By Tia Mccarty. Concrete Tools. Published at Friday, March 30th, 2018 - 00:00:52 AM.
Decorative concrete made from ready mix concrete consists of sand, gravel, Portland cement, water and other additives. For stained concrete, caustic materials such as metallic salts, diluted hydrochloric acid, dyes and hydrated lime are used to produce gorgeous colors, but this also requires the use of these dangerous chemicals, meaning that it is always safest and best to allow professional contractors of concrete to handle these types of jobs around the home. They are trained in their appropriate use, and can achieve reliable results in the safest manner possible. Stamped concrete uses specialty molds and other techniques to create concrete surfaces that resemble flagstone, cobblestone, brick and even hardwood floors. Many patterns are available, so you have a broad range of choices when it comes to ready mix concrete flooring for your patio, walkways or driveway.
If you insist on a paint or \"concrete stain\" be prepared to have to redo your floor every two to three years. If you dont mind having to do this or your budget is limited please take the recommended prep to heart as this will increase your chances of longevity of your floor by a factor of at least 50%. When deciding on products for your floor try to find paint that is higher in solids than others. This will give you a better chance of receiving a good product. Behr, Duron and Olympic are good choices for this type of product.
However dont believe that this is your lone alternative in decorative concrete. You could also decide to shine your cement with grinders that contain grits and diamond pads. Most concrete floor will tolerate a grit of 800. At least one technique is to add Sodium Silicate or Lithium Silicate to the cement while it solidifies which will boost the capability to add gloss and grit with the polished off cement. Immediately following numerous stages with the grinders you should have a glassy and smooth finish to the cement. Dye coloring might be added throughout the polishing stage which will make for a very decorative cement finish.
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