A Concrete Canvas for Art

Anyone who has even worked with concrete knows that dealing with the elements can sometimes pose problems. When the San Juan Museum of Art had the concrete slab poured for their new atrium, there were many factors that weren’t ideal.  What they got was certainly not what they were hoping for.  The uneven color and small surface cracks over the re-bar in the slab were unsightly and would only serve to detract from the art they wished to display.  We were contacted to resurface the space and resolve the issues getting it back to concrete canvas they originally wanted.

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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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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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