36 Hour Fix: Concrete Micro-topping Breakroom Floor

Let’s face it. Things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes great ideas can produce poor results. Much of our business comes from these situations. Recently, we were contacted by a contracting firm who was wrapping up a new credit union branch. The original design called for sealed concrete in the hallway, bathrooms, and break room. The contractor applied a sealer and continued to finish the project. Unfortunately, what they sealed was a slab with rust stains, chalk lines, Sharpie markings, concrete patches around the drains, and a bunch of red fire stop caulking where every wire or conduit passed through the floor. I’d venture to guess that when the designer called for sealed concrete, this wasn’t part of the vision. By the time we were contacted, the branch was open and the condo building above was fully occupied. This presented some challenges in how to go about fixing the mess. Follow Us

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Making Tire Tracks Disappear: How We Saved a Driveway

A few weeks after your new driveway is poured a winter blizzard hits.  You live on a hill and the roads are terrible.  You have to get out so you chain up.   Your adventure concluded, you arrive back home only to have difficulty making it up the slope into your garage.  Your car fish-tales a bit and your tires spin but you make it into the garage with a sigh of relief.  Everything is great until the snow melts a few days later and you notice dark tire tracks up the driveway and into the garage.  Unfortunately these aren’t ordinary tire tracks.  These are where you tire chains ground into the surface of the fresh concrete.  No amount of washing or scrubbing will do anything to make them better.  The actual finish on the concrete is gone.  To make matters worse, you live at the top of a small hill on a bend in the road so everyone driving up the hill can’t help but stare at your newly desecrated driveway.  It is right in front of them and it is impossible to miss. Follow Us

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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. Follow Us

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