Decorative concrete floors are popping up more and more in retail stores, schools, restaurants, offices, warehouses, and homes everywhere. People are drawn to them for their glossy surface, design versatility and contemporary look. In addition, its surface is perfect for custom logos, colorful graphics, and unique patterns. No other flooring material gives you so many options to create one-of-a-kind looks.
Concrete can be treated with stains or dyes to create a rich variety of colors and textures or stamped with patterns to mimic natural surfaces. Homeowners are catching on to the appeal of these smooth shiny decorative concrete floors because they can be made to replicate the look of tile, slate, and marble. Undeniably concrete flooring combines beauty and creativity with affordability, durability and low maintenance.
One of the most popular finishes today is polished concrete. It can be stained or dyed to a variety of colors or maybe left as its natural color. Its multi-step process involves progressively grinding down the surface to get a very smooth finish and allowing you to choose the level of sheen that meets your maintenance and aesthetic needs. This versatility makes polished concrete an ideal flooring material for a variety of applications.
Concrete flooring can also be protected from stains, abrasions, and water damage by applying a concrete sealer over them. These sealers are available in many different colors to make your flooring more vibrant. In addition, a sealed decorative concrete surface is generally more slip-resistant and makes the floor easier to clean.
An existing concrete floor can be brought to life with different finishing, coloring and texturing techniques. It’s the perfect choice for commercial, industrial and residential spaces while at the same time-saving time, money and our environment.
What is Decorative Concrete?
The umbrella term ‘decorative concrete’ refers to a number of different techniques that will enhance the decorative qualities of regular, grey concrete. We use a wide variety of techniques to create a number of different patterns, designs, colors, and qualities. We can achieve unique, customizable looks through:
- Epoxy Floor Coatings
- Decorative Concrete
- Stained Concrete
- Stamped Concrete
- Decorative Overlays
- Polished Concrete
- Concrete Dyes
- And more!
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Decorative concrete serves as an integral part of many structures such as walls, patios, floors, and driveways, while also providing another function: aesthetic appeal. All of our decorative concrete flooring options in New York City are low-maintenance, hypoallergenic, and built to last.
A water-based or acid-based mixture is used to create either a chemical reaction (acid) or a chemical overlay (water) to produce a desired outcome in color and appearance. Acid based stains are great for warm, earthy, and brown colors; the color is achieved when the mixture reacts with the lime content in the concrete. Water based stains are fantastic for precise, vibrant, and translucent colors; this is not a chemical reaction like acid based stains. Rather, it can be thought of as a coating that bonds to the concrete. Both will stand the test of time.
We add various levels of color and texture to make your concrete look like anything you want it to! This can include shells, fossils, patterns, wood, cobblestone, brick, slate, stone, and more! The limit is simply your imagination. While the concrete remains in its moldable state, we use molds to press certain patterns into the concrete; we use acid stains, color hardeners, dry shakes, liquid releases, and other techniques to imbue color into the design.
Polished concrete is an ideal solution for owners who need to cover a large area – such as a warehouse, commercial kitchen, hospital, or factory – with quality, reliable flooring. Polished concrete is easy to maintain, looks absolutely stunning, and helps protect anyone who walks on the surface. Polished concrete is often used in hospitals and kitchens for its hypoallergenic and anti-microbial properties; polished concrete is also used in factories and machine shops due to its ability to handle extreme forces and heavy loads.
Instead of a stain that relies on a chemical reaction, dyed concrete relies on a dye to achieve the desired color. While recent technology has increased the durability and longevity of dyes used for concrete, it is expected to fade in outdoor applications. This is why it is mostly used for interior purposes. For outside surfaces like patios, garages, etc? we recommend acid-stains or water-based stains for color and design.