Friday, April 29, 2011

Fabulous Concrete Floors

So as many of you may know, my house has been in total disarray. We had a water leak in one of our walls and the water ruined four walls, a bathroom floor and our dinning room floor. After pulling up some flooring it was time to decide what I was going to replace the old floor with . Being that I have a love for home interior design I have been looking at and drooling over treated concrete floors for a long time. I love the look of buffed concrete but it wasn't what I wanted for my house. I looked through several websites and fell in love with the overlay process. We spoke with a couple of companies and only found one that was willing and capable to give us what we wanted. I wanted the floor to look fabulous and shiny and similar to marble or tile. 

The floor was very comparable in price to replacing our wood laminate, in fact I think it was a bit less in cost. However, it should be known that treating your concrete floor requires you to leave your house until the process is complete. Each day a new layer is put down and it has to dry, and since we did the entire downstairs we had to move everything out and leave the residence. This is a huge job when five people live in the house.

Our company was Modern Concrete Surfaces. Ryan came to give us the estimate and wrote up the contract. Then we had Robert Cortez come with his guys, Sergio and James. They were all so great to us and they worked so hard to do a good job. The original design wasn't what I wanted or had expected so Robert went out of his way to make me a second color board so I could make sure the floor turned out to be what I hoped for. When the day of laying down the color came, Robert was completing another job and couldn't be there so he left Sergio in charge of basically creating what would be our entire floor. He did such and amazing job, I can't even tell you. I had to be out of the house that morning and couldn't be there to see the work progress, which made me kinda freaked out. I know it worried Sergio too. However, he continued to take pictures the whole time so I could see what was happening. I was so excited about what I was seeing I couldn't stand it. He sent me pictures of each room so I could tell him how great they were. I couldn't be happier with how the floors turned out.

Every morning I texted the guys to find out their arrival times, or when they were leaving, and they never complained about me bothering them. They were all very sweet to me. The job finished on time and cost what we were quoted. Robert has returned at no cost to repair a couple of tiny scrapes that occurred when we moved back it. He's fabulous, did I say that already?

Here's what we ended up with, enjoy the pics

 The floor looks lighter in the sunny
places. Lovely

 This is a close up of what some of the 
floor looks like. It's so organic, no two 
places are the same.

So there you have it. 
It's important to remember a couple of things when deciding to treat your concrete floors. You must keep in mind it's still concrete. It's not a perfect floor and has concrete characteristics. There are little air holes, and rough spots that grab color. It's hard and things that land on it break as though you dropped them outside. In the image above you can see two round spots that behave just like circular spots in concrete outside would.
If that's not your thing than don't get it. I personally love the artistic characteristics of the floor. Sergio painted the whole floor by hand and to me it's a work of art. Amanda and I crawled around looking at the tiny spots of beauty on the first day. The worst thing about the floor was covering it up with rugs and furniture because they hide so much of it. 

Now for the carpet...


  1. Hi Kelley,
    Great floors! This finish is becoming popular over here now, when done good it looks great - on worktops too!
    All the best

  2. Yes! I really like it, and it's durable too. Crazy easy to clean.

    Thanks for your comment, my friend! Kel

  3. I think it looks lovely!!! Love the way the light plays on it!

    Not sure if I would like that under my feet and knees on long days in the kitchen. Are you planning to maybe get a gel mat for the kitchen floor? Not so pretty, but would be necessary for someone like me.

  4. Susan, Thanks for stopping by! I do plan on getting a gel for the kitchen. I just saw a couple at Costco and thought it would be a great idea, it is small enough that I can remove it when I have company or need to clean the floor. I have had foot issues so I wear ugly "Fit Flops" all the time anyway, but I can see something extra would be nice.