We are just down the road from wine country. No, not the Napa Valley wine country. Woodinville, Washington wine country. With over 9o wineries, Woodinville has become a mecca for wine in the Northwest. Recently, one of those wineries contacted us about their new wine tasting room. They were looking for a cost effective way to treat the concrete floors in the strip mall space that would become their new tasting room. They had a contractor already working on the space and a great design. The only missing element was the budget to make the floors match the rest of the space. We were able to utilize a solvent dye to add color to the concrete and a high performance epoxy and urethane top-coat to offer protection for the high traffic they hoped to see.
Of all the things one might consider in short supply here in Seattle, rain wouldn’t likely make anyone’s list. We’ve had those ninety day stretches with rain every day. We have seasonal affective disorder sufferers. We have the highest sunglasses purchases in the nation because no one can remember where they put their sunglasses the last time they used them nine months ago. But all those things lead to a greater appreciation for the outdoors and a love of decks! But with decks and rain comes that perpetually wet mossy space under them, unless they are waterproof. For the longest time the only choice for waterproofing decks was some type of ugly rubber coating that was only available in two colors: bland and more bland. But now, you can get the same durability and protection 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.