Tag Archives: Polyurethane

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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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.

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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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