When people visit your home, what do they see first? Do they see a crumbling driveway with large cracks and crags running across it in spidery lines? Do they see an overgrown front walk with grass and weeds growing into it? Then, do they see chipped and broken brick or concrete steps leading up to your porch and front door?
No matter how beautiful your house is or how clean and well decorated you keep it inside, when people drive by or come to visit, they won’t be able to ignore a rundown and crumbling driveway and front walk. Damage to these features of your home can’t be covered up, and – while it’s not structural and won’t necessarily hurt anything – it hurts your home’s curb appeal a great deal. And, whether you like it or not, curb appeal can really affect the price you get for your home if and when you decide to sell.
Summer is long gone, and winter is on its way. You closed the pool for the season a couple of months ago, and now it’s probably the farthest thing from your mind. However, this is the perfect time for you to give a little bit of thought to your pool deck and surround.
Why? If you want to fall in love with your pool area and really impress your guests next summer, it’s time to do some remodeling now. After all, you don’t want to have to close your pool for the 4th of July to let concrete stain set or to put in a concrete overlay, right? Right now is the perfect time to rethink how your pool deck and surround will look next summer.
There can be no doubt about it; your garage floor is going to see a never-ending stream of abuse. Naturally, your automobiles are going to be traveling over it each and every day, and whatever fluids drip out of them while they’re parked overnight are only going to go one place – onto your garage floor. While concrete is itself quite durable, it’s not infallible. Over time, the constant abuse it’s subject to is going to take its toll.
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.