Asked on Feb 1, 2012

What do you think of the transformation?

MichelleKMS WoodworksAmazing Improvements and Garages
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Yet another basement flooding led to this homeowners desire for a more resilient solution. We prepped the floor (which had been covered in carpet glue) and applied a multi-color concrete staining application. None of these materials contained solvents or VOC's so the entire project was completed with them living upstairs...
As we have cleaned and prepped the room, when dry, the floor looks white
As we have cleaned and prepped the room, when dry, the floor looks white
Although cleaned, you can still see the character of the floor...
Although cleaned, you can still see the character of the floor...
You never know how the concrete will take the stain.... there will be variations in colors and depths.
You never know how the concrete will take the stain.... there will be variations in colors and depths.
It can be as bold or sedate as the homeowner wishes.
It can be as bold or sedate as the homeowner wishes.
We were pretty happy with the way this one turned out!
We were pretty happy with the way this one turned out!
24 answers
  • Great to make note of the fact that concrete is not something you're "stuck with" - it's a desirable and functional design choice! Beautiful finish. Do you know how the homeowners plan to use the space?

  • Rachel
    on Feb 1, 2012

    I just had a flood last week from the water heater and it ruined half of my basement carpet. Trying to decide to save the carpet or pull it up and put flooring down.

  • If you had a flood over your carpet, its a matter of time before the mold shows up. You'll be able to smell it. Very Unhealthy. It needs to come out regardless at this point... then decide what to do...

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Feb 1, 2012

    That's making the most of what you have. I'm reminded of a job where the floor was poured, scored and stained but not before they put hot water pipes down to keep the floor warm. Your work is fun to see. CP

  • Teresa D
    on Feb 2, 2012

    Love the color. Will it stay that shiny?

  • Concrete stain is better than carpet in a basement any day. Good choice!

  • Thanks for the comments, @Charles... That was not the only time that has happened.... AK & HR, appreciate collegue comments anytime...! @ Teresa, Yes... it has an acrylic sealer upon it that can be waxed. It's the wax coat that can be revived quickly, maintaining the shine

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 2, 2012

    That should last a few years...next up some wall painting

  • Faidra at CA Global Inc
    on Feb 2, 2012

    Amazing, that's amazing! Can't wait for you to freshen up my paths and driveway this spring!!

  • Thomas P
    on Feb 3, 2012

    I have friends that did this. They love how easy it is to maintain. Nice job.

  • Nancy G
    on Feb 8, 2012

    Will that product hold up on a garage floor? I have been thinking of paint, but that is so much nicer.

  • Kathy G
    on Feb 8, 2012

    i have an unfinished basement in a cabin that we are finishing and thought about doing this... it is a new home but there are some small cracks in the concrete.. what is the best approach to doing this successfully with those present? is there a step by step for this project??

  • Kathy G
    on Feb 8, 2012

    also, are you available for hire?? cabin is in ellijay, ga??

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 8, 2012

    Kathy G...click on amazing improvements name (next to their pic) that will bring you to there info page which has contact numbers and such

  • Hi, back again. Thanks KMS ! Kathy, give me a call and we can discuss all aspects of the project, we may have a window of opportunity as I have another staining job on a home under construction in Waleska and may be able to handle your Ellijay cabin in the same week. Click on my profile, then show my number... its all there..

  • @ Nancy, if you are planning on doing it yourself, you can expect it to peel off. Over 90% of the floors done with garage floor epoxy kits fail. Its really all in the prep. When we realized this, it became the direction of the company. Focus on prep. Those remaining 10% got lucky or got the prep right. Sometimes its a fluke. As smooth, hard concrete is more likely to fail a coating than a porus soft one would. Stains and epoxy are looking for a surface that feels like 100Grit sandpaper. Being sure the floor is so clean, you can eat off it before you apply coatings will keep you from putting a layer of dirt between you and your coatings. Again, its all in the prep. If you cannot achieve the 100grit surface profile, the coating will flake off. For a garage, we don't recommend staining and sealing. Again, the bond is only as good as the material and the prep. Acrylic stains and sealers can only hold back 2-3 lbs of moisture vapor pressure from below. An industral epoxy can hold back 10-12 lbs. An Aspartic or Urea, 1-3 lbs. For a garage, you are introducing very heavy items that twist and pull at the floor. Its not like a patio or basement floor.... Its why we recommend and warranty solutions that are based upon industrial epoxy's. They have worked for over 50 years and there is still NOTHING that can beat its application in metro atlanta garage settings where high heat and humidity will wreak havoc on polyaspartics and polyurea bonded floors. If you are planning for durability and ease of cleaning, industrial epoxy is the only way to go - only POST proper surface profiling and prep. If you want to take a chance on peeling, but better "look", you can always try the acrylic stains. We will install them, Properly, but I can't warranty the long term durability.

  • Sandra S
    on Feb 8, 2012

    My brother & his wife pulled up all the carpet, (except the bedrooms), in their 2645 SF wide open house, & had the concrete stained. It's absolutely wonderful, & perfect for 4 little boys, ages 5 to 12...

  • Kathy G
    on Feb 8, 2012

    do you come out for estimates and consultations?? :)

  • Janice A
    on Feb 8, 2012

    My washer caught fire, which then melted the waterlines, so then came hundreds of gallons of city water flooding three rooms....living with the mess of ripping up the wood floors and redoing subfloor and now putti g down 18 by 18 tiles...dust dust everywhere! But hopefully a bit more waterproof!

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 9, 2012

    Janice...too bad you did not have those "flood safe" hoses installed.

  • Maureen H
    on Feb 11, 2012

    can you use marine paint?

  • @ Maureen.... what would marine paint do? It is not designed for this application. Are we missing something here? Is your comment based on the "flood" aspect of this thread?

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 13, 2012

    One type of "marine" paint is used on the bottoms of boats...not that this makes it more water proof...these special paints contain copper and this mineral helps prevent algae and other things from "growing" on the bottom there by causing drag and fouling.

  • Michelle
    on Aug 30, 2016

    Whats the multi color staining application about? What made this turn out so shiny??

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