How To Reduce Wear Patterns In Your Stained Concrete Floor

Most people are turned off on the idea of getting their concrete floors stained because they are worried that they will eventually get unsightly wear patterns in the high traffic areas. While this is true because the sealer will eventually wear away that is protecting the stain; there are a few things you can do that will help prevent wear patterns.

The easiest thing to do is to follow the Pareto Principle, this basically means that 20% of the floor will receive 80% of the wear. So if you simply find the 20% of the floor that will receive the most wear you can use area rugs to prevent wear to the stained concrete floors.

The second option to preventing wear patterns is to regularly apply wax to the floor. This will acts as a sacrificial coating preventing the wear of the sealer and stain. The only bad thing about having to wax the floor is typically you will want to wax the whole floor, but as the Pareto Principle tells us only 20% of the floor will need wax. If you only wax 20% of the floor you will most likely see a noticeable shine difference.

In conclusion it is best to use area rugs in the 20% of the floor that receives the highest amount of traffic. Then you will have 100% of the floor looking good for a long period of time.

Epoxy Flooring For Commercial Kitchen Floors

Epoxy flooring is the best flooring option for commercial kitchens. Epoxy flooring does not have joints like tile that will get filled with grease an will be hard to clean. There are many epoxy systems to pick from to fit the needs of the kitchen. The systems range from basic two coat applications to troweled down epoxy mortar systems for a very long lasting floor. 

Epoxy Floor In Commercial Kitchen

Epoxy Floor In Commercial Kitchen

 

 

 

Exposed Aggregate Honed Concrete

If your looking for a matte finish concrete floor that is easy to clean, then consider honed concrete for an option.  Honed concrete is achieved by grinding the concrete to an even texture and then smoothing the surface with finer diamond pads. We typically stop at a 200 grit pad for honed concrete, if you wanted a polished surface you would continue to the next polishing pad. Honed concrete is beneficially because the duller surface wont show as much dust and dirt as a highly polished surface would. Honed concrete is an excellent choice for exterior patios and walkways. Take a look at the pictures below of an interior concrete floor that is honed to a 200 grit.

Honed Concrete

Honed Concrete

Exposed Aggregate Honed Concrete

Exposed Aggregate Honed Concrete

 

 

 

 

Stained Concrete Floor in Poteet, TX

We just finished another concrete staining project in Poteet, Tx. This was a new home built by United-Bilt, they do a great job of keeping the concrete clean so the cost of staining the floor is reduced. We stained the concrete using Butterfield Transparent Water Based Stain in the Kona Brown color. We sealed the concrete with a solvent based acrylic sealer.

Concrete Staining Poteet, TX

Concrete Staining Poteet, TX

Stained Concrete Poteet, Tx

Stained Concrete Poteet, Tx

Stained Concrete in Bedroom

Stained Concrete in Bedroom

Spalled Concrete Column Repair

Today we repaired a concrete column that was in pretty bad shape. The column was hit by a delivery truck backing into the loading dock. The edges of the concrete column were spalling off. We removed all of the loose concrete, applied a bonding agent, and then a repair mortar to finish the concrete repair.

Spalling Concrete Column

Spalling Concrete Column

After Concrete Column Repaired

After Concrete Column Repaired

 

Concrete Spalling

Concrete spalling is often caused by improperly placing the rebar or wire mesh when pouring the concrete. If the rebar is to close to the top of the concrete slab, as water soaks into the concrete it will start to corrode the rebar. This will cause the rebar to expand, weakening the concrete above the piece of rebar.

Concrete Spalling

Concrete Spalling

If you look left of the blue line, you will notice there is a crack starting to form, this crack is right above a piece of rebar corroding. When we tap the concrete with a hammer we hear a hollow sound. To repair this we have to break out all the loose concrete, cut 90 degree edges, pressure wash & clean the rebar, and apply a non-shrink repair mortar.

Spalling Concrete Cause By Corroding Rebar

Spalling Concrete Cause By Corroding Rebar

Right after we start to chip out the bad concrete a piece of rebar started to stick out. This was the main cause of the damaged concrete. It is very important to place rebar and wire mesh at the proper place when pouring concrete.

Spalled Concrete Area Chiseled Out

Spalled Concrete Area Chiseled Out

Concrete Resurfaced & Stained

Concrete Resurfaced & Stained

After the concrete was chiseled out we applied Miracote RM 2 and then finished of the spalled concrete repair by resurfacing the area with Miracote MPC, and then applied a grey stain to match the bricks.

DIY Concrete Painting San Antonio

Painting concrete is a great way for DIY’ers to add color to concrete. Most people see painted concrete porches that look very bad because the paint is peeling off from the concrete. This can be easily prevented by taking the necessary steps to prep the concrete floor before applying the concrete paint.

Before you paint the concrete floor you should evaluate the concrete and take notice of any major cracks or spalls in the concrete, and how smooth the surface of the concrete is. If the concrete does not have any cracks or spalls but fells pretty smooth, the concrete should then be acid washed to achieve a concrete profile similar to 80 grit sand paper. Profiling the concrete is the most important step for achieving a successful painting job.

Once you have prepared the concrete floor you can then begin painting the surface. I always like to cut in the edges and then roll the middle section. Putting thinner coats of paint is always better then putting the paint on thick. Thinner coats helps the paint soak into the concrete for better adhesion. Sometimes you can thin the first coat of paint so it will soak into the concrete deeper. Always fallow the manufactures directions, not all products have the same installation directions.

Repairing Concrete Before Staining Concrete

Before you can start staining the concrete floor, you must examine the concrete floor to see if there are any repairs to be made.

If there are any small divots in the concrete you can use a cement patching material to fill in the divot. Beware that these patches will stain different from the surrounding concrete. You can try to match the color of the concrete by adding some tinted grout into the cement patching material.

If you have small cracks (smaller than the thickness of a credit card) the best thing to do is to leave them alone. Filling them with a cement material will make the cracks stand out more. A lot of time the cracks will add to the uniqueness of the stained concrete floor.

Sometimes the concrete floor is in to bad of a condition to be stained and must be either ground down or resurfaced. If cracks are larger than the thickness of a credit card resurfacing the whole floor is the best option. Resurfacing will give you a nice clean surface  to apply the concrete stain. Before resurfacing you need to use a crack chasing blade to clean the crack out and then fill the crack with an epoxy crack repair material.

Always make sure to check the cure times on the repair materials. Do not stain the concrete before the materials have fully cured.

Upstairs Concrete Overlay & Acid Stained

You can have stained concrete floors on a second story of a house, even if it has wood subfloors. The process consists of laying building paper, nailing metal lath, filling the metal lath with a repair mortar, apply modified-polymer overlay, acid staining, and sealing.

The modified-polymer overlay will actually bend and give some without cracking; since the cement is mixed with a polymer, which is like a liquid rubber. The weight of the total process is not anymore than laying tile on the second floor. The total thickness is about 1/4 of an inch.

Below are photos of the process taken to complete this job.

Wood floor before overlay

Wood Floor Before Overlay

Metal Lath On Floor

Building Paper & Metal Lath On Floor

Repair Mortar

Repair Mortar Placed In Metal Lath

Acid Stained

Overlayed & Acid Stained