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Pool Deck Coating Options

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Review of Pool Deck Coating Options

 

There are many different options from which to choose when it comes to repairing your pool deck, and pool deck coatings are often a cost-effective solution, especially in comparison to replacing the concrete. Pool deck coatings come in all shapes and sizes, from cheap paint-on coatings to brilliant, designer, durable coatings. We’ll explain what to look for when deciding which system is best for your project by reviewing each of the following systems: Pebble Technology, Paint, Cement-based Coatings, Vinyl Chip, and Sandbroadcast.

 

Replace Your Pool Deck or Install a Coating?

 

First, when do you know when it’s time to replace your concrete vs. install a coating? Many people tell us that their pool is probably chipping, cracking, heaving, or spalling way too much for a coating. Sometimes this is true, however, often we can install our coating system after we repair and prep the surface. This often involves: cleaning the surface, filling cracks, patching spalled surfaces, grinding the surface, and washing again to ensure the coating adheres. We can handle multiple repair issues, but sometimes it might be best to replace the concrete. We’ll give you the best recommendation, even if that means not installing a coating. An example of when the concrete should be replaced is when it is a small area, such as less than 2,000 square feet; in that case, the cost per square foot just becomes too high for the coating. Another example would be if the concrete is crumbling and there are chunks of concrete missing from the surface. This would not be an optimal surface to hold a coating, and thus should be replaced.

 

Now that you have an idea of whether you should replace your concrete or install a coating, which should prolong the life of your concrete, considering you choose a quality system and a team of experienced professionals to install it, we will discuss each system, starting with Pebble Technology, also known as Pebble Tec.

 

Overview of Pool Deck Coating Options:

 

Pebble Technology:

This is an aggregate pool finish that offers different textures and colors to create a natural environment, using small to large pebbles from around the world.

 

Pros:

  • Nature-inspired appearance
  • Slip-resistant
  • Cooler than some other coating options, like paint

 

Cons:

  • Difficult to repair
  • Tends to delaminate and peel
  • Installers not in every state, like Colorado
  • High cost
  • Traps dirt, therefore harboring bacteria

 

Concrete Paint:

Concrete paint is exactly what it sounds like; it is a paint designed for concrete pool decks. It is like painting a wall in your house, except you paint a thin layer onto the concrete, then often seal it and apply a texture for slip-resistance.

 

Pros:

  • Less expensive upfront
  • Large range of color options

 

Cons:

  • Tends to chip and peel
  • Can be slippery if texture is not added
  • Highlights flaws in the concrete
  • Looks like paint

 

Cement-based Coatings:

A cement-based coating is a polymer modified cement that is installed onto the concrete surface at about ¼ inch thick.

 

Pros:

  • Customizable look
  • Good texture when not sealed
  • Decorative appearance
  • Can hide flaws
  • Some are UV-resistant

 

Cons:

  • Usually requires a high gloss sealer, which can be slippery
  • Tends to chip, peel, and crack
  • Needs sealer applied often

 

Vinyl Chip:

Decorative vinyl chips systems, or flake systems, are resin-based chip/flake flooring systems with paint aggregates that is either applied to a pool deck with a hand broadcast or by a hopper-blower gun.

 

Pros:

  • Customizable: comes in many colors and sizes
  • Hides sub-surface imperfections
  • Colorfast, UV-stable pigments

 

Cons:

  • Can be slippery
  • Can blister

 

Sand Broadcast:

This is our unique pool deck resurfacing system that we created with years of knowledge and experience in the concrete coatings and repair industry. It takes the strength of a parking deck coating with a resin-based base layer and blends it with local quartz that is thrown by hand evenly over the surface for a natural finish.

 

Pros:

  • Slip-resistant
  • Decorative, but natural appearance
  • Cost-effective
  • Durable
  • Hides sub-surface imperfections
  • UV-resistant and chemical-resistant
  • Crack-resistant
  • Easy to maintain
  • Optional sealer

Cons:

  • More expensive upfront investment than other options

 

In summary, there are several different options you have in comparison to replacing your pool deck. By looking carefully at each of the options listed in this blog, hopefully you have a better idea on where to spend your money: repairing or replacing, and which system to use that will best fit your needs. There are benefits to each kind of system, but when deciding which pool deck coating system, keep in mind the long-term investment decision. For a better system, like the sand broadcast pool deck system, it might cost more upfront, but it will be worth it in the long run, prolonging the life of your pool deck and making it look beautiful with a flexible, high technology sandy coating that looks like you’re on the beach. Contact us to save your pool deck today at 720-258-6571!

 

 

 

Industrial Flooring Options

What are your options when choosing an industrial flooring finish?

Industrial Flooring Options

Whether you own or manage a manufacturing warehouse, brewery, food facility, fire station, furniture store, retail store, veterinary facility, or even a pole barn, you want tough floors that will outlast the wear and tear of the daily grind. We’ll explore the various industrial flooring options with you in this article, and hopefully we’ll leave you with more knowledge to decide which flooring application is best for your situation.

 

There are many flooring options to consider, but which one is the best for your business or project needs? Let’s take a look!

Epoxy Floors

Epoxy floors, also known as epoxy coatings, are typically more expensive than overlays, however they are seamless and extremely abrasion resistant. Epoxy coatings are ideal for projects requiring durability, longevity, and chemical resistance. They require minimal maintenance, which makes them popular flooring applications for show rooms, retail facilities, schools and food preparation areas.

 

Our team at Colorado Concrete Repair specialize in epoxy floors, like epoxy chip floors, metallic epoxy floorsflat epoxies, and sand broadcasts. Our epoxy coatings are generally “microtoppings” or skim coats that are flexible and super thin, usually around featheredge to 1/8 inch. We’ve completed projects that range in size from 800 square feet to 10,000 square feet, such as a large tool manufacturing facility that chose a flat gray epoxy flooring to a fire station that requested an epoxy chip system.

We generally recommend epoxy floors if you want to cover up or hide concrete’s imperfections, like cracks and mild spalling. We choose thinner epoxy systems, so that the coating can flex with the concrete as it moves. Take a look here to view an example of a Tuscan Slate overlay system that our peers in Columbus, Ohio, applied for more information on thicker overlays, which are applied thick enough to accept texture and cover minor imperfections in the concrete substrate.

Concrete Grind and Seal

Concrete grinding is a more affordable option than ripping out and replacing concrete, and in addition it gives you a smooth finish, removes trip hazards, removes coatings from concrete, and prepares the surface for other flooring systems.

We have state-of-the-art concrete grinding and polishing machines and have used them to grind thousands of square feet for clients, who simply wanted a smooth and sealed surface to store and move boxes all the way to clients who wanted to remove trip hazards for foot traffic safety. It is best to choose a concrete grind and seal if you are satisfied with the look of your existing concrete. We will guide you through and help you decide when we do the initial walk-through, but generally you must be okay with seeing cracks, the existing color of the concrete, and areas where it is spalling.

 

Grind the concrete, then Seal it!

Furthermore, once you choose the concrete grind and seal option, you will then choose a sealant. We recommend acrylic sealers for most projects, but you can also choose a penetrating sealer, which chemically reacts with the concrete, or an epoxy-type thicker coating. Acrylic sealants are applied both on interior and exterior surfaces to form a thin, protective film that protects against water and chloride intrusion, as well as allows the moisture in the slab to escape. They are UV-resistant and non-yellowing. They also come in a variety of sheens and can enhance the natural floor.

 

Finally, keep in mind that acrylic sealer is a fast-track option, meaning it dries to the touch within an hour usually. You also will have to reapply more often since it is much thinner than epoxy and urethane finishes. You will also want to maintain the floor with several coats of floor finish or wax to prevent wear.

 

Polished Concrete Floors

Polished concrete is ideal if you want a no-wax, no-coating flooring option with a satin or high-gloss finish. This flooring option has superior durability and high performance. Almost all structurally sound concrete floors, whether new or old, can be polished, with some exceptions. As long as the concrete has been in place 28 days or more, and is not wavy, extensively porous, or needs patching, then polished concrete could be a good option for your industrial flooring needs. If you are having new concrete poured, it is best to specify as smooth of floor as possible to minimize the polishing steps required.

In conclusion, existing floors usually require cleaning to remove the dirt, dust, coatings and grime prior to polishing. Then when we polish the floor, we use the traditional floor polishing system, using different grit diamond heads with our high-performance grinding machines to smooth surface to the sheen you desire, with 800 grit being the most traditional level. During this process, we apply a penetrating hardener to the concrete, which solidifies and densifies the polished concrete.

 

The benefits of a polished concrete floor over a coating make polished concrete the more superior choice in most cases:

  • Lower costs to maintain: Using the pre-existing slab on grade is more cost effective and you will have lower maintenance cost savings
  • Less maintenance and service life: Polished concrete floors are easy to maintain and do not require the laborious hours and time it takes to reapply wax or coatings. They glossy surface resists heavy forklift traffic and chemical and oil stains.
  • More resistance to high foot traffic
  • Resistance to moisture transmission issues: Polished concrete allows the floor to breathe, eliminating issues that come along with other flooring types, like tile.
  • High light reflectivity: Polished concrete creates a brighter space, saving costs on lighting; it also gives a bright, clean, professional image, which is why grocery stores, retail centers, public facilities and office buildings are opting to install polished concrete.
  • Sustainable flooring alternative: Polished concrete does not require hazardous cleaners, coatings or adhesives.

Other Industrial Flooring Options

When you are in the market to repair your concrete floors, you also have options to cover up the floor. In some cases, this is ideal and understandably so, such as if the concrete is not in good enough condition to coat or polish, or if you simply want a different look that coatings and polishings cannot give you. Some of these flooring types are as follows:

  • Laminate
  • VCT
  • Tile
  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Linoleum

 

Hence, when looking at your different options, consider how easy they will be to clean, how long they will last, are they sustainable and how much traffic can they handle? If any of these answers make you wonder if you should find an alternative route, it might be ideal to talk with a flooring contractor who is the expert in concrete flooring solutions.

 

Contact us today for your FREE ESTIMATE at 720-258-6571.

Apartment Complex Pool Deck Coating

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A Pool Deck Coating is a Perfect Option for Multi-family and Home Owner’s Associations!

Last week we finished a pool deck coating at an apartment complex in Westminster, Colorado. In only five days we transformed the 4,000 square foot deck into a beautiful, slip-resistant, and durable pool deck. This kept the property management company from having to rip out and replace the pool deck, which would have been more costly and would have made more of a disturbance in the daily operations.

 

Our crew was excited to do this project! The pool deck needed some patching and minor repairs here and there, and we were up for the task! We had beautiful weather and the on-site team was great to work with. Even the residents stopped by to say hi when they passed by, asking us lots of questions about their new pool deck coating. The pool deck needed repairs, however it was in good enough condition to opt for the pool deck resurface instead of replacing it. Some things to look for when deciding whether to replace the concrete or to resurface it with a brand new coating are:

  • How big are the repairs needed? Are there deep holes that are more structural issues rather than aesthetic and minor unevenness in the concrete? If so, replacing might be better. If there are just minor repairs, consider having us install a pool deck coating.
  • Do you have a time limit or budget you’re trying to meet? Our crew can repair and apply our sandbroadcast pool deck coating system in a matter of days, depending on how big the deck is at around $6-8/square foot, again, depending on the size.
  • Do you want your concrete to last longer without having to replace it? Our sandbroadcast pool deck coatings are durable, flexible, and beautiful. After we prep the concrete thoroughly, which can include washing it with a pressure washer, patching, and even grinding the concrete, we broadcast this quartz into the coating base. This base coating is high technology and is used for parking decks, so it is durable as they come. Here’s this pool deck in the preparation stage of the process:

pool deck coating

 

A Pool Deck Transformed

The residents at 9100 Vance in Westminster can now enjoy the pool when the management company re-opens it. Depending on the temperatures when we applied the system, pool users can use the pool as soon as 24 hours after the application is complete. *Check with us if you have questions about specific timing for your project. The residents will appreciate the new, crisp look, and will appreciate that it is even and slip-resistant.

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Call us today at 720-258-6571 for your new pool deck transformation!

A Concrete Bridge Coating – Durable and Aesthetically Pleasing!

What is a Concrete Bridge Coating Anyway?

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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.

 

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