 2 color Acid staining Process.

Once Dry I locked it all down with 3 coats of our Premium Sealer.


Effects Of Sealing In Cold And Warm Weather

The problem is applying sealers to decorative concrete in extreme
temperatures. Both air and surface temperatureplay a role, but surface
temperature is typically more critical. After application, sealers undergo a
chemical reaction that causes them to cure and form a film. Temperature
plays a critical role. The best temperature range for applying sealers is 50
to 90 degrees

F. That 40-degree window is really not very big, especially when you’re working outside. This is why monitoring weather conditions
and looking at a thermometer should be mandatory before every sealer ap-application. Here’s what can happen if temperatures are too low or too high.

Low temperature – Every sealer has a minimum film forming temperature
(MFT). Most manufacturers specify 50 F minimum temperature to apply
sealers. If the temperature is at or slightly below the MFT, the chemistry of
the sealer is affected, the reaction slows down, and you get partial to no
film development. Bottom line: The sealer is weak and will not hold up very
long. If the temperature is really cold, film development stops altogether
and all you are left with is a white powder on the surface after the (solvent
or water) evaporates.

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Benefits of Owning an Epoxy Garage Floor by Custom Concrete Design in Lake Ozark.

The big picture behind every floor renovation idea is always to obtain a lost long lasting and attractive surface!! There are various options that are available when it comes to flooring; however it is important to understand that certain flooring is more effective in certain areas and suited for a specific environment. But, how do you ensure that you’re choosing the right flooring? The solution is simple, it’s always best to seek professional guidance from an expert before you remodel your flooring.

We always look for flooring that is durable, easy to maintain, strong, slip- resistant and off course looks fantastic. In most cases, flooring is done to cover stained and worn cement in your basement, bathrooms, and garage; this could be easily achieved with epoxy flooring that would provide the area with a pleasant and smooth finish. Epoxy floors also work to prevent water damage and seepage and thus it preserves and enhances your interior floor. Read the rest of this entry

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