This is by far one of the most common questions we get when it comes to our business:
This customer in particular is doing this for a house (slab on grade), and they are wanting to “self-perform” for their concrete floors. They also wanted to know specifics about the difference between treatments, as well as the cost.
Since this is such a broad question and we can apply it to many situations, we wanted to create an entire video and post directed at it.
When pursuing a project like this, you can use 3 different types of applications. Let’s walk through each and go through the pro’s and cons of each approach as well:
1) Solid Color Epoxy
This is a floor coating and is the most difficult of the 3 applications we are going to talk about. You will coat the floor in a solid color coating that is chemical resistant.
There a couple of different reasons why people go this route:
You will use Solid Color Epoxy and coat in a way similar to our how to epoxy a garage floor walkthrough. But we’ll go over the basics of what you need to know below:
You will first need to prep the area, preferably with a Diamond Pad. This is going to give the concrete the texture it needs to allow the epoxy coat to set in the way you want it.
You’ll then need to pour the coating on the floor and backroll it over the area. You will need spiked shoes for this part.
If you aren’t sure of everything you need to get for the full project, we put it together in our U-Epoxy-It System
Again, Epoxy is one of the most complicated systems we have, and you should embark on this with caution and only if you are very confident in your skill set. For more manageable approaches to finishing your floors, keep reading.
2) Stained Concrete
Stained concrete is an incredibly popular type of application. Very elegant look, and you can create various color effects and seal it.
In fact, quite a few artists use our Acid Stain systems to get cool effects done on tables they built.
But of course this isn’t only for artists. As you can see from the picture above, most people use this finish for a kitchen floor, or a basement floor. Offices floors are really popular as well.
The how to on staining is quite a bit easier than Epoxy. We developed a full system called U-Stain-It that includes everything you need to stain your floor.
We also have a great stain prep and walk through videos you can use to learn what you need to do.
3) Polished Concrete
This is probably our favorite system and by far the easiest one we have to offer.
What you are doing with Polishing Concrete is refining the surface using Diamond Tools. You are shaving the surface ad then tightening it with Diamond Pads. Then you polish it.
Polishing is another great way to add color to the surface, while also refining the floor itself. The durability of this system is substantial as well, which is why a lot of retailers are going this route.
This is also one of our most cost effective systems and, like mentioned above, by far the easiest system to implement. If you are confused on all the materials you need to get, you can check out our U-Polish-It System
Leave us a comment below: what system are you going to use on your next project?