Our Epoxy/Flake system is a 2 day process and requires 3 days to fully cure after sealing. On the first day of our process we diamond grind the garage in order to open up the concrete and make it porous, we then clean the garage and remove dust, after this we will patch any holes/cracks if necessary and allow them to cure, once the garage is fully prepped we will roll down the epoxy and throw on the flake by hand. After completing this we will come back the next day and seal the garage with our 2 component sealer.
For our Epoxy/Flake system we offer 2 options, a heavy random broadcast which is our most popular and a full broadcast, for the heavy random broadcast we leave a small amount of the base coat of epoxy showing rather than completely covering the floor in the vinyl flake as we would do in the full broadcast option.
Our epoxy/flake system is one of the most durable and best looking garage floor coatings, we use a high solid 2 component epoxy that is resistant to most chemicals. and hot tire pickup.
Polished concrete is becoming a popular flooring option in the Austin and surrounding areas, this is because it is the most durable flooring option, requires the least amount of maintenance, and in addition to being a high quality floor when polished correctly, it is 100% sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Our most popular polished concrete option is a Cream Polish, we start with a diamond that is just aggressive enough to cut and open up the surface while leaving the cream finish intact, then we work our way up to an 800/1800 diamond, depending on the desired level of shine. After grinding to the desired grit we apply a coat of sealer and burnish it to increase the shine and lock in the sealer.
Stain & Polish
Another option that we offer is a Stain & Polish, it is much more durable than the traditional concrete stain. The durability comes from refining the concrete with a pigmented hardener. This allows the actual concrete to be the wear surface, rather than having a comparably weak topcoat of sealer as the wear surface. One more beneficial attribute of our Stain & Polish is the cosmetic difference, the traditional Stain & Seal typically has a satin finish while our Stain & Polish looks much more glossy.
Full Aggregate Exposure
This system requires the most aggressive grinding, we start at a 30 grit wet grind to expose the desired amount of aggregate, we use a colloidal silica densifier that reacts with the water within the concrete in order to prevent pitting. After the first round of densifying we continue grinding to a 200 grit and densify between each step, after reaching a 200 grit we use the same system as we would with a typical cream polish.
High Grit Concrete Polish and Densify
Starting with an aggressive, low grit grind large imperfections are removed. A series of progressively gentler passes are made to give it the sought after luster. Through our proprietary system the concrete is densified and large cracks are filled resulting in a beautiful even sheen.
We frequently get calls regarding Saltillo. Most people refer to all clay type tiles as Saltillo. The 2 most popular clay style tiles is the true Saltillo and D’hannis. Saltillo is pillowed and manufactured in Saltillo, Mexico. D’hannis is flat and manufactured in D’hannis, Texas. Both D’hannis and Saltillo floor restoration procedures are generally speaking the same.
Over the years, contractors and home owners have applied many products for top coats. One common misconception is that waxes are a good way to seal the surface. Although waxes are good to use, they don’t seal the tile. Waxes simply provide a sacrificial surface to protect against physical damage and should only be used over the top of a quality sealant to protect the sealant after Saltillo floor restoration is completed. There is also some benefit to re-waxing a sealed Saltillo tile every 1 to 3 years.
The pictures shown here is a Saltillo floor restoration we finished with a quality solvent based top coat mid way through sealing and at the completion of sealing.