A great-looking concrete floor is more than just a surface, according to Bill Leys.
“Concrete flooring is a conversation starter,” he said. “Cool concrete floors grab people’s attention.”
Leys, who has owned Central Coast Waterproofing since 2007, frequently created decorative finishes on his exterior waterproof deck systems. Clients began requesting similar finishes for interior floors. And so, earlier this year, The Concrete Floor Store was born.
The Arroyo Grande showroom demonstrates the many ways to dress up concrete on outdoor patios, pool decks, sidewalks, driveways and interior surfaces. There are flooring options for light industrial and commercial enterprises. The shop also sells garage cabinets that you can install or have installed.
Concrete has become a fashionable material in recent years. Leys credits its longevity, durability, ease of cleaning, absence of allergens and cost-effectiveness.
Concrete is also a blank slate on which a contractor with the right know-how can render a variety of looks. It can be highly polished and contemporary, or more traditional with finishes that resemble stone, brick or even wood.
“We often do unique finishes that are one of a kind,” he said. “Your friends can’t get the exact same thing you have when you have a concrete floor.”
Stamped concrete overlays work both inside and out and can disguise flaws such as cracks and stains. Existing concrete is coated with a thin layer of polymer modified cement, stamped with rubber stamps, then stained and sealed. Or, when space is tight, workers lay out a template to mimic grout lines, then use a special trowel, fancy handwork and stains to recreate the look of brick or stone.
Other options for interior flooring include staining an existing slab and sealing it with a gloss lacquer finish, polishing an existing concrete slab, or installing a polishable overlay system. Outdoor existing concrete can also be enhanced with a stain.
For garages, the company offers basic flake-system epoxy floors, as well as more upscale finishes. Epoxies can also be used inside the house in bathrooms and kitchens.
The price of concrete flooring finishes depends on variables such as preparation requirements, crack repairs, the type of finish, and the size of the project. A larger project tends to be more cost-effective because of the time required for setup. According to Leys, a floor of 300 square feet could run anywhere from $4.50 to $20 per square foot.
Currently, The Concrete Floor Store is open by appointment only at 405 E. Branch St. in Arroyo Grande, 545-8300.
Rebecca Jureticis a contributing writer for Home&Garden. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.