When it comes to stylizing the floors of your home or business, there are many options to choose from. Hard floors have been the trend for a while, with their timeless look, ease of cleaning, and general durability.
And when it comes to hard flooring, it’s hard to beat the versatility of decorative concrete.
Stained, stamped, and textured concrete offers beautiful, unique finishes at an affordable price. While some may be tempted to increase their savings further by doing the work themselves, we wouldn’t recommend it.
Staining or coating your concrete might look as simple as painting a wall but looks can be deceiving.
The Right Tools for the Job
In any sort of concrete flooring project, there are some specific tools you’ll need that most don’t normally have on hand. Before you apply any chemicals, you’ll need cleaning materials. If your floor is uneven or needs some repair, you’ll need a concrete sander, a concrete trowel, and some patching material too.
Depending on the type of flooring you’re applying, you may need a sprayer to apply some of the chemicals. You’ll also need acid-resistant brushes, rollers, mops, pans, and more. If you’re planning on creating a stamped texture or pattern, you’ll need stamping tools, knee pads, etc.
All of this is a lot to procure for one job, and it’ll end up costing you a lot of that money you’re saving.
There’s a Lot That Can Go Wrong
The chemicals used in staining and sealing concrete are strong, yet delicate. Applying them incorrectly will result in discoloration, uneven appearance, notable streaks or brush strokes, a hazy finish, and a general lackluster product. Poorly applied sealant or coating can chip and peal almost immediately.
It’s Hard to Fix
Concrete coating materials are designed to be tough and long lasting. That means if you make a mistake when applying them, it’s very difficult to undo. Most likely, you’ll need to bring in a professional to help correct your mistakes.
Or you could save yourself a lot of time and effort and call a professional the first time around. A quality contractor will leave you with a finished product that looks better and lasts longer. For experienced general flooring contractors in Ohio, contact the team at Select Flooring today!