Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Questions and Answers on Staining Concrete

Staining concrete is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing trends in restoration and repair. It is an intelligent way to make a dull drab concrete floor fashionable, while maintaining durability. It is also a very cost effective alternative to installing tile or travertine.

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers from Stone Medic regarding staining concrete floors:

So why should I use decorative concrete, rather than natural stone or pavers on my project?
The primary reason concrete is chosen over natural stone is durability, cost and maintenance. Properly installed concrete has a design life of 30-50 years. Unlike Natural stone, bricks or pavers, concrete requires very little maintenance. Also, stamped concrete can easily be formed to contoured designs, which, unlike pavers, brick and stone, costs nothing extra.

My existing surface is covered with paint, glue and has many cracks. Can it be cleaned up?
The Stone Medic can remove the glue, paint or whatever is on your floor. We can repair the cracks and apply a new Micro Topping on your floor providing a perfect canvas to stain your floor.

What is decorative concrete overlay?
A decorative concrete overlay is just that; it is a highly durable thin set layer of hybrid polymer concrete that overlays an existing patio, floor, foyer, driveway, or sidewalk. The application of an overlay to existing concrete surfaces opens up an entirely new range of possibilities. Suitable for both interior and exterior areas, overlays can be used for covering up defects in an existing floor or, through the use of stamps and staining, a simulated rock surface can be molded directly into the overlay surface, creating a visually appealing effect.
How durable is a decorative concrete overlay?
Generally speaking it has twice the strength of concrete. A concrete mixture designed to yield 3,000 psi (pounds per square inch) will yield over 6,000 psi if modified by an acrylic polymer additive.  

What is Stamped Concrete
Stamped Concrete is a low maintenance, cost effective alternative to brick pavers or natural stone. Stamped concrete is concrete that is patterned to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile and even wood. Stamped Concrete can be used to beautify pool decks, driveways, entries and courtyards, and patios.

What is scoring?
Scoring is the process of cutting a small groove on the surface of the concrete to create a desired pattern such as squares or diamonds. Normally these patterns are no smaller than 24” x 24” and require a minimum of an 8” border around the room to be scored. Scoring can beautifully accentuate a room by drawing the eye from one pattern to the other and is less expensive than stamped concrete.

What about cracks?
We can fill and close cracks in the concrete; however we cannot guarantee that they won’t return. Cracks in concrete are a given. Normally cracks should be limited to hairline cracking with minimal separation as all structural concrete is reinforced internally. Cracks do not necessarily detract from the appearance of the floor, we often incorporate them in our overlay designs by running grout lines over them and they add “personality” to the floor when we do staining. 

For additional questions you may have, please contact Stone Medic. We GUARANTEE our work and provide free estimates. We are a locally owned and operated company in the Tampa Bay area. Please visit our Facebook page and website to view before and after pictures.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Revitalize Your Garage with Stained Concrete

For too many years grey, ugly and drab concrete floors have been the norm in garages across America. Many people may wonder why they should bother caring about a room that is barely used, or takes a beating from being the primary work space. The answer boils down to one word: character.

Concrete Floor Stained using Multi-Colors with Design
Concrete staining does more than simply add color. Rather than produce a solid, opaque effect like paint or colored coatings, stains permeate the concrete to infuse it with rich, deep, translucent tones.  For a fraction of the cost of placing tile or stone on concrete floor, you can attain the same affect by staining it. 

Professionally staining your floor will give your garage character and appeal while still maintaining the durability that concrete supplies. By transforming your garage floor you can expand your living environment. Your garage will now have options. It can become a room, an impressive looking work space, or that long-awaited weekend "man-cave" to hang out in, or watch the game with friends.

Also keep in mind, scoring and grout can also be applied to give your concrete floor designs or make it appear as a tiled or stone surface. A garage isn't the only place to give concrete a facelift. Driveways and patios will also look beautiful and keep their durability.

Stained Concrete Driveway With Scoring
Stone Medic specializes in this growing and unique trend. No two concrete floors, walls, or countertops will look alike due to factors such as the composition and age of the concrete, surface porosity, texture, and environmental conditions. Several stain manufacturers use adjectives such as "antiqued," "variegated," or "mottled" to describe the distinctive look.  It's this variability, rather than uniformity, that gives stained concrete its broad appeal and permits an infinite array of special effects. Please visit our website for additional pictures at