Stamped Concrete (พื้นคอนกรีตพิมพ์ลาย)
Stamped concrete increased in popularity in the 1970s when it was first introduced in the World of Concrete. Builders saw it as a new way to satisfy the customer and make their budget work simultaneously. This technique of stamping concrete has been done for the past 50 years. When stamped concrete first began, there were very few choices of design and colors. However, as the industry grew more stamping patterns were being created along with many different types of stains to give us the vibrant colors we have today. Another advantage to using stamped concrete, is that it can be applied to many different surfaces and textures. Such as driveways, highways, patios, decks, and even floors inside the home.
Stamped concrete is concrete that is patterned and/or textured or embossed to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, wood, and various other patterns and textures. Stamped concrete is commonly used for patios, sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, and interior flooring. The ability of stamped concrete to resemble other building materials makes stamped concrete a less expensive alternative to using those other authentic materials such as stone, slate or brick.
There are three procedures used in stamped concrete which separate it from other concrete procedures; the addition of a base color, the addition of an accent color, and stamping a pattern into the concrete. These three procedures provide stamped concrete with a color and shape similar to the natural building material. It also is longer lasting than paved stone, and still resembles the look.
Stamped Concrete Q & A's
Q. What is stamped concrete?
A. Stamped Concrete is regular concrete that is poured to the standard 4 inch depth (or other specified depth), and while still wet, has certain pigments and a chemical hardener worked into its surface, after which special stamping tools are used to impress into the still-wet surface texture and patterns to give concrete the real block or slate look. Once cleaned and dried, the decorative concrete is then sealed.
Q. Will stamped concrete crack?
A. Stamp concrete is just like any other concrete. To minimize any risk of cracking, all stamp concrete contractors must be experienced and knowledgeable concrete installers who adhere to the specifications for (A) sub-base on which the concrete is placed, (B) saw cuts at least 1/3 of the depth concrete placed at least every 15 feet, (C) expansion joints, and (D) fiberglass strands added to the mix which is the state-of-the-art method for reducing crack control. If the customer desires not to have the fiber used, the second best reinforcing material is wire mesh.
Q. Will the color fade?
A. The pigment that is worked into the surface of the concrete is a synthetic metal oxide pigment, the same as is used in bricks, which do not noticeably, fade for many years. All pigments are obtained from international manufacturers who have been leaders in the pigment industry, and whose standards for a uniform product and consistent quality are unquestionable.
Spray on Concrete (พื้นคอนกรีตพ่นลาย)
Spray On Concrete is an environmentally friendly material that is either sprayed or toweled on concrete or masonry surfaces to protect and beautify your home or business. ICD offers our very own multiple finishes and textures in 16 custom colors. Hundreds of other colors are available. (Ask us for more info.) Spray-Crete is stronger than standard concrete and will not be affected by shoveling or snowplows. A Spray-Crete application will last for years and increases the curb appeal and overall property value and is the perfect way to make concrete and masonry surfaces attractive.
Stain, Salt, Crack, Freeze/Thaw Oil, UV and Mildew Resistant
Home Warranty Available
Spray on Concrete Q&A's
Q. What is Spray On Concrete?
A. Spray On Concrete texturing system is a high performance and highly modified
cement product which is applied to old or new concrete and masonry surfaces.
Q. How is it mixed and applied?
A. The Spray On Concrete Bag Mix is mixed with Spray On Concrete Bonding Additive in specific proportions depending on style and texture to be applied. Then with the use of an air compressor and a modified dry wall hopper gun the Spray On Concrete mixture is spray applied to the substrate, the product can also be troweling to the substrate. After the Spray-Crete mixture is dry, the Titan Tough sealer is applied by roller or with an airless sprayer.
Q. How ls the surface prepared?
A. First, if there are cracks, the cracks are repaired by industry accepted methods. Then the surface should be pressure washed and may also need to be acid washed. Next, low spots are filled in by troweling on the Spray-Crete mixture and feathering out to a smooth edge.
Q. How do you achieve different designs?
A. The installer has a wide variety of possibilities to choose from. The texture selections are controlled by several means: Air pressure setting, viscosity of the material, nozzle setting on the hopper gun, the speed in which the hopper gun is moved, or whether creative colorant is added in to the base material.
Q. We know it looks nice but will Spray On Concrete hold up against freezing weather?
A. The Spray On Concrete textured concrete coating system has been especially formulated to handle expansion and contraction conditions which occurs in all parts of the country. For example, in the searing heat of Florida, concrete surface temperatures can reach up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Afternoon thundershowers can reduce the surface temperature by as much as 60 degrees in 5 minutes. Such contractions do not effect the Spray On Concrete system.
Q. Is Spray On Concrete a replacement of concrete?
A. No! Spray On Concrete is not intended to replace concrete as a structural material. It’s intended to be used as a decorative textured coating of concrete. Spray-Crete can be used as a surface coating to fill in low areas of a concrete deck in preparation of the Installation of Spray On Concrete system.
Q. What happens if the Spray On Concrete is applied and then the concrete slab cracks?
A. Spray On Concrete will not hold the slab together, so the crack will show through.
Q. Can Spray On Concrete be repaired?
A. Yes, it is easy to repair, make necessary crack repairs and then re-shoot the surface in a texture pattern. If a tile pattern is installed, grind down the tile, fix the crack, re-shoot or re-trowel the tile design.
Q. Can you give me an example of the time it takes to do a job?
A. As a rule, you can spray apply Spray On Concrete quickly. However, because the intent is to be able to repair old or damaged concrete surfaces. Each case must be looked at individually and planned accordingly.
Q. How long does it take to cure or dry?
A. As with every other cementitious product, twenty-eight (28) days is the suggested cure time. The Titan Tough sealer, which is the final coat in the Spray On Concrete system, is usually dry to the touch after several hours. Of course, changes in the humidity and temperature will affect the drying time.
Q. When can I use the surface?
A. You can walk on Spray On Concrete immediately, the first day. Patio furniture is suggested after 5 days. For driveways, also wait 5 days.
Q. Can Spray On Concrete go on new concrete?
A. New concrete must cure for at least seven (7) days prior to the acid wash and installation.
Q. Can Spray On Concrete go on walls?
A. Absolutely! Spray On Concrete can be sprayed on vertical surfaces such as concrete retaining walls, even drywall or green board.
Epoxy Shield Flooring (พื้นอีพ็อกซี่ ชิลด์)
Flake systems are versatile and durable. Typical applications are to dress up dingy garage floors, warehouses, Laundromats, and high traffic work areas. For extremely durable floors where commercial traffic is heavy (forklifts, etc), we have a blended quartz version, also available in a palette of colors. All of these floors can be easily cleaned with mild detergents and water, are extremely stain resistant, have anti-slip agents added, and are easily recoated, if ever necessary. Custom colors are available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q.Why wouldn’t I just install a store bought epoxy product?
A.A professionally installed epoxy floor by a certified installer will give you a high quality and beautiful floor which will last. The most important part of any concrete surface application is surface preparation. We use top quality planetary and hand-held diamond grinding equipment with an environmentally safe vacuum system to collect hazardous concrete dust and contaminants. We also use only commercial/industrial grade epoxy products which are guaranteed and proven over thousands of square feet of concrete .
Comparing a store bought epoxy vs. a commercial grade; professionally installed floor is like comparing a Pinto to a Cadillac…
Q.I have some small cracks and pits in my floor. What do you do with them?
A.We will repair the cracks and pop outs in your floor before we install the epoxy coating.
Q.What is the warranty?
A.All residential applications have a two year limited warranty against peeling (delamination), staining, and material defects.
Cracks and other repairs which give way due to the shifting of the substrate below are not warranted.
Q.Is the epoxy floor very strong, what can damage it?
A.Yes, an epoxy floor is very strong and durable, but it can still be damaged mechanically or if the substrate (concrete underneath) were to be damaged. For example, if a heavy object like a sledge hammer were to be dropped on it or if you were to drag a heavy table with steel legs across it. An epoxy floor can be scratched just like regular concrete can be scratched. An epoxy floor will be very durable and last for years looking beautiful with reasonable care.
Q.What do I need to do in preparation for your arrival?
A.We need to have everything off the floor before we arrive so we can do the work. It is also helpful if you can locate your electrical panel and help us identify which outlets have at least a 20 amp circuit.
Q.Why might I choose a flake color over a solid color?
A.A major advantage of the flake system is that it does a good job hiding minor imperfections in the concrete. Since each flake color pattern incorporates many colors; you can select one that will go best with your décor and/or siding and window colors.
Q.How do I clean my new epoxy floor?
A.For a light cleaning just use a broom, dust mop, or leaf blower. Simple ammonia water applied with a mop works great for a deeper cleaning.
You’ll want to stay away from soaps because these leave a film, which, when wet, become very slippery.
Q.Won’t the repair work cause a lot of mess around my home or shop?
A.Our process utilizes a dustless grinding system and leaves very little mess.
Q.How much does it cost?
A.Price will vary depending on square meter, amount of crack and concrete repair, and if there is an existing coating to remove. A typical two stall garage will range from ฿ 700.00 to ฿ 850.00.
Q.How long does a typical installation take?
A.Most installations can be completed within 1 to 3 days depending on the coating system used.
Q.How long do I have to wait before I can walk or drive on the surface?
A.Depending on the time of year and temperature, you can normally walk on surface within 24 – 48 hours and drive on surface within 3 to 5 days.
Q.Can this be used outdoors as well as indoors?
a.Yes; outdoor patios, sidewalks, breezeways, porches, and steps.
Q.Is the floor slippery?
A.A flake system floor gives a texture feel to it and is normally no more slippery than regular concrete when wet. If you have a concern about slippage, we can add a slip resistant additive to the topcoats which will make the floor more skid resistant.