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FAQs

Cement Overlays

What is a cement overlay?

A concrete overlay, or surface overlay, is a concrete like product (1/8” to 1” thick) that has polymers and proprietary additives added that enable this product to be overlaid or spread over surfaces like wood, concrete, plaster, and cement board. This product can be textured or smoothed to resemble any product like: marble, slate, flagstone, fieldstone, or even wood plank, which is available in any color imaginable. When polishing, the overlay cement is much more predictable than concrete, so the end result is absolute best quality polish.

How durable are cement overlays?

A concrete overlay is a very durable material and it actual has a higher PSI strength than concrete.

What if my concrete is cracked?

We can attempt to repair cracks per the customer’s request by grinding them out and re-bonding them with an epoxy crack filler. The crack is then covered by the overlay. However, there is no guarantee that cracks will not return. But in most cases large ugly cracks only come back as a hair line crack.

Is indoor concrete flooring difficult to maintain?

No, this flooring is no more difficult for the homeowner to maintain than a hardwood or tile floor. It can be cleaned with any floor cleaning product like Mop & Glo. The floor can also have a wax finish applied if the homeowner wants.

Does an overlay ever need to be resealed?

Yes. We recommend resealing every 2-3 years or as needed. Please ask us about a customized maintenence program based on the specific requirements of your floor.

 

Patios & Outdoor

How do I know if stained concrete is right for me?

If you love the look, stained concrete floors are the perfect choice. However, if you object to “ imperfections” such as hairline cracks, uneven tones and “blemishes” (also found in many natural materials), then you may prefer a more traditional floor covering. Our clients believe these flaws add “character.” Some people deliberately chip, hammer, pour rock salt or press leaves on newly poured concrete to add interest or to achieve a “distressed” Old World look. Be sure to discuss with us what the overall desired finish is, and we will help you determine if this is the right product for you.

What about durability and maintenance?

Stained and polished floors should be considered maintenance free. They will need to be kept clean and clear of any debris that may scratch the surface. For interior stained floors you will have a few coats of floor finish to protect the sealer that will need to be reapplied based on the traffic and wear of the floor. Polished floors will be a bit easier to keep clean but may require burnishing every year to keep the shine. For exterior projects a new coat of sealer will need to be applied every 2-3 years.

What is concrete engraving and scoring?

Concrete engraving, or scored joints, is the process of making decorative cuts into the concrete to create patterns, lines or designs. The engraving joints are 1/16” to 1/8” deep, while decorative scoring or sawcuts can be 1/8” up to 2” deep. The purpose of a deeper cut would be to use it as a control joint. In most cases, we incorporate the control joints into the decorative pattern.

Will colors fade with time?

Exterior projects are exposed to the sun and other elements and are more susceptible to fading unless properly cared for. We do have UV resistant sealers that aid against possible color fading. Sometimes colors may get a little darker with time but overall there will be very little change. Proper maintenance of the surface is critical to keeping it in pristine condition.

What is polished concrete?

Polished concrete is a mechanical procedure that when done right, converts ordinary concrete into a smooth glossy finish that makes the concrete dust proof, water and stain resistant, and adds reflectivity to the area making it more bright and require less lighting. Polished concrete can also be stained in any color to achieve the desired look.

What is concrete staining?

Concrete staining using is a permanent coloration process using acid, acetone or water based concrete stains to stain the concrete and react with the lime in the concrete. Unlike paint, these stains chemical reaction with the concrete is permanent and will not peel off. Like stains for wood, acid-based stains are translucent and the color they produce will vary depending on the color and condition of the substrate they are applied to. Each concrete slab will accept the stain in varying degrees of intensity, creating natural color variations that bring character and distinction to each project. The colors available are just about any color you can imagine, golds and browns tend to be the most popular.

 

Polished & Stained Concrete

How do I know if stained concrete is right for me?

If you love the look, stained concrete floors are the perfect choice. However, if you object to “ imperfections” such as hairline cracks, uneven tones and “blemishes” (also found in many natural materials), then you may prefer a more traditional floor covering. Our clients believe these flaws add “character.” Some people deliberately chip, hammer, pour rock salt or press leaves on newly poured concrete to add interest or to achieve a “distressed” Old World look. Be sure to discuss with us what the overall desired finish is, and we will help you determine if this is the right product for you.

What about durability and maintenance?

Stained and polished floors should be considered maintenance free. They will need to be kept clean and clear of any debris that may scratch the surface. For interior stained floors you will have a few coats of floor finish to protect the sealer that will need to be reapplied based on the traffic and wear of the floor. Polished floors will be a bit easier to keep clean but may require burnishing every year to keep the shine. For exterior projects a new coat of sealer will need to be applied every 2-3 years.

What is concrete engraving and scoring?

Concrete engraving, or scored joints, is the process of making decorative cuts into the concrete to create patterns, lines or designs. The engraving joints are 1/16” to 1/8” deep, while decorative scoring or sawcuts can be 1/8” up to 2” deep. The purpose of a deeper cut would be to use it as a control joint. In most cases, we incorporate the control joints into the decorative pattern.

Will colors fade with time?

Exterior projects are exposed to the sun and other elements and are more susceptible to fading unless properly cared for. We do have UV resistant sealers that aid against possible color fading. Sometimes colors may get a little darker with time but overall there will be very little change. Proper maintenance of the surface is critical to keeping it in pristine condition.

What is polished concrete?

Polished concrete is a mechanical procedure that when done right, converts ordinary concrete into a smooth glossy finish that makes the concrete dust proof, water and stain resistant, and adds reflectivity to the area making it more bright and require less lighting. Polished concrete can also be stained in any color to achieve the desired look.

What is concrete staining?

Concrete staining using is a permanent coloration process using acid, acetone or water based concrete stains to stain the concrete and react with the lime in the concrete. Unlike paint, these stains chemical reaction with the concrete is permanent and will not peel off. Like stains for wood, acid-based stains are translucent and the color they produce will vary depending on the color and condition of the substrate they are applied to. Each concrete slab will accept the stain in varying degrees of intensity, creating natural color variations that bring character and distinction to each project. The colors available are just about any color you can imagine, golds and browns tend to be the most popular.

 

 

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