September 27, 2022

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The Concrete Info: Ideas for Refinishing Your Concrete Flooring

Welcome to the subsequent article in our ongoing collection in regards to the makeover of our Sacramento residence designed by architect Carter Sparks and constructed by Streng Brothers in 1965.  On this article we share our expertise in eradicating the laminate flooring and refinishing the concrete beneath. We provide ideas for refinishing your concrete flooring.

That is the primary main undertaking we have now undertaken the place we wanted to rent an professional. Since transferring in virtually two years in the past, we had tackled many of the small to medium sized initiatives that we may do on our personal.  This included portray the inside, refreshing the yard and including lights.  Now it was time to place our sources towards the larger home initiatives.

And refinishing concrete flooring was undoubtedly out of our space of experience!  

Our residence had about 1600 sq. toes of laminate flooring, and none of it matched. The worst of the laminate was within the household room and hallways. Regardless of our greatest efforts we may by no means get it completely clear and it at all times felt dusty on our naked toes.  Of all the numerous home initiatives on our checklist, refinishing the concrete flooring was primary.

Ideas for Refinishing your Concrete Flooring

Work with an skilled contractor

We first met with proprietor Matt Bowen of Prep Concrete greater than a 12 months in the past to seek out out the standard price, timeframe and course of for grinding and sealing our concrete flooring.  Prep Concrete is well-known within the Sacramento space and he had been referred to us by a number of different Streng residence house owners.  

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Matt Bowen proprietor of Prep Concrete exhibits the layers that needed to be eliminated to disclose our concrete flooring in our Sacramento Streng Brothers residence.

Including to our determination to work with Prep Concrete was the truth that it’s a small firm. Whereas which may imply his crew is booked months prematurely, it additionally means they’re accessible you probably have points come up throughout your undertaking. They will do that as a result of Matt and his crew principally work on one customized undertaking at a time.

Resolve the way you need your flooring to look

Your flooring will be polished from low sheen to extremely polished and you may even add colour to the concrete with a stain.  If you choose an overlay your flooring can have zero imperfections and can add considerably to the associated fee. We wished an industrial, low sheen look so opted to have our flooring floor and sealed. Costs can vary from $8-$30 relying upon the specified completed look of your undertaking. 

Tearing Out The Old Floors to Reveal the Concrete Below.
Matt’s Demo crew tears off the previous manufactured wood flooring in our Streng residence.

You’ll have to transfer out utterly

Issue the transfer out into the price of your undertaking. Furnishings, paintings, books, garments, washer, dryer, fridge — all must be moved to refinish your concrete flooring.  However you received’t must pack the contents of your cupboards. These will probably be coated with plastic to guard them from the mud. 

All the inside doorways may even must be eliminated. 

It is a very dusty undertaking. Dry grinding is greatest for interiors the place the sheetrock and paint is already in place. HEPA vacuums that connect to the grinders comprise many of the mud. You’ll nonetheless need to clear the partitions and all exterior surfaces previous to transferring again in.  

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Grinding The Concrete Floors in a Mid Century Modern Streng Home
Prep Concrete commences grinding of the concrete flooring in our Carter Sparks designed mid century fashionable residence.

We initially thought we might hire a storage pod for our furnishings however the estimate was greater than $3000.  We then had the concept of renting a U-Haul and leaving it in our driveway throughout the undertaking. The U-Haul and our storage would maintain most of our family contents. Since U-Haul costs by the mile and we wouldn’t be driving it, this introduced the associated fee method right down to about $800. 

And naturally you’ll need a spot to remain. We stayed in a resort and likewise with household. You’ll have to transfer out for about two weeks. It’s a good suggestion to remain close by so you possibly can simply verify in your undertaking and be accessible to reply any questions that come up.

We initially weren’t going to rent movers to assist us however we shortly modified our thoughts after we spent a number of hours making an attempt to maneuver a heavy credenza into the U-Haul. Fortunately just a few clicks on TaskRabbit and we had our movers the subsequent day.  We additionally used them to maneuver again in.

concrete floor in Streng Bros home
The completed patches in the lounge of our mid century fashionable Streng residence the place the concrete flooring was too mushy and brittle to be polished. You possibly can see the white spots from the sealant earlier than it dried.

There will probably be surprises

Matt was very clear when he gave us our estimate that the value may change as soon as the laminate flooring was eliminated. He couldn’t speculate what he would discover as soon as it was eliminated. 

In our case he found vinyl tile beneath the laminate in many of the rooms that needed to be eliminated and disposed of. The earlier proprietor had added sq. footage to the again of the home however hadn’t eliminated the wood threshold the place the doorways was once situated. This wood beam needed to be eliminated and crammed with concrete. Additionally they hadn’t relocated a sprinkler pipe so when the grinding machine hit the pipe we had a pleasant fountain of water gushing as much as the ceiling. All of this added to the associated fee.

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Fortunately, no asbestos was discovered and we had been grateful that Matt as a licensed contractor knew methods to cease the leak when a plumber couldn’t be discovered.

A Concrete Floor in A Mid Century Modern Home
The concrete flooring within the household room enhances our mid century fashionable furnishings. Be aware on the backside of the image the patch the place the wooden beam was faraway from the ground the place the eating room had been added.

You will want to switch your baseboards

Current baseboards are eliminated and might’t be used once more even should you wished to take action. You will want to rent a contractor or handyman to switch them. We took on that undertaking ourselves (and what a undertaking it was). The baseboards are put in and painted previous to transferring again in so issue that into your time and finances. 

We love the feel and appear of our refinished concrete flooring. The imperfections within the flooring inform the story of our residence. In a single room we see the outlines of vinyl tiles — ghosting from earlier flooring incarnations. One other room exhibits the scattering of black dots from carpet nails. In one more we see the story of a way back kitchen transform.  

All tales from virtually 60 years of dwelling.

 

Keep tuned for articles on our progress of our Sacramento Fashionable Makeover. You possibly can entry previous posts on our SacMod makeover equivalent to our most up-to-date put up in addition to at patriciakline.com.

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