Flood Proof Your Basement Floor with Decorative Concrete

Flood Proof Your Basement Floor with Decorative Concrete

  The greater Seattle area might not be known for flooding, but with the mountains close by, every winter we get at least one large snowfall followed by warmer temperatures and torrential rains. The result is flooding. It isn’t a surprise to those that live along the rivers or in the flood plains, but if you live up in the foothills and come home to find your basement flooded by a broken washer supply line, frozen pipe or a plugged toilet, the devastation is no less tragic or costly. A few times a year, we get calls from clients who have had their basement flooded. When they get to replacing the flooring, many are looking into decorative concrete options not just for their beauty, but because a decorative concrete floor would be impervious to damage from flood waters should the space ever get flooded again.

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The Rise of Metallic Epoxy and Designer Flooring

The Rise of Metallic Epoxy and Designer Flooring

Of all the recent additions to the broad spectrum of decorative concrete coatings, metallic epoxies are on a meteoric rise in popularity like no other.  Offering the durability of industrial type epoxy coatings with the richness, beauty, and uniqueness of chemically stained or dyed concrete, it’s no wonder.   Garage enthusiasts looking for an extremely durable floor no longer have to sacrifice beauty to get it.  With a wide variety of colors available and all kinds of finishing effects these are truly one of a kind artistic floors.

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Asbestos VCT Tile & Decorative Concrete: What You Need to Know

The durability of decorative concrete has made it a popular flooring choice in commercial spaces. Consider the move by many grocery chains from VCT tile to polished concrete floors. The cost savings might not be immediate, but with an indefinite lifespan, and similar maintenance costs, decorative concrete pays off in the end. The problem faced by many owners of older buildings is that the VCT tile that was installed to offer a durable surface also contained asbestos to aid in fire resistance. Removing and disposing of these tiles properly ensuring that the asbestos doesn’t become airborne and a health risk, is costly, and often makes these projects impossible in an investment environment. However, asbestos abatement isn’t the only answer.

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