Decorative Concrete Orlando | Questions to ask

Decorative Concrete Orlando – What type of flooring are you looking for? This is the first question to ask yourself when deciding on new floors for your place of business or home. It’s the obvious question. Sometimes we need to explore the not so obvious in search of our new floor or vertical wall space. What type of atmosphere are you trying to create. Are you wanting a warm welcoming feel to your space or are you looking for something more fun or exciting in your floors. Maybe you are in the market for heavy duty finishes for commercial spaces.

Big Top Concrete Resurfacing, LLC specializes in many types of decorative and industrial flooring options. From micro toppings to acid staining to urethane concrete and most everything in between. It’s important that you as the consumer try to educate yourself by doing research and asking your decorative concrete or industrial concrete coating specialist questions. I can’t emphasize this enough, ask questions and if all your given is a “yeah we do that,” then you may want to ask questions to another contractor. Be sure your decorative concrete specialist in Orlando or elsewhere has the knowledge to educate you on the pros and cons of different decorative concrete and industrial coating applications.

There is not a one size fits all aspect of decorative concrete. Every substrate has it’s complicated differences therefore having plenty of options is key to having a long lasting beautiful floor that you can be proud of for years.
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Metallic Epoxy Coating Alternative to Traditional Interior Flooring

How many times have you been through the isles of big box hardware stores and see the same selection of tile or laminate flooring. You could visit the store a year later and guess what, you see the same thing. Thousands of other people see it too and most of them have it installed. What this means is that there are countless homes with floors that are exactly the same. You may visit a friend and discover you have the same tile, the chances are high. If you want your home to stand out from the crowd and you want floors that will be unique to your home that can not be duplicated then a metallic epoxy coating might be worth your consideration.

A 100% solids epoxy blended with metallic pigments that suspend within the epoxy create stunning marbling and three dimensional effects that will be unique every time they are installed. Once the self leveling epoxy is applied it finds it’s path to beauty as it settles and continues to move and flow until it’s exothermic reaction reaches it’s last point of fluidity. Once this happens the epoxy begins to harden over a course of eight to twelve hours depending on temperature. Then you get to see what your what unique creation your contractor, gravity, and chemistry has created for you.

As with any decorative concrete installation, be sure you hire a licensed reputable contractor. Do your research before you hire, here in Orlando, FL we are running into too many situations where unskilled, unqualified, so called contractors and even just plain con artists are getting contracts and draining wallets.

Enjoy a video of our last interior metallic epoxy coating.

Decorative Concrete Economics Why the Lower Bid is Not Always The Best Decision

We have all done this at one point or another made a purchase based on price, only to find out that the price was low for a reason. We end up returning the merchandise and going for the quality product. That was easy right? Go to the store make a return may of taken all of fifteen minutes.

With decorative concrete there are no returns, there is no going back and sometimes there is no finding the contractor to argue the point because they disappear. We come across this scenario on a regular basis in Orlando Florida. Installers that take deposits and never show up or do half the work and hit the road. Or, they finish the job without doing the necessary steps to ensure longevity, while using the cheapest products they can find.

We just went to a call like this on the 29th of May, 2015. It was a pool deck that was supposed to receive a stamped overlay. The guy put down a bond coat and said he needed more money to continue. The homeowner paid him the entire cost of the job less $200, guess what, the contractor never returned. Not only that, but it was clear he did no prep whatsoever. I told the homeowner it’s better that he didn’t put down any cementitious material, as it would have been a much bigger mess down the road. I saw the bid on this job was $2000. The homeowner was now under a false impression that a decorative concrete coating on a pool deck this size should be in $2000 range. Well, as to not waste his or my time, I laid it on the line by letting him know that we would not even come close to that figure but that’s because we are professionals and do the job right.

When you run a business reputation is everything. We strive to use quality products along with quality workmanship and make the process of of an installation something to enjoy seeing take place. We have the tools to do the job and we have the skills, of course we are licensed, insured, and certified.

The old saying you get what you pay for is an understatement when it comes to decorative concrete. If you receive three bids and one is exceptionally low, raise that red flag in your mind and kindly show that contractor the way out. Go with your gut and who you feel comfortable with and do yourself a favor by checking their reviews.

A Higher Bid In The Decorative Concrete Business May Cost a Lot Less in the Long Run

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Decorative concrete cheap | Inexpensive coatings | Warning

Well, this post can be short and sweet. It just further reiderates you get what you pay for and sometimes not even that. We were contacted by a very kind lady who wants a decorative concrete finish on her driveway and walkways. She had already been quoted by another company here in Central Florida and gave her deposit for work, and guess what… the guy never showed up to do it. Look at the reviews of this company here: https://porch.com/winter-park-fl/concrete-contractors/e-c-concrete-overlay-and-design-24337077/pp . If you are searching for cheap, unfortunately this is what you run in to. We suggest do it right with a company who stands behind their work, and have pice of mind.

Epoxy Flooring for Garage and Home Central Florida

We have been getting plenty of calls for garage floor repairs. When we say repairs, it means there was something put down on the floor and is now peeling up. Usually done by painters or homeowners themselves. When we install epoxy flooring for garages and home we thoroughly evaluate the substrate to be sure it is a candidate for this type of application. We do this by moisture testing and examining for chemical contaminants as well as structural integrity. Once it is determined that we can install an epoxy flooring system, we then prep the substrate to accommodate a non-breathable sealer such as epoxy. This is where painters and homeowners DIY-ers fail. You need to have the correct equipment to have a lasting installation. You need to use the right product to ensure longevity. Our prices will reflect all of that. If you are looking for a cheap floor for your garage, then call a painter. If you are looking for a quality floor installation, then call us we stand behind what we do and know how to do what we do. Take a look at the video below to see our latest work of art on a floor.

Acid Stained Concrete Orlando | Decorative Concrete | Concrete Coating | Flooring

Acid stained concrete can bring a warm unique look to concrete slabs. The mottling that occurs via the chemical reaction with the minerals in the concrete will never be duplicated from slab to slab. Therefore you will always have a unique floor.

 

Not all concrete is a candidate for an acid stain. If your concrete has had a previous finish such as stain, tile, carpet it may not be the best solution to beautify your slab. The reason lies deep in the pores of the concrete. A professional decorative concrete contractor will understand this and explain to you your options. Such as a polymer modified cementitious overlay. With a coating such as this, you now have a blank canvas which your contractor can create his work of art.

 

We can’t stress enough to do your research on your contractor. For example, in the picture below, you can see that we created several samples for the client in his home on his slab. If it weren’t for tests like these, we would never know the final outcome of the stain that is going over original concrete. There is no way to predict it. In addition, these tests showed us something that could have presented a big problem down the road. And that is the presence of an over abundance of cure and seal that they used when the slab was poured. This will hinder the stain from penetrating and there is now way to tell without tests. We originally used a swing buffer and sanding disk for the first round of test. When we were able to scratch off the acid stain with our nail, we knew this floor had to be grounded.Acid Stain Concrete

 

Hiring a professional decorative concrete contractor will save you money, time, and lots of headaches. And whatever you do, never, ever, hire a painter to do your floors.

Decorative Concrete and Concrete Staining Restores Orlando Walkway

Over time concrete will begin to delaminate, crack, and take on a very ugly appearance. I say will because it’s inevitable especially if it’s not sealed or protected. This is exactly what’s happened to this walkway and the homeowner called Big Top Concrete Resurfacing, LLC to remedy the situation.deteriorated concrete

As you can see water has taken it’s toll. In addition someone tried at one point or another to coat this or give it some color. Well, it didn’t last. On a project like this, a coating really is the only option rather than tear out and replace. A decorative concrete coating done right will protect the substrate and give it a brand new look. When properly installed and maintained the coating will withstand the test of time and give you years of enjoyment. Will it last forever… of course not. Sometimes we are asked this question. Truth be told, the better the installer, the longer it lasts and the newer the concrete is below it the longer it lasts. What a transformation we have made on this decorative concrete flooring project.Finished Product decorative concrete orlando

Acid Stained concrete Floors Orlando | Interior Concrete Overlay

Acid Stained concrete floors can add a deep warm unusual charm to any interior. The mottling and variation that can be achieved with an acid stain and interior concrete floor overlay can not be mimicked by any traditional flooring options such as ceramic or vct tile.

The challenge comes in the condition of the floor. Stained concrete floors are beautiful if they are in good shape. On the before picture of this den you can see that the concrete in this room was in need of very aggressive preparation before anything could be done to it. The homeowner had an extension added and it was finished very uneven, with high and low spots as well as an inch height different at the cold joint where it met the original slab. In order to do anything with this floor, it was necessary to grind it even, feather back the rise and apply a micro-topping that could be acid stained.

Acid Stained Floor Orlando Before Shot

After many hours of grinding we were able to achieve a good profile and level out this floor. Because the concrete contractor who poured this floor tried to hide the height differences by feathering the concrete over to the original slab they were left with a very jagged  cold joint. The resolution was to treat this cold joint with a two part urethane, then re-cut a straight line so that the home owner did not have to worry about a hairline crack coming back in the future. The results of this acid stained concrete floor was beautiful. Notice the color variation mottling and veining using just one color of acid at two coats.AcidS_Stain_Orlando.jpgCall Big Top Concrete Resurfacing, LLC for a free estimate on you Acid Stained concrete floors Orlando! 888-870-5030

Concrete Overlays in Orlando Save Money Most of the Time

The idea behind concrete overlays is that they are supposed to be more cost effective than ripping out and replacing old worn concrete. There are however certain applications and design elements and upgrades that add to the cost. But the results you simply can not achieve with tile or traditional flooring products.

Our company goes through great lengths to try and find the correct balance between making a profit and providing solutions. Case in point our last small job. It was basically trying to figure out a cost effective solution to a homeowner mistakes on his pool deck. He stained his stamped concrete it and did not properly prep the area or adhere to the manufacturers suggested application method. A year later the stain was peeling of like potato chips. He had two prior estimates by other companies and the price tag was in the ridiculous range. Their solution was to grind off the stain and redo everything including the texture created with the stamp.  It is definitely a solution, but cost effective, hardly.

When a product fails even if it was applied by the homeowner, we need to get to the bottom of what went on during the install. I performed a few test to determine if there was a product that could easily fix his issue. The answer was not so easy. We like to think outside the box when it comes to these special circumstances. The concrete stain was peeling only in the areas which received constant sun. Under the shaded part it was not flaking but had a few issues. After interviewing the homeowner about his installation I was able to determine a few things about why it failed and it helped us come up with a solution.

Our solution is not one for every occasion, but if the homeowner has a little patience, he could potentially save thousands. Our solution came in two parts one taking place now and the other taking place in the fall. The homeowner liked our proposal and let us do our job. Of course we could have given the same answer as the other two companies, grind it, leave a flier and say have a nice day, but that’s not the Big Top way. There was very little profit in this job for us, but we did learn quite a bit in our search for solutions which is invaluable.

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