How to Apply a Decorative Finish to Plywood Sub-Floors

Here in the Northwest there are few homes that are built slab on grade, so we are often asked about installing decorative coatings over wood sub-floors. This is definitely something that can be done! And the process has become easier in the last few years as manufacturers have refined flexible epoxies that can be used a base-coats for more traditional coatings to be installed over wood sub-floors. The problem with coating plywood or other wood sub-floors, has always been the fear of damage resulting from movement. If the two materials are expanding and contracting at different rates when temperatures fluctuate, cracks can result. A flexible epoxy base-coat help more traditional coatings bond to wood while helping to eliminating the chance of cracking.

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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.

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Decorative Concrete Over Gypcrete…Some Thought it Couldn’t be Done.

What do you get when you cross a large tenant improvement company, and old UPS store with gypcrete floors, and a future restaurant owner and her architect set on decorative concrete floors?  For some people the answer would be a big problem.   Fortunately, everyone involved in the above scenario got in touch with Duraamen, a supplier of decorative high performance flooring products, and they found their answer:  beautiful integrally colored concrete floors achieved with Sgraffino micro-topping installed over directly over the gypcrete. 

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