Faux Crete Designs

Below are some common Frequently Asked Questions. If you should have any additional questions, please contact us at info@fauxcretedesigns.com.

Q: How durable are the floors?
A: Acid stained floors have the strength and durability of concrete. The stained surfaces are further protected by high strength sealers and wax. While the surface can be damaged by dragging something heavy and sharp across the surface, most scratches of this type can be repaired. Overlayed surfaces are stronger than concrete, curing to 6000 psi. In most cases the base color of an overlayed surface is impregnated into the concrete overlayment. If something does scratch the surface of an overlay, it is much less noticeable.

Q: Is stained concrete cheaper than tile?
A: The price of stained and scored concrete is comparable to a quality installed ceramic tile. As with tile, the cost increases with the complexity of the design. Keep in mind that our processes result in a one of a kind, custom work of art. No one else’s floor will look like yours.

Q: How do you treat cracks in the concrete?
A: Cracks in your existing concrete can be filled in with epoxy, or worked into a pattern. Nonmoving, hair line cracks can usually be covered successfully. We can treat or conceal cracks, but we can not repair faulty concrete with an overlayment.

Q: Will the color fade?
A: The systems we use are very resistant to fading and UV damage. With minimal maintenance, the color will not fade for many years.

Q: I just poured a new slab, when can I stain it?
A: Concrete requires a 30 day cure before it can be stained. As concrete cures, moisture dissipates from the slab. If it stained too soon, water vapor build up could change the color of the stain.

Q: At what point in the construction process should we schedule the floor staining?
A: Ideally, you would contact us prior to construction for a detailed list of steps you can take to dramatically improve the results of acid staining. Due to the difficulty of protecting a finished floor from the other trades, we prefer to work after the drywallers, plasterers, and painters but prior to the installation of the kitchen cabinets, islands, toilets, and baseboards.

Q: How do you protect the floor during construction?
A: When covering a slab, we prefer to use overlapped corrugated cardboard, taped to itself. Do not tape to the concrete slab, as this will leave tape residue, and dark, permanent tape marks in the surface.

Q: How does weather affect the installation process?
A: Concrete can be engraved and scored in any temperature. The concrete needs to be between 40 and 100 degrees for the staining and sealing processes. For exterior overlayments, we typically need three to four rain free days for the installation and for the sealers to dry.

Q: Is this process available for interior and exterior?
A: Acid staining of existing concrete and overlays are ideally suited for both interior and exterior surfaces.

Q: How slip resistant are these floors?
A: This depends upon the application. For acid stained concrete, the floor will have the slip resistance of a hard wood floor. Different waxes can be applied to further reduce the slickness of the surface. For overlayments, the texture selected will dictate how smooth the surface is. Most stone textures will be more slip resistant than a smoother surface.

Q: How do you maintain these floors or surfaces?
A: Interior floors are usually maintained with a good floor wax. Exterior applications are periodically pressure washed to remove dirt, and re sealed as needed.