The most successful decorative concrete contractor will know that achieving a successful finish on a newly placed slab is about more than just the process during stain installation. Every step you take along the way leads to a slight variation in the finished product. Starting with high-quality finishes, such as a hard troweled finish by an experienced concrete company will help lead you toward success.
Tips for Finishing the Slab
Although every step of the installation affects its result, the concrete’s surface finish is the most important. The floor contractor can minimize the wavy appearance within the floor by selecting a FF (floor flatness) higher than 40. To create a great stainable finish, you will want to mechanically trowel the area until it is about to burn, without the power trowel ever running dry. For hand-troweled areas, ensure that your concrete is consolidated and that you trowel it as tightly as you can to optimize the finish.
Curing the Concrete
Issues during the curing process can negatively impact the resulting finish of the concrete. Be sure to cure the concrete evenly and consistently so as to avoid ghosting and dark patches. Use plastic to cure and avoid any types of sealers to cure the concrete as this will inhibit the stain penetration later on.
Protecting the concrete as it cures and the rest of construction continues it vital. You want to use cardboard not plastic as this will still allow the concrete to breath. The protection will prevent spills, paint, drips and other contaminants from ruining the perfect concrete slab below.
Helping Your Clients to Choose Outdoor Concrete Colors
As a contractor, you have to do more than install concrete products for your clients. In many cases, they turn to you for guidance when selecting materials, concrete colors, or designs. The majority of manufacturers only offer outdoor concrete colors in eight or so choices. Encouraging your client to use Sundek greatly increases their choices. The different coloring mixtures from Sundek allow your clients to select from literally dozens of colors. These range from muted to bright and can be blended for virtually unlimited colors.
Both polyurethane and epoxy coatings are recommended by contractors for garage floors. Both of these coatings are available from Sundek and can protect the floor from damage, oils, chemicals, wear, and stains. Each is easy to clean, long-lasting, and reflects light, making it hard to choose between them. In many cases, clients turn to their contractors for advice when making a decision, the best way to get a great garage floor is by combining these two products. Take a look at the differences between them and benefits of each.
Contractors are aware that the biggest problem associated with decorative concrete pool decks is slippage. In many cases, the sealer is to blame for the slippery result when you install stamped or decorative concrete near a pool. Specific products are designed to minimize the effect, such as the Classic Texture Splatter Knockdown finish from Sundek. Additionally, various methods can turn a slippery pool-side concrete surface into an anti-slip one.
Many home and business owners have had an epoxy coating, like SunEpoxy from Sundek, installed in their garage floors and a few days later, the beautiful, new flooring is showing signs of unsightly tracks from tires. Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot that can be done to prevent this issue as it is due to the chemicals found in the tires not the flooring. But it is very simple to remove the marking with a household cleaner. There are, however, some small steps you can take to minimize tire tracking on garage floors.
Thin concrete overlays are rapidly growing in popularity due to their ability to fix issues with the existing concrete and add a beautiful finish. Installing thin concrete overlays requires a structurally sound base slab that has a bondable surface, but as long as that requirement is met, you can easily restore a floor by installing one of these overlays. In addition to being used for repairs, thin overlays also work to add decorative elements to a space via stamped, stenciled, patterned, textured, or stained versions.
The classic texture from Sundek is commonly requested on walkways and driveways, around pools, and in other areas. The surface is slip resistant as well as comfortable, making it ideal for a multitude of purposes. It is troweled on for a beautiful appearance, and the good news for contractors is that many homeowners don’t feel comfortable applying it themselves despite its simplicity. There are five steps in the process, but once you know what you are doing, it is easy to apply, especially for the experienced contractor.
Simply due to the vast number of concrete toppings currently available from Sundek Products, It is easy to sometimes get confused regarding which type of topping is best for your specific project. Regardless of the type of concrete toppings used, it is important to ensure that the topping system be applied correctly. Failure to do the right surface preparation, mix ratios and application methods, can result in a poorly installed coating system and may require that you redo the installation, which can often result in significant cost to the facility owner, builder and installer. While the effects of incorrectly applying concrete toppings may not be readily apparent after the initial install, the poor installation will usually become apparent at some point in time, often sooner than later.