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Creating a Safe Walking Surface with Sundek Products

Beyond beauty, one of the main reasons for choosing one of Sundek’s products is to create a safe walking surface. For walkways, patios, driveways, courtyards, pool decks, water parks and other outdoor surfaces, Classic Texture, SunSand, and SunSplash are all excellent choices. Especially when you’re dealing with rain and snow, having a slip-resistant surface will put your mind at ease at home and work.

Safe Walking Surface - Classic Texture

Safe Walking Surface – Classic Texture

Classic Texture

Classic Texture has become the number one solution for pool decks, although you can have it applied to other exterior surfaces. As the original spray-on acrylic texture overlay, it has proven itself over and over for almost 50 years. The slip-resistant surface is one of the primary benefits, but it also remains cool to the touch. For that reason, people never have to worry about burning their feel while walking barefoot in the summer. Overall, Classic Texture ranks among the best options for achieving a safe walking surface.

SunSplash

This Sundek product is another acrylic spray-on texture coating that works great for both horizontal and vertical applications. However, when it’s professionally applied to courtyards, patios, pathways, pool decks, and driveways, it provides a safe walking surface. In addition to its slip-resistant surface, other features include durability, easy maintenance, and customization using masonry effects, score lines, aggregates, and beautiful colors.

SunSand

SunSand is somewhat different in that this product is acrylic paint with aggregates added to make it another excellent choice for creating a safe walking surface. Along with that, it produces a beautiful shine. As hard water-based paint with a low-viscosity, it resists abrasions and a significant number of chemicals. Also, because SunSand cures quickly, it is ideal for projects with tight deadlines.

Safe Walking Surface - SunSand

Safe Walking Surface – SunSand

Enjoy a Safe Walking Surface

Regardless of which of these Sundek products you choose, your exterior concrete surface will look stunning and offer a safe walking surface. If you need help deciding, talk to a professionally trained installer who can provide further information and guidance.

How a Microtopping Is Used to Resurface and Renew a Concrete Floor

Before Concrete Floor Resurfacing

Before Concrete Floor Resurfacing

For concrete floor resurfacing and renewal, microtoppings are perfect. A common misconception is that once old concrete starts cracking, discoloring, or experiencing surface imperfections, your only solution is to rip it out and start over. The truth is that microtoppings restore floors, driveways, patios, and other concrete surfaces. Because the imperfections almost disappear, the surface looks new. In addition, you can choose from gorgeous color and design effects.

Used indoors and outdoors for both residential and commercial applications, resurfacing provides a clean surface ideal for decorative treatments, like stains and dyes. Although some microtoppings for concrete floor resurfacing come tinted in a broad range of colors, you can have yours customized. Depending on the look that you want, you can choose a traditional color or, for a more interesting look, go with a variety of colors.

SunCanvas is one of the most popular microtoppings on the market today. This paper-thin overlay will transform the appearance of your current concrete surface. Along with using your choice of colors, a professional installer can create stenciled or scored designs.

After Concrete Floor Resurfacing

After Concrete Floor Resurfacing

Concrete floor resurfacing offers many additional benefits worth noting. For instance, microtoppings help reduce or eliminate allergens that get stuck in carpet. Also, if you prefer a seamless application, meaning the surface is continuous, you will spend little time on cleaning and maintenance. In fact, you can keep the surface looking pristine by sweeping, mopping, and power washing when needed for an outdoor application.

Using microtoppings for concrete floor resurfacing is a relatively quick process. Once the installer prepares the surface, which entails cleaning and repairing small imperfections, the microtopping gets spread over the existing concrete. After it dries, you can customize the look by adding stain or dye. If preferred, you can leave your new floor as-is or have it further enhanced with stenciling or score lines. To finish the project, experts recommend applying a clear sealer that will enhance the appearance and act as a second layer of protection.

How to Clean and Maintain a Sundek SunCanvas Interior Concrete Floor

SunCanvas surface

SunCanvas surface

SunCanvas interior flooring is a perfect solution for both residential and commercial applications. This paper-thin microtopping overlay gets applied over an existing concrete surface with blemishes to produce a beautiful, smooth surface. For a more dramatic transformation, you can have stain added at the time of installation and, once dry, add score lines or stenciling. With the installation complete, you want a sealer applied to the surface.

Because SunCanvas has a seamless surface, concrete floor maintenance requires nothing more than sweeping and mopping. However, you can keep the surface looking new by using a product called SunKleen. Especially for stubborn stains consisting of grease or polish buildup, this product is ideal.

Unlike other concrete floor cleaners, SunKleen easily penetrates stuck-on grease. What makes this product unique is that it breaks the bond at the surface so that you can remove the entire stain, not just the top layer. You can even use this product to remove old polish by scrubbing the floor with it and then rinsing well and allowing the surface to completely dry. Especially when dealing with hard-to-clean areas and ongoing concrete floor maintenance, this product will save you time and energy.

Considered the best decorative concrete all-purpose cleaner on the market, SunKleen will never disappoint. Instead of using just any degreaser or multipurpose floor cleaner that could damage the SunCanvas microtopping overlay or yield subpar results, you want to use a specially formulated product. For the toughest grease stains, no all-purpose cleaner works better.

SunCanvas Concrete OverlayTo use SunKleen, mix one part cleaner with eight parts water. For grease stains or polish buildup, you can spray it on and then gently buff the area using a soft sponge or cloth. Whether you use this product for cleaning or concrete floor maintenance, always follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines or have a professional clean the floor on your behalf.

Do Stained Concrete Floors Work in Any Indoor Environment?

Stained Concrete Floor in a Showroom

Stained Concrete Floor in a Showroom

When it comes to decorative concrete coloration, a concrete stain is one of the favorites. Available in a water-based product like SunH20 or an acid-based product such as SunAcid, you will enjoy a mesmerizing effect, although the results can be very different depending on the surface and product you select. The good news is that either option works incredibly well for almost any indoor environment. Even more exciting is that in addition to stained concrete floors, you can transform the appearance of vertical surfaces as well.

Something to note is that the type of stained concrete floors you choose will depend on the environment and the overall look that you want to achieve. For instance, both water- and acid-based concrete stain are ideal for kitchens, hearth rooms, foyers, basements, offices, dealership showrooms, restaurants, and even industrial situations.

The primary difference is not so much where you can have stained concrete floors installed but what final look you prefer. With a water-based stain, the floor’s surface might has more of an opaque appearance, whereas, with an acid-based stain, it looks translucent and highly variegated.  For these reasons, the acid based stain should be used where the concrete is in good condition and has a naturally mottled look.

Another difference is that while a water-based stain changes the color of the concrete surface by absorption, an acid-based stain actually etches into and attaches to the concrete, thereby becoming a permanent component of the floor. Acid-stained concrete floors also have a variegated or mottled design effect due to the stain reacting to chemicals in the concrete. Since these compounds vary from one location to another, no two floors look identical, although they can be very similar.

There is also the issue of color to consider. If you want floors in an arcade, movie theater, or fun restaurant, a water-based stain may be the better option since it comes in bolder and brighter colors. However, you still have many incredible color choices when it comes to acid-stained concrete floors. In both instances, you can have just one color applied or several layered.

An expert installer can also apply both stains using different techniques that result in beautiful textures and patterns. With so much versatility either way, you need to determine which type of stain will achieve the look that you want.

Ultimately, you will never go wrong choosing stained concrete floors regardless of the indoor environment you are creating. When used in a commercial setting, these floors can even help boost employee morale, which positively affects productivity.

Get Ready for Next Summer with Pool Deck Resurfacing

Concrete Pool Deck Resurfacing

Concrete Pool Deck Resurfacing

If you have a swimming pool in your backyard and enjoy hosting family get-togethers, throwing weekend bashes for friends, or perhaps entertaining clients on occasion, you want your deck to look perfect. However, when walking outside, you notice that it has faded and discolored in areas, you see small imperfections, and overall, it needs a facelift. Fortunately, you can get ready for next summer with pool deck resurfacing.

When resurfacing your pool deck, there are no piles of broken-up concrete, dust floating through the air, or weeks if not months of waiting for workers to finish the job. The reason is that the existing deck should not be ripped out and replaced. Instead, a professional installer can apply a decorative concrete overlay that enhances the current surface or changes the aesthetic entirely. Ultimately, there is no mess, and workers complete the project in days.

You now need to choose the right decorative concrete overlay. For pool resurfacing, Classic Texture is a trusted solution. This acrylic spray-on product is beautiful thanks to a broad range of color choices and design effects. However, it also offers a safer and more comfortable walking surface. For a one-of-a-kind aestheticlook, you can have various aggregate effects added or custom score lines or masonry effects created.

SunStamp is another superior product for pool deck resurfacing and mimics the appearance of natural materials like river rock, cobblestone, wood, brick, slate, flagstone, and more. That combined with beautiful color choices and application techniques make stamped concrete a highly-versatile solution that will wow anyone who comes to visit.

There is also a spray-on acrylic textured product called SunSplash, which produces a gorgeous, safe, durable, and maintenance-friendly surface. If preferred, you can have additives added and design effects created to achieve whatever look you want. Along with being an excellent choice for pool deck resurfacing, you can have this product applied to vertical surfaces such as patio walls, outdoor fireplace surrounds, and more for a cohesive design.