If you recently acquired a new commercial space, you have the opportunity to make that space completely your own. If you can't afford some of the flooring styles that you really like, you might want to consider opting instead for stamped concrete. You can make a variety of different styles and appearances from stamped concrete, but you need to know how to install it properly. Here are a few tips for you to get your flooring installation done correctly.
Know What Look You Want
When you're working with stamped concrete, you can produce a look that resembles nearly any kind of flooring at all. Whether you're looking for brick, tile, wood, slate, or any other flooring style, you can replicate it with stamped concrete. You can also choose from many different colors. Take the time to make sure you know exactly what you want before you start the installation.
Cast The Concrete
The first step in creating your stamped concrete flooring is to build the form and pour the concrete. You'll want to make sure that the foundation of the space is level before you pour. You can even create the outer walls of the form with wood beams if you're unsure about how the concrete will spread. After you pour the concrete into the space, you need to compact it until it is the thickness you want, then smooth the surface so that it is level and even.
Apply The Hardener
Once the base concrete is in place, compacted, and leveled, it's time to apply the color hardener. It's important that the hardener be smoothed over the surface gently, preferably by using hand tools.
Once the color hardener has been applied, you need to remove any residual surface imperfections. A float is the best tool for this. Use it by hand to smooth the entire floor surface, ensuring that you don't leave any surface flaws behind. This is important for the next stage.
Apply The Color
Your color-release product should be applied once the surface is completely smooth and free of any imperfections. Sprinkle the color release evenly over the entire surface of the floor. Make sure you read the product instructions carefully to be sure that you apply it correctly, as there may be other special steps that you need to consider depending on the manufacturer.
Stamp The Concrete
The stage of stamping the concrete is the most important because it plays a key role in the finished product. Make sure that you assemble the mold for the stamp carefully, and line it up the way that it should be. Then, apply pressure evenly across the mold to create the stamp in the floor. You can use a roller to apply the pressure and leave the impression in the concrete. You can add more definition in the floor by using textured rollers on the floor.
Finish The Floor
Allow the stamped concrete to cure for at least 24 hours before finishing it. Once it's cured, wash the surface with a pressure washer to eliminate any residual dust and dirt. After it's dry, apply a layer or two of sealant to the surface. The sealant will protect the floor from damage, including stains and wear. You'll want to reseal it regularly, especially if your business sees a lot of traffic.
These steps will help you to create a stamped concrete floor that will create just the look you want for your commercial building. If you want more help, you can work with a local concrete construction contractor to have the floor professionally installed instead. Working with a contractor will eliminate the inexperience factor that can lead to problems. To learn more about your options for commercial flooring, contact a company like All Good Contract, LLC.