Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Microtop Flooring!

We teamed up with Charles Cudd DeNova again. This time for a Microtop floor on a home that is featured in the Parade of Homes. The floor was a beach sand color added to a gray based concrete. We then stained the floor with a Mission brown and highlighted it with a Walnut to create a contrasting look. The floor was sealed with a super clear coat and wax.

Take a pictures below! What a great option other than tile and hardwood.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Decorative Project of the Year

Three of Concrete Art's projects were choosen to be in the running for the Concrete Construction Decorative Project of the Year. (1) Dreamhome, (2) Karvekrete and (3) Target Field.

The CC DOY of 2010 is voted on my a committee and by Readers Choice voting. To view the projects up for the award and to vote visit http://ascribehq.com/concrete-construction-decorative-poy/awards/2010.
See the entry the entries below.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

CaringFor Your Interior Concrete

How to care for you Interior Concrete Applications:

  • Think of your interior concrete application as a hardwood floor in terms of maintenance and care.
  • Use a neutral floor cleaner when cleaning. Make sure to follow the manufacturers dilution guidelines when mixing. By using more cleaning solution, you could leave a milky film on top of the concrete.
  • Most interior applications we provide have a solvent-based acrylic sealer on for a base and then a water-based acrylic floor wax on top of that. The reason for the use of the wax is to provide a maintenance coat, which can periodically be top-coated to freshen up the appearance.
  • Any sort of floor wax can be used to do this. We use a product from Zep companies that can be found at Home Depot, called High Traffic Floor Finish. If you choose to do this yourself, you need to make sure the floor is clean by mopping with the neutral floor cleaner and make sure it is dry. The wax can be applied with applicators, which can be found at Home Depot as well. It has a light ammonia odor so you do not need to leave the dwelling after the application.
  • Typically we recommend applying two coats during the process to provide added protection. The wax typically dries within 30 minutes and the second coat can be applied as soon as you can walk on the surface. Let the floor cure for 12 hours prior to moving furniture back in the space. Avoid sliding furniture as it could scuff and scratch.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Do's and Don'ts for Exterior Concrete

Exterior Architectural Concrete Maintenance and Do’s and Don’t’s

1. Wash your concrete regularly when dirty with a pressure washer
2. Use just water to clean (don’t use any detergents or chemicals)
3. Have your concrete resealed every 2-3 years depending on traffic patterns
4. Use non-corrosive snow and ice melting agents
5. Hire an experienced snow removal company
6. Use a sealer recommended by Concrete Arts (typically a solvent-based acrylic)
7. Sometimes sprinkler systems will leave white spots on your concrete (a chalky appearance will be evident). This is hard water stains. A good way to remove this would be to use a product called Xylene. This can be purchased at any hardware or home improvement store. Spray this on the affected areas with a garden sprayer and the spots should disappear.

1. Use salt or any chloride product to melt snow.
2. Use an ice pick to remove ice
3. Spray fertilizer or other lawn maintenance items on concrete
4. Let your sealer wear completely off
5. Use any cleaning solutions to clean unless compatible with sealer
6. Reseal it with a non-recommended product (typically home improvement centers do not carry the appropriate products). Contractor supply business such as Brock White, CMI, or Cemstone Contractor Supply can provide you with the right stuff.