FAQs: Decorative Concrete
What is the Difference between Artistic, Decorative and Architectural Concrete?
Absolutely nothing. These terms are all synonymous for concrete that has been treated to produce an aesthetically pleasing surface. Through a variety of techniques such as staining, saw cutting, grinding, polishing and sealing, concrete can be treated to look like more expensive materials such as wood, marble, or terrazzo.
How do I choose the right concrete service?
There are a number of service providers in the area and choosing the right one is a difficult choice. Please read our “Guide to Selecting the Right Contractor”
What is the cost of decorative concrete flooring compared to other traditional flooring options?
When compared to other materials such as wood, ceramic tile, marble, terrazzo or even most brand name carpets, decorative concrete flooring is priced significantly less per the square foot. A low total cost of ownership and a high lifetime value of decorative concrete can add significant savings to the home or commercial property owner. To see a price comparison chart click here.
Where can I apply decorative concrete techniques?
Decorative concrete techniques can be applied on any surface. Brown’s Services Inc. (BSI) specializes in applying techniques on a variety of surfaces including but not limited to basements, lobbies, patios, driveways and walkways, pool decks, kitchens, restaurants/bars and nightclubs. Visit our gallery to see how we can transform your concrete surface.
What makes Acid Stain so attractive?
Acid Stain gives concrete a textured, marble like look. It creates beautiful colors on concrete, mostly earth tone browns, reddish browns and greens. You can also create your own shades by mixing and matching your available colors, or applying them at different rates. Every job will have a unique outcome as acid staining creates different reactions from slab to slab.
Won’t leaving my concrete in my basement reduce my property value?
No, and according to realtor surveys finishing a basement will maximize your return on investment. With the low cost of decorative concrete it is possible to gain a profit with the paybacks exceeding the cost of remodeling. Read our “Increase your Property Value of Your Home Today by Busting Common Basement Floor Myths” to learn more about how decorative concrete can enhance your property value.
What types of chemicals do you use?
We use products manufactured by Scofield. All the products we use are environmentally friendly and:
- do not require expensive hazardous waste disposal
- VOC Free
- No Toxic or irritating fumes
How do I maintain my concrete flooring?
Maintaining your indoor or outdoor flooring is simple and easy. Read our “Cleaning Specifications for Stained Concrete Floors”
What is the process once I decide on your services?
We will send a qualified professional to review the job site and provide recommendations and an estimate for service. Once you decide on the type of work and color variations we will set up and review a customized schedule and process according to your needs. Throughout the entire process we will answer any questions you may have and keep you as involved as you want to be until the job is complete. Once completed we will do a walk through to ensure your complete satisfaction.
How long does the process take?
Because each project is completely custom, there is not a standard time frame for completion. Depending on the scope of the project, completion can range from a few days to a few weeks.