Painting Concrete Floors
There's nothing like springtime to encourage us to get to work within the yard! And one of many methods we've decided to spruce up our home is by re-doing our back porch. We're lucky in that we have got a terrific lot, and the backyard has about a million totally different sorts of trees and flowering shrubs. My azaleas and rhododendrons placed on an unbelievable show this time of year. There's only one downside -- the dingy, tired previous patio surface does nothing for our out of doors space. So in an effort to clean up this area without spending a fortune, we determined to do some research on painting concrete floors.
There's a lot to find out about portray concrete flooring! To start with, you have to learn about the merchandise available and their completely different applications. For instance, I discovered that we could use either a specialized paint or an acid stain for our project. Deciding which one to choose will depend on the usage of the space. For a storage floor, for instance, it is perhaps better to go with a cement-particular coating or sealer. These provide a hard, sealed floor that makes it easy to scrub up spills (like that continual oil leak from your outdated Subaru!). It is a good choice for a heavy-traffic, tough-use space.
Portray concrete floors isn't always only a practical solution, however. There are many merchandise on the market can flip a uninteresting flooring into one thing fabulous. I've seen examples of kitchen flooring painted to resemble tile, in addition to shiny colors getting used to create the looks of a rug. And lots of the extra excessive-tech paints are self-priming and solely want one coat to get the job done.
Another option out there is acid stain. This is a terrific choice in the event you're portray concrete flooring merely to increase the fantastic thing about your space. Acid stains work by adhering to particular minerals within the concrete and dying them, the identical manner you'd dye a chunk of fabric. This process can give your floor the look and color of beautiful stone. And the stains present a sturdy, low-upkeep finish that lasts.
The extra studying I did, the extra obvious it turned that surface prep is a large issue once you're painting concrete floors. None of the big selection of products can adhere the way in which they need to if the flooring is not properly prepped with a de-greasing cleaner. Some producers even recommend calmly abrading the floor with sanding or a wire brush to get one of the best results.
Painting concrete floors is certainly a big job. I do know my neighbor discovered an ideal contractor on the Internet to finish up her out of doors project. But a smaller space is one thing the do-it-yourselfer can tackle. I discovered stains, sealers, supplies and concepts on the Internet and at my native Lowe's and House Depot. We lastly settled on a rich, terra cotta coloured stain, and now that we have completed our challenge, the back porch appears to be like like something out of a adorning journal!