Concrete Decorative Coatings, Stains, & Sealers

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Coatings and Stainings 

All builders know the value of using concrete in laying down the flooring of a home or building. Concrete floors are extremely durable. They can last a lifetime when cared for. Concrete, however, when used as the primary material for floorings can be a bit dull. A concrete floor, when let alone is gray and lifeless. Good thing there is now a way to transform traditional grey concrete into an elegant, expensive looking floor. Concrete Floor Decorative Coatings or Concrete Stains are the newest and most advanced techniques in beautifying a lifeless concrete floor. The concrete base of your home or driveway can easily be transformed into an expansive, sophisticated flooring when applied with concrete floor decorative coatings or concrete stains.

There are various methods of staining concrete, but the more popular techniques are acid staining or acrylic staining techniques. Both Concrete stain methods use different processes but have almost the same decorative value for floorings.

Concrete surfaces react differently to acid compounds. Old concrete loses its lime content making it much more difficult to stain. This is the reason why acid staining is best on newer concrete. Acid stains do not hide imperfections, so they won’t work for cracked and naturally stained floors as well.

Acrylic staining methods for Concrete Floor Decorative Coatings or Concrete Stains, on the other hand, are great for new or old floors. Since they provide a broad array of colors for concrete staining, they are also the preferred choice of contractors for floor staining.

Acrylic stains bond with the upper layer of the concrete surface and hide old stains and cracks. They are a better choice for staining older floors than acid stains. They are very easy to apply and economical. Concrete Floor Decorative Coatings or Concrete Stains in general, whether acid or acrylic, are perfect as they are very durable and long lasting.

However, when done incorrectly, they can cause permanent damage to the floor. Because the stain soaks into the concrete, it will almost be impossible to remove if the color doesn’t turn out right.

This is the reason why it is always best to hire a professional to do the job. Concrete floor decorative coatings are best applied by persons with experience in providing concrete stain services. This way you can be sure that the job is done right the first time without messing up your floor.

AMC Services Concrete Floor Decorative Coatings or Concrete Stain Services

Serving the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Malibu, Ojai, Port Hueneme, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara.

Resurfacing 

Concrete resurfacing is the method of restoring damaged, stained, flaking, and pitted concrete using decorative Concrete Overlays. It has become a very popular procedure for home restoration, not only because it can give almost any concrete surface, indoors or out, a complete face-lift, but also because it costs much less than replacement.This concept is not new. It can be traced back to the 1960s when chemical companies discovered that acrylic paint resins where great modifiers for cement. During that time though, the technology lacked the quality of long-term performance. Acrylic resins proved to be short of being water resistant and lacked the adhesion necessary for permanent concrete resurfacing solutions.

Today, however, there are many new and better ways of resurfacing concrete. The method has evolved and has become useful not only for domestic floor restoration purposes but also for public roads and concrete bridges. Concrete overlays are now applied to these surfaces to keep them safe to travel through.

One great thing about concrete resurfacing is that it permanently covers up surface imperfections. Concrete overlays disguise cracks and other flaws as well as provide protection to make the concrete structurally sound.

For the home, concrete resurfacing methods provide multiple designs to choose from. One of the more popular concrete overlay procedures is the terrazzo, which is often used for roads, garages and locker rooms. In this procedure, images, logos, and other artistic designs can be incorporated into the concrete using paint chips. When professionally applied, the overlay can withstand tremendous heat as well as freezing conditions. It is commonly used in driveways and even airport runways.

Another concrete resurfacing method is the stamped concrete overlay. This is very popular among homebuilders because the end results are always superior. Through this process, any concrete flooring can achieve the look of brick, granite, ashlars, cobblestone or even wood!

Concrete resurfacing provides a wide array of designs, making it a preferable choice for household restorations. However, it should always be applied with caution and proper knowledge. This is not a simple task. A skipped step or a simple missing item can amount to hundreds or even thousands of dollars lost in additional costs. Badly done overlays can cause damage the concrete, which could result to a repair mix. When not done right the first time, rework can be very costly.

It goes without saying that concrete resurfacing goes much more smoothly when it is done by an experienced contractor. An expert contractor will provide for the materials, the supplies and the necessary know-how to fulfill the job without flaws.

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