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Styling Your Concrete Floors to Meet these Top Trends

concrete stain ottawaA Concrete Basement Floor You’d be Floored Over

When it comes to the basement floor above, and getting it to be a very close match, you’ll want an 80-grip diamond grind 17’’ machine from HTC, and this will be for evening out the surfaces along your concrete floor (you can also use this machine to remove excess concrete and materials from the floor). Using Camel dye (Brickform’s is recommended), you can seal on and dye the entire floor with colour. After this, use a low solids epoxy sealer.

After the floor is dry, commence using Sand colour (again, Brickform’s (mixing brands is a bad thing to do here)), and this will make the concrete darker and more earthy in its tone. After this, it is time to use that sealant again to seal the new colour.

If you’re looking for a border effect, a darker coloured epoxy can be used to create a four-inch border around your entire room, and you can finish off with a clear coat.

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Acid-Staining Without Acid-Staining

If you have a concrete floor that is in bad shape and you need to replace it, think again – instead, try using a method that can make your old floor new again by looking acid-stained without actually being acid-stained. You must use a white skim coat, a taped tile pattern, a beige spray coat, which is knocked down with a trowel, which should be immediately followed by a highlight spray of charcoal gray, and then an antique coat of desert beige.

The interesting part is that the seal coat is a water-based sealer, which ends up being poured and smoothed onto the floor with a squeegee. When it comes to the second coating, it requires being rolled on the floor with rollers.

Have an idea for a unique concrete floor design? Contact one of our specialists today!


DIY Polished Concrete Floors: Should You Polish Your Own Concrete Floor?

Decisions decisions, If you want an awesome polished concrete floor that you’ve saved an image of on Pinterest, then you may be struggling with the following question; should I do this floor myself or hire a team of concrete professionals to do it for me?DIY Polished Concrete Floors: Should You Polish Your Own Concrete Floor?

If you decide to do it all yourself, where do you get started? What do you do once you’re ready? Well, first things first, what do you actually need to polish a concrete floor? It is heavily advised that you have the following: (regarding the polishing disks and machine, it would be wise to purchase them outright instead of renting them)


  • Clean water
  • A broom
  • Polishing machine (a floor grinder)
  • Special concrete polish
  • An industrial  vacuum cleaner
  • A mild detergent
  • A dustpan
  • A bucket and a mop
  • Special polishing disks (they must have 250 grit or more than that)


Once you have these materials, you’ll be able to start the polish of your concrete floor.

Your Effort V.S the Professionals

Hiring a Contractor

There are positives and negatives to both polishing a concrete floor yourself, as well as bringing in a contractor to do so. Bringing in a contractor can cause you to rack up a much larger bill than you would if you attempted to do the work yourself because of labour costs.

However, the major plus to hiring a professional concrete contractor is that if you hire a good contractor, you will get the professional result of your concrete floor looking beautifully polished, and properly completed.


Deciding to go ahead and do it all by yourself after all has its pluses, but it also has a huge negative. The pluses are that you will gain personal experience, and you’ll be able to manage the upkeep on your floor without having to hire a contractor.

Another plus is that you will be able to design your floor how you want it, without having to verbally demand to a contractor what should and shouldn’t be done.

In closing, however…there is a BIG negative. There’s a huge chance that if you are indeed a first-timer at this, you could muck up your floor and be left with a huge mess…you’ll end up having to call in the contractor anyways and pay even more to have them fix your mistake.

Weigh your decisions out carefully! Also take note that there are multiple speeds on the grinding machines…if you are unaware of what you are doing and you go at odd speeds, you will have an extremely uneven surface, thereby making another negative.

If you’re still stuck on the decision, contact us for help!