Epoxy Coatings with Decorative Aggregate for Residential Spaces
An epoxy coating is one of the toughest and most durable finishes you can add to your concrete floors. However, adding decorative aggregate to this coating increases the durability even more. Not only do these concrete coatings protect your floors, they also turn plain cement slabs into professional-looking, extremely attractive spaces.
About Epoxy Coatings
Epoxy floor coatings are hard-wearing and durable solutions for any type of concrete floor. These floor coatings can be applied over concrete to provide a high-performance, attractive surface. Epoxy coatings in residential spaces are both attractive and functional. They are durable and resistant to chipping, abrasions, stains and moisture. Because they are so easy to clean, they are the perfect choice for busy homeowners looking to upgrade the look of their garage, basement, workout room, etc.
Adding Decorative Flakes or Quartz to Epoxy Coatings
While epoxy floor coatings are extremely durable on their own, adding a type of flake or quartz system upgrades this durability even more. Not only does adding an aggregate improve the overall performance of the concrete coating, it also perfectly complements contemporary decor and instantly turns residential garages into showroom-worthy spaces. Decorative flake or quartz systems come in a wide variety of colors, which can be combined to create a completely custom, personalized floor. The finished product is a shiny, reflective surface that is attractive, easy to clean and extremely durable. Homeowners are choosing these decorative coating systems for garages, basements and concrete slab on grade homes without basements, because these new aggregates are so attractive.
For more information on upgrading your garage or home floors, contact us today for a free quote!
8 Ways to Upgrade Your Concrete Floor
There are so many ways to upgrade your concrete floor from polishing to coating to engraving or staining. We love helping our clients pick out the right fit for what they are looking to accomplish. Sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming to choose what to do with your concrete flooring. Here are 8 ways you can upgrade your concrete to protect and/or enhance it with a little explanation about each technique. We hope this helps when deciding what to do with your next project!
Mechanical polished concrete is a process that takes abrasives (diamonds) and mechanically places scratches in the concrete. This scratching process uses finer grit abrasives to remove and replace the scratches with smaller and smaller micro scratches.
The objective is to refine the floor and take away the small scratches so that you see a reflection in the floor. This process can be achieved with older concrete, new concrete and/or coated concrete.
This process is considered to be the maximum refinement method, and can be considered the best long-term solution for polished concrete.
Topical polishing is similar to the mechanically polished floor, but the course of action is shorter, and it leaves the floor at less than maximum refinement.
Most of the time the topically processed progression ends at a 200- or 400- grit step. These grits leave peaks on the top of the scratches that have zero lateral support. A topical sealer is then added and is placed into the gaps left by the scratching process. As the sealer settles and dries, it gives the appearance of being completely polished and is referred to as “polished concrete.”
This process is a much cheaper alternative to the mechanical process. The “topical polish” is exactly the same thing as putting on a coating. This method can be done with a burnisher, a floor scrubber and even a swing machine.
Decorative Epoxy Coatings
Epoxy floor coatings are hard wearing and durable solutions for both commercial and residential flooring. These floor coatings can be applied over concrete floors to provide a high performance and an attractive surface.
New technology now offers you the ability to choose almost any color. Metallic additives create a gorgeous surface and multiple colors can be randomly applied together revealing a swirling effect that is very unique and attractive.
Overlays are a great option for concrete floors that are damaged or distressed. They are extremely durable and attractive. Overlays typically consist of a cementitious product, but some may be a combination of polyurethane and cement. They can be stained, mechanically polished, coated or stamped with any pattern you can imagine. Overlays are a great way to make an old concrete floor look brand new.
Dyes and Stains
The skies the limit when it comes to colorants. Multiple colors and patterns add to the beauty of your polished floor. There are a multitude of application techniques to add interesting effects when applying dyes and stains.
We can incorporate engraving into your polishing process to provide borders and logos. Engraving can turn ordinary concrete surfaces into slate, tile, stone, brick and much more.
Hardeners and Sealers
Hardeners/densifiers are products that penetrate into the concrete surface and react with the Portland cement and fills the micro-pores. This reaction creates a very dense surface that helps with ease of cleaning, abrasion, dusting, staining, and overall wear of your concrete surface. These products do not change the appearance of the surface but can generate a sheen after burnishing and actually becomes harder the more you use the surface.
Sealers are an option for some floors. Depending on your needs it may provide a shiny surface that is easy to clean. All sealers will need to be reapplied at some point depending on wear and tear.
Performance Concrete Polishing is focused on providing services that are related to concrete surfaces. These services are appropriate for new and existing concrete. The majority of services we offer are oriented to improving the aesthetic appearance of these surfaces. Decorative concrete services are the hallmark of this company, and we’d love to help you out with your next project!