How To Protect Concrete During Construction

Protecting your Decorative Concrete Finish during construction

Once a decorative concrete finish has been installed, there is sometimes more construction work that needs to be done around the area. Whether its a decorative concrete countertop, beautiful acid stain concrete floor or even a new epoxy coating or finish in a garage. Your decorative concrete contractor has put a lot of effort into giving you a quality finish. Shouldn’t you keep that finish looking its best during the rest of construction?

If you are not sure what to do to protect your decorative concrete finish, here are some pointers.

1. Use common sense and don’t treat decorative concrete like a typical concrete finish. Decorative concrete often has colors, sealants and waxes which are subject to damage just like any other surface. Avoid dragging heavy equipment or supplies across it’s finish. Treat a decorative concrete finish like it is made of wood and you shouldn’t have any problems.

2. Don’t tape to its surface! This is a very important rule. Most decorative concrete finishes use a sealant or coating to protect them from staining and other reasons. When concrete is freshly curing or drying, the fresh sealant can cause tapes and adhesives to re-emulsify it and cause it to become a part of the tapes surface. When the tape is removed it can also remove the sealant or coating that has attached itself to it. Avoid using tape on any decorative concrete surface. If it is absolutely necessary use only light duty delicate painters tape after discussing it with the professional decorative concrete contractor.

3. Use protection. Any surface exposed to the elements is subject to being damaged. Whether it’s a tradesman who hasn’t been told, or an hourly laborer who just doesn’t care; it can happen in an instant. Solvent spills, steel pipe being dragged, or pure carelessness, you must use protection.

For Countertops and Vanities use cardboard, fabric sheets, masonite or a combination.
For floor protection use a layer of craft paper and either masonite or OSB overtop.

Always remember not to tape to the surface.