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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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Stained Concrete: Beauty Without Breaking the Bank

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.

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The Rise of Decorative Concrete and the Case for Micro-Toppings

Although it is one of the most widely used building materials in the world, plain gray concrete just never really caught on as a design favorite. Decorative concrete, however, has fast become one of the most popular design elements in the construction industry today. With concrete surfaces already under a vast amount of retail and residential spaces, and with new innovations utilizing concrete for everything from countertops to wall coverings, people are waking up to the idea of concrete as a finished floor surface. The materials and labor to create a decorative concrete floor might not be the cheapest way to go, but with unlimited design options for personalization and a durability that is unmatched in other flooring materials, it is more often looked at as an investment as well as an aesthetic upgrade.

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