Lafayette, La Decorative Concrete Contractor servicing Lafayette, lake Charles, Baton Rouge, Youngsville, and surrounding areas since 2004

What We Do

  • Stained Concrete floors
  • Pool Decks (Cool Crete)
  • Stamped Concrete
  • Custom Designs/Logos
  • Coating removal
  • Concrete Countertops
  • Polished Concrete floors
  • Concrete Restoration
  • Overlays
  • All Aspects of Decorative Concrete
  • Reflector Epoxy floors

Acid Stained concrete floors appeals to many people who want to achieve unique decorative effects for a reasonable cost. For as little as $2.50 per square foot, you can use stains to create an infinite array of colors and special effects on both interior and exterior surfaces. Concrete stain 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. Some stain manufacturers use adjectives such as “antiqued,” “variegated,” or “mottled” to describe the distinctive look. Even when treated with the same staining product in the same shade, no two concrete floors, walls, or countertops will look alike due to factors such as the composition and age of the concrete and surface porosity.The cost of staining will vary considerably depending on the complexity of the stain application, surface prep requirements, the size of the job, the type of sealer used, and your local market. In general, though, a basic one-coat application of stain with sealer and minimal surface prep will run about $2.50 to $4 per square foot. More elaborate stain projects incorporating faux finishing, multiple colors, and designs or borders created by sawcutting, sandblasting, or stenciling can run much higher (about $15 per square foot or more) due to the time and skill level involved.When comparing the cost of stained concrete with alternative flooring materials, such as carpet, tile, or hardwood, don’t forget to factor in longevity and replacement costs. Properly sealed and maintained stained concrete will last for decades and rarely needs replacement. It’s invulnerable to tearing, gouging, mold, or water damage. Even if the stained surface wears after time, it can often be brought back to life with some touchup staining and reapplication of the protective coating.Other factors influencing cost:

  • It is usually much more cost-effective to stain new concrete that has not been sealed or previously covered with another flooring material.
  • Contractors will generally reduce their rates as the total square footage of the job increases.

 

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind flooring or patio finish, look no further. Stains can be used to impart rich color to both new and existing concrete that will last for years. With a variety of stain colors to choose from and options for adding decorative patterns such as saw cuts and stenciling, stains are anything but boring. Use the resources below to discover what’s possible and for even more inspiration check out ourconcrete floor design ideas to see stains being used to create logos, water-inspired floors and more.Your color options will vary depending on whether you are using an acid or water-based stain. With acid stains, your color choices will be limited. Most manufacturers offer only eight hues, mostly subtle earth tones, such as tans, browns, terra cottas, and soft blue-greens. Although the basic color palette is sparse, you can mix two or more stain colors before application to achieve a different shade or apply one color over another. You can also produce deeper color effects with a stain by applying two coats.If you want to go beyond the subtle drama and subdued color palette of acid staining, water-based acrylic stains will give you a wider spectrum of hues to choose from. Most manufacturers offer dozens of standard colors, including black and white and even metallic tints. And in many cases, the different colors can be mixed, like water-based paints, to broaden your options. Servicing all of Lafayette, la since 2004

 


The first question to ask is “Which Contractor” will actually be doing the installation.

There are companies that sub-contract the preparation and/or the installation to one or more companies. The “What” would be what is the product to be installed and the manufacturer. Is the manufacturer a major manufacturer with a diverse product offering capable of long term success of the installation. The “When” is in regards to convenience and possibly necessity. Does your project require special installation timing such as after-hours, weekends or holiday shutdown. If it does planning ahead along with a contractor that has the installation time available along with the contractors ability to complete your project within your time frame.

Customer References are a starting point as a guide to the quality of an installation company as is the Better Business Bureau. A second reference may be a trade reference. Perhaps a manufacturer or industry representative, such as your local Sherwin Williams or paint supplier, can give background on an installation company. As part of the reference should also be a credit check. This is the most often overlooked screening factor and especially in difficult economic times can be a valuable tool. A company contracted for a major installation should have good financial resources not just to complete the project but also to warranty the installation.

After you know whom the contractor is the first generalization can be made as to the quality of an installer is size. This is a relative term and matters most with larger project and ones with short installation windows.

This overall measurement is however, quite often deceiving. There are a large number of companies whose coating installation business is a very small percentage of their total business. Perhaps the main focus is in another type of business and do coating installations on the side when the opportunity arises or are they firmly focus on concrete coatings and their installation with dedicated installers. A well trained and experienced installer is worth two laborers. With an increasingly competitive market the number of contractors that do installations are that are dedicated to concrete coatings are limited.

Perhaps a better determining factor as to a company’s installation size and ability can be easily determined by ownership of own its own preparation equipment? Will they be subcontracting prep or renting equipment. Worse yet are they recommending a type of prep or installation they are capable of installing rather than the best installation for you project. Do they offer several types of preparation or are they a one size fits all? This is an excellent indication of a company’s size and abilities. When accepting recommendations for preparation methods a company with only one or two types of equipment and methods is more likely to steer you to those method even in the cases where they are not necessarily the best preparation method but recommend the method they offer. In the end it all comes down to how much coating does a company actually do and do they have dedicated installation crews and equipment.

It is also valuable to understand whom will be responsible for the installation. The difference between a good installation and a poor one is most often determined by the onsite supervisor or foreman. The second most important individual is the one who will be ultimately responsible should there be a conflict that requires resolution. If your unhappy with a portion of the installation or have a warranty problem who will be responsible for resolution. Will they go the extra mile or charge extra for the smallest alteration or add on? Are you dealing with a national company that while may have vast resources and experience in the event of a conflict are they going to value your business and go the extra mile for you.

Understand the contractor’s ability to provide service both immediately after the installation and in the years to come. Most installations are generally not inexpensive, but the cost of failure is greater. Don’t be tempted to accept a lower cost system/installation after you have done your homework with respect to what is really needed.

While you are getting several estimates, remember, you’re buying more than a concrete coating. You are paying for the installer’s expertise and workmanship, of course, but you are also buying floor coating components
that are not going to be visible. You are buying the surface preparation, the adhesion, the individual installers and the company. Industrial coating contractors don’t have to pass a specific test, the way plumbers and electricians do. You can learn epoxy coating from the guy down the street.  Anyone with a truck, paint brush and business card can claim to be a concrete coater. Look for someone with a good track record.

 Stained concrete lafayette, la, broussard, la, youngsville, la, lake charles, la, baton rouge, la and all of your other decorative concrete needs since 2004

 



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