The Most Resistant Garage Floor Coatings

Although your garage floor remains well-hidden from the public, you still want it to look nice while having a safe surface. The problem is that garage floors are notoriously dirty. In addition to dirt and debris, these floors are commonly subjected to chemical, solvent, oil, and grease spills. When it comes time for new flooring, you want to choose the most resistant garage floor coating possible. Among the options available for garage floor coatings, one of the best is a multicoat resinous system. This particular coating is extremely strong, durable, and versatile. Typically, a flooring of this type is made with a combination of 100 percent solids epoxy, polyuria and polyaspartic, or polyurethane. A huge advantage with these coatings is that they are almost stain-proof. In addition, they are highly resistant to chemicals, road salts, moisture, and even chips and dings that come from dropped tools. Once applied to concrete, the surface becomes three times stronger, which is quite impressive. Garage floor coatings such as these are also easy to clean and maintain. Unlike other flooring types, all you have to do is sweep as needed and occasionally hose the surface off. For something unique, the experts with McHugh’s Decorative Concrete can add color. This might consist of a single color or multiple colors. In fact, even sparkly flakes can be added if you prefer. Considering the wear, tear, and abuse associated with garage floors, choosing the right coating is important. Although any one of these three garage floor coatings would be exceptional, if you have questions or concerns, you can discuss your project with the professionals at McHugh’s Decorative Concrete. No matter which coating you eventually choose, the project should be completed by a trained professional. One reason is that prior to the application of garage floor coatings, the concrete surface must be prepared. Unless this is done correctly, the finish could begin to peel, fade, chip, or fail altogether prematurely. Obviously, this is the last thing you want to worry about, so always start by choosing a reputable company, like McHugh’s. Our experts will also provide you with information for proper upkeep once your new garage floor coating has been applied. As a result, you will never have to worry about mold,...

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Stamped Concrete: Beautiful Patterns and Designs

Working as a contractor, you may have a customer who wants to completely transform an indoor or outdoor space. An excellent option is with stamped concrete. With a wide range of design and pattern options, virtually any look can be achieved. As experts in the concrete industry with unrivaled experience in both design and installation, the team at McHugh’s Decorative Concrete feel 100 percent confident that we can provide whatever is needed to make your customer happy. Incredible Pattern and Design Options In addition to being gorgeous and functional, stamped concrete is highly versatile. Whether your customer wants a new entryway floor for a home, a walkway for a business, or perhaps an outdoor patio for entertaining family and friends, you can suggest many design and pattern options for stamped concrete. It can be patterned to look like authentic slate, flagstone, brick, cobblestone, wood, and more. As opposed to natural materials that are difficult to care for and maintain, stamped concrete requires very little upkeep. With proper installation, it will provide many years of outstanding service. Cobblestone – A random interlocking design offers a naturally worn and flat cobblestone surface that looks completely authentic. River Stone – For a walkway, patio, or driveway, a river stone pattern is stunning. Pine Plank – Stamped concrete that looks like wood is extremely popular in that it adds warmth and character to a home. The texture resembles pine boards that have been lightly sandblasted, complete with beveled edges, squared corners, and saw cut ends. Limestone – For something sophisticated and elegant, a limestone pattern is perfect. The surface looks like split natural stone with irregular edges, rounded corners, and a hand-chiseled finish. For even the most discerning customer, stamped concrete is the ideal solution. At McHugh’s Decorative Concrete, we offer only the highest-quality materials and workmanship to ensure every customer’s full...

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Key Advantages of Stenciled Concrete

Although many people use the terms “stamped concrete” and “stenciled concrete” interchangeably, there are distinct differences between the two. As with stamping, stenciling is something a professional completes once the concrete has been poured, screed, floated, and edged. For a stamped concrete surface, the image is stamped into the concrete using large forms made of polyurethane. With stenciled concrete, paper with the desired pattern is added to the surface. Impressive Benefits of Stenciling The actual process of applying stencils is easier than stamping since patterns are created using disposable paper. For that reason, projects are usually completed in less time. Another reason it takes less time to work with stenciled concrete is that professional installers complete the look without being on the slab, allowing them to work on a larger area. Although stenciling takes less time than stamping, the quality of the surface is never compromised. Another key advantage of stenciled concrete is the long list of gorgeous design options. You can have floors, countertops, or other vertical or horizontal concrete surfaces transformed to look like brick, stone, wood, tile, or pavers. Regardless of the aesthetic you prefer, you will be amazed by the finished project. Something else to consider is that unlike stamped concrete, which is commonly used for outdoor projects only, stenciled concrete is versatile, meaning it works both indoors and outdoors. Ultimately, you have more reach by choosing stenciled concrete as opposed to stamped. You will also enjoy a broad range of color options with stenciled concrete. In addition to multiple standard dyes, the experts at McHugh’s Decorative Concrete can create a customized color that complements the space. The dye added to the concrete will create an authentic look of whatever natural aesthetic you...

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Options for Stamped Concrete Patios

Stamped concrete patios are nothing new in this day and age.  They have proven to be one of the best patio choices for those seeking a long lasting, beautiful patio option that provide low maintenance and high esthetic appeal.  While stamped concrete has come a long way in the past few years, there are certain trends that seem to be showing up not only in the Appleton, WI area but across the nation.   Concrete patios used to be a small pad out the back of your home that supported a small grill and maybe a chair or two, but today’s patios are going beyond the average and becoming extraordinary. Here are a few options for stamped concrete patios Seamless stone texture: While many use stamped concrete to mimic flagstone and brick along with a number of other rock and stone patterns, today’s patios are often textured with a rock or slate texture but then left as a large monolithic field.  This means the small rock seams and grout lines normally associated with laying stone or tile are left out.  The resulting look is a that of large slabs of imported stone rather than small patterns of individual stones or tile.   Earth Tones: Even though stamped concrete patios come in virtually limitless colors there is a huge trend to keep the patio looking natural and as real as possible. A dramatic or bright unnatural color on a patio can overwhelm the decor and style of the area and makes it hard to accessorize.  Many popular colors in 2015 are grey, slate and taupe.  Keep in mind these stamped concrete patios are designed to last so choose a color you can live with for a long time.   Large:  Lets just say, often times when it comes to a stamped concrete patios, bigger is better. The trend is to have a large enough patio that you can accommodate a sizable crowd.  Patios end up being the favorite room outside the house.  The patio if large enough can handle a grill, eating area, patio furniture and a hang out area around a fireplace or fire-pit. You don’t want to go through the trouble and expense of a brand new patio just to realize it won’t...

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Garage Color Flake Epoxy Floors

If you are building a new home or want to extend the living space in your current home or simply want to improve upon your current garage floor situation,  you should check out a garage color flake epoxy floor coating.  These top of the line epoxy/urethane floor systems will change the way you use and see your garage.  Imagine a clean smooth surface that lightens up the entire space while providing the easiest and lowest maintenance floor system available.  Color flake epoxy floor coatings in a garage make quick work of sweeping leaves and debris or wiping up an oil drip or vehicle fluid.  The coating itself is chemically resistant to oils, insecticides, acids, and even brake fluid! Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect from our turn key Garage floor coating system installation. Surface preparation: The entire surface will be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for proper adhesion of the primer epoxy coat. Crack repair: Any visible cracks will be repaired and filled to provide a smooth seamless surface. Primer Coat: A primer coat is installed to completely cover the surface and provide the bond to the substrate. Vinyl Flake Broadcast: Either installed into the primer coat or a second bond coat, a customized selection of various sized vinyl flakes or chips are broadcast onto the wet epoxy coating, until the surface is saturated and no more will stick. (This is the professional way of doing it) We don’t lightly sprinkle the chips for “decor” like you would see with a DIY type product. Urethane Top Coats:  The final step is to apply a urethane top coat to seal in and protect the surface. Urethane is used because it has excellent wear and chemical resistance while providing a smooth clean polished surface finish. When the time comes to take on your garage floor please give us a call so we can show you the various options, color choices and to get you a competitive price.  This color flake system is also ideal for commercial floors, retail spaces, offices, patios decks, interiors and more. Epoxy Garage Floor Horntonville Epoxy Garage Floor Grand Chute Epoxy Garage Floor Appleton Epoxy Garage Floor Menesha Epoxy Garage Floor...

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Concrete Patio Repair and Why You Should Consider It.

For many Appleton, WI residents, the use of concrete around the exterior of the home is common, and many have worn out or damaged concrete patios, due to many factors including weather, lack of maintenance, or poor structural integrity of the slab. The following are some good tips regarding concrete patio repair and when it’s time to get your concrete patio fixed. Options and Benefits of Concrete Overlays There are many benefits of having your concrete patio repaired by using new technologies available in decorative concrete today. Thin polymer modified concrete overlays can offer a beautiful appearance, and customers today can choose from a wide variety of different colors and finish textures that can add design elements to their outdoor space. Also, installing concrete overlays for concrete patio repair is often a better solution than ripping up the old concrete slab and starting from scratch. The techniques used and the products available today offer superior patch and crack repair, and when installed correctly, the overlay products themselves adhere very well. Many homeowners may think that these types of repair projects will take a lot of time and even more money to complete, however it doesn’t have to be that way with concrete overlay systems. Depending on the project, it is usually cheaper alternative than using natural stone, and you do not have to sacrifice any of the style or beauty thanks to the ability for the concrete overlay to be stamped, textured and colored to mimic real stone. Concrete overlays are also typically easier and faster to install than some other types of masonry options are. Another benefit that you will enjoy is the durability it offers. It has the potential to last for many years, and is relatively low maintenance. If  your Appleton, WI concrete patio is in need of repair, consider the great benefits and options that may be available to you with the use of decorative concrete overlays.    ...

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Heating up your patio with fireplaces and firepits

When the weather gets chilly and the leaves begin to turn color, it may be time to look at heating things up with a custom fire-pit or fireplace.  In Appleton and Greenville, WI your outdoor enjoyment can be extended with the right fire feature. Nothing beats the crackling, aroma and warmth of a natural wood burning fire. The two main options for a custom fire feature are either a fire-pit or fireplace.  The main difference being a fire-pit is in or on the ground and often a central design that allows for a circular gathering of either chairs or benches around a pit.  Fire pits can be brick, rock or stone and are ideal for social gatherings and larger crowds. Seat wall Fire Pit with Stamped Concrete Fireplaces are most often taller structures with a chimney to exhaust the smoke and fumes while providing a directional heat for those sitting in front of the fireplace.  Fireplaces can usually satisfy a smaller crowd as the only available space is directly in front of the fire place area.  They have a tendency to radiate a stronger heat forward while providing a wind block  and backdrop to the fire. Either choice is ideal to provide additional heat, make for a great gathering space and allow for cooking, marshmallow roasting and conversation starting, but each backyard situation and layout is different. Fireplaces and Fire-pits are often constructed with a high temperature fire brick core and then sheathed or wrapped with a stone, rock, brick or manufactured stone outer shell.  The firebrick keeps the heat in the fireplace while the outer wrapping is to provide the design and style elements you chose. Adding elements like a serving bartop, (ideal for staging your drink bar, food and snacks) will allow you to organize your evening and be prepared for the night, while a wood storage slot keeps your wood accessible in the dark and dry from the rain so it burns clean. Also keep in mind that when building a fireplace the larger (longer) your chimney the better the draw will be and help keep the smoke from exiting your fireplace in the front rather than up through the chimney. For an onsite visit and free estimate contact us today. ...

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Stamped Concrete Trends for 2015

Both residential and commercial markets are finding stamped concrete to be a useful, low maintenance patio option.  When designing a patio stamped concrete allows for a wide variety of patterns, textures and color options.  As trends tend to come and go, stamped concrete is no different.  The latest in design trends in stamped concrete in Appleton, WI  provide long lasting solutions that won’t be outdated as with some passing trends. Outdoor Kitchen Bar Fractured Slate English York – Stamped Concrete Let’s take a look at what is popular in 2015 for Stamped Concrete. Seamless texture:  With the ability to virtually eliminate grout lines and seams that are notorious for collecting dirt and growing weeds, Seamless textures give the illusion of natural slate but without all the drawbacks of tile. Earth tones and natural coloration: Although stamped concrete does allow for virtually limitless color options including reds, oranges and greens, the latest trends are to create a more natural appearance and mimic natural materials like stone, brick, slate and even wood. Satin sealer:  Using a high gloss sealer is a thing of the past (at least for now).  Glossy sealers create a plastic appearance and can take away from the natural shades and hues associated with natural elements.  A satin or matte sealer will still provide a protective finish for your concrete but provide a more earthy look. Borders: Borders like brick, flagstone and even pebble are increasing in popularity.  The border will highlight the field area and can create a nice contrast to break up large spaces.  A new and emerging trend is the create a pool coping edge stamped in concrete.  The pool coping edge can be cantilevered and match the rest of the pool deck or be distinctive and contrasting the rest of the patio. Even with the fluctuation climate in Wisconsin Stamped decorative concrete installed by Mchugh Construction offers a durable strong and permanent solution to patios and pool decks.  McHugh always uses the right mix design and placement procedures to install stamped concrete so you can be rest assured it will last, even when exposed to freeze and thaw...

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