Concrete expansion joints allow expansion with temperature & humidity changes. This is important to prevent water/ice from shortening the life of your concrete driveway or walkway. If you are selling, this is important for curbside appeal. You need to prevent
Everything about concrete, from the How to Prep before Concrete Painting to Concrete Testing of moisture or alkalinity
Concrete Must Have Products
You can go much faster with your concrete job with the right products. Here are the main recommendations.
Articles on Concrete
If you are staining or painting an old concrete floor or wall, this post describes the concerns you need to think about.
After it has been prepped and primed well, the house paint you are already using is perfectly proper to use as a garage door paint. But you can also add longer-lasting protection with some very good top brand paints. Garage doors get beat up, so we tell customers to use the best.
If you have been searching for garage floor paint, you now see the bewildering array of styles or types of floor coatings (not all of them are truly called paints). We picked the best of each category.
Shopping you will see off-brand coatings showing beautiful photos with what they call the best garage floor paint. Really? Show me the floor in 10 years.
Here is the shortlist of several quality garage floor tiles for different budgets: these will all last a generation or more.
The biggest cause of painting concrete failure (not bonding, delamination, bubbling, etc.), is poor prep. We will explained how to paint concrete floors step by step. With links to the all-important concrete prep (testing, to etch or now, cleaning, rinsing, etc).
Here you will find a list of all the garage flooring ideas that work for many folks. We still feel interlocking tiles are the best, but here are the best of the rest.
All you need to know about driveway paint: not just for curbs and lines… and “how-to” paint driveways and more. Most importantly, my shortlist of driveway paints you can trust. Both are types of epoxy but don’t worry, it’s easy.
What concrete paint to put on your floor depends on your comfort with the look and lifespan. Some customers of ours are very picky and want a perfect high-gloss epoxy and others just want a budget facelift. We also link you to every topic you need to consider: from cleaning to cleanup.
Here’s how to prep concrete for paint or for any type of coating. If your concrete slab has been sealed or not, it’s here. We looked around the ‘net and saw some “expert” DIY sites focussing on acid etching. Wow, sexy. But you need to think outside the sexy.
Don’t be put off by eco-friendly concrete cleaners: today they are equal to the stuff you knew from days gone by. These really work.
Old painters like me want zero maintenance in our homes. Staining concrete is relatively easy and lasts forever. Ok, not forever. I’ve listed here what I have found to be the best concrete stains and the complete “how-to” stain concrete. This is a way to transform an ugly or just plain concrete floor into something you will take pride in.
Concrete that has either been sealed or trowled to a very smooth profile is not paintable without etching. Concrete etching is done either mechanically with a grinder (several options this way) or chemically with an acid wash (two options this way).
Here are the main methods for concrete testing: several for moisture and one for alkalinity. If you have any doubt, do these tests before painting concrete. Most of these you can do yourself, but what you need a professional for is discussed as well.
A quick compare and contrast of the two types of concrete stains. What’s not to like?
You are in luck. Applying floor paint is the easiest thing we painters do. When you use the best floor paint you will only need one coat in most cases. We only use high-quality floor paint. And painting floors is easy. Don’t thank me, thank gravity.
Let’s knock this puppy O-U-T. The short list of what you need: First, choices for the best basement floor paints around, then how to paint a basement floor made easy.
Concrete Painting Tools & Supplies
Products here are selected by a pro: reasonably priced, high-quality products. The key to doing quality work quickly is good painting tools.