Posts made in June, 2012

Concrete Staining

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Concrete floor staining | Comments Off on Concrete Staining

Concrete Staining

Concrete staining has been a huge trend form many years now, you will see if used a lot in retail establishments and also residential. Staining concrete is a art form in itself, this is probably the reason you found this article. You saw a great looking floor and you wanted to get more information about it. We have been concrete staining for the last seven years, we got on the trend in its early stages and have gone to the convention in Las Vegas for years. The world of concrete. I really enjoy this show seeing great design and new techniques in apply it. As we know like a good piece of art it starts with a good canvas.  So we come to your house and evaluate the concrete to see if the floor, our canvas, is in the desired condition to have stained.  If we decide it is we will grind the floor to open up the pour before stating the staining process. If we decide the floor isn’t a good slab and the client has made it clear that will not be happy with the hole not taken the concrete stain uniformally then we will offer to do a micro topping project. This is where we use a special mix to put new concrete on you floor skimming this high tech product many times on the floor to make it look uniformly. This way we have a great pallet to start with. When ever I am traveling I am always impressed when I see a interesting looking floor that is stained.  I for one am an admitted floor geek. I stop and take photos and try to understand why the artist choose there technique in the application and design. Another type of stain that is popular is acid staining. This is application cal be a real cost saver for some people especially if the people want the lofty look, they don’t care about the holes just fill them and stain the floor and how the floors turn out in the end is good for us. You might wonder is there a lot of those type of people, the answer is yes!  Go to the Fort Lauderdale Art Museum and on the second floor you will see all the imperfections all one the place. And this technique is also huge out in our western states. Colorado, Utah, California, Las Vegas, and etc. It’s every where you look. I suspect after reading this you will start looking at floors more carefully and you’ll become more aware of this type of flooring. Concrete floor staining is hot, and it isn’t going to go away especially as we go future into this green movement. After reading this I encourage you to find an area where in the space you are considering doing concrete staining and make sure you have concrete.  If it is an older building you might be surprised to learn that you really have a terrazzo floor and terrazzo is also assume and it does look great stained as well especially if it is really damage beyond restoration. If you do have terrazzo please consider restoring it first.  Its the most durable floor money can buy and the easiest this is why airports though out the world install terrazzo flooring. Go to Miami airport, that airport has terrazzo floors everywhere you look. Plus terrazzo is a signature of the early growth of floor and its movement into the mid century modern design. Call us today and have us over to give you a free assessment of the floor and lets create a...

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Concrete Polishing Miami

Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 in concrete polishing | Comments Off on Concrete Polishing Miami

Concrete Polishing Miami

Concrete, and concrete polishing Miami is the hottest thing going these days. Especially since concrete polishing is considered a green floor. It is there in your house,commercial buildings, everywhere and a lot of people are becoming aware that for a small cost it can be polished to have a marble shine and one of the best parts of it the color choices are endless. People ask all the time how can you make a concrete floor become so shiny… the answer is simple! It’s all about scratch patterns, using aggressive metal diamonds in the beginning steps to expose the cream at the top of the concrete, then using finer resin diamonds to slowly work out the scratch patterns until you have a totally smooth concrete floor. At a certain point a concrete densifier should be added so that the concrete becomes very strong, closing in the pores of the concrete so it is harder to stain and also the the shine last longer. This isn’t a topical coating, the densifier goes deep in the pore and expands out as time goes by and the densifier cures. Some manufactures say their products can take up to six months to totally cure.  I’m not sure if that is really the case but that is their scientific claim, just the same it is good to know they believe in their product performance on making the concrete stronger and less succeptable to scratches as the floor matures. Concrete polishing is a growing trend, the next time you go into a five guy burger, or Jumba Juice, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, notice the floors. It is shiny and look also you will hardly see any stains in the concrete. It’s the concrete densifier that makes the floor less resistant to scratches. This is why most all big box store do this process. For those that are on a budget and still desire a modern looking floor there is the classic acid stain look.  We especially love working with this style of concrete polishing for floors that are too damaged to have the true concrete polishing method. What we typically do is scratch up the floor, fix the holes, and apply the product to create the stain look that is desired. We use a high quality stain that we get locally and when the process is complete the end result is a high gloss floor with amazing amount of dept to it in design. If you are reading this article and you live in South Florida. First look at your floor to see if you have terrazzo, because if you have terrazzo you will want us to discuss with you the best option and that is to restore the terrazzo flooring and fill in the hundreds of holes and make it look like...

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