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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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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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...

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You should look upon concrete resurfacing as cosmetic finishes rather than products for concrete repair. Ultimately, there is no point embarking on a concrete resurfacing project unless you have addressed all structural problems. In simple terms, don’t continue with the project if there are chunks of concrete that have broken away, lifted or sunk. It isn’t hard to determine whether there is a structural problem as the signs are...

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Although modern epoxy resin is safer than previous products, you can still become sensitized to its components. Some resins may cause a significant primary skin irritation, and occasionally solid epoxy resins have been known to cause skin rashes. Nonetheless, new epoxy resin formulas are a lot less likely to cause adverse reactions than common liquid epoxy resins. If your eyes come into contact with epoxy resin, you should only suffer...

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This is perfectly acceptable, as a chemical bond is not possible once the epoxy has cured. Therefore, a “mechanical” bond is required, which means the cured epoxy should be sanded lightly before you apply the next coat. The first coat needs to have a surface that is almost white. It’s a good idea to use 80- to 120-grit sandpaper; do not use finer paper. If a blush or bloom has developed on the first coat, it is crucial that you remove...

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Although it ultimately depends on the level of traffic and usage your floor will be subjected to, all epoxy flooring needs to be touched up or recoated occasionally. With a simple maintenance routine, you can enjoy your epoxy flooring for a very long time. We recommend sweeping your floor on a daily basis, as that removes foreign objects and safety hazards. A mechanized sweeper or soft-bristled broom should be used. You should also...

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