Tag Archives: Stained Concrete

How to Stencil a Concrete Floor

How to Stencil a Concrete Floor

In the multitude of options for decorative concrete, one of the easiest to make a dramatic statement is with the use of stencils.  We were recently contacted by a contractor and homeowner who were looking to finish a front porch and outdoor fireplace room.  The two concrete slabs were poured at different times, which can cause issues with coloring since each slab could possibly take stain differently.  We opted to do a micro-topping over the whole surface to give us a fresh canvas to start and to hopefully allow for a more uniform color over the entire area.

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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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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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