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    Growing in times of adversity

    To an entrepreneur, times of uncertainty, fear and massive shifts in global and local markets are times of opportunity and growth. It is in these uncertain times that fear paralyzes and indecision rules as people falter and wonder what’s happening around them.

    It is in these times that companies like Barefoot Concrete see the greatest opportunities to grow and to capitalize on the windows of opportunity that present themselves in our market. As I say, “opportunity is often disguised in overalls and looks like work.” What I have discovered is that the movers and shakers of business are pressing into the marketplace aggressively to increase their advantage. It’s times like this when there are winners and losers, and good businesses are looking to come out the other side as winners!

    As such, Barefoot Concrete has partnered with a like-minded business, Chemforce, as their distributor for Queensland. They are a business that is dedicated to producing a superior technology that is safer for people and the environment. For those of us who are in the industry, we know that the chemical industry doesn’t have a good reputation, there is so much going on between the lines that its often difficult to see the forest for the trees, to separate the average from the good, and to find a truly great company. Barefoot Concrete is aiming high! we want to be a part of the solution, where our main goal is to offer superior products at better prices than is currently offered by the chemical industry.

    Behind every great chemical company like ours is an unrelenting commitment to excellence, a responsibility to the environment and best safety practices and who possess true forward-thinking scientific innovation, these are the values that have driven and is the bond of our new partnership with Chemforce.

    When you combine strong values and an uncompromising commitment to the best technology and don’t lower these standards, in order to meet the highest performance goals, maintain exceptional quality and keep the price fair, you have a winning formula every time!

    Our company is also not just about the products or the environment, its about people, who ultimately come first. If you are a Barefoot Concrete customer, your success is our concern. Success comes from people, processes and technology, therefore our relationship with you is paramount, as without you we don’t get the feedback, knowledge, and understanding from the field from the technologies we offer. Our people, whether they work for us or use our products, are our priority, and this is what makes us different, our consideration and commitment to people, products and systems that are the safest and most effective solutions to common problems in our industry.

    Aside from building and distributing products through our channel, our responsibility is to provide effective education and technical support to improve the knowledge of construction chemicals amongst tradies so that together we get the best results and the outcomes our clients desire.

    You may be asking, what is Barefoot Concrete’s value? Well, we believe that every product Barefoot Concrete offers must equal or offer a clear technical advantage over the best competitor’s technology at a better price.

    This is where Barefoot Concrete and Chemforce™ agree, we share a common dedication to superior technology, simply put, we want to offer the best products are the best price, underpinning our company slogan of: Simply good value!

    Chemforce not only has extensive experience at the cutting edge of construction chemicals, but they are all experienced innovators and inventors across a broader market segment. So, although we have “concrete” in our company name, we sell the full range of products to a broader industry. Therefore, just like Barefoot Concrete, Chemforce is experimenting and innovating in areas of materials science outside of construction chemicals, in mining, roadbuilding and other industries.

    On this, we fundamentally agree, that people come before commerce. Business is about people, therefore we care about people above the bottom line. This is not always the case with the chemical industry, which has a poor reputation, which operates on a commerce before people principle, that money comes first, which leads to all sorts of integrity-bending and questionable practices. As a famous CEO said, “the more we help our customer succeed the more successful we will be.” As soon as we start caring about the people, the money takes take of itself! 

    Barefoot Concrete is a company that is part of the solution in the chemical industry, as such, we support and partner with responsible companies, who produce functional chemical solutions which do not “poison the well.”

    Now, lets get to the categories of products that we offer. The following categories of products that are available to purchase through Barefoot Concrete is as follows:

    • Cleaning and maintenance
    • Coating removers and strippers
    • Concrete cutting and coring
    • Concrete polishing
    • Concrete primers and membranes
    • Concrete slab curing
    • Diamond tool performance
    • Earth / PFAS remediation
    • Geotech and hard rock drilling
    • Graffiti control
    • Precast concrete
    • Road building
    • Silicates
    • Stone cutting and polishing

    Call us to discuss your requirements or ask us for a quote. We service Queensland and can send you products, wherever you are.

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    How to seal natural stone

    If you have high-quality stonework on your property it deserves to be protected with a high-quality stone sealer.

    Natural stone is porous, which means it has interconnected capillaries through which liquids and gases can move. In fact, porous materials act like a hard sponge and actually suck in liquids over time, along with any dissolved salts and other minerals or contaminants.

    More porous stone, such as sandstone will absorb liquids relatively quickly, while denser volcanic stones such as basalt are significantly less porous and may take longer to absorb oils and water-based liquids.

    Natural stone should be protected against sub-surface staining, everyday dirt and spills; this can be done by sealing the stone with a penetrating.

    A waterbased penetrating sealer is carried into the stone by water. It then dissipates bonding the sealer resins with the stone. This process doesn’t alter the slip resistance or natural look of the stone. The deposited resins then create an oleophobic (oil-repelling) and hydrophobic (water-repelling) barrier which prevents subsurface staining.

    Barefoot Concrete provides a high-quality, concentrated natural stone sealer that is an eco-friendly, non-toxic, and breathable penetrating sealer.

    These products are considered “breathable,” meaning they allow for vapour transmission.Eco Stone Sealer is on the cutting edge of this type of technology and is the perfect product for both DIY applications and commercial.

    This product is ideal for granite, marble and other natural stone surfaces. It can also be used on commercial, workshop and warehouse floors. It is a pure cross-linking acrylic sealer, developed for Australia.

    To understand the difference, most acrylic sealers consist of large individual polymer chains that clump together to form a thick film on the surface. These films rely on a fairly weak adhesion to keep them stuck to the surface. As such, they are far more prone to delamination and failure than a polymer waterbased penetrating sealer.

    However, Eco Stone Sealer is different. It’s polymer chains are very small, they are just a few nanometers in length. As such, they penetrate deep into the substrate and bond together to form an interlocking matrix from the inside out. This matrix is permanent and serves to strengthen and protect the materials sealed. The top of this matrix sits above the surface and provides a wear layer. Maintenance is easy, you can simply apply a maintenance coat every few years to replenish the wear layer and deliver the ultimate in protection.

    Eco Stone Sealer has the smallest polymer size in our range of waterbased sealers. Therefore, it’s ideal for dense materials like densified concrete, granite and marble. For more porous surfaces, like normal concrete, we recommend Eco Concrete Sealer which is more suitable.

    Eco Stone Sealer is a true nano sealer, it builds a very thin, yet tough surface layer. It is not a self-levelling sealer that delivers an artificial gloss, however, on smooth surfaces, Eco Stone Sealer will be glossy and it can be buffed to achieve even higher sheen levels.

    You can apply the product as a two coat stand-alone sealing system on natural stone or polished concrete or you can use it as a final coat over Eco Concrete Sealer or Premium Concrete Polymer on more porous surfaces.

    Features

    • Versatile sealer for dense, natural stone and polished concrete surfaces
    • Developed with moisture retention technology to aid in the curing of new installation cement-based materials
    • Increases the surface quality of new and old concrete
    • High-level stain resistance
    • Eco-friendly Non-hazardous material
    • Easy water clean up
    • UV stable
    • Industrial grade pure acrylic sealer
    • Will not delaminate, blister, peel or turn yellow over time
    • Commercial / Industrial Grade
    • Applied to a wet substrate, saving time and money

    Contact us to discuss how to DIY, or one of our applicators can do your project for you.

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    Eco-friendly concrete sealers

    Barefoot Concrete supplies eco-friendly sealing products that can outperform traditional solvent-based alternatives. We provide high-quality products to the concrete sealing industry that are safe without compromising on quality, performance and durability.

    Anyone who has applied a concrete sealer knows that you need the surface to be as dry as possible, with less than 4% moisture in the concrete, so that the sealer will be drawn into the surface and thereby bind to surface strongly and consistently.

    In the case of most solvent-based sealers, any moisture remaining in the substrate may cause the sealer to whiten or have hazy patches. For freshly poured surfaces this often means waiting up to a month before a decent sealer can be applied. For surfaces that need to be pressure cleaned prior to sealing you will normally need to wait at least a day for the surface to dry out sufficiently. 

    This waiting can turn even a relatively small day job into a two-day job. For contractors, this means a return trip a day or two later to apply a sealer. Worse still, all the time you are waiting for the surface to dry is time that the clean surface is at risk of getting dirty again.

    With our sealer, damp substrates are a non-issue. In fact, the moisture is required to help the sealer to migrate into the substrate to give that deep penetrating and long-lasting protection.

    As such, our product Eco Concrete Sealer can be applied to new concrete as soon as the surface is hard enough to walk on. This strengthens and protects the concrete against stains from day one.

    We get this question a lot, “What makes Eco Concrete Sealer so special?” Well, besides the fact that this is a premium quality water-based sealer, THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE OF THIS PRODUCT IS THAT IT IS DESIGNED TO BE APPLIED TO WET SURFACES!

    Eco Concrete Sealer is a nano polymer solution that creates a breathable matrix seal in the surface of the concrete. This matrix regulates moisture content by slowly allowing water to be absorbed and/or released. This ensures the substrate does not remain waterlogged but that there is sufficient moisture for proper hydration of the concrete.

    When Eco Concrete Sealer is applied to freshly poured concrete, it will prevent premature drying and ensure that sufficient moisture is retained for proper curing reactions to take place. The end result is increasing the strength of the concrete and reducing the risk of cracking and dry shrinkage. As a bonus, it also provides an excellent solution for prevention or fixing concrete dusting problems.

    Key Features:

    • Premium Grade, UV Stable Sealer
    • Non-toxic and eco friendly
    • Suitable for concrete, exposed aggregate, stone and other paved surfaces
    • Tight cross-linking forms a tight matrix below the surface
    • Premium stain protection against oil, dirt and other substances
    • Applied to a wet surface immediately after cleaning
    • Will not whiten, flake or yellow
    • Increases surface quality and durability
    • Saves applicators and clients time and money
    • Can be buffed to a high gloss finish

    What are the benefits to applicators or contractors?

    • Safe and easy to apply. Non-toxic, No VOC’s and BPA free
    • Clean and seal the SAME DAY – applied to wet surfaces
    • Apply sealer throughout the winter months without fear
    • One coat sufficient in most cases. A second coat can normally be applied within 30 minutes
    • Seal concrete as soon as it is firm enough to walk on
    • Exposed aggregate concrete can be sealed immediately after exposing the aggregate – No need for acid washing
    • Concrete sealer doubles as a curing agent for new concrete
    • Concentrated formula – a 20kg pail is enough product to seal up to 450m2

    What are the benefits to homeowners?

    • You can do it yourself – it’s that easy to apply!
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Contains no VOCs = healthy choice for your family and pets
    • High quality, extreme durability and long-lasting protection
    • Excellent stain resistance and water repellency
    • Does not significantly alter the appearance of concrete, limestone or pavers
    • Will not make surfaces more slippery when wet
    • Minimal disruption – get the job done in a day

    Contact us to discuss your requirements.

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    Flooring applications

    Barefoot Concrete is a premium supplier of Polyaspartic and Epoxy Floor Coatings.

    We supply a range of proven flooring solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications.

    We specialise in epoxy, epoxy flake, polyaspartic, polyurethane and crack repair resin systems for concrete surfaces.  

    We also carry Rhino’s “Concrete Solutions” range of decorative concrete resurfacing products, this range has been purposely designed to restore old stained concrete. These concrete floor coatings are a decorative system that consists of epoxies, acid stain, spray top and other cement polymer-based overlay systems.

    Our flooring products meet industry standards and can conform to any specification. They are seamless, food-safe, chemical resistant, and with added granules meet AS/NZ standard for slip resistance.

    As a supplier of polyaspartic and epoxy resins, we are committed to delivering nothing but the very best solution for your flooring needs. Our experienced sales team offer technical support to specifiers, architects, designers, builders, and work directly with qualified flooring applicators and contractors Australia wide to ensure the best results.

    Whether you want stunning, decorative, functional or safe, durable, slip-resistant concrete floor coatings, know that you can rely on our range of polyaspartic and epoxy flooring systems.

    Residential solutions

    Are you currently building a new home or renovating an existing one? It’s not only colour schemes and finishes you need to consider, but flooring options as well.

    Superior to traditional epoxy flooring, Rhino ArmaFloor 500 is unique to the home flooring industry. This polyaspartic floor coating combines the hard-hitting toughness of polyurethane protection with beautiful colour combinations that will maintain their look and integrity for years to come.

    If you are looking for something that is not only easy to clean but aesthetically pleasing as well, add colour paint flake or quartz chip to achieve a stunning, seamless decorative floor finish that is second to none.

    Rhino ArmaFloor 500 is fast to install, and depending on the size of your room can be completed in just a day. You could be back using your space the very next day.

    When installed by one of our experts, our coating will fully protect your residential floors for lasting durability and beauty.

    Industrial and commercial solutions

    The use of epoxy for industrial flooring applications have been increasing significantly over the years. Rhino ArmaFloor epoxy can be used in the most demanding of industrial environments, this seamless, durable and waterproof product protects surfaces from chemical spills, heavy foot traffic and even forklifts driving over it.

    Rhino ArmaFloor epoxy bonds to almost any substrate, the product is extremely durable and long-lasting, and as mentioned above, is seamless and even waterproof. The low VOC epoxy systems can be applied directly to existing substrates, as well as to new floors, offering a seamless, monolithic film.

    Rhino Linings epoxy systems are suitable for commercial kitchens, warehouses, garages or retail applications. The flooring systems will give your floor a good-looking finish that will remain integral for many years.

    When it comes to colours and textures, speak with your flooring applicator who will be able to provide you with a variety of options.

    Backed by industry-specific experts, we provide back up and technical advice to the flooring applicator, ensuring that your floor coating will be installed to the highest possible standards and providing you with the ultimate solution for your flooring needs.

    What’s the difference between polyaspartic and epoxy flooring?

    Polyaspartic floor coatings are a fast turnaround solution for commercial, residential, chemical resistant, retail and other trafficable surfaces.

    The polyaspartic floor coatings will enhance aesthetics and functionality, as they are non-yellowing and UV stable. These polyaspartic floors are glossy and are easily maintainable, with generic cleaning systems.

    Epoxy floor coatings are a rapid curing two-component mix designed as a heavy-duty coating for garages, restaurant floors, aircraft hangars and most industrial applications.

    If you have a question about our flooring products and application capabilities, please contact us. Barefoot Concrete uses independent approved flooring contractors and coatings applicators and we offer support from the design through to the installation of the flooring systems – you can rest assured we have it covered.

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    The big difference – prep time

    The difference between a small job and a big job is the prep time.

    Time is money and a key component of keeping costs in check. When a tradie prices up a job, the price is made up of the following formula: Price = Scope + Time + Resources.

    Any changes to one or more of these components that make up the price affect the job costs and profitability of the job. Therefore, finding efficient and effective ways to do a job saves us time and when we save time we save money! 

    However, preparation is the bane of existence for lots of tradies because they don’t expect it to be so time-consuming. You can easily devote an entire day or more to preparation – all before even starting the actual work.

    When you need to protect outdoor surfaces by masking off areas, you need a good product and a good product, if you are going to save time. If masking up is done properly the whole job can be done without a mess, splatter or overspray on a surface that you have to clean up afterwards. 

    For example, when applying a decorative concrete coating you can be sure that overspray is inevitable. While the applicator can use their own plastic, newspaper or boards to mask up, you’ll make your life easier if you use a construction grade outdoor masking film like Mask Up Outdoors from Barefoot Concrete.

    What Is Masking Film?

    Masking film is not the same thing as a tarp. Tarps are not meant to be form-fitting or to create a paintable edge.

    If you need to walk on or cover items, consider using an industrial-grade drop sheet or dropcloth.

    Pre-taped masking film comes in long rolls of 50m and widths from 550mm to 1400mm. You will find two types of masking film:

    1. The first kind of masking film is called a pre-taped masking film. It is represented by Mask Up Outdoors from Barefoot Concrete and has a strip of 36mm masking tape running along one edge of the film.
    2. The second kind has no tape, relying instead on the plastic’s static-cling properties to hold it in place. You can still use masking tape to tape the plastic sheet, however, the pre-taped masking film may cost more but it will save you time.

    Choose the Right Size

    The pre-taped film combines two steps: taping and draping. Firstly, you apply the masking tape, and then you pull up or pull down the plastic sheeting (draping) and tag it with masking tape to hold it in place.

    Pre-taped masking film usually has static cling properties to cling to the surface you are protecting, however, due to wind and other factors, you will still need to use some masking tape so it doesn’t blow off when you are working or if its a bit windy.

    Remember, too, that bigger is not always better. Using oversized masking film doesn’t just result in waste – you also need to cut or tape up all of that excess, which can be a pain when dealing with this extremely thin film that always wants to cling to your hands and arms.

    Ask Barefoot Concrete for the sizes they have in stock as you will find one that best fits your requirements.

    Where to Use

    Interior Walls

    A common way to use masking film is primarily when painting indoors like a ceiling. You can run the adhesive edge along the top of the wall, unfold the film downward, pressing it flat against the wall, tagging it with masking tape. Then begin to paint.

    Windows and Doors

    Masking film works great on windows because it sticks well to the glass. Masking film will rarely match the exact size of windows and doors. But all you need to do is run the adhesive strips down two sides of the area to be masked. If you have at least six centimetres of overlap, it’s not necessary to tape between the two sections (though it can never hurt).

    Other Areas

    Remember that masking film isn’t just for painting right to the edge. Often you need to cover cabinets and flooring to protect them from an ambient spray. Masking film works great for this.

    Outdoors

    A construction-grade masking film is perfect for masking up outdoors and where the tape needs to stick to rough, uneven, dirty or damp surfaces.

    Large Areas

    If you have large areas to mask, it’s nearly impossible to use newspaper or cardboard. Masking with masking film consumes far less time than masking with something else because, with film, you’re only dealing with a single sheet of film. With newspapers or cardboard, it can take five or six sheets to properly cover an area.

    Barefoot Concrete recommends Mask Up Outdoors, a high quality, construction grade, multi-purpose pre-taped masking film. The product is suitable for masking up both indoor and outdoor areas in diverse weather conditions and is fit for purpose across many different industries.

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    Mask up faster – save time, save money!

    New industrial-grade outdoor pre-taped masking film will save you time and money. Ideal for the decorative concrete resurfacing and painting industries or any outside work where protecting surfaces is required.

    The key differences are that is has been purposely designed for all-weather outdoor masking and construction. It is tackier and more water-resistant than any other tape on the market. If you are using Ezy Masking Tape, and what to try something new, contact us, or visit our shop to order a box.

    Our product, Mask Up Outdoors, is a high quality, industrial-grade, multi-purpose pre-taped masking film. The product is suitable for masking up outdoor areas in diverse weather conditions and is fit for purpose across many different industries.

    Product Features

    • General purpose, heavy-duty and durable for masking up and protecting outdoor areas
    • Good cling properties and conformance to irregular surfaces
    • Excellent holding strength
    • Strong tackiness with good adhesion, even on dirty surfaces
    • Solvent and moisture resistance to minimize bleed through
    • Waterproof properties, can stick to damp outdoor surfaces
    • Clean and residue-free removal within 24 hours
    • Electrostatic film properties where PE film clings to the surface
    • Superior ripping and linearity to improve workability
    • Easy unwinding and application of multi-folded drop sheet
    • Easy cutting and trimming
    • Temperature resistance
    • RoHS compliance (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
    • REACH compliance (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals)
    • Retail wrapped
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    How concrete floors are polished

    We recently did a concrete polishing job and thought it would be a good opportunity to post how a concrete floor is polished.

    A polished concrete floor is ground and then polished to a glossy, mirror-like finish. There are many design options when it comes to polished concrete. You can choose nearly any colour, create patterns with saw cuts, or embed aggregates or interesting objects into the concrete prior to polishing to give it that wow factor. The reflectivity of the floor can also be controlled by using different levels of concrete polishing.

    Polished concrete is popular in commercial buildings because it is easy to maintain. Maintaining polished floors requires dust mopping and occasional use of a cleaning product, it does not require more labour or product intensive maintenance, its the lowest cost kind of floor to maintain.

    In terms of how concrete is polished, simply put, polishing concrete is similar to sanding wood. A heavy-duty polishing machine equipped with progressively finer grits of diamond-impregnated segments or disks (akin to sandpaper) is used to gradually grind down a concrete surface to the desired degree of shine and smoothness.

    The polishing process

    The process begins with the use of coarse diamond segments bonded in a metallic matrix. These segments are coarse enough to remove minor pits, blemishes, stains, or light coatings from the floor in preparation for final smoothing and polishing.

    Depending on the condition of the concrete, this initial rough grinding is generally a three to four-step process.

    Once the rough grinding is finished, the next step involves the fine grinding of the concrete surface using diamond abrasives embedded in a plastic or resin matrix. Crews progressively use ever-finer grits of polishing disks (a process called lapping) until the floor has the desired sheen.

    For an extremely high-gloss finish, a final grit of 1500 or finer may be used. Experienced polishing teams know when to switch to the next-finer grit by observing the floor surface and the amount of material being removed.

    During the polishing process, an internal water-based penetrating sealer is applied. The sealer sinks into the concrete and is invisible to the naked eye. It not only protects the concrete from the inside out, but it also hardens and densifies the concrete.

    This eliminates the need for a topical coating, which reduces maintenance significantly vs. if you had a coating on it. Some applicators spread a commercial polishing compound onto the surface during the final polishing step, to give the floor a bit more sheen.

    These compounds also help clean any residue remaining on the surface from the polishing process and leave a dirt-resistant finish.

    You can polish concrete using wet or dry methods. Although each has its advantages, dry polishing is the method most commonly used in the industry today because it’s faster, more convenient, and environmentally friendly. The main photo in this post is an example of mechanical dry grinding.

    Wet polishing uses water to cool the diamond abrasives and to eliminate grinding dust. Because the water reduces friction and acts as a lubricant, it increases the life of the polishing abrasives.

    The primary disadvantage of this method is the cleanup. Wet polishing creates a huge amount of slurry that crews must collect and dispose of in an environmentally sound manner.

    With dry polishing, no water is required. Instead, the floor polisher is hooked up to a dust-containment system that vacuums up virtually all of the mess as you can see in the photo.

    Many contractors use a combination of both the wet and dry polishing methods. Typically, dry polishing is used for the initial grinding steps, when more concrete is being removed. As the surface becomes smoother, and teams switch from the metal-bonded to the finer resin-bonded diamond abrasives, they generally change to wet polishing.

    Step-by-step concrete polishing process:

    • Remove existing coatings (for thick coatings, use a 16- or 20-grit diamond abrasive or more aggressive tool specifically for coating removal).
    • Seal cracks and joints with an epoxy or other semi-rigid filler.
    • Grind with a 30 or 40-grit metal-bonded diamond.
    • Grind with an 80-grit metal-bonded diamond.
    • Grind with a 150 grit metal-bonded diamond (or finer, if desired).
    • Apply a chemical hardener to densify the concrete.
    • Polish with a 100 or 200-grit resin-bond diamond, or a combination of the two.
    • Polish with a 400-grit resin-bond diamond.
    • Polish with an 800-grit resin-bond diamond.
    • Finish with a 1500- or 3000-grit resin-bond diamond (depending on the desired sheen level).
    • Optional: Apply a stain guard to help protect the polished surface and make it easier to maintain.

    If you have a polished concrete project in mind, call the experts, Barefoot Concrete will help you achieve the outcome you desire and make your concrete look fantastic. Call us now!

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    Sealing and maintenance trends

    How is your decorative concrete coating looking? Is it time for some maintenance?

    There is a hidden downside to the lighter colours and finishes popular in the decorative overlay industry which has to do with sealing and maintenance.

    Lighter colours tend to get dirty and show wear much faster than darker colours, which means the sealer and maintenance products need to meet a higher standard of durability. Lighter colours demand more attention,” therefore we see a trend toward the use of better-quality sealers.

    Lighter colours and cleaner finishes also demand a higher calibre of sealer. Acrylics are no longer the only option for decorative concrete, and especially decorative overlays. High-solids polyurethanes, polyaspartics, and epoxies are now commonplace, especially in high-traffic and commercial applications.

    It is especially critical to have a high-solids sealer protecting thin-section overlays like micro toppings because the overlay will not withstand direct traffic long before beginning to wear. High-performance coatings may cost as much as three to five times more than acrylic sealers, but can last years longer.

    There is also a noticeable trend with sealers on decorative overlays shifting toward matte and satin finishes. In many instances today a high-gloss finish is practically the only option available. For decades, the “wet look” was all anyone wanted. This trend held fast and was embraced by the decorative overlay industry, however, in the last few years, though, the trend has shifted away from gloss toward matte and satin finishes.

    The combination of lighter colours and simpler designs has also drawn more designers and installers to embrace matte sealers because they tend to hide scratches and wear better.

    When it comes to sealer selection, people tend to spend time and money focusing on the topping with little thought to the sealer. Our customers and applicators need to be educated on the importance of sealers and maintenance.

    Concrete overlays are thin for the most part, which means the sealer is a critical part of the overlay flooring system as a whole. Maintenance schedules are important, yet they are often left out of the scope of work when installing decorative overlays. The good news is that Barefoot Concrete educates our installers and end-users to embrace better quality sealer systems and best practice maintenance for all forms of decorative concrete.

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