When they hear the word “concrete,” many people picture a dull expanse of gray, lifeless material that belongs in a dark, damp basement. In reality, concrete is one of the most versatile and customizable building materials on the market. If you are thinking about upgrading to concrete flooring for your New York home or business, take the time to learn the answers to some frequently asked questions so you know what you are getting into.
- What Is Polished Concrete?
The process for installing polished concrete floors involves pouring a new layer of concrete over the existing surface and grinding it with progressively finer grits to create a smooth and uniform surface. The surface is then finished with a penetrating sealer that protects the surface and adds a customizable degree of sheen as well as your choice of color.
- What Is a Decorative Concrete Overlay?
A decorative concrete overlay can turn a boring slab of concrete into a work of art through the use of stamps, stains, dyes, and hand-carving methods. A concrete overlay can be customized to look like stone, brick, or tile, and it can be combined with aggregates to add slip resistance. You can also use stencils to add borders, patterns, and decorative accents.
- Can Concrete Be Colored?
Yes! Concrete can be colored using a variety of methods, including stains, dyes, colored epoxy, paint chips, and more. Concrete stains create a mottled appearance, like natural stone, while concrete dyes can be used for vibrant colors.
- Can I Install Concrete Flooring Myself?
While it is true that concrete flooring is less of a hassle to install than many premium materials, you should still hire a licensed concrete contractor to do the work. A licensed contractor will not only be able to tell you which product is right for your project, but will also know how to clean and prepare the surface to ensure an even application.
If you want to learn more about concrete flooring in New York, give Specialty Concrete Services a call. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians are ready and waiting to answer your questions.