The great benefit that Lance and I have discovered since we embarked on becoming outdoor concrete flooring contractors would definitely be the challenges that some project brings to the table. Of course as a contractor you have projects that vary in difficulty every month and it is up to you to step up to the challenge and complete them within your skill set or simply walk away to let another contractor handle. Not every job is for our taking – and we will let you know that with providing our best recommendation. This project in particular, was more challenging then the normal coating process due to the need for maintaining cleanliness, work space, and a high-profile client base.
One of the first challenges was to remove the existing coating. The existing coating was made up of 2 layers: epoxy and polyurethane. This existing coating would be a viable option for an interior floor, but not such more for an exterior environment. As you can see by the before pictures, this coating was beginning to become brittle and started flaking up. The reason being is that neither of these coatings are UV stable, meaning that they deteriorate from the sun’s ultra-violent rays. Additionally, moisture was coming up through the balcony to add to further deterioration. This existing coating was installed just 1.5 years ago.
With that said, the HoA wanted a coating that would resist flaking in which our concrete floor options are breathable systems allowing moisture to pass through. Also, the sealer needs to be maintained every couple of years to preserve concrete and color.
After removal of the existing coating and cleaning up the work area, it was time to install our decorative Venetian Stone outdoor concrete flooring. Our client wanted the color to be similar to that of existing tile flooring in his sunroom. With that said, we planned to use about 2/3 off-white and 1/3 light tan. Additionally, we chose this color scheme to help hide the dirt and grime build up from the rain and snow.
Our Venetian Stone outdoor concrete flooring option is a newer coating for us here at Premier. This troweled out concrete coating provides a smoother surface, but still with troweled texture. As you can see in some of the finished pictures with the sunlight, there is a rough texture allowing for slip-resistance. A lot of people ask if this coating, or any of our others, are slippery. Our coatings are definitely slip-resistant in nature, but ANY FLOORING is SLIPPERY WHEN WET!
Lastly, we sealed up this balcony flooring with an Acrylic Sealer that needs to be re-applied every other year. This maintenance sealer will protect the concrete from detoriating and preserve its color.
If you are interested in learning more about our Venetian Stone concrete overlay, please contact us either by phone or e-mail. We will consult with you one-on-one to find the needs of your flooring and provide you with the most appropriate solution!