Coming Full Circle

Written by nick

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Sometime when removing carpet from a basement floor you find concrete that is in great shape, needs little attention, and can be changed into a finished surface in just a couple days. Other times you find concrete that has been painted several times, has holes from carpet tack strips and is in need of some TLC .

The thing is….projects like this are the ones I enjoy the most.  On a project like this, we can take a floor that looks like it needs to be covered up and forgotten about, into a surface that draws the attention of guest and always ends up as a conversation over some drinks. The project below was transformed in just over a week. The floor also features a design that catches your eye, breaks up the space, and welcomes you into a great looking basement.

How it all happens. The steps to transform this floor

  • We started by using a soy-based product to remove the paint from the concrete. The product we used has no harmful odors and works by breaking the bond between the concrete and paint. It then encapsulates the paint in the matrix of the product which then can be easily scraped up and disposed of. The product is call Soy gel and can be purchased online here.
  • The next step was to clean the concrete with automatic scrubbers and specialty chemicals until the concrete was porous and would accept concrete stain.
  • The 10’’ border was then tapped off and a thin (1/16’’) overlay was applied to fix the tack strip holes and add visual interest in the room.  The bathroom and walk-in closet also received an overlay to the entire surface.
  • We then laid out the design with pencil, cut the design into the floor, and filled the new cuts with a colored urethane fill.
  • Then 2 coats of concrete stain were applied to the floor. The colors used on this project were Kona Brown, Weathered Bronze, Taupe and Cordovan Leather.
  • The final process includes using our high performance concrete sealing system. The process involves using a catalyzed primer that penetrates into the porous concrete to limit the moisture emissions of the floor, add color enhancement, and act as “glue” between the concrete and final finish. The final finish is then applied which is a catalyzed urethane that adds excellent scratch and wear resistance to the floor.  This water-based system works excellent inside the home with very little odor when applied and little maintenance to keep looking like new.

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Nick Dancer

Fort Wayne, IN – Lima, OH

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