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Coating a Concrete Floor

How do I prep and coat a concrete floor?

Dean,

Thanks for the inquiry – we appreciate the question.

Most of the success in coating a concrete floor will be tied to good preparation. ALWAYS follow manufacturer’s instructions. Safety precautions are there to protect you and the household so do not ignore or short-circuit any of them!

Floors that have a lot of moisture in them will not be able to be coated. Test the floor with a one-foot square piece of plastic taped ..read more

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Prepping Basement Floor for Carpet

I want to carpet my basement floor – what should I do to “prep” it?

Gene,

Thanks for the inquiry – we appreciate you.

Seal the smaller cracks with a high quality silicone caulk – the larger ones with a Sika-flex liquid caulk – either available at a big box store or local hardware.

The concrete itself can be sealed with a breathable sealer such as Vexcon. Follow all manufacturer’s directions regarding safety and installation and prep.

Hope this helps with your concerns.

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Installing a Wood Floor over Concrete

Can I install wood over a concrete floor?

Dale,

Thanks for a great question – we appreciate you.

Hardwood has been installed over concrete for decades – but only according to some basic rules – the first being to make sure the floor is not in direct contact with “raw” concrete due to moisture issues.

If you could totally seal the concrete moisture would not be a concern – but it always will be.

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Prepping a Concrete Floor

What do we have to do prep a concrete floor before painting?

Bob and LeeAnn,

Thanks for being part of the show – we appreciate you!

Reading and following manufacturer’s directions really is the way to go today for most product.

Outside we would want to pressure wash at a minimum.

In the basement, a good scrubbing with a TSP and a THOROUGH rinse might suffice if the concrete is not “hard troweled” or sealed – much like a garage floor would be.

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What do we have to do prep a concrete floor before painting?

Bob and LeeAnn,

Thanks for being part of the show – we appreciate you!

Reading and following manufacturer’s directions really is the way to go today for most product.

Outside we would want to pressure wash at a minimum. In the basement, a good scrubbing with a TSP and a THOROUGH rinse might suffice if the concrete is not “hard troweled” or sealed – much like a garage floor would be. In ..read more

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