Friday, November 26, 2010

Concrete micro topping over tile.

Original floor tile with in-floor heating. New renovation eliminated walls which had to filled with an expanding grout.

Paul Taylor from AKA Beton on the self level rake
Floor need a 3/8 inch Self level to cover the undulating large tile. LEVEL1 was used a self level ing underlayment.

Troy applies the second coat of white Arapdio cement to complete the resurfacing process.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Gym with Arapido cement

Adventurous alternative
       Decorative concrete

Flooring plays an important part  in any gym with
nothing receiving quite as much abuse.
The Arapido cement floor here has handled many workouts and shows no signs of tiring.

Bold color and shapes

the warm sunny concrete colors contrast dramatically with the heavy equipment creating a fresh vibrant energetic atmosphere.

Concrete Sealer
Inspection after 2 1/2 years:
 Originally a water based epoxy was used,then top coated with 2 coats of Acrylic Floor Finish.
No subsequent maintenance was carry out except for a clean water mopping. The general area as shown in the photos  area showing no wear and in great shape

Where as the body press area is  showing some distress where the weights are continually dropped ....these areas will have to be resurfaced next month.
This time the Arapido cement will have a Terrazzi finish applied with Cast-on silica and garnet to further increase hardness and compaction numbers to combat the abuse .
Then  sealed with a high solids Urethane with  alumina oxide added to make it bulletproof.

Monday, November 15, 2010

a bed room polished concrete , a warm atmosphere

The bedroom:

The natural soft ochre tones with a custom white Cast-on creating a sense of transparency in the Terrazzi floor.

Integral pigment: Aqua-color Ochre 20 mls. with Onxy Black 10mls..

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Arapido cement replaces white carpet

A sense of intimacy is created.
   ............. you feel as if you are peeking

New Vancouver  condominium
 Brand new white carpet was removed upon owners taking occupancy and Arapido cement installed with a Terrazzi finish.

Simultaneous contrast:
the contrasting wall and floor colors are affected by each other, neither color reads true in the confined hallway space .

The translucent white Arapido cement softens the dark walls and the floor takes on a warm neutral hue.

Color: white Arapido with low loading of white titanium
Cast-on: clear fine silica aggregates and hardeners
Sealer: Deco Supreme (water-based cross linked urethane and acrylic) plus white pearlesence

An air of elegeance with Arapido cement.

A seamless concrete floor
with no tile pattern distractions....

An interesting  emotional response to exquisite antique furniture on white Arapido cement (with very low loading of terracotta and onyx black). Also in the floor  you will notice small match head size crushed red glass randomly placed .

Cast-on adds a sophistication to the surface

 A sandstone finish

Given the limitations of using pigment in cement, the Cast on aggregates give another dimension to the surface.
Even in this project the white silica gave the surface a natural stimulus.

Installer :Wayne Jones

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Micro Topping in New York Gallery

This is one of the first Gallery's done  in New York with Arapido Cement. At the the time we were not using Cast-on.

Installer : Hudson Concrete

A sense of space
with the seamless Arapido floor the negative space generates graphic space convincingly.

It was this project that influenced Martha Stewart to use Arapido in her 30,000 sq.ft addition to her existing facility. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Terrazzi finish at CRG Gallery New York

On my recent trip to visit Paul Huneck at Hudson Concrete, an unexpected opportunity came up to show our latest Cast-on technique over Arapido to create a Terrazzi finish.

Conclusion : Cast-on adds an interesting dimension to the surface matrix and improves the polishing results.

The Terrazzi surface was applied over a new self- leveled concrete floor that was showing up unwanted curing lines due to protection cardboard. 

Those important concrete details;

Polishing the Terrazzi edges with a 4 inch variable hand polisher and dry diamond pads.

We place these pads also under the larger 17' floor machine to polish the field areas.

So Important:
Always spray apply the first coat of sealer. This eliminates the possibility of roller or applicator lines.Second coat can be applied with applicator.

Keep the pressure up and apply a very thin coat.

 With a closer look:
The polished concrete micro topping creates subtle depth and character on a very smooth floor surface without detracting form the wall art.

No rivalries here!

the Terrazzi floor acts as a perfect backdrop for objects of art.
After the floor was sealed with Deco Seal Supreme two coats of a flat wax floor finish were applied to assist for easy maintenance.

Special thanks to the owners of CRG Gallery:
Carla, Richard and Glenn for their trusting support.
Making quick decisions allowed the installation to proceed very rapidly.

THE PROJECT: installed by Hudson Concrete