Concrete Coatings – Questions & Answers

I often get asked…. “Can your coatings be applied outdoors?”, “Can a flagstone coating be applied to my driveway?”, What is the best concrete coating for my swimming pool deck?”, “Can you apply epoxy to my patio?”

My answer is pretty much always the same…. “It is all about the intended purpose of the area and the use of the correct sealer.”  Things to consider when applying a decorative concrete coating:

  1. What conditions will the surface be exposed to?  Will the area be used primarily for foot traffic or vehicle traffic?  Is the area indoor or outdoors?  Will the surface frequently be exposed to water?
  2. What type of finish are you interested in?  A sealed surface is a slick surface, but…. We apply non-skid particles in all of our coatings to minimize the risk of slips and falls.  In addition, if the coating being applied is an overlay; such as a flagstone or tile coating, the final texture of the surface can be adjusted for the intended use.  This is especially useful around swimming pools.
  3. What is the life expectancy of the coating?  The use of a high quality sealer is a must, especially if the coating is applied outdoors or receives vehicle traffic.  Make sure the sealer being used is UV Stable so your coating won’t turn yellow in the sun.  Different sealers provide different life expediencies.  We learned “early on” that it is better to charge “just a little more” and use the best concrete coating sealers!  You won’t be seeing us every year or two for re-seals, our sealers are designed to last 3-5 years or 5-8 years depending on intended use and color.

Don’t be fooled by a cheap price….. it normally means cheap materials and a short lifespan for your coating!

If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.  Give us a call today at 480-890-1141.  Our estimates are always free!  Proudly serving Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Gold Canyon, Apache Junction and other Phoenix Southeast Valley Cities since 2001!  www.amazoncoatings.com

 

Garage Floor Epoxy & Poly Coating

Epoxy & Polyurethane Performance Coating

Our Performance Coatings for garage floors and driveways are top of the line!  The Epoxy and Polyurethane Performance Coating (shown here) is a two coat system with a high-solids polyurethane sealer that provides heat resistance, chemical resistance and an easily cleaned surface.  You have our guarantee that we use only the highest quality, commercial-grade products that will provide years of protection.  Our garage floors, typically, will never have to to be re-sealed!!

Not only does a garage floor coating look good, it helps to cut down on the dirt that is tracked into your home.  Sealing your concrete closes the pores of the concrete so they can no longer hold dirt.  Oil and other liquids are wiped up with a paper towel.  To help minimize slips and falls, a fine-graded silica sand is added to the surface.

This project was just completed and our homeowners could not be happier!

Epoxy & Polyurethane Performance Coating

Epoxy & Polyurethane Performance Coating

If you’re interested in a coating for your home ~ garage, patio or drive, don’t hesitate to contact us.   Proudly serving Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Gold Canyon and other Phoenix East Valley locations since 2001.  Won’t you give us a call today for your Free Estimate ~ 480-890-1141.  www.amazoncoatings.com

 

 

Concrete Coatings Patio, Pool & Garage, Mesa, AZ

Patio Flagstone Coating

Patio Flagstone Coating

Concrete Coatings for Patio, Pool, Garage and more!

Update the look of your patio and other outdoor living spaces with a decorative concrete coating from Amazon Coatings, LLC.  Our concrete coatings are durable, easily cleaned and improve the overall look of your home.  Only top quality products are used providing tough, long lasting surfaces.  Textured coatings provide slip resistance, especially around the swimming pool.

Garage floors…  Moving into a new home and want a clean, sleek look?  We work with your schedule; it’s always easier to have your floor coated prior to moving in.  One more item checked off your to do list!  Application time is 2-3 days; foot traffic allowed 24 hours after completion and vehicle traffic allowed 7 days later.  Too long for you? We can apply our upgraded, quick dry system and have you back in your garage in 3-4 days!

Garage Floor with Epoxy & Poly Performance Coating

Garage Floor with Epoxy & Poly Performance Coating

Already living in your home? Tired of tracking in dirt from that message garage floor?  We can help with that too!  The same system as above AND you’ll get the chance to clean out your garage.  Oil and grease stained concrete?  Easily handled during our thorough cleaning process.  Our commercial grade Polyurethane Sealer is heat resistant, scratch resistant and provides top of the line chemical resistance.   Easily clean your beautiful new floor with a mild cleaner as needed.

Don’t forget the patio and pool deck areas, we can help you there too!  Bring your old faded pool deck surface back to life with a new coat of sealer;

Patio and Pool Deck Flagstone and Lace Coating

Patio and Pool Deck Flagstone and Lace Coating

you’ll be amazed at the change.  Existing coating faded or chipping, let us take a look.  In many cases, if the coating is securely bonded to the concrete, we can make the necessary repairs, add some color and re-new your deck at a fraction of the cost to remove and replace.

What are you waiting for?  Contact us today for your free estimate… 480-890-1141!  Proudly serving Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert and other Phoenix East Valley cities since 2001!

Flagstone Patio Coating – Mesa, AZ

Flagstone Coating Patio

Flagstone Coating Patio

These goblins LOVE the flagstone coating on this patio!

You don’t need to be afraid of having an ugly patio.  Our decorative flagstone overlay coatings come in a variety of colors and textures.  Small patio or large, we design a flagstone look that will fit your area perfectly!

Flagstone Coating Entry Walk

Flagstone Coating Entry Walk

Not a fan of flagstone, how about a tile or slate layout; maybe acid stain or epoxy & poly.  We also provide coatings for your Garage, Driveway, Entry, Sidewalk and Swimming Pool Deck.  Check out our floor coating gallery at www.amazoncoatings.com.  Give us a call with any questions you may have or to get a free estimate.

Amazon Coatings LLC, Family Owned & Family Operated!  A+ Member of the Better Business Bureau. We have proudly served the cities of Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Gold Canyon, Apache Junction and surrounding cities since 2001.  Contact us today and “Let Us Floor You”

Help, My Sealer Is Peeling! Mesa, Gilbert & Chandler, AZ

I get many questions about how to repair a concrete coating that is peeling, be it the sealer or the coating down to the concrete. First and foremost, we need to take a look at the surface and try to determine the cause of the peeling:

Flagstone Coating Sealer Peeling

Flagstone Coating Sealer Peeling

– How old is the coating?
– When did the coating start to peel?
– Was the surface recently “re-sealed”?
– If it was re-sealed, how was the surface prepared?
– Is there evidence of excessive moisture near the area?
– What type of concrete coating is present?

Many times, the floor coating is past it’s “due date” to be re-sealed. Wear & tear and our hot Arizona Sun can take its toll on our concrete coatings. Floors should be cleaned and re-sealed about every 3-5 years, depending on the type of sealer originally used and the type of coating installed.

Epoxy Coating Peeling

Epoxy Coating Peeling

Amazon Coatings, LLC uses only the finest commercial grade coating products! We learned early on, that it is better to use high quality products and charge just a bit more than it is to use inferior coating products which produce inferior floor coatings. The money saved on a cheap coating is lost when repairs and frequent re-coats are required.

Have a problem with your coating? Is your existing coating 3-5 years old and ready to be re-sealed? Don’t have a concrete coating, but thinking about having one installed?

Epoxy & Poly Driveway Coating by Amazon Coatings, LLC

Epoxy & Poly Driveway Coating by Amazon Coatings, LLC

What are you waiting for? Contact us, Amazon Coatings, LLC at 480-890-1141 for your free in-home estimate. Our website is www.amazoncoatings.com.

Amazon Coatings, LLC is a local, family-owned and operated Concrete Coatings Contractor. We are licensed with the State of Arizona and an A+ BBB Member. We’ve proudly served the Phoenix East Valley since 2001. Give us a call Today!

5 Reasons for a Garage Floor Epoxy Coating – Mesa, AZ

Garage Chip Floor

Garage After

Garage Before

It seems like everyone is doing it…. Installing a coating on their garage floor. Some coatings are a solid color, some have color paint chips in them, some are metallic, others look like granite and some, why they are not even Epoxy. So, why should YOU have a coating applied in your garage? Here are just a couple reasons:

1) Oil drips: They wipe up with a paper towel! No floor coating is indestructible, but, by using the right materials, they can be pretty forgiving.
2) Cleaner Garage: Your garage will stay cleaner because dirt and dust are not trapped in the surface pores of the concrete floor. A sealed garage floor will be much easier to clean. In the absence of wet spills, you can sweep or use a leaf blower to clean the floor.
3) Cleaner garage means a cleaner house: Less dust and dirt are tracked into the house when the floors are clean in the garage. Enough said….
4) Brighter Garage: Epoxy floor coatings will provide “reflective” light, making the garage appear brighter. The lighter the color the brighter the garage will look. In the absence of good lighting, this is definitely a plus.
5) It looks good! These days we do more than “just park our cars”. Garages act as playrooms for our kids, party rooms and Man Caves!

Floor coatings are not just for garage floors, they are an easy way to “dress up” your patio, driveway, entry and sidewalks. There are a wide variety of coatings available beside the “painted” coatings. Many textures and shapes can be made using a polymer modified cement overlay system. Choices vary from stone, slate and tile to surfaces with texture like found around swimming pools.

Why have a boring concrete floor when there are so many coating options available. Check out our website at www.amazoncoatings.com then give us a call for your free in home estimate: 480-890-1141.

Amazon Coatings has been proudly servicing Mesa, Gilbert and surrounding Phoenix East Valley Cities for 14+ years. Still family owned and operated! Give us a call and “Let Us Floor You!”

How to Clean your Epoxy Concrete Coating, Mesa AZ

After the first question of “How long before I can walk/drive/park/etc. on my new coating”, the next question is “How do I take care of my new epoxy coating?”

First and foremost, concrete coatings, whether epoxy, polyurethane, polymer modified overlay or stain, DO NOT REPEL DIRT! Sealers and coatings are designed to allow you to clean your floor easier than the bare concrete surface. Concrete is porous, thus it holds the dirt and dust; making hard to clean. By applying a sealed concrete coating, the surface is no longer porous so the dust and dirt are not trapped in the surface.

So again, how do you clean your concrete coating?Hachey Front 2 AFter 2012

Always sweep your floor to keep dirt and dust from building up and being ground into the surface. If the floor is outdoors, you can easily use a leaf blower or garden hose. If indoors, you can always use a broom or dust mop. The surface is easily cleaned with water; by mop or hose. A non-filming cleaner can be used if water alone is not giving the desired results. I like to use vinegar and water as my “go to” cleaner.

These measures will help to extend the life of your concrete coating and keep it looking good!

Feel to contact Amazon Coatings, LLC at 480-890-1141 if you need help cleaning or re-sealing your epoxy concrete coating. We have serviced the Phoenix East Valley for 14+ years…and counting!! Check out our website at www.amazoncoatings.com.

How to Prepare Concrete Floors for Coatings, Mesa AZ

The success of your concrete floor coating, like all things, starts with proper preparation of the surface. Even the most expensive coating materials will fail if the surface is not prepared correctly.

You must “open the surface pores” of the concrete so that the coating materials can form a tight bond with the surface. The surface must be free of dirt and contaminants as well. While there are various ways to achieve this, many professional concrete coatings applicators and DIYers will use a Chemical Etching Method.

Chemical Etching is an effective preparation technique used on concrete that is “bare” or “un-coated”. The application of an acid based mixture on the concrete will cause “fizzing & bubbling” of the surface. Despite how this looks, this is a good thing! If there is no “reaction” when applying the mixture, this means that the concrete has some type of sealer present that the etching solution can not penetrate. Other means will be necessary to correctly prepare the surface.

After you have “etched” the surface, it must now be “neutralized”. This can be completed by applying a mild ammonia and water solution. Some individuals use baking soda to neutralize the acid mixture. In both cases, the idea is to stop the action of the acid.

Finally, the surface must be rinsed thoroughly! No traces of the etching or neutralizing solution can remain. It is best to rinse the surface a couple of times to make sure all traces of dirt and contaminants are removed. If in doubt, rinse again!

Your concrete floor preparation is now complete! What type of coating do you want to apply? Epoxy, Polyurethane or maybe a Flagstone Coating?

Amazon Coatings, LLC is a Professional, Licensed Concrete Coatings Company. You can visit our website at www.amazoncoatings.com. You may reach us at 480-890-1141.

Flagstone Coating – Sealer & Re-Seal on Patio and Pool Deck

Sealer is normally applied at the time of your flagstone coating installation.  These flagstone coatings require that you re-seal them every 2-5 years, depending on the type of sealer used.

When it is time to re-seal your flagstone coating, using the correct sealer is the key to an on-going beautiful coating.  Use the wrong sealer and it will peel, bubble and look “just awful” in a short period of time.

Flagstone Coating – Before

The surface can become “cloudy” looking or give the appearance of peeling/flaking like when you have sunburn.

So what is the right sealer?  If your flagstone coating was applied with a water-based acrylic sealer, you will need to re-seal with the same type of product.  Also on the market are solvent based acrylic sealers, water based urethane sealers, solvent based urethane sealers, etc…you get the picture.  As a homeowner, you pretty much need to know the type of sealer your contractor applied at the time of installation.

Flagstone Coatings – AFTER Re-Seal

OK, so you have a flagstone coating that was re-sealed with the wrong type of sealer…flaking, peeling, etc.  What now?  You need to remember, regarding of the type of coating, “what is put DOWN is only as good as what it is put ON!”  If the underlying coating and sealer is still good, then you need to remove the top coat sealer that is failing.  Once that is done, you can re-coat with the correct sealer and return to enjoying your beautiful flagstone coating.

If you have a problem with your flagstone coating, sealer or are ready for a re-seal, contact Amazon Coatings!  Since 2001 we have been applying decorative concrete coatings in the Phoenix Metro Valley.  Call us today at 480-890-1141 or visit our website, www.amazoncoatings.com for our additional coating services.

Flagstone Coatings

Flagstone Concrete Coatings for Patio, Pool Deck, Entry and Sidewalks

Here in the Phoenix Arizona desert, we love our outdoor living areas; and our love of the desert southwest shows in our choice of flagstone floor coatings for our patios and walkways.   What better way to spend a beautiful afternoon or evening with friends and family on the patio, enjoying our great weather and  beautiful sunsets.

A flagstone coating from Amazon Coatings, will be amazingly realistic, both in color and texture.  Don’t let that pretty coating fool you though….it’s tough!  Our flagstone coating, when fully cured, will be as strong or stronger than your existing concrete.  And care of our new floor coating couldn’t be easier.  Just keep your flagstone coating clean by sweeping or blowing away the debris on a regular basis. You’ll  also want to wash it periodically using a mild detergent.  Don’t forget to keep an eye on the feet of your tables and chairs; check and replace the caps regularly.

Flagstone Patio CoatingHow long will my flagstone coating last?  With proper cleaning and care, you’ll be surprised.  We recommend that your flagstone coating be professionally cleaned and re-sealed about every 4-5 years.  The amount of wear and tear, direct sunlight and care/cleaning will be big factors in how often a re-seal will be required.  Our use of commercial-grade products provide a quality flagstone coating that will provide many years of enjoyment.  Our sealers, again commercial-grade, offer the highest UV protections from our hot Arizona sun!

When is the best time to apply coatings?  Any time is a good time to apply your coating!  We work year around, starting earlier or later depending on the weather.  When you are ready, so are we!  Contact Amazon Coatings today to schedule your free estimate and “Let Us Floor You”!  Don’t forget to check out our website at www.amazoncoatings.com.