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How to Care for Your Concrete Flooring

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How to Care for Your Concrete Flooring

Maintenance for Concrete Flooring Any type of flooring, including low-maintenance decorative concrete, requires proper maintenance to keep it looking great. Needs vary between residential and commercial concrete floors, as well as among the varying concrete flooring finishes. Homeowners looking to protect their finish from abrasions, chemicals, and stain, should apply a film-forming sealer topped with finish or wax. Caring for Stained Concrete Like all concrete finishes, stained concrete is easier to care for than just about any flooring type, since it has no crevices or fibers to trap dirt. Both interior and exterior stained concrete need a sealant, and the exterior sealant needs to be replaced about once a year, depending on the severity of the weather in your area. In addition to the sealant, you need to keep the surface clean with regular cleaning. How often? That depends on how much foot traffic your floors receive. In a residential setting, once or twice a week is fine, with more frequent cleaning in high traffic areas, such as the living room and kitchen. Cleaning interior stained concrete floors requires a dry dust mop, augmented with the occasional wet mop using a neutral-pH cleaner. To remove stains, use a stronger soap, or add ammonia to your cleaning solution. If the floor’s surface becomes dull, waxing should bring back that shine. Talk to the concrete contractor who performed the initial work for recommendations on the right products to use. Keep exterior concrete floors clean with a broom and a quick spray with the hose. If you’re dealing with a lot of dried on dirt, you can use a mop or brush plus a mild cleaner. Caring for Polished Concrete Lack of proper care and maintenance causes polished concrete floors to lose their distinctive shine. These floors do not require sealants or waxing. However, a daily dust mop gets rid of the tiny grit that, over time, abrades polished concrete. You also need to regularly clean with a wet mop, using a neutral floor cleaner. When mopping, apply your cleaning agent, and then let it sit for a bit to break up the dirt, but not so long that it becomes dry. Work in small areas, completely finishing one before moving to the next. Practice basic, everyday maintenance. For example, when spills occur, clean them as quickly as possible. Even concrete absorbs stains. As always, talk to your installer for cleaning recommendations. Caring for Acid Stained Floors Keeping an acid stained floor clean rarely requires more than a dry mop, or a wet mop with plain water. For occasional deep cleaning, add an organic degreaser to your water. Never use a steam mop on acid stained concrete, or any floor finished with floor wax and polish. Four times per year, thoroughly clean and dry your floors and then wax. You may need to do this more often if you have large dogs. Avoid linoleum wax products, and clean spills as quickly as possible. If wax turns milky, use an acrylic floor wax stripper (talk to your contractor for product recommendations). If your acid stained concrete floor doesn’t have a wax sealer and instead has a Polyurethane or Acrylic Urethane finish, avoid harsh chemicals when mopping. A simple solution of water and mild dishwashing soap keeps your floor clean. The lifespan of these...

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Curb Appeal: Cost-Effective Improvements when Selling Your House

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Curb Appeal: Cost-Effective Improvements when Selling Your House

Improving Your Concrete Surfaces If you’re looking to sell your home, you probably want to do anything you can to differentiate it from other houses on the market, but don’t want to spend a ton of money to do it. It’s important to note that the first thing anyone sees when coming to view your home (or even to join you for dinner) is the outside. That’s why real estate agents place a lot of importance on curb appeal. This starts with a planter or two and fresh landscaping, but it also includes your concrete surfaces, such as walkways, driveways, patios, and decks. Updating these concrete surfaces goes a long way toward brightening the overall look of your home, increasing its curb appeal, and adding value for a relatively small investment. Walkways and Driveways These are among the first things people see when driving up to your house, so make sure they look great by repairing any damages. Over time, cracking and chipping are natural occurrences, no matter what kind of climate you live in. Rain, sun, ice, and snow all damage concrete surfaces, but so do cars and feet repeatedly driving and walking over the same areas, day after day, year after year. Repairing cracks and chips immediately makes the outside of your home more appealing. It also makes it safer, as uneven, cracked surfaces make tripping easy. You may also see weeds and other vegetation growing between cracks in your drive or walkways. Pull those. These simple, free fixes go far in improving your home’s curb appeal. Once these areas are repaired, consider adding decorative touches, such as a border of bricks or pavers along the sidewalk or driveway. If you don’t have a walkway from the driveway to the house, consider adding one. The cost is minimal compared to the potential effect. Patios Improving your patio area helps prospective buyers envisage themselves enjoying it with friends and family. Start with the patio itself, making sure it’s clean and looking good. If you have a special finish, such as stamped and stained concrete, consider a thorough cleaning and resealing to brighten and renew the finish. Then, take the time to outfit it so that it looks inviting and ready to use. Add simple patio furniture, place a planter or two, and hang some lights and wall décor. This type of impersonal yet attractive arrangement makes it easy for the people viewing your home see themselves living there. Pool Decking If you have a pool, you know the kind of wear and tear its pool decking gets. Puddles of water and scorching summer sun slowly wear away at a pool deck’s surface. Consider resurfacing or even replacing worn-out pool decking with a wide variety of concrete surfaces. Faux flagstone looks amazing and comes in a variety of colors and styles. Bricks, pavers, stained or stamped concrete, and Cool Deck coating all help create backyard oases that are so beautiful, you may decide not to sell your home after all. Landscaping Weeds, overgrown trees, and scraggly bushes do not make a good first impression (if your HOA allows it to get that bad). You don’t have to pay a lot of money to landscapers to get your yard in tip-top shape, either. Time, a pair of hedge clippers, some...

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Concrete Acid-stained Floors: Are They Right for You?

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Concrete Acid-stained Floors: Are They Right for You?

The unique colors and patterns found in concrete acid stained floors come not from paints or coatings but from a chemical reaction, which takes place after applying the staining solution. Staining gives concrete floors rich, luminous tones that other flooring and coloring mediums cannot match. You can choose acid stains that mimic the look of marble, natural stone, leather, wood, and other surface types. The product is durable, versatile, and simple to maintain. What is Acid-stained Concrete? Concrete acid floor stain causes a chemical reaction between the staining solution – acid, water, and inorganic salts – and the minerals naturally found in concrete. This reaction creates the earthy tones typically found in concrete acid staining. The solution works on both old and new concrete, as well as on both interior and exterior surfaces. The staining process creates a mottled, variegated look rather than a uniform color. The color even varies from one concrete slab to the next, creating different patterns. Mixing available covers creates different shades for even greater variety. Why Choose Acid-stained Concrete? If you are looking for durable flooring, concrete acid stain is an ideal choice. It is long lasting, and the application of a sealant offers even more protection. This durability even holds up under many types of water damage. On the health front, households with allergy sufferers appreciate concrete acid stain floors, which resist the dirt and debris often found with carpeting. They are also a great choice for pet owners, as cleaning “accidents” is a snap. Of course, one of the main selling points for homeowners is the numerous of design possibilities. There is a wide variety of acids from which to choose, each creating its own wide range of hues. You can also create patterns on the concrete with the acid, adding yet another level of variety not found with traditional flooring choices. Another variability factor exists in the range of applications. Concrete stains hold up well against UV rays, making them an ideal choice for exterior locations such as walkways and patios. Indoors, you can stain floors, countertops, even walls. The variety of design possibilities is fantastic. Stain Varieties There are two main concrete stain types: acid-based and water-based. Acid-stained usually consist of a mixture of water, hydrochloric acid, and metallic salts. This solution penetrates the concrete’s surface and reacts with the calcium hydroxide (commonly called lime) naturally found in concrete. Once this reaction occurs, the concrete is permanently stained, meaning it does not fade, peel, or chip off. Acid-based stains result in earth tones: browns and tans, terracotta, and blue-green. Water-based stains come in a much broader palette of color choices, literally dozens of choices. These are typically an acrylic blend and create the same permanent result as their acid-based counterpart. Maintaining Your Concrete Acid-stained Floors Despite the permanent nature of concrete staining, it only penetrates concrete’s top layer. Over time, traffic and exposure wear away this surface layer. Protect it with a clear sealant to make it last longer. Also, clean it using a dry dust mop. You can occasionally use a wet mop, but choose a neutral-pH cleanser. Additionally, a commercial-grade floor wax designed for concrete floors protects against stains and preserves the sealer. Note that saw-cut patterns tend to trap dirt, making it more difficult to keep the...

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Summer is Almost Here! Cool Deck Coating

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Summer is Almost Here! Cool Deck Coating

Cool Deck Concrete Coating Summer is just around the corner, and people across the country are opening their pools. Make your pool or hot tub more attractive and inviting with cool deck coating. Most people actually spend more time lounging by the pool – sunbathing and entertaining – than they do in the pool. Cool deck coating not only creates a cooler surface for these activities, but a safer one as well. Additionally, with a variety of available stains, it can be designed to complement your landscaping to create a beautiful backyard oasis. Keeping Safe and Cool In the heat of summer, all surfaces absorb the sun’s rays so that walking barefoot, as one typically does around a pool, becomes painful and even dangerous. The danger heightens when concrete, stone, and other surfaces become wet, as they become slick, increasing the likelihood of slip and fall accidents. They may also acquire damage such as cracks thanks to age and harsh weather. Coating these surfaces with cool decking alleviates both the heat and inherent danger of slipping on wet surfaces. It also guards against cracks, because cool decking has nearly twice the durability of concrete. Cool decking is a material applied over a base structure, typically concrete. When applied during the curing phase, it significantly lowers concrete’s surface temperature. Additionally, texturing protects against slipping. The stain-resistant material is also waterproof, offering further protection against mold and mildew. All these features add up to a durable, low maintenance, economical way to resurface your deck. Better Choice Cool deck coating makes a great surface for your pool deck, patios, and walkways. You can choose colors and textures that complement and enhance your landscaping, all while cooling the surface temperature for improved comfort on bare toes. The material lasts longer than standard concrete does, cleans up easily, and protects everyone from the danger of slipping on wet, slick...

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Sledge Concrete Coatings: Your Source for Epoxy Flooring

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Sledge Concrete Coatings: Your Source for Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy is becoming increasingly popular, not just for garages and carports, but for walkways and patios as well. Sledge Concrete Coatings are your source for epoxy flooring in Phoenix, AZ, having the widest variety of colors and styles for your home or business. If you’re looking at the possibility of putting down or refreshing epoxy flooring, call us for an estimate as well as to answer questions on what options are best for you. Sledge Concrete Coatings are your local experts in Phoenix when it comes to epoxy flooring. Epoxy Flooring: Why It’s Increasing in Popularity People often ask: “why go with epoxy for a garage or carport?” The answer is simple. Epoxy transforms a simple looking floor giving it the look of a showroom. Epoxy flooring is common wherever home or business owners want to go the extra mile and show off their work. Not only is epoxy flooring designed for high traffic while looking good, it’s easy to maintain, lasts a long time, and changes the way people feel when they come inside a room. Epoxy flooring can now be found in homes, professional garages, and places designed for display such as showrooms and galleries. Finally, epoxy coating comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes, meaning that no matter how your interior is designed, there is an epoxy flooring color scheme that will match your design. If you’re looking for something that will really make the contents of the room come alive, epoxy flooring is your go-to-choice. It’s no coincidence that NASA uses epoxy flooring, which is both beautiful and functional. About Epoxy Flooring: How it Works Epoxy is applied in a two or three day process, depending on the type and color used. No matter which type of flooring is chosen, all of them have some things in common. First, the entire are needs to be cleared of objects on the floor– they can’t be moved from area to area, but removed completely to allow flooring to dry. After a power-cleaning and power-drying process, the floor is prepped and ready to have the epoxy resin applied. Solid color and light color epoxy flooring is a two-day process, since the resin is first applied and then color is added, after which some time is needed for the epoxy to completely harden. Other processes, such as checkerboard epoxy coating, can take considerably more time as the resin is layered, and care must be taken to avoid errors. Many stone and metallic finishes can take up to three days because of the complexity of adding chips of a specific depth evenly to the resin. Once the process is complete, you’ll have a stunning floor that will be easy to maintain for years, with only occasional maintenance. Because it’s easy to maintain and looks so stunning, if you’ve been considering epoxy flooring, contact us at Sledge Concrete Coatings, your local Phoenix epoxy flooring experts. You’ll be glad you...

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Sledge Concrete Coatings: Concrete Contractors For All Your Indoor and Outdoor Needs

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Sledge Concrete Coatings: Concrete Contractors For All Your Indoor and Outdoor Needs

If you’ve been looking for a new finish for your indoor or outdoor flooring, contact Sledge Concrete Coatings, the premier concrete contractors in Phoenix, AZ. Sledge Concrete Coatings specializes in both indoor and outdoor concrete work to beautify your home at a fraction of the cost of traditional stonework, without sacrificing quality, beauty or longevity. We provide concrete flooring finishes for high-traffic indoor and outdoor use, and our designers will work to give your home or business the perfect look with our wide variety of concrete coatings and finishes. Outdoor Concrete Coatings While concrete is generally thought of because in terms of pavement– and Sledge Concrete Contractors are renowned for their work with thin line paving– there are a variety of uses for concrete in your home or business. One of the biggest advantages of using concrete is that you can create gorgeous stone finishes at a fraction of the cost of stonework. One of the most popular improvements is our work with Faux Flagstone, where we can add Finishes that look and feel like Flagstone at a fraction of the time as well as the cost. Probably the best known concrete coatings are our cool deck pool finishes, and Sledge Concrete Coatings are experts at cool deck pool finishes to give your pool a truly refined look that will make your guests feel comfortable as they admire your deck. Our cool deck pool finishes are created by power-cleaning and exposing the concrete before applying a heat-resistant acrylic coating which allows the deck to remain cool in the hot sun. A cool deck pool finish keeps guests from the discomfort that comes from a hot pavement. Indoor Concrete Coatings The word “concrete” often has a reputation for functionality, but is rarely appreciated for its beauty, and Sledge Concrete Coatings invites you to look at the work we’ve done for our satisfied customers in Phoenix to change that notion once and for all. Concrete finishes aren’t just for garages– polished concrete flooring is common in offices and homes taking advantage of modern décor. A warm-colored stone finish can add life to a room while polished concrete finish keeps the room cooler overall, giving a feeling of comfort to homeowners and their guests. Polished concrete is especially good in high-traffic areas, such as kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms. For those interested in really adding a touch of personalized, artistic beauty, there is no better choice than acid-stained concrete. < href=”https://sledgeconcretecoatings.com/services/acid-stain-coatings/”>Acid stained concrete turns concrete into something unique and individual. The acid staining process brings out new hues to concrete that were previously never thought possible. These can add a touch of modern art to your flooring, with each acid staining creating something different, exciting and original. If you’re considering remodeling your home or business flooring, before you make a decision, contact us at Sledge Concrete Coatings where we can show you a side of concrete that you may have never seen...

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Concrete Resurfacing – Application

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Concrete Resurfacing – Application

The best method is to apply a small amount of the mix on the concrete surface and start spreading it evenly. If you want clean & professional looking edges, you need to use a concrete edger within 20 minutes of application. If you allow the mixture to cure untouched, the result will be a smooth surface. This is the best outcome for a garage floor but it can be slippery when wet which means it is undesirable for walkways or patios. To prevent this, rough up the surface with strokes from a long-handled broom. Make sure this is done within 5 minutes of application or else the mixture will become too hard. Concrete becomes harder and stronger as it cures. Companies that manufacture concrete resurfacers claim their products achieve maximum compression strength of 4,500 psi after 4 weeks and should be at 3,500 psi after one week. Of course, you don’t need to wait this long to use your concrete surface. In most instances, you should be able to start walking on the new surface around 8 hours after application though you need to wait at least 24 hours before driving on...

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Concrete Resurfacing – Creating The Mix

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Concrete Resurfacing – Creating The Mix

You should not mix more than one bag at a time. A professional tip is to use a 0.5 inch drill and paddle mixer to get the best results. As a rule of thumb, you will need around 3.5 quarts of water per 40 pound bag of mix. If you are resurfacing in warm weather, use cold water and if you are resurfacing in cold weather, use warm water. Make sure you have a large bucket; a 5 gallon plastic bucket is ideal. Pour most of the water in first followed by most of the mix. Start mixing the combination until a smooth consistency has been achieved; let it rest for a few minutes before mixing again. Use the remaining water or mix to ensure the right consistency is achieved. Spray the concrete surface with water before application; this prevents the concrete drawing moisture from the resurfacer. Click here to learn more about our resurfacing...

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Concrete Resurfacing – Surface Cleaning

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Concrete Resurfacing – Surface Cleaning

Once the concrete is deemed suitable for resurfacing, the next step is thorough cleaning of the surface. In most cases, a garden hose is sufficient but it may be better to use a pressure washer. If you decide to go down the more thorough route, use a 3,500 psi washer for best results. Remove any oil or paint stains from the concrete before moving on to the next step. Click here to learn more about our resurfacing...

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Concrete Resurfacing – Repairing Small Cracks

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Concrete Resurfacing – Repairing Small Cracks

While small cracks don’t indicate any structural problems with concrete, it is best to fix the issue as soon as possible. Once a small cracks appears, wear and tear will inevitably cause it to expand. ‘Minor’ usually refers to cracks that are 0.5 inches or less deep and 0.25 inches or less wide. Here is a quick 5 step process to repair minor cracks and get your concrete ready for resurfacing: 1. Clean the cracks with a wire brush. Get rid of loose debris and vacuum. Be sure to thoroughly remove any oil or grease around the crack. 2. Use clean sand to fill up the crack; if it is more than 0.5 inches deep, only fill the crack up to 0.5 inches with sand. 3. Purchase premixed concrete crack sealant, shake the container and cut its tip to the same width as the crack. 4. Apply the sealant in layers of 0.25 inches and if you need to force the sealant into the crack, use a putty knife. Allow each layer to set overnight before trying to add another one. 5. Do not fill the cracks beyond the surface level of the concrete. Don’t walk or drive across it until the sealant has been fully cured. Click here to learn more about our resurfacing...

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