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Epoxy Floors Extend Well Beyond the Garage

Like most people, there is a good chance that you automatically relate epoxy floors to residential and commercial garages. The fact is that while epoxy is the best flooring solution for this type of environment, this decorative coating actually serves many more purposes. In fact, epoxy floors are now one of the top choices for interior surfaces for both home and business owners.

Sundek SunOne Epoxy Floors in Commercial Application

Epoxy Floors in Commercial Application

Although epoxy floors can be installed virtually anywhere, they are an excellent option for the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and outdoor patio. The primary reason is that epoxy is extremely water and moisture resistant. Liquid spills are notorious in all of these spaces. With epoxy, the floor has no damage and cleanup is a breeze.

Being impact resistant is one reason why epoxy floors are so popular in garages. However, if you think about it, things get dropped inside the home as well. When epoxy is used in the kitchen, you never have to worry about scratches or dents caused by dropped dishes, canned food, cooking utensils, and so on. Even when used for an outside patio, this type of floor can withstand all kinds of abuse and still look gorgeous.

Epoxy floors are also resistant to oil, grease, coffee, and even red wine, things that typically cause permanent stains. Because this coating is non-porous, nothing penetrates. In addition, epoxy is capable of withstanding abrasions and even chemicals. No matter where you choose to have epoxy floors installed, you are guaranteed a long-lasting surface that looks amazing.

Whether using SunEpoxy 54 or SunEpoxy 100, the floors are gorgeous. You can stick with varying shades of gray or go with color. For something completely unique, a professional Sundek systems installer can add SunFlex, which are beautiful quartz beads, or SunChips, which are metallic flakes. The size, volume, and color of the additives determine just how much glisten the floor has.

If preferred, epoxy floors can be made slip-resistant. In the bathroom, water spills from the bathtub or shower are never a problem. When installed outside on a patio, rain and snow will not compromise safety. This is also a great coating for the pool deck, again providing people with a safe and comfortable surface to walk on.

Now, if you want epoxy floors in your dining room, hearth room, or foyer, the installer can create a mirror-like finish that is simply stunning. Based on the aesthetic that you want to achieve, epoxy is either rolled or brushed on. After the first coat, colored beads or chips are added, along with slip-resistant additives. Once the final top coat is applied and dried, you will absolutely love your new floor.


What Type of Surface are Acrylic Concrete Coatings Commonly Used For?

SunSplash Acrylic Concrete Coating on Vertical Concrete

SunSplash Coating on Vertical Concrete

Used for a variety of surfaces, acrylic coatings are available in both water-based and solvent solutions. These coatings are applied to the surface of prepared concrete, whether bare, textured, or decorative. The result is a fresh look and added protection against harsh sunlight. Although the film can be quite thin, these coatings work incredibly well.

Depending on the application, a professional installer can add special materials that make the surface non-slip. This is especially beneficial when applied to outdoor surfaces or indoor surfaces at risk. Acrylic coatings are the perfect choice for residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

Depending on the look that you want to achieve, you can choose a clear coating or a product like SunColor, which comes in a variety of gorgeous colors. In fact, a professional can create a one-of-a-kind aesthetic using the color or color combination that you prefer. Once the coating is applied, more elaborate design effects can be achieved, including marbleizing and antiquing.

Just like other decorative concrete systems, acrylic coatings can be applied to both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Because of that, there are few limitations. With a little bit of creativity, almost any surface is transformed. These coatings enhance the overall aesthetic of the concrete surface while bolstering functionality. The following are some examples of the concrete surfaces on which acrylic coatings are typically applied:

  • Floors
  • Patios
  • Pool Decks
  • Countertops
  • Walls
  • Fireplace Surrounds
  • Water Features
  • Stairways
  • Fire Pits

With so much versatility, acrylic coatings have become a popular choice for many industries. Because they protect concrete surfaces from UV rays but are also ideal for high traffic areas, they are commonly used in many environments, including call centers, restaurants, bars, schools, daycare centers, day spas, retail shops, hotel lobbies, professional businesses, and much more. At home, the most common surfaces for acrylic coatings are driveways, walkways, patios, and floors.


Concrete Stain Vs. Paint

Painted Concrete Pool Deck

Concrete Paint on a Pool Deck

Outdoor concrete paint and acid stain are among the possibilities for enhancing the appearance of a patio, driveway, walkway, or pool deck. While some people think these two options are similar, in fact, they are quite different. To understand how outdoor concrete paint is unique from acid stain, consider the following comparisons.

Comparing Concrete Paint and Concrete Acid Stain

Although some people prefer outdoor concrete paint, the majority love the benefits associated with acid stain. Especially when using a quality product, like SunAcid, the outcome is incredible.

It is important to understand how outdoor concrete paint works versus acid stain. With paint, only the surface of the concrete is covered, which adds a layer of protection from damage. Once concrete is painted, it has an opaque appearance, meaning that none of the features of the concrete show through. With this option, you have a choice of beautiful colors. When properly applied, the paint will last a long time without chipping or peeling and can also help to hide imperfections in concrete and patch work.

In comparison, acid stain actually permeates the surface and interacts with different components of the concrete. This creates more of a translucent appearance. With outdoor concrete paint, you get the exact aesthetic every time, whereas with acid stain, every project has a unique outcome. In other words, if 10 patios had the same color of acid stain applied, they would share that color but feature different effects.

The Prep and Application Process

There is more prep work involved with outdoor concrete paint. Before applying paint, the concrete surface is cleaned using a special product that eliminates grease and oil. Next, roughing up of the surface is necessary to enhance bonding and adhesion.  Sometimes muriatic acid is applied to etch and remove any curing compounds left on the concrete surface. The concrete is then coated or painted which also helps prevent moisture penetration.

While a water-based stain is available, acid stain has long been the preferred choice for outdoor applications. As far as prep work, acid stain is very different. Prior to the application of acid stain, the surface should be cleaned and dry.  The acid will inherently etch the surface for a final clear coat if desired.  Acid stains won’t peel or flake like concrete paint.


What are Decorative Concrete Coatings, and How Are They Applied?

Decorative Concrete Coating Entryway

Decorative Concrete Coating Entryway

There is no question that decorative concrete coatings have become the most popular solution used by both home and business owners. Even so, some people are not aware of what these coatings are, the benefits they offer, and the way they are applied.

Decorative concrete coatings can also be referred to as decorative concrete overlays. These coatings are an amazing way to transform the appearance and functionality of any concrete surface. Although typically applied to floors, driveways, walkways, patios, and pool decks, decorative coatings can be applied to other surfaces, including fireplace surrounds, countertops, fire pits, water features, stairs, and the list goes on.

In simple terms, decorative concrete coatings are applied to a properly prepared concrete surface. There is a wide range of color options, patterns, and textures. For instance, a patio floor can be coated to create a marbled earth-tone effect, or a skilled contractor can install a polished surface with a family crest design element. There are no limitations with decorative concrete coatings, which is why they are in such high demand.

Once concrete coatings are applied, they completely change the aesthetics of the surface. However, coatings also make the concrete surface stronger, more durable, and longer lasting. That means a patio, kitchen floor, driveway, or some other surface looks gorgeous and lasts for years and years. Even anti-slip ingredients can be added to enhance the safety of a concrete surface.  Check out the types of surfaces that we can repair, resurface, and revitalize.

As for the application process, the first and most important step involves preparing the concrete surface. In addition to patching any cracks and eliminating areas of pitting or spalling, a contractor will ensure the surface is leveled and solid. From there, all dirt and debris are removed and the surface is cleaned using a manufacturer-approved cleaning product or mechanical process like grinding or shot blasting.

With a clean and dry surface, decorative concrete coatings are readied, whether this is a handcrafted textured overlay system, like Tuscan; a spray textured coating, like SunSplash; or another product. During that time, other agents are added, pigments, color, or anti-slip ingredients. Then, the coating is applied using a spray-on technique, roller method, hand-troweling, and so on. Once the entire surface is covered, it is allowed to cure and dry.

Once the first coat is ready, a second coat is applied. Once again, this coat must properly cure and dry. To protect newly applied decorative concrete coatings, it is imperative that a sealer is added. Depending on the desired aesthetic and effect, the sealer can be colored or clear. Once the sealer is dry, the concrete surface looks gorgeous. Find local dealers near you today!


Fixing Concrete: Common Problems That Need Repair

Fixing concrete with Sundek Coatings

Fixing concrete with Sundek Coatings

Although concrete is strong, durable, and long lasting, there are times when cracks, spalls, flakes, fading, and other problems arise. However, in most instances, fixing concrete is a viable solution compared to ripping the concrete out and starting over again. This is just one reason why concrete has become a top choice for both home and business owners.

Cracks are a common reason for fixing concrete. Cracks typically occur as poured concrete hardens and dries. During that process, shrinkage can force the concrete to pull apart. However, cracks also develop when there is a low water-to-cement ratio. Regardless of the cause, early detection and repair are essential.

Segregation causes a variety of issues, including honeycombs, rock pockets, laitance, scaling, failure to bond, porous layers, and sand streaks. The biggest threat is when larger exposed aggregates are used. Segregation usually occurs from over-mixing concrete or improper handling while concrete is applied.

Bleeding is another reason for fixing concrete. As newly poured cement and aggregate start to settle, excess water rises to the surface. The actual rate of bleeding depends on a number of factors, including admixtures, temperature, air content, sand particle shape, quantity of aggregate fines, cement fineness, cement mix water content, and so on. This is a prime example of why concrete should always be installed by true professional.

Dusting happens when hardened concrete begins to wear away due to excessive traffic. The reason for fixing concrete in this situation is because of mixes that have too much water. However, dusting is also caused by dirty aggregate, segregation, and finishing that is done too soon or too long. With finishing, laitance, which is a gray or white substance, can form on the weak concrete surface that prevents proper bonding.

After fixing concrete problems, the best form of protection is a quality sealer. SunClear EcoProtect and SunClear UltraProtect are two of the best sealers on the market today.