This is the initial installation process for all decorative and stamped concrete surfaces, indoors and outdoors, regardless of finished texture or design.
Each floor is different. The designs and colors are made on-site and are project specific, creating a completely custom, one-of-a-kind decorative/stamped concrete floor.
Using Elite Crete Systems Micro-Finish and a steel concrete trowel, we apply 2 to 3 very thin coatings to the floor, sanding between coats, and polish the final coating. The coloring process for this floor is either:
The finished product is a very smooth floor with rustic variations in color and a lot of "depth" in appearance. The Micro Finish floor is a very close representation to polished concrete.
Self Leveling Concrete is a polymer-modified cement that has high flow characteristics. It is typically used to create a flat and smooth surface with a compressive strength similar to or higher than traditional concrete. Self Leveling Concrete has increased in popularity as the preparation requirements for floor coverings has increased, with vinyl floors becoming thinner and tiles becoming larger, for example.
There are two main types of Self Leveling Concrete floors:
Underlayment is a Self Leveling Concrete which is installed over an existing subfloor to smooth the surface and correct any surface irregularities prior to the installation of all types of flooring. Many newer engineered floor coverings require a very flat and smooth floor in order to perform as promised. More often than not, a concrete or plywood subfloor will require some amount of repair prior to installation of your new floor. Many times, a concrete subfloor will have flatness imperfections due to a variety of reasons. Whatever the case may be, self leveling your subfloor prior to installing your new floor is the most promising method of obtaining the proper substrate on which to install your new floor.
Topping performs similarly to Underlayment in that it is installed over an existing subfloor to smooth the surface and correct any surface irregularities. The difference is that Topping is actually your finished floor. When a Self Leveling Concrete Topping is installed, there is no need for a floor covering, as the product itself is engineered to be your "wear surface". Typical applications for Self Leveling Concrete Topping include warehouse floors, light industrial applications, retail stores and institutional facilities. Self Leveling Concrete Topping can receive a pigmented color dye, stains, saw cuts, or mechanical polishing to produce a decorative concrete finish.
We service existing stamped concrete in the Bucks County and surrounding PA areas. Typically when a customer has stamped concrete installed, whether it's a pool deck, patio, driveway, walkway, etc. they don't maintain it after it's been installed. It is inevitable that the concrete will dull and fade, and often will lose some or most of its original color. With newer stamped concrete, we help to prevent this from happening by pressure washing the concrete (to deep clean the surface) and applying one to two coats of Elite Crete Systems CSS Acrylic Concrete Sealer.
With older stamped concrete that has already faded and lost some or most of its color, we are able to rejuvenate the concrete and are often able to apply a more custom color by using our Antique Stain Base and a number of different color pigments. Sometimes we can even change the overall color completely (i.e. original color is beige and brown, and we stain it grey). We recommend performing this service every two to three years to ensure that your Bucks County PA area stamped concrete always appears as vibrant and beautiful as the day it was originally installed.