Decorative concrete floors (acid stain, stamped, polished & overlays) are considered low maintenance, NOT NO maintenance floors. But you do not have to worry, just follow this guide and with a little maintenance your floors will remain as beautiful as they are right now.
PHASE 1 | PREP
Sweep to remove debris
TIME = ½ Day
PHASE 2 | GRINDING/POLISHING
Grind beginning at the correct grit to achieve the desired aggregate exposure.
Grind progressively to finer grits to achieve the sheen desired.
Grind/polish edges of walls to blend with main floor areas.
Apply dye color if desired.
Apply densifier between metal and resin-based diamonds.
Apply polish guard to the final polish.
Burnish with a high speed burnisher to complete the project.
TIME = Varies due to aggregate exposure, if color is required, sheen level, and amount of square footage. For a more accurate time frame it is best to do a pre-project meeting.
When polishing, as much permanent lighting should be available as possible. It is hard to polish concrete in inferior lighting conditions and have it acceptable when the lights arrive.
When we polish, we will need to be the ONLY contractors in the polish area during our scheduled time slot.
Stamped Concrete (New Pour)
PHASE 1 | BASE COLOR & STAMP
By the first day of the project, Stain & Stamp should have either met with the client or builder to determine stamp pattern and coloring options.
Stain & Stamp will provide the base (integral) color, stamps, top (release) color, and sealer.
We will meet with concrete contractor on site to be sure we add the color to the truck at the right time for the project.
Concrete contractors will pour, screed, float, edge and mop the concrete before leaving the project to us.
We will apply chosen stamp to surface in the exact time window to be sure maximum texture.
TIME = 1 day
PHASE 2 | ANTIQUE & SEAL
Clean out and touch up texture lines. (If applicable)
Pressure wash surface to clean
Tape off finished home, walls, rock, etc.
Spray on determined release color and allow to dry
Spray on first coat of sealer
Roll on second and possible third coat.
TIME= 1-2 days
Garage Floor Epoxy
PHASE 1 | PREP & BASE COAT
Grind surface using a concrete grinding machine to open pores of the concrete.
Clean surface after grinding to ensure maximum bonding
Tape off paint and trim to protect from epoxy
Roll down epoxy base coat and broadcast color chips into epoxy
TIME = 1 to 2 day(s)
PHASE 2 | REMOVE EXCESS FLAKES & SEAL
Scrape off and sweep out excess flakes
Roll down epoxy sealer
TIME = 1 day
Epoxy products take 3-5 days to arrive after being ordered so picking a color ahead of time and scheduling need to be well organized to meet deadlines. Product CANNOT be shipped overnight or priority due to hazardous materials.
Concrete Hardwood | Stained Concrete
This document is a quick view of the process Stain & Stamp follows on a stained a scored new construction home. If the project is Concrete Hardwood, we will also follow this process and at the bottom there will be an additional schedulable process.
PHASE 1 | SCORING WITHOUT BORDERS
This is scheduled for the first day after a slab is poured. We will need pattern selected by this point.
If certain rooms are not being scored, the FRAMER must pop out the lines to those rooms according to the plan. Stain & Stamp is not responsible for inaccurate room layout.
TIME = 1 day.
PHASE 2 | STAIN/SEAL/COVER
This is scheduled after a floor is dried in, after utility rough ins but BEFORE insulation and drywall.
If it is a Concrete Hardwood project, the small joint lines will be scored during this phase as well.
Project should have water and power or communicated to us otherwise.
Floor should be free of trash and debris.
Color selection needs to have been made prior to our arrival. In addition on site sample needs to be approved and signed off on.
TIME = 3-4 days without interruption.
PHASE 3 | CLEAN/SEAL
This is scheduled directly after the cleaning crew. We like to be the last contractor in if possible.
If it is Concrete Hardwood, this is when we will apply the streaking or grain look to the floor.
TIME = 1 Day for regular stained concrete. 2 Days to finish Concrete Hardwood.
PHASE 4 | WAX
On Concrete Hardwood projects, the homeowner/builder need to walk the project once the graining look has been completed. If any touch-ups or color attention is needed it should be marked with BLUE PAINTERS TAPE ONLY. This should be marked no more than 24 hours before we are scheduled to come back to do the service call and wax.
ONCE WAX IS APPLIED, COLOR ADDITION OR TOUCH UP BECOMES VERY DIFFICULT AND COSTLY.
TIME = ½ to 1 day