If your kitchen is cooking tremendous food, your bartenders are mixing spot-on drinks, and your prices are what they should be, then your restaurant is going to be bumping day and night. While this is great for your profit margins, it’s not so great for your restaurant’s floors.
Without a doubt, restaurant floors take more of a beating than any other kind of floor in the hospitality industry. Customers, food, red wine and butter all conspire to ruin your current flooring system and the investment you’ve made in it – and that’s not even taking into account the back of the house. There, hot oils, chemicals, pans and heavy equipment are slowly taking their toll, as well.
Decorative concrete flooring is becoming more and more popular in both the residential and commercial sectors. Not only is it as attractive as other options, but it’s also incredibly resilient and easy to maintain. Whether you are an architect, contractor, property manager, or homeowner, you’ll be able to appreciate this durable, beautiful, and versatile material.
Concrete flooring is incredibly durable and resilient, but it is not completely impervious to damage. If you have a problem with your concrete flooring and need to repair and resurface it or replace it, you’ll need to first know what kind of damage you’re dealing with.
SUNDEKon display at the “New” trendSETTER booth at The Concrete Decor show September 29-October 3, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Blue Sea Restaurant & Bar, Arlington, VA
trendSETTER- Sundek of Washington
This was a project located in the brand new Village at Shirlington shopping center, in Arlington, Virginia, just two miles south of the Nation’s Capital. As Blue Sea was one of the newer restaurants in this area, general contract Haisha Zhou was looking for a company with a reputation and experience installing high-end restaurant floor coatings and stains to achieve a specific look. The Blue Sea owner was very specific on the final “water” look and feel that he was trying to achieve with the floor. Three different systems were proposed that could accomplish the effect and also serve as an easily maintained floor solution for heat foot traffic. However, unforeseen changes elsewhere created an opportunity to get creative within the new budget. Armando Hernandez and team provided two mock-ups, and the winner was the SUNDEK SunCanvas microtopping overlay with Sundek’s H2O water-based SunStain in Turquoise color and two top coats of SUNDEK urethane EcoClear. The entire project took just three days to complete. It was a challenge working around multiple trades who were all behind schedule….all except Sundek of course!
Zboray Residence, San Antonio, TX
trendSETTER- Sundek of San Antonio
Sundek of San Antonio was contacted by Mr. & Mrs. Zboray. They knew to act right away as they mentioned the possibility of work to be done on an exposed-aggregate concrete deck with a painted brick coping and large brick retaining wall extending above the 5-to-8-foot pool interior. The Zboray’s wanted an acrylic spray Sundek Classic Texture around their pool deck for a comfortable, safe, cool walking surface. Mr. Zboray wanted to really kick the project up a notch by including a monochromatic tile pattern with inlaid diamonds. On the pool deck, Sundek’s stamped overlay, SunStamp was chosen for the entire wall as well as spa coping and runners on the steps and flower bed caps. The combination of Oyster White pool deck and SunStone with Montego Stone water-based stain was perfect to turn the Zborays’ backyard from drab to fab!
Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
trendSETTER- Sundek of Washington
Ritz-Carlton/Marriott International contact Sundek’s Rae Cerasoli regarding a specific vision they had to transform the outdoor Sails restaurant and lounge at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas. The challenge was to remove existing layers of blue paint off the existing concrete and replace with a 8″ decorative overlay wood design in a truly Caribbean color palette. The high humidity conditions mixed with island logistics and a few low-lying areas combined for a new set of challenges. Sundek premix was used to build up the low areas and pitch toward existing drains. Sample boards were created and then approved with matched the Ritz-Carlton’s vision perfectly. The final step was “squaring up” the wood planks with the existing bar area and reproducing the samples with SUNDEK Tuscan texture to mirror the wood grains. SunH2O water-based stain of Copper was applied as the base color and then highlighted with Montego stain. Guests and the Ritz-Carlton management team were amazed at the results and the transformative new coating that stole just a bit of the spotlight from this island view.
Whether you are designing a new house or renovating and remodeling your existing home, you have quite a few choices when it comes to flooring. The old standbys are still there: carpet and hardwood flooring. Carpet stains and retains odors, and if you’ve ever seen what water damage can do to a hardwood floor, you’ll rethink that quickly.
If you’ve chosen decorative concrete flooring for your home or business, you’re going to be given a few choices for color, texture, and finish. When choosing how to color your concrete flooring, you’ll hear about acid- and water-based stains, as well as acetone dyes. Each of these is a viable and durable method for coloring decorative concrete flooring, but you’re probably wondering what the differences are and how you can decide which will be right for you and your concrete floors.
Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame Honors Frank Lewis of Sundek 2014. Frank Lewis
The Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame was established to honor and recognize companies and individuals whose contributions have impacted the industry and future of decorative concrete. The 2014 inductee’s are chosen by the Hall of Fame members and Concrete Decor.
Frank Lewis, Sundek Vice-President
SUNDEK’s Frank Lewis will be honored as one of the 2014 inductee’s in The Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame. Frank will be recognized on September 30, 2014 during the Concrete Décor Show in Fort Worth, Texas. Congratulations to Frank Lewis and the other inductees.
See the full story as highlighted in the Aug/Sept issue of Concrete Decor Magazine.
Offering more options to customers is always a good way to generate more business, as so many general contractors, pool builders and architects know very well. However, the addition of more services and options is not enough. One must also have the right products, as well as the right knowledge and experience. With experience as a concrete contractor, it becomes possible for general contractors to provide a better overall service to their customers. Pool contractors also benefit from learning more about the different types of concrete coatings they can use poolside.