Concrete Paint – Which One Do I Choose

Always prep and clean your concrete according to manufacturer specifications to ensure quality application of the product. (usually with oil stain remover or some type of concrete cleaner) This article is for reference only. Please double check your specific needs.

Garage Floors

If you are looking to clean up that garage floor a little bit with some concrete paint you are going to want to look for a good “Epoxy Style Garage Floor Coating” Epoxy is usually more durable than most of the other types of concrete paint and will hold up to high traffic area’s, You can usually get Epoxy style concrete paint in a variety of colors including clear which makes it pretty convenient. If you look around they also have Etching Stain, High Gloss Sealers, etc. Just try to make sure you get a reputable product because garages will accumulate a lot of traffic on the concrete paint.

Interior Concrete Floors

For interior concrete floors or stamped concrete the currently most durable application type is an “Epoxy type Multi-Surface Coating” Textured or not is completely up to you and your specific application needs. There is also Stains, Anti-Skid Coatings, Clear Coats, Sealers and more for this type of application. You should be able to find just about anything based on your design and application needs. (or matching requirements)

Driveways and Sidewalks

For a driveway and sidewalks you’re going to need a simple “Multi-Surface type Concrete Sealer” you just want something to protect against the natural elements including the sun, rain, salt, etc. And a few of the unnatural ones. Good concrete paint for driveways and sidewalks should not only waterproof and protect against UV rays. A common feature, the concrete paint usually carries is protection from gas, oil, & other household chemicals. Again if the product doesn’t already have a “Texture” you may want to check into a texture additive so you are not looking at slick surfaces where you walk.

Stairs and Pools

The stairs are another high traffic area, with the added slippage danger involved. For the stairs you are definitely want to get some type of “Anti-Skid Textured Coating” type concrete paint. The stairs are a dangerous place and wouldn’t do well with the smooth surface normal concrete paint would offer. This coating is also available in a variety of colors and finishes including granite and various dies. There is also various stains and sealers that can be used in combination with a “Anti-Skid Floor Texture Type Additive” that is a much cheaper solution to painting the concrete on the stairs but you get what you pay for.

Pavers

Now pavers usually have some sort of edges or texture already in them, not always the case, but usually. But when this is the case You don’t necessarily need a texture, some sort of “Concrete Sealer” type application to protect the from the elements and normal wear and tear. You can get just about any color, style, shade, paint, or clear coat. Personally I like to use a “High Gloss” type concrete paint just because at night every little bit helps. I forgot my porch light a few times Let me tell ya, I was so glad to have a shiny sidewalk to help me get into the house.

Turn Your Dull, Unappealing Concrete Floor into a Brilliant SHOWPIECE

The biggest problem with concrete floors, whether in good or not so good condition, is that they are dull, grey, and basically ugly!”

I’ll bet that, at one time or another, you have looked at your concrete basement, garage, or patio floor, and wished that there was a way that you could hide the sheer unattractiveness and make that floor look good.

Did you know that there is a myriad of ways to treat your cement floor to create a floor you can love and feel proud of?

You can hire a contractor to do this job, but doing so may really deplete your bank account.

Imagine being able to do this yourself, have a thorough understanding of all the necessary materials, and ideas to design a floor that will be the source of admiration to your friends and neighbors and a joy to you for years to come.

As an award-winning artist and designer, a fine arts painter and with years of experience dealing with real estate, aesthetics has been of major concern for me for over 25 years.

Believing strongly that beauty in surroundings can add much richness to one’s life, I have studied and gathered all the critical information I could find, on how to beautify certain aspects of the home, namely in this case, ugly cement floors.

I can understand how you might feel about this issue. I have been the owner of several homes that have hard floors in the basement and garage that really presented a problem to me before I learned about how to make them attractive and practically maintenance-free.

Here, for example, are some questions of uppermost concern to many homeowners:

  • What about those oil stains on the garage floor?
  • What about putting down a carpet in the basement to cover the ugliness of that concrete floor?
  • What other solutions exist other than laying down a carpet or spending the money putting down a wooden floor?

I learned that oil stains on the garage floor can really be a thing of the past!

I also learned that putting down a carpet on the concrete floor in the basement is not a recommended solution. Why? It can be a proven health hazard and a major headache.

And laying down a wooden floor on top of concrete presents its own host of major issues to deal with.

If you intend to transform your floor by yourself, I have found that it is very important to:

  • Understand the unique qualities of concrete so that you make the right decision with your design and make it look professional at a fraction of the cost it would be with a contractor
  • Know what materials and tools you will need for your project to save you time and money on mistakes made without the right supplies
  • Learn how to prepare your concrete floor to ensure your designs will last and prevent costly mistakes that you would have to repair or fix again and again
  • Discover many options and ideas on what you can do to create unique and beautiful designs
  • Learn simple tricks and tips on how to maintain your floor so it looks fresh and clean and new at all times for years.

Painting and designing your concrete floor is more than just buying a bucket of paint. It requires a knowledge of all the appropriate materials you will need as well as all the necessary steps for the preparation of the floor so that you can avoid those unanticipated problems and the expense that may occur down the road.

Understand How to Work with Concrete to Ensure a Professional Finish

Knowing how concrete reacts to certain chemicals and environments is very important before you get started.

For example, a concrete floor in the garage will react differently than a concrete basement or an outside patio!

You need to know how concrete reacts in these environments so you can:

  • Ensure you make the right choice of style and finish for your concrete floor so you can enjoy it for a long time without worrying about future problems down the road.
  • Select a floor finish that fits perfectly into your home’s theme, look and feel.
  • Impress your friends and neighbors by your handwork.
  • Save a ton of time in maintenance and clean up when you pick the right design and finish for the location of the concrete floor.
  • Increase the resale value of your home with just a few simple tricks and tips for making your concrete floors come alive.

So, you can see how important it is that you understand how to work with concrete floors, as these are the basic fundamentals in ultimately making your home look better at a fraction of the cost of having a professional contractor do it.

You can learn how to work with concrete so you can enjoy the benefits of having features in your home, not commonly seen in other homes that will make you proud in addition to increasing the resale value!

Know What Materials You Will Need to Save Time and Money

To get started on the task ahead of you, you must have the right tools. For each job, you will find shelves and shelves in hardware stores stacked with items that you can select from, some labeled as being for the concrete job and others less clearly marked. Which to choose? Where to start?

To begin, you will need:

  • A list of basic tools and materials that are necessary to begin preparing the concrete so that you don’t end up buying useless supplies and equipment that will cost extra money and end up gathering dust.
  • A list of paints available on the market and where you would use them (indoors or outdoors) so that you don’t have to redo the job later because the paint was the wrong choice, to begin with.
  • A list of supplies required for the design you have selected to ensure a professional finish that does not look amateurish.
  • Clear explanations of what each of the tools and supplies is used for and when and how to use them.

By following the recommendations of what materials to buy, you will be well organized and well prepared as you start the job without having to run to the store in the middle of it. Ultimately, you will also save money because you will not be buying things that you may have thought you will need but find that you don’t!

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