When it comes to helping your pool stand out amongst the commonplace, the difference is in the details. One of the most important elements in your overall pool design is your coping – it’s not only structurally significant, it’s also a way of adding visual impact.
The latest in pool design is similar to that of an undermounted sink, where the edge cantilevers over the basin making it continuous and seamless. This look is trending as a premium finish and latest design choice. The look is a continuous concrete decking that takes your deck right up to the very edge of your pool and even slightly overlapping allowing for water to easily flow back into the swimming pool. Continue reading
The question to be answered is why does and acid stain not take and how can I resolve this issue.
Question…I’m in the middle of acid staining my concrete basement floor. When I began the neutralizing/washing process, the acid stain is wiping away…even as I barely mop it. I don’t know what to do at this point. I asked a lot of questions prior to beginning the project and was diligent about following them.
Here is my best response:
Acid stain is reactive and needs to react and burn into the concrete surface. If the concrete was sealed with a sealer or was power trowled too tight this may impede the stain from penetrating.
Another reason the stain is washing away may be because of the age of the concrete and the amount of free lime in it. Acid stain reacts and attaches to free lime in concrete and a lack of, or absence of free lime may cause the stain to easily wash away.
Acid stain should be tested on a small area and then cleaned and sealed to ensure its success on the main area of flooring. If an acid stain is not taking to a concrete slab you may consider using a dye instead. Concrete dyes do not rely on a chemical reaction. It is however advantageous to have a profiled surface for them and the subsequent sealer to adhere to.
Concrete before acid washing
Concrete after acid washing
If you are unsure about the application of a product or its effectiveness the manufacturer should be able to help and find a solution.
At the end of the day, making the client happy is always what matters. Whether the client wants something simple or something complex for their decorative concrete flooring, it is the duty of the contractor and architect to oblige. Take a recent example with Wusthof, a client from Norwalk, Connecticut. They had a 3,500 square foot area covered with a Gypcrete substrate, and they wanted to have a Lumiere designer epoxy floor to go over it. Working with Gypcrete as a substrate can be rather tricky, and it takes a certain touch, and a certain amount of skill to get things just right. Continue reading
Contractors around the country need to make sure that they are always able to offer their customers and clients the latest and greatest services and products. If they are unable to keep up with the new demands of the customers, they will not be in business for very long at all, and the competition will snatch those clients. A great example of this is in the field of concrete. Decorative concrete products are very desirable today in both residential and commercial properties. Those contractors who don’t already have these skills under their belts need to learn, and they need to learn soon. Continue reading
Whether you’re a concrete contractor, or one of the many Do It Yourself homeowners who have taken any classes on using concrete for home improvement, The Stamp Store’s online store is the one place you need to go to get all of your concrete floor supplies. On their website, they have an extensive inventory of materials, which will allow you to really let your imagination soar when using concrete for in your home, your business, or even outside on a patio or pool deck. Continue reading