Epoxy floor coatings have been used in industrial applications for many years, but now they have also started appearing in homes — starting with the garage.
Paint Chip Epoxy Floors
Quite common in Las Vegas, garage floors made of epoxy mixed with eye-catching paint chips make a subtle statement. The variety of epoxy colors and chip blends make it easy to find a combination that complements any home. The most popular of these finishes is the full broadcast of chips that completely covers the floor.
Metallic Epoxy Floors
Metallic epoxy came quietly into the market years ago. As with all new technologies, the process and materials were cumbersome and expensive. Fortunately, as time has passed, these high-quality products and application processes have become imminently more affordable. As a result, metallic epoxy floor coatings have blossomed into a vibrant new trend, popping up in residential and commercial properties as an exotic interior focal point.
Made of 100% solid epoxy with metallic pigments added, this self-leveling epoxy coating is designed to create a glossy and deep looking floor with a variety of different colors and visual effects. It can even create an arresting three-dimensional appearance that gives the illusion of craters, ripples, and swirling rivers of metallic-looking plasma. Not only do these floors look absolutely stunning, but they also provide a high-performance coating that is designed to last for years. There are multiple color options and combinations available.
When compared to other concrete contractors, Concrete Texturing offers tremendous value both in products and service. Since our inception in 1998, our team has been passionate about their work — and that passion continues today. Whether we’re spraying pool decks and re-coloring or resealing existing surfaces, installing interior floors and concrete overlays, or applying epoxy floor coatings, no other Las Vegas concrete contractor offers the range of services, innovation, color combinations, styles, and techniques that we do at Concrete Texturing.
Our #1 Asset Is Our Reputation, and We Are Committed to Upholding It Every Day
There are many companies that promote their experience. However, the individual with the most experience can often be found sitting behind a desk. When you work with Concrete Texturing, the experience is in the field. This experience enables our installation experts to:
Communicate the expectations of our product without over-selling it
Determine what prep is needed for the job without overcharging for it
Recommend the most durable, complementary product for each home
Make adjustments on the job and engage with the customer should problems surface
The recession, while challenging for so many, has put us in a better position to serve our customers. Concrete Texturing now has the most experienced installation crew we have ever assembled. We are providing more versatile products with more decorative options than ever before. We are excited about our experienced staff, the high-quality products we offer, and the opportunity to further serve our Las Vegas customers. We’re looking forward to the coming year, as we’ve enjoyed such a strong winter.
Special Note from Concrete Texturing’s Owner
“The recession has been hard on us all. However, I have had some extremely rewarding experiences during these hard times. There have been many times when a customer has called me just to see how I was doing. I have been overwhelmed with the number of referrals that we have received recently. Also, our existing customers have called us back to do additional work at their homes. I just completed a two-week period where I had 5 existing customers call me back to do additional work on their homes.
All these customers have had our product for at least two years. They see how it’s wearing and they are very happy with the work. Our existing customer base has been wonderful, enabling us to weather the storm in these difficult economic times. They have told their friends, associates, and people moving in next door about us. Our referral business is the best it has ever been. I am so grateful for those loyal customers. Without these customers I would not be in business today.”
You can find photos and additional information about Concrete Texturing on our “Why Choose Concrete Texturing” page. There, you’ll also find a list of ideas for evaluating concrete coating contractors. In addition to these resources, you can contact our team for more information or schedule a free evaluation.
Create Superior Surfaces with Concrete
Concrete is a part of everyone’s décor, but who says that it has to be boring? The majority of homeowners settle with traditional styles of concrete installations that are — let’s be honest — redundant and dull. Many people don’t even realize that cement doesn’t have to be ugly and gray!
The truth is, concrete can be a form of art. Why not give your home a unique touch that will impress (and inform) the entire neighborhood? There are so many options available for livening up your concrete! Whether you’re a new homeowner designing an elegant landscaping plan or already have a concrete surface that’s in desperate need of a revival, there’s a gorgeous concrete installation solution for everyone.
This decorative concrete method takes design to a whole new level. With today’s versatile concrete overlays, it’s easy to give almost any area of the home — indoors or out — a complete face-lift at a much lower cost than removal and replacement. Nothing gives your home immediate curb appeal like a decorative concrete driveway. Patterned concrete is made to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, wood, and more.
Of course, while your outdoor surfaces might be the first thing that comes to mind at the thought of concrete, gorgeous concrete overlay options can also work wonders on your interior. Stunning and unique, these methods of design are extremely practical for the home. Of all the surfaces available to a homeowner, concrete floors will provide the best value, durability, and versatility.
As pool season comes to a close, you may notice some wear and tear on your deck. There is no better time than now to get things back into shape and ready for a new year. Pool decks can take a beating in Las Vegas from the elements, like intense sunlight, chemicals dripping on the surface, and calcium from the sprinklers deteriorating and discoloring the texture. An annual evaluation is essential to prolonging the life of your deck.
If it has been over five years since you have applied a protective concrete coloring coat, there is probably discoloration and deterioration. If you want to prolong the life of your pool deck, maintenance is the key.
Minor Maintenance vs. Costly Repairs
Many homeowners put off deck maintenance because they are afraid of the cost. They assume that the entire surface has to be renewed or ground off and completely resprayed. While this scenario is possible, it’s usually not the case. The best thing a homeowner can do is to apply a protective concrete coloring coat (and sometimes a little texture) as soon as they start to detect wear. This protection drastically reduces the chances of peeling texture and adds at least four years of life to your decking.
Spraydeck or pool deck textures are the most common surfaces used around pools in the greater Las Vegas area. Not only is spray deck resurfacing the most heat-resistant material, it is also incredibly economical, slip-resistant, and low-maintenance. If you’re worried about children or grandchildren running and slipping near the pool, this is for you. If your pool has stamped concrete and you’re tired of burning your feet because it is too hot to walk on, coat it with a pool deck texture.
Although you might consider the transition slightly painful on the budget, the immediate enjoyment from walking on a cooler surface will ease your pain — not to mention the reduced repair costs!
Want to spice things up a bit? Try giving your new surface a little flair with an accent concrete color on the elevated spa or pool area. We can also install an elegant border from 8–16 inches wide around the edge of the pool for additional eye candy.
We see decorative concrete everywhere: casinos, interior floors, countertops, driveways, walkways, balconies, patios, and pool decks. It adds so much to the look of a home or business that many areas don’t look finished without it.
You may be thinking about decorative concrete installation for your own home. Well, there are lots of options out there, especially here in the Las Vegas valley. Since this is an investment in your home, you’ll want to make an informed decision.
Concrete surface options have multiplied exponentially over the last 10 years. Years ago, gray concrete was the standard. If you didn’t want standard gray concrete, you had to rip up the concrete and re-pour it. Thankfully, ripping up your concrete is no longer necessary, as there are limitless options to upgrade with texture, stains, and designs that go right over your existing concrete.
This means that instead of that boring gray concrete, you can enjoy the upscale look of classic stonework, tile, or simply rich texture and color. These options have been tested extensively in various conditions for over 20 years. When applied correctly and under the right conditions, these concrete installations have proved to be incredibly durable.
Refresh your Sealant
Sealant questions are common among Las Vegas homeowners, and for good reason. The climate here is intense and can be damaging to surfaces if they’re not adequately protected. No matter what your design preference, maintaining your new surface is key to enjoying it long-term. A properly applied concrete sealer can enhance the look and prolong the life of any decorative concrete surface. This includes stamped concrete, overlays, epoxy rock, stains, and more.
Decorative concrete floors must be maintained by periodically applying a fresh coat of concrete sealer. Knowing when to reseal your surface depends on many lifestyle factors, as well as sun exposure, and the type of sealant originally applied. We advise customers to pay attention to their surface when cleaning it. If water beads up on the surface, you still have a good seal coat. However, if water immediately penetrates the surface, it is time for resealing.
The dangers of not maintaining a fresh seal coat are significant, and include:
What You Should Know About Sealants and Contractors
The challenges you face as a homeowner are knowing when you should reseal your decorative concrete floors, and who should do it. This may not be as straightforward as it seems. We know a lot of contractors who steer clear of resealing someone else’s work because there is just too much risk of failure. There are many sealants on the market today that are not compatible with each other, leading to the risk of bond failure.
Precautions must be taken before sealing your concrete floors, such as sealing a test area first. However, even if that test area works, it does not assure the new sealant will bond or react over time with the existing surface. Your best option is to reseal with the same sealant brand. Consequently, you should ask any prospective contractor if he maintains his own product prior to hiring him. We also suggest getting the manufacturer name, number, and local supplier. We also recommend storing the sealant in a safe place in case the contractor goes out of business.
Not all Sealants are Created Equal
If homeowners plan to reseal the surface themselves, we advise getting products from local specialty stores that service the concrete coating industry rather than a hardware store. There is a big difference between commercial-grade concrete sealers and those you can pick up at the hardware store. You should also know what type of sealant is being applied to your surface upfront. A good contractor will ask the customer their preference in sheen and should have an understanding of traffic and use of the surface.
There are two types of sealants: water-based and solvent-based. Solvent-based sealants are much stronger and more durable. They range in durability based on their composition and the percentage of solids in the sealant. For instance, sealant can be a solvent-based acrylic mixture or a solvent-based polyurethane mixture. The polyurethane sealants tend to be more durable, shiny, and stain-resistant than solvent-based acrylic sealants.
Pay attention to the percentage of solids in the sealant. The higher the solids content, the more durable the sealant. For example, a sealant with a 65% solids content will give you more protection than a sealant with a 25% solids content.
The sealant we recommend to our customers varies based on:
Use of the surface (driveway, patio, business, etc.)
Pick Your Shine
If a homeowner doesn’t like a high-shine surface, I steer them away from polyurethanes unless we’re sealing a driveway. Polyurethanes are always a consideration for driveways, which are subject to car traffic and potential oil spills, as they clean up easier than solvent-based acrylic sealants. Since polyurethanes applied over an acrylic stain tend to be extremely glossy, we can decrease the high shine by staining the surface with pigment rather than an acrylic stain. This allows the polyurethane to absorb into the texture, creating a semi-gloss surface.
Again, not all polyurethanes are created equal. There are single-component urethanes and two-component systems that are mixed on-site. The two-component systems tend to cure harder, making them more durable and resistant to stains caused by tires and oil. For high-traffic areas like driveways or commercial properties, a high-build, two-component polyurethane sealant is recommended.
Knowledge is Power
By asking the proper questions, getting referrals, and looking at previous jobs, you can feel confident about the investment you’re making. Remember that keeping your decorative concrete properly sealed will enable you to enjoy your beautiful surfaces for years to come.