How to Stencil a Concrete Floor

How to Stencil a Concrete Floor

In the multitude of options for decorative concrete, one of the easiest to make a dramatic statement is with the use of stencils.  We were recently contacted by a contractor and homeowner who were looking to finish a front porch and outdoor fireplace room.  The two concrete slabs were poured at different times, which can cause issues with coloring since each slab could possibly take stain differently.  We opted to do a micro-topping over the whole surface to give us a fresh canvas to start and to hopefully allow for a more uniform color over the entire area.

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When Close Enough Isn’t Close Enough

Recently, a local builder contacted us. They were working on a large addition and had some problems with the floors. The main floor of the original house had radiant heat and the architect and designer had specified a micro-topping installed as the finish floor. The house had since sold and the new owners liked the floors and wanted something similar for their addition. Somehow, they decided a gypcrete product was a close enough match??? The original color of the gypcrete was a fairly close match, but as it was finished and sealed, several black aggregate pieces began to stand out on the light colored floor. The client wasn’t happy with the black specs, but would have let it slide. A short time later, however, the floor began to develop cracks over the radiant heat coils and now something had to be done.

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What is Metallic Epoxy and is it Right for You?

One of the hottest current trends in the concrete coatings industry is metallic epoxy. It has been around for quite some time, but until a few years ago, there were only a few manufacturers really promoting it, and even fewer installers using it. A metallic epoxy floor is a 100% solids two part epoxy that is mixed with reflective pigments or mica flakes. As the epoxy cures out the aggregates suspended in the epoxy move or ‘flow’ creating looks never before possible with epoxy flooring. An artistic installer can utilize multiple colors and techniques to generate even more results which allows the customer to completely customize their floor.

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