Sidewalk Makeover

Exterior Decorative Concrete Finish: McDonalds Restaurant Franchise Sidewalk Makeover

What do you do when you build a new McDonalds restaurant and after the first winter the sidewalks become pitted and flakey from the deicing salts that were used? You surely don’t have to tear out and replace the concrete do you? Instead, the poor conditioned concrete surface was restored using THIN-FINISH™ Pre-Mixed Overlay which was originally engineered and developed as a concrete surface repair product. Then a decorative, non-slip pattern and finish was applied to spruce it up. That finish is then sealed with CSS EMULSION™ clear protected sealer for long term performance and protection.

The application at this McDonalds below is referred to as a “Slate Trowel Down” and is designed to simulate the authentic look and feel of sandstone or slate. But it is stronger than sandstone, slate or concrete for that matter.

Flood Proof Flooring

Elegant Residential or Commercial Flooring: It’s Even Flood Proof Flooring

Even the smallest flood can cause major damage to conventional residential or commercial flooring. So why not install a flood proof flooring system that can withstand minor flooding and water damage? A floor that at the same time can be elegant and beautiful or industrial and modern. It is available with flood proof flooring options from Elite Crete Systems and it can be much more cost effective than you think.

The flood proof flooring featured on this page was applied directly to an existing concrete surface that previously had tile installed. Total thickness of the finished new floor is less than 1/8″ thick but don’t fear wear and tear. These floors are tough. Tough enough to take vehicular traffic and even drive a forklift on them.

The floor below is what Elite Crete Systems refers to as a “Slate Trowel Down” without seams and was created with THIN-FINISH™ Pre-Mixed Overlay, colored with CHEM-STONE™ Reactive Stain and sealed and protected with E100-PT1™ 100% Solids Clear Epoxy and two coats of AUS-V™ Clear Urethane Top Coat.

 

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Mississippi DOT Median Project

The U.S. Highway 80 Corridor in southwest Jackson, Miss., is one of those aging main highways that could use some aesthetic improvements. To the relief of many locals, much-needed changes are being made with the DOT median project.

One such upgrade involves a polymer modified, integrally colored, decorative concrete coating project in suburban Jackson, Mississippi. The scope of the project was approximately 70,000-square-foot over nearly a 8 mile stretch of the highway’s DOT median with a palomino and terra cotta (Both achieved integrally with PORTION CONTROL COLORANT™) polymer modified overlay finish. The overlay coating adds eye appeal and a sense of unanticipated graciousness to the center of the 8 mile stretch of corridor, complementing and accenting the area’s other ongoing improvements. “It really dresses up the median. We’ve gotten very positive comments about it,” says Nina Holbrook, executive director of the Metrocenter Area Coalition, a driving force behind the revitalization of this rundown stretch of thoroughfare. Holbrook had seen similar redesigns on medians elsewhere and thought such an approach would fit her group’s ambitious plans for this corridor.

Drivers road-hypnotized by the typical American highway systems don’t expect to see much more than endless expanses of bland plain gray concrete pavement. The windshield view was no different along this gritty commercial route — until that median got dressed up with Elite Crete Systems.

The decorative application (most of it over previously existing concrete) consisted of two squeegee coats of THIN-FINISH™ Pre-Mixed Overlay which was integrally colored with PORTION CONTROL COLORANT™. Then the integrally colored THIN-FINISH™ was sprayed through a hopper gun over both patterns. The project was finally sealed with two coats of CSS EMULSION™ a VOC compliant, clear protective concrete sealer.

In addition to the improved look, the polymer modified overlay provides additional protection from abrasion, road salts, debris and ultra violet rays.

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Hockey Rink Floor at the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

Canadian Sports Hall of Fame: Hockey Rink Floor

Architects and designers of the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame at Canadian Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, decided a hockey rink floor would be the best way to enhance their ice hockey exhibit. Calgary-based Hardscapes, Inc., completed the project at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame museum in Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, where they installed a HERMETIC™ Epoxy Floor using white E100-PT4™ 100% Solids Pigmented Epoxy and clear E100-UV1™ 100% Solids Clear Epoxy coatings to transform the floor of the hall of fames ice-hockey exhibit room into a virtual ice rink.

Canadian Hockey Hall of fame Floor

Canadian Hockey Hall of fame Floor

Don’t let the beauty fool you. HERMETIC™ Epoxy Flooring Systems are actually industrial floor coatings typically installed in manufacturing facilities, warehouses and aircraft hangars where high performance is required to withstand heavy traffic. By blending colors with industrial floor coatings, these flooring systems have been more and more attractive to architects, designers and property owners for use in commercial and high end residential applications where a better floor is required.

Additional options for these type of floors:
– Thicker repair systems for pitted concrete, holes or deteriorated expansion joints.
– Standard and high performance NOVOLAC coatings for chemical containment or splash and spill areas.
– Increased slip resistance for wet or other areas of concern.
– Available in finishes ranging from: gloss, satin or fullt matte.
– Fifteen standard colors with custom colors available upon request.
– Optional REFLECTOR™ Enhancer Flooring Systems for even more unique colors and appeal.

Samples, color charts and other technical data available throughout this website or my contacting one of our technical offices available worldwide.

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Better Than Polished Concrete

Polished concrete has been relatively popular amongst specifiers and property owners the past several years and people are finding out that isn’t always as durable or beneficial as advertised. Can it look nice? Sure, sometimes the look of polished concrete is great. But polished concrete does wear and doesn’t have the abrasion resistance that some people claim it does? No polished concrete isn’t stain and chemical proof as some people claim.

An alternative? A fluid applied resinous based floor created with REFLECTOR™ Enhancer or HERMETIC™ Flooring Systems from Elite Crete Systems. The garage floor below was designed to give the look of a metallic ground polished concrete floor. However, the homeowner wanted it to be tougher, more abrasion resistance, easier to clean & maintain and ultimately as care free and long lasting as possible. Its not polished concrete but it is exactly what they wanted and received. He now says that people are as interested in his floor as they are his cars…

REFLECTOR Enhancer is better than polished concrete

REFLECTOR Enhancer is better than polished concrete

REFLECTOR™ Enhancer or HERMETIC™ Flooring Systems can achieve much higher levels of abrasion and chemical resistance once an additional coat of urethane such as AUS-V™ with aluminum oxide powder additive. The durability level is such greatly increased that this is becoming the norm and standard for commercial and industrial floors.

Even more options are available to bring additional performance benefits to the system such as; high chemical resistance, increased impact strength and long term resistance to UV exposure just to name a few. Contact an Elite Crete Systems technical representative to discuss all of the available options and which combination is best for your project.

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