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Epoxy Coating for a Fort Collins City Building

Epoxy Coating Project Complete

We completed an epoxy coating project in the Fort Collins Power and Light office building this past month. The client chose to install the quarter inch Copper Mountain flake epoxy system, so that it would be easy to clean, durable to high traffic, and look good. The job was a big success! We transformed 15,000 square feet of rough and unlevel concrete that was previously carpeted into a beautiful, seamless, easy-to-clean floor. The client had decided on this application after having a previous section done and having seen how well it performed with workers walking through the area with muddy boots.

 

The Process:

Prepwork is arguably the most important part of our trade, and with this floor, we needed to focus on repairing the surface so that it would be nice and flat for the coating to adhere. We moved old pieces of concrete that had broken due to the concrete settling and cracking over time, as well as we filled a lot of cracks and grinded the surface smooth. The floor also required moisture remediation after testing. The moisture remediation consisted of a special primer needing to be installed on the floor and extensive patching to ensure adhesion of the epoxy chip coating. The prepwork laid the foundation for a nice industrial floor coating.

 

Why Epoxy?

The client chose this system to be installed in the high traffic areas, like hallways and large rooms, where people would gather and walk through often. They decided to carpet the offices, which can often be a good decision for a cozier feel for people’s workspaces. Concrete floors can be a nice addition to a mixture of flooring types, depending on what they will be used for. In this case, the city will be happy with the mixture of epoxy coating and carpet for their usage because the epoxy is industrial-strength and looks good, whereas the carpet does not get as much traffic and provides a nice environment in the office setting.

 

Some things to consider when choosing an epoxy floor application…

Whenever our clients choose an epoxy for paint, we want to be clear that there could be odors associated with the resins we use, and really, you’re going to get this with any contractor. However, there are ways to reduce the odor, which is what we did in this case. Products were selected to reduce odors because part of the building was occupied. Another thing we want our clients to be aware of is the drying times, which can be longer or shorter depending on the temperature of the concrete and surrounding environment. Depending on the material used, our clients may be able to walk on it the next day, or it could take an additional day if it did not dry quick enough. Also, be careful and consult with us before you drive any machinery on the surface when we’re finished.

 

We’d love to work with you on your next concrete coating project!

Overall, we are pleased with the outcome and look forward to help warehouses, city buildings, gymnasiums, schools, airplane hangars, large garages, pole barns, get setup with an epoxy coating like this one, or other types of concrete coatings and polished concrete. We provide free estimates after you your project has been qualified over the phone. Call us today for your free estimate at 720-258-6571. We look forward to working with you.

 

City Building Epoxy Coating  Gallery:

Check out these before and after pictures of this concrete coating project below. You’ll see some of the concrete repair, our machines that grind the concrete and collect the majority of the dust, and then the floor when it is complete! Wow! What a difference!

Pool Deck Coating Common Challenges

Pool Deck Coating Common Challenges

When choosing the best pool deck coating for your pool, consider these pool deck coating common challenges. Pool deck coatings are a great way to make your pool slip-resistant, cool to the touch, and protect the concrete from deterioration, but it is important to consider the challenges that come with most deck coatings and the benefits of paying more upfront for a high performance and durable pool deck coating system instead of re-coating it every couple years.

 

What is a Pool Deck Coating?

 

A pool deck coating is a protective material that is applied to a slab of concrete to make the pool deck safer and more durable. Pool deck coatings should be able to withstand the hot summer days and UV rays, as well as withstand the freeze-thaw winter environments. Some pool deck coatings are like paint, which can do well in environments that do not experience freeze-thaw, and others are more decorative and require sealer to be constantly reapplied. Our pool deck coating system is a high-performance coating that can withstand freeze-thaw and UV radiation, as well as protect the concrete from harsh chemicals and even salt water environments!! In this article, we’ll review five pool deck coating common challenges that we’ve found being in the industry for 8 years, so that you can have the knowledge to make the best business decision for your pool deck resurfacing project.

 

5 Common Challenges to Ordinary Pool Deck Coatings

  1. The most common problem we’ve seen on Colorado pool decks, both indoors and outdoors, is the tendency for the coating to chip and peel.
    • Chipping and peeling usually happens within the first couple years of coating installation if you do not get a coating that can withstand Colorado’s tough weather conditions. The material that is installed looks great at first, but shortly over time, it could chip.
    • It is extremely important prior to any coating installation to prepare the surface. This means repairing cracks and spalling, sometimes grinding the concrete smooth, and cleaning it. A well-prepared surface will have better adhesion!
    • Many coatings just aren’t ready to withstand the high UV radiation that Colorado has, and therefore, you’ll see the coating chip and peel in areas with high sun exposure.
  2. Most pool deck coatings do not stand up to the high UV radiation we have in Colorado.
    • Our UV rays in Colorado can damage not only our skin, but pool deck coatings and other outdoor surfaces if the material is not specified to handle UV.
    • With higher UV radiation, pool deck coatings must be able to protect the concrete slab from the harmful deteriorating effects. Many are not up for this challenge. You’ll see certain pool deck coatings that do well in places like Texas, where they do not have high UV radiation, but when you install that same pool deck coating in Colorado, it does not do as well.
  3. Pool deck coatings generally have a difficult time withstanding the freeze-thaw cycle in Colorado.
    • Coatings need to be durable enough and need to be flexible to stand up to the freeze-thaw cycle. Regardless of what type of coating you have, you still need to clean the snow and standing water off, just as you would concrete, but some coatings give better protection against the freezing weather than others.
    • As the weather changes from warm to freezing temperatures, and back again, the concrete and concrete coating move. Think of flowers as they bloom and then close again as winter approaches, so does concrete expand and come back in as the weather changes. Your pool deck coating should be able to move with the freeze-thaw conditions.
  4. Most people and businesses want their concrete to be slip-resistant and safe, yet feel good on the feet, however some pool deck coatings and sealers can be slippery.
    • Often if you want a decorative concrete finish, you may have to sacrifice the slip-resistance for the look. Many sealers become slippery when wet, but they need to be applied so that the decorative finish can be protected.
    • Our high-performance sand broadcast pool deck coating is slip-resistant and beautiful! We’ve tested different materials and resins and have found the perfect mixture of sand to help promote pool time safety, but not hurt the feet! Look out for this when shopping pool deck coatings.
  5. Some pool deck coatings are beautiful, but they trap dirt and grime.
    • In particular, the pebble coatings are installed in such a way that they have holes for dirt and other particles, even water, to fall through. This is detrimental for the adhesion of the coating.

 

Now that you know the top five pool deck coating challenges, you are equipped with the knowledge to choose your pool deck resurfacing company carefully. In summary, many pool deck coatings cannot stand up to the harsh weather and salt water or chemical pool conditions, and therefore chip and peel before their time, meaning you must re-coat every year or two. When you choose our pool deck coating system, know that you are making a valuable investment up front to last you a long time! Our pool deck coatings are durable, beautiful, UV-resistant, crack-resistant, slip-resistant, and should prolong the life of your concrete for years to come. Leave the work to us and you take it easy!

 

Call us today for your free estimate at 720-258-6571!

When Should You Reseal Concrete?

Sealed Concrete & What to Look Out for When It Needs to be Sealed Again

 

Sealed concrete is an important factor to prolong the lifespan of your concrete. Depending on what type of sealer you have applied to the concrete, you will want to watch out for when it is time to re-seal it. Concrete, like any other porous surface, is best when it is sealed. You can seal concrete with a chemically reactive penetrating sealer, acrylicresin sealers, and high performance topical coatings, such as epoxies and urethanes. Depending on which one, if any, has already been applied to the concrete substrate, you will need to check and make sure the sealer is still sealing the concrete.

 

Concrete needs sealed for different purposes, some of which are: protecting it from freeze-thaw, stain repellence, dust reduction, abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, or to maintain an attractive or high-gloss appearance. If you do not seal your concrete, harsh chemicals and liquid can penetrate the concrete, leaving it discolored or destroy the surface. Let’s look at each sealer, so that you can know how long it should last and what do to check if it needs reapplied.

 

Penetrating Sealers

sealed concrete

Due to the nature of penetrating sealers, since they chemically react to the concrete, they will last the longest out of all the sealers. They will generally wear as the substrate wears, usually 10 years or longer. They are usually applied directly after the concrete slab is poured, when it can withstand the weight of the installer. Although some reactive penetrating sealers, like silanes and siloxanes, should only be applied when the concrete is fully cured (generally 28 days). You will not notice a different appearance when penetrating sealer is applied, however, you will notice that when water is poured on top of the chemically sealed concrete, it will bead. This is the best test you can do to see if your concrete needs resealed. Pour water on the concrete, and if in a couple minutes, the concrete absorbs the water, you know it is time to reseal it.

 

Acrylic-Resin Sealers

stamped concrete sealing

One part sealed, one part not

There are two types of acrylic sealers: water-based and solvent based, both of which have shorter life spans than both penetrating sealers and epoxies. They generally last 1 to 3 years. They, like most penetrating sealers, are usually applied directly after the concrete slab is poured, when it can withstand the weight of the installer. Solvent-based acrylic resin sealers significantly enhance the color and give the concrete a high-gloss, wet look. Therefore, it is often the sealer of choice for stamped concrete projects. Water-based acrylic resin sealers, on the other hand, offer a more moderate color enhancement and a satin appearance. To test if you need to reseal your acrylic sealed concrete, check for wear and tear in it within the first year; you will likely see chips or peeling in spots.

 

Epoxies and Urethanes

Epoxy and urethane systems have similar performance to penetrating sealers, lasting 5 to 10 years, depending on traffic exposure. They are more expensive than other sealers up front, but they will last you longer than the alternatives, which are usually acrylic sealers. Most high performing sealers, like epoxies and urethanes, should only be applied after the concrete has cured (generally 28 days). Epoxies provide a significant color enhancement and give concrete the high-gloss, wet look, like solvent-based acrylic resin sealers. Urethanes, when applied as a topcoat over epoxy, are available in a wide range of finishes, from matte to glossy. Many sealers can also be colored with translucent or opaque tints. To test if you need to reapply epoxy or urethane, watch if areas start to lose their gloss or color, or both. You will also notice, in cases where it is bad, the concrete substrate will show throw the epoxy or urethane coatings.

 

To sum it up, acrylic sealers and penetrating sealers will repel water and deicing salts. Use a siliconate (a type of reacting penetrating chemical sealer) to repel oil stains. Some things to be aware of when choosing what type of sealer to use: 1, acrylic-resin sealers may be weakened by petroleum distillates, and 2, reacting penetrating sealers are generally weakened by acidic chemicals that etch the concrete. Opt for an epoxy or urethane system if you want protection against these substances. For penetrating sealers, watch for the concrete either absorbing water or beading; for acrylic sealers, watch for wear and tear, such as scratches and peeling; for epoxies and urethanes, watch for the glossy finish losing its shine or areas that are worn down and showing the concrete substrate.

 

 

A Concrete Bridge Coating – Durable and Aesthetically Pleasing!

What is a Concrete Bridge Coating Anyway?

concrete bridge coating

Bridge {After}

This is a great question! Why would you want to repair your spalling and cracked bridge vs. replace it? A concrete bridge coating might be just right for your project. Certain bridges need replaced, which you can tell if you see rust near rebar or crumbling to the point of seeing the mesh or rebar underneath. However, some bridges, have more aesthetic issues, like spalling and cracks that can be addressed with our sandbroadcast deck system. Concrete bridge coatings use our tried and true parking deck system with a sandbroadcast.

How we do it:

  1. Repair the concrete and prep it (wash the concrete, and in some cases, grind the concrete; patch the spalling areas and seal the cracks)
  2. Wash the surface again and apply our industrial strength coating system in a few steps
  3. Broadcast our locally sourced quartz or quartz color of your choice

 

We, first, repair the concrete and prep it for the sandbroadcast, which can include washing the concrete, grinding in some cases, patching the spalling areas and sealing the cracks. Second, we wash the surface again and apply our industrial coating system in a few steps. We won’t get into the nitty gritty here, but feel free to ask us questions at our consultation. Mainly, we layer heavy duty, durable epoxies on the smooth, prepped concrete, and then we broadcast in our locally sourced quartz to make the finished product durable and prolong the life of the concrete for years to come. This saves you from having to replace it, which usually will cost you at least 2-4 times as much replacing the bridge vs. repairing it.

 

A Boulder Homeowner’s Choice to Repair His Bridge

Recently we applied our sandbroadcast deck system to a Boulder homeowner’s beautiful bridge. The homeowner and his family were great to work with, as it took about a week to complete and it was one of their entrances to their industrial and modern home in a most lush, beautiful setting on the outskirts of Boulder. The homeowner in this case, chose our sandbroadcast system vs. replacing his bridge because his bridge was only spalling and starting to crack (see before picture below) and it was to the point where it could be saved with our system. If he were to have replaced it, it would have cost him more money. We charged him $10/square foot to apply our whole system, giving him 5 to 10 more years at least of good use. He was very pleased with the final result. It was a little sticky a few days after the sandbroadcast was complete because of the cool weather temperatures when we were in the process of applying the system, which is to be expected, especially in the month of October for concrete coatings, such as the sandbroadcast deck system we used for his bridge.

 

The bridge looks beautiful now and it is durable as can be! The concrete bridge coating was ideal for this family’s situation. The family can drive and walk over the bridge with confidence, knowing that even the Colorado weather will have a hard time ruining this fine finish. Call us today at 720-258-6571 to discuss your project needs! A concrete bridge coating may be just the right fit for your bridge!

 

Read More Below for Why Our Pool Deck Sandbroadcast System is Also Great for Bridges!

At around $10/square foot, maybe less if you have more square footage, you can opt for a concrete bridge repair using our durable and industrial grade sandbroadcast system, the same one we use for pool decks.

Replace It or Repair It?

Why would you want to repair your spalling and cracked bridge vs. replace it? A concrete bridge coating might be just right for your project. Certain bridges need replaced, which you can tell if you see rust near rebar or crumbling to the point of seeing the mesh or rebar underneath. However, some bridges, have more aesthetic issues, like spalling and cracks that can be addressed with our sandbroadcast deck system. Concrete bridge coatings use our tried and true parking deck system with a sandbroadcast.

 

concrete bridge coating

Bridge {Before}

 

concrete bridge coating

Bridge {After}

 

concrete bridge coating

Bridge {After}

Larkspur, CO Stamped Concrete Reseal

Stamped Concrete Reseal. Is it right for you?

Earlier this week, we restored a Larkspur home’s stamped concrete front entrance and back patio by doing a stamped concrete reseal. In this situation, the stamped concrete needed to be recolored and resealed; it had been left in the Colorado weather conditions to fade away. When we arrived for our estimate, we found that it had lost its color and its sheen, which is common for stamped concrete when it is not sealed every one to two years. This decorative concrete is a beautiful option, but it must be protected. That’s where your Colorado Concrete Repair stamped concrete sealing experts come in!

This project in total only took us 3/4 of a day from beginning to end. We washed the concrete, stained it where needed, and resealed it. As you can see from our video footage, the before and after pictures, show you it all.

The benefits of choosing a professional to reseal your stamped concrete are as follows:

  • Colorado Concrete Repair professionally washes the stamped concrete with a pressure washer. Often times, we find that when home owners try to power wash their own concrete, it can become damaged in the process.
  • Colorado Concrete Repair creates a cohesive, clean look, leaving no lines when power washing. We’ve seen power washing that has left lines on the stamped concrete if done improperly.
  • We’ll apply high quality acrylic sealer evenly. If not applied correctly, sealer can be applied too thick, and thus creating a look that is not desirable. Colorado Concrete Repair will restore your stamped concrete with our expertise, attention to detail, and quality craftsmanship.

We are happy to set our clients up for success with an annual stamped concrete sealing maintenance plan. This is beneficial for our clients, as it sets them up for success when maintaining their investment. We’ll follow up with our clients who are on the annual plan each year, usually during the summer months, to set up a time for us to come out and seal their stamped concrete.

Our pricing for stamped concrete restoration is $1,000 and can go upwards from there, depending on the current condition of the stamped concrete and the amount of square footage that needs restoring. We are here to make your stamped concrete maintenance care free.

 

Call us today at 720-258-6571 if you think a stamped concrete reseal would be a good option for your concrete!

Industrial Epoxy Floors for Warehouses

Is your warehouse in need of an industrial strength concrete coating? Have you thought of epoxy flooring as option?

Industrial Epoxy Floors

Colorado Concrete Repair can help you have a durable, industrial strength concrete floor for all your manufacturing needs, including heavy equipment and vehicular traffic. Businesses are choosing industrial epoxy floors to fulfill their needs to:

  • Protect their concrete floor
  • Help with slip-resistance
  • Be aesthetically pleasing to the eye
    • Make the room brighter
  • Be a durable surface that can withstand the work of machinery, oily and greasy products or product residue
  • Be low maintenance

Concrete flooring on its own is not waterproof, shows cracking and imperfections, and can be uneven in areas, preventing vehicular traffic and movement of large objects, difficult to move. Our epoxy floor systems, give you a floor that will last and a floor that will hide imperfections of the concrete below, as well as smooth it out, so that your traffic can easily ride on the surface and therefore make your day-to-day tasks more efficient.

You will also have an array of color options from which to choose. The most popular one we’ve seen with clients is gray, as you’ll see in the pictures below. This color is bright, yet does not show scuff marks and dirt as much as white, for instance.

This type of flooring is best when treated properly and maintained. We’ll help guide you to a good maintenance plan, as well as leave you worry-free for how you can move forward with taking care of it. You’ll still want to clean it as you would any flooring and you want to clean it with the right products and equipment and tools. We’ll get you going from the beginning stages of our relationship through the ending stages of the project.

Industrial Epoxy Floor Pictures

Epoxy floors are an excellent option for warehouses, where you manufacture tools and other items. Here are some pictures we took of an epoxy gray industrial coating we applied for a warehouse manufacturing facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We used an oil primer to help this coating stick to the prepped and cleaned concrete surface in this project.

 industrial epoxy floors  industrial epoxy floors

 

Contact us at 720-258-6571 to discuss your project needs and to schedule a free estimate!

Littleton Concrete Flooring

Colorado Concrete Repair enjoys working with clients in the Denver Metro area, and recently we were able to work with Littleton concrete flooring at Reinke Brothers, a downtown Littleton Halloween and costume superstore!

Littleton concrete flooring is fun to work with because you can do several different finishes to the old concrete to fit with your desired overall look. Reinke Brothers wanted a different kind of floor, so they removed the tile and then asked us to stain the concrete because their concrete had tile lines. We were delighted to help them out! This week we wrapped up our stained concrete flooring project at their Halloween and costume superstore and are looking forward to seeing their store after the redevelopment. Reinke Brothers chose a orange-tinted stained concrete floor to accentuate the amazing costumes and props they showcase daily, as well as be a good canvas for their artist to paint a big hole, so it gives the illusion you are stepping into a hole. If you haven’t checked out their store, we’d highly recommend it! One of the Reinke brothers, Rick, collects really cool pieces from movie sets that will make you ooooh and awwww when you see them.

Littleton concrete flooring

Stained concrete floors are a good option if you’re looking to keep the existing concrete after tile has been removed. VCT tile often times leaves visible lines due to the nature of the concrete and moisture working together in those spots. Since this is hard to remove, even with a good polished concrete system, some clients choose stained concrete because we’re able to put down a cementitious overlay and then stain the floor to hide the lines.

 

When deciding on which kind of concrete flooring you want in your residence or place of business, consider the benefits of working with existing concrete for your flooring needs. Here are some benefits to choosing concrete flooring:

  • Sustainability: by choosing to work with the existing concrete floor, you forego consuming more material, like wood or carpet to cover the concrete.
  • Versatility: you can choose from an array of colors to give you that desired look.
  • Lower maintenance: stained or polished concrete only needs a weekly soapy mopping to keep it clean.
  • Economical: stained or polished concrete is usually around $4-8 per square foot, which is usually less expensive than other flooring options. Plus you won’t have to mess with having to replace it later on down the road.

 

Depending on how old the concrete is, it can have a lot of character, including cracks and variations in the color and texture. Colorado Concrete Repair can help you choose the option that works best for you when it comes to what type of concrete flooring you want. We specialize in polished concrete and would recommend this if you want to enhance the look of your existing concrete floor. This process leaves your concrete with it’s original character but then adds a sheen to it that will last for years. You can also choose the grind and seal option, which is similar to polished concrete, except we don’t grind as many layers. You can choose concrete overlays, which come in many different colors and textures to fit your specific needs.

 

Call us today at 720-258-6571 to discuss your concrete flooring options! Or fill out our form and we’ll contact you back.

 

 

 

Sealing Stamped Concrete

Sealing Stamped Concrete – Your Stamped Concrete Reseal Experts

Colorado Concrete Repair specializes in sealing stamped concrete. Just as a car needs maintenance, like oil changes, so does your stamped concrete need sealing. That’s where we come in! When you call us, we will set you up with an appointment to seal or reseal your stamped concrete. This same process can also be applied to any concrete slab you want to maintain.

Why is Sealing Stamped Concrete Important?

Sealing stamped concrete is important because it provides protection from wear and tear of the weather elements, mobile and foot traction, and general exposure to water and moisture. We used our favorite, a acrylic sealer on a recent residential stamped concrete sealing project in the Denver metro area. The home owner was concerned that her beautiful concrete was going to deteriorate because it was outdoors; she could even already see some crumbling here and there and wanted to get it sealed right away. She came to us for help and we were able to wash the area and then apply our penetrating sealer on the surface. She has been happy ever since – her backyard is now ready for entertaining guests with bird fountain and stamped concrete surrounding the lush landscaping, now protected.

Sealing Stamped Concrete

What kind of stamped concrete or concrete do you have that needs sealed? We would be glad to wash and seal your concrete. It only takes us a half day to seal your concrete, so call us today to set up an appointment to protect your concrete! You’ll be happy with how much cleaner your concrete will be after we wash and seal it! Call us today at 720-258-6571!

Sealing concrete is an important thing to consider when maintaining your home or your business property. Simply keeping a reseal regimen will help extend the life of your concrete. You will not need to replace it as fast as you would if it were not sealed. We look forward to talking with you about your project!