Our team just completed laying stain for a basement in Milton. Its a "Green" project.

We ground the floor to a swirl free finish, detail cleaned the surface and then applied the stain with a proprietatry spray system. It dispenses the pigments at a very fine rate and provides an unparallelled floor result. Tomorrow we apply a specialized epoxy sealer. This floor will dazzle!
q our team just completed laying stain for a basement in milton its a green project, flooring, garages, painting, The color used in this project was Cola Primarily brown with some red highlights
The color used in this project was "Cola". Primarily brown with some red highlights.
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  • Carol Carol on Jan 05, 2012
    We're the homeowners and really love how this is turning out. The guys did the first application and after we talked understood what I was after. They got it. Can't wait to see how it looks after the poly goes on. Here's a couple of photos. Will post a photo after the poly. The whole process has been really fun.
  • Very nice job. Almost makes me wish I had a basement.
  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Jan 05, 2012
    Wow, looks awesome!
  • 3po3 3po3 on Jan 05, 2012
    Tell me more about the "green-ness." How is this more green than other methods of doing the same thing?
  • What a great way to treat basement floors.
  • @ Steve, first, we are repurposing the concrete and not introducing more carpet or wood to find its way into a dump, secondly, the materials we are using are not reactive acids, therefore, no VOC's or caustic odors are introduced into the living quarters, finally the sealer contains no VOC's, yet is highly durable and suited for a home with 100 lb dogs with nails that could scratch and remove a lesser coating. Its the proper matching the materials to the needs of the client within the spectrum of "concrete staining". As you may have read in the article on concrete staining, there are many ways to achieve the end result. Only one way is best. I developed a pressurized spray system that produces fine/even particulates and therefore a MUCH nicer application of stain. In the end, the floor looks better than any other (of its type) in town. The average applicator uses a garden pump sprayer to apply the stain. This leads to LOTS of drips and other stain generated floor imperfections. We, no longer have these issues with our installations. Its what seperates those who "say" they can do these floors from a REAL floor pro! Thanks all for the comments. I'll post a few more once the epoxy is lain. BTW, Like it? How about a thumbs up?
  • 3po3 3po3 on Jan 06, 2012
    Yeah, it looks great. Thanks for the reply. I was right with you on the not adding new materials. I just wasn't clear on the VOCs, etc. Very nice.
  • Carol Carol on Jan 06, 2012
    Sealer went on today - won't be able to take a better photo until Sunday but this is today - we really like how it turned out. This process has been so easy! We've had to lots of projects over the years and we're always waiting for something to happen. This, however, was a pleasure. The guys (Jody and Cardale - sorry if I've misspelled) were great to work with. Zero Creepy Factor - a rating my friends and I use when rating vendors. :) We look forward to putting our stuff back and finally going through boxes. Basement needs several more jobs but for now it'll work. The bonus is that it was done in an eco-friendly manner. Humans and dogs can breathe easy. Thanks Amazing!
  • Cheryl F Cheryl F on Jan 06, 2012
    Looks really good! Nice work
  • So happy we passed the "creepy factor" test! The guys and I are so pleased to hear you and Kevin are satisfied with our efforts. As we discussed, there were so many ways to get to the end result but only one RIGHT way. Sounds as if we found the best path for all involved! Thanks for selecting Amazing Improvements for this project!!!
  • Ken H Ken H on Jan 07, 2012
    I have never been a fan of bare or painted concrete. I just don't like the look. It looks cheap to me. I would prefer a nice terrazzo - concrete finished with terrazzo is beautiful and very functional. Can be done with zero-VOC bonding agents as well.
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Jan 07, 2012
    Bullet proof, naturally beautiful and it will stay that way. Sounds like you got an A+ with no a no VOC/Creepy factor rating. CP
  • Ken, Terrazo is a wonderful approach to a concrete slab. Perhaps not a basement perhaps due to the propensity to outgas moisture from the slab which could subsequently delaminate a terrazo finish. Unfortunately, the costs would also have doubled or tripled. In a perfect economic world, terrazo could have been a considered option, albiet not the best approach for the application. One of the key benefits is the ablilty for this floor to "breath" moisture vapor without delamanination. Like I said, there are a lot of options to be considered, the client selects the one most relavent to their needs. Appreciate the comment!
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Jan 07, 2012
    So if the floor has some moisture moving through, ie does not pass the rubber mat test, you can still use this product? CP
  • Faidra at  CA Global Inc Faidra at CA Global Inc on Jan 07, 2012
    great job amazing, u live up to your name
  • The existing slab condition and the choice of matched sealer will allow some moisture to pass as long as the sealer is not overly cross-linked. Only where there is no chance of slab moisture, would I use a tightly cross linked sealer/urethane sealer. Those floors even appear "thicker".
  • Hudson Designs Hudson Designs on Jan 09, 2012
    Looks great Amazing!!!!!
  • Joy B Joy B on Jan 09, 2012
    I really like this look.
  • The finished look is definitely Amazing! Wish I had known about you when I had my garage floor finished.
  • I stopped by yesterday to drop off a couple gallons of high solids floor wax and took a few pics of the finished flooring. What do ya think? Does it deserve a thumbs up?
  • Looks great. Would love to see what the overall look will be once the homeowner sets up the room. Hint hint Carol!
  • Melissa W Melissa W on Jan 12, 2012
    First time poster, long time friend (of Carol). I really love the way this turned out and look forward to seeing it once your whole room is in place. Let me know how it works with the dogs--both how it holds up to their claws and how they handle the surface (do they slip around).
  • Hi Melissa, the dogs played a role in a "no-fee change order". The system can be sealed with its associated water based, acrylic sealer, but I got to thinking about those 4 legged companions. Carol and I discussed switching to a more robust material that would be a bit glossier, but stand up to their nails. We both agreed on a specialized waterborne epoxy sealer. We both love how the colors jump off the floor.
  • Oh, another close up of the floor...
  • Cher D Cher D on Jan 12, 2012
  • Tammie W Tammie W on Jan 12, 2012
    Very nice!!!
  • Gwen H Gwen H on Jan 12, 2012
    Really like the look and the "green" factor. Also, like the intelligent responses from Amazing Improvements on this thread. Will definitely keep your name for when it is time to upgrade my concrete areas.
  • Carol Carol on Jan 13, 2012
    We really like it and look forward to finishing it. I anticipate slippage with the dogs - esp. coming in wet. But....as Melissa knows - they did that at the other house on the wood floors running around! They'll adjust and once furniture is in there won't be one giant open area for them to feel like they have to run amok. I'm not worried about them or whether they'll ruin the floor which is huge for us. Next....painting.
  • Sheryll S Sheryll S on Jan 13, 2012
    I live in Florida and do not have a basement, but a concrete slab home and would love to have this done to my ruined with black glue, Terrazzo floors. Can you sand Terrazzo without ruining it? I can not afford to pay to have this done.
    • Richard Beyer Richard Beyer on Aug 03, 2014
      @Sheryll S the black glue may contain asbestos. The industry term is cut-back adhesive. It was used to bond Vinyl Asbestos Tile aka VAT. Typically the tile size is 9"X9". For this project you need a professional who follows HAZMAT procedures. Yes, you can diamond grind terazzo floors to new quality again. This involves specialized equipment and trained personnel. There are many qualified men in Florida who do this well. Chemically removing anything is classified as an added contaminate in the flooring industry so be careful and follow manufacturer instructions. Liability always finds it's way to the end user.
  • Sheryll, thanks for the comment... Glue can be removed with chemicals and hand scrapers. Sanding it may be a solution after this by renting a machine at home depot. My only concern is when all the glue is removed chemically and mechanically. if the terrazo may be too scratched up as well as deglossed to be saved with an acrylic floor sealer. If you cant have it done professionally, it may wind up a disaster.... Not seeing it, I really can't comment either way.
  • Sheryll S Sheryll S on Jan 14, 2012
    Oh rats!!!! Thank you for responding. I forgot to add, that whoever put in the carpeting that I tore up in my office (one of the bedrooms), used these wood strips that look like cheap yard sticks around the perimeter to nail into the concrete or Terrazzo floor to install and tack down the carpet. I have a nasty mess, but as ugly as this black glue, adhesive or what ever they put the linoleum tiles down with is... I like it better than that carpet. Now I have another question..... what do I use to fill in the holes they put in the Terrazzo? I want to at least consider saving the Terrazzo. And what least invasive chemical do you recomend to remove this black adhesive they used circa 1962?
  • Sheryll S Sheryll S on Jan 14, 2012
    Another footnote... I figure I can paint a stip around the perimeter of the room to cover what ever I patch those holes with. But I want something that will hold up. Social security here, so please keep inexpensive in mind? Which brings me to the question of painting a Terrazzo floor, where I first started with you. HELP?
  • Sheryll, I will try and help. Those strips are called carpet strips. They are usually nailed to the floor and unless you are very careful, upon removal, they will pop off a small bit of concrete, leaving a small hole. These can be patched with quickcrete concrete patch material, found at home depot. What is most concerning is the glue. Prior to 1970, this most likely contained asbestos. There is a material called Bean-e-do. Made from soy beans. It is not cheap. It will break down the glue and allow you to scrape it off if left on the surface overnight. Check local janitorial supply houses for this and their advise on application. Only after the glue is removed and the bean-e-do completely removed, can you "do" something to the floor. Your best approach.... leave the strips and glue in place and have another carpet installed. Good Luck!!!
  • Sheryll S Sheryll S on Feb 05, 2012
    Yes, this concrete slab home was built in 1962 and yes I also fear it is asbestos based. And NO carpet ever again for me. It was here when I bought the house and hate carpet, Nasty stuff and people think it is clean when new..... I do not. I made a note to look for this Bean-e-do. But even if I must hand sand this gunk off, I will never have carpet again. Thank you so much for your research and help with my awful flooring mess. Although, I just remembered that the original floor is Terrazzo and don't know what year this black glue was put down to install the 9 inch linoleum tiles. This house I am sure was not really taken care of. cause I would be happy if the Terrazo was not ruined. My ulitmate goal is to paint it and possibly use the Paisley Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.
  • For those in the Atl metro, the Marietta Daily Journal published an article on this project a week back. Thanks to all for your support!!!
  • Andrea S Andrea S on Jul 08, 2013
    So I have a question about the color variation. Is it due to painting/spraying technique or the ability of the concrete to absorb color at different rates? I like that it isn't uniformly and evenly opaque like wall paint.
  • Andrea, its both. The technique used by the installer combined with how the concrete will absorb stain. Much of the look comes from the proper prep of the surface. In this room, we ground the floor with machines and diamonds to provide an even, clean, white surface.
  • Regina D. Regina D. on Aug 19, 2014
    We need your advice. When we bought our home, the concrete area around our pool has carpet glued down. We want to remove the carpet but the glue is still adhering to the concrete. What would you suggest to remove the glue?
  • Alice Alice on Jun 09, 2016
    White Vinegar will dissolve glue. I use it to take spline out of a caned chair, to recane it you can us the vinegar warmed, try on a s mall area.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 05, 2021

    Well done you!!

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