Visions-N-Crete Flagstone | Decorative Concrete Profile

Visions N Crete flagstone with deer prints 3Flagstone is a popular decorative concrete pattern around the world. The amazing thing is that no two flagstone jobs turn out exactly the same.

Color choice, shading, layout, grout line size…the list of differences goes on and on, making each installation one of a kind.

Brian Houghton of Visions-N-Crete with the Engrave-A-Crete Shark.

Brian Houghton of Visions-N-Crete with the Engrave-A-Crete Shark.

 

 

Brian Houghton of Visions-n-Crete, Keene, NH has learned that personalizing a flagstone pattern results in a beautiful installation and one the customer will love.

 

 

 

Visions N Crete plain concrete

 

A plain gray concrete walkway and front porch in Swanzey, NH served as a blank palette for Brian on this job.

 

 

Visions N Crete decorative concrete stain

After consulting with the customer, he applied Concrete Resurrection Mountain Road and Honey Oak Reactive Acid Chemical Stains to transform the concrete into an attractive surface.

 

Visions N Crete decorative concrete flagstone deer

 

While a simple flagstone pattern would have been beautiful, Brian added an engraved deer head pattern, using an Engrave-A-Crete template and the KaleidoCrete tools to up the “Wow!” factor.

 

Visions N Crete decorative concrete flagstoneThe remainder of the walk and porch were engraved with a flagstone pattern, again using Engrave-A-Crete templates.

The result was eye catching and outstanding.

 

Visions N Crete flagsone with deer hoof prints

But Brian wasn’t done. Next he engraved deer hoof prints meandering naturally along the walkway.

Can we say unique? And beautiful? Absolutely!

 

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Outstanding work, Brian! We love seeing your installations that are a notch above the ordinary.

 

To see more of Brian’s impressive work, visit and Like his Visions-n-Crete Facebook page, or go to his website at http://www.visionsncrete.com.

To learn more about the KaleidoCrete system that Brian uses for his engraving, visit our website at https://engraveacrete.com/kaleidocrete.

You can view our template gallery here and learn more about Concrete Resurrection Reactive Acid Chemical stains here.

4 Ways to Care for Decorative Concrete | Be a Teacher

blog teacher cartoonEducating your customers on how to care for their interior engraved decorative concrete once you’ve finished the job is important in two ways.

First, it’s important for the customer to have a floor that remains attractive. They’ve paid you well, and they deserve a beautiful surface that lasts a lifetime.

Second, it’s important to you. Your reputation as a decorative concrete installer is at stake. Your customer, and everyone else who sees it, will blame you if the concrete becomes scratched, stained, or fades. Word of mouth advertising – whether it’s good or bad news – travels quickly and carries a lot of weight.

Educate your customer about the proper care and maintenance of the surface using these simple steps.

1. Entry Mats

A good scraper mat outside each entrance removes debris such as sand, pebbles and mud that can scratch or mar the concrete surface. Interior mats help stop dust and moisture before it can be deposited on the floor. Just be certain that interior mats do not have a rubber backing that may cause an unsightly and difficult to remove hard mineral deposit on the floor.

2. Furniture Pads

Avoid nasty scratches from chairs, tables and other furniture by using felt pads and tap-in protectors. Urge your customers to use them.

3. Regular Cleaning

Dust mopping and damp mopping are essential. Just as tiny particles of sand on sandpaper wear away a surface, grit carried in from outdoors will wear away the finish on the floor as it’s repeatedly walked on. Also, caution your customer to clean up spills as quickly as possible.

Use plain water or a neutral cleaner when mopping. NEVER use bleach, vinegar, ammonia, pine oils or high phosphate cleaners since they can be corrosive to the finish.

4. Reapply Floor Finish

Explain to your customer that floor finish is the maintenance top coat applied to protect the sealer and add shine. It will usually need to be reapplied once or twice a year, depending on the amount of traffic on the floor.

Make a note to check with your customer when it’s time to reapply Concrete Resurrection  Floor Finish. It can mean some extra income for you.

If you have questions about any of our tools, products or processes, give us a call at 1-800-884-2114.

Footprint Cleanup on Stained Concrete Floors – Tips of the Trade

Picture yourself walking up to the basement floor you stained the evening before.  There they are, footprints leading from the patio door to the stairway – right across the stained concrete you were so proud of. Oh,  #%*&!

It can happen, and regardless of who’s to blame, it’s your job to fix the problem.

Chris Mirabal, Senior Tech Advisor, has some suggestions for dealing with the issue.

Reactive Acid Chemical (RAC) stained floor:

  1.  Use a floor machine with a black pad and scrub, scrub, scrub the surface. Your goal is to get as much of the stain off the entire floor as possible.  Yes, it’s like starting all over.  (The footprints will still show up, but will be much lighter.)
  2. Reapply RAC stain using standard procedure, blending in what remains of the footprints.

OR

  1.  Use a floor machine to scrub as above.
  2. Reapply RAC stain using standard procedure.
  3. Use rags, sponge, HVLP or pump sprayer to apply Water Reducible Concentrate (WRC) stain to create a faux finish that camouflages what remains of the footprints.

For a Water Reducible Concentrate (WRC) stained floor:

  1.  Apply more WRC to mask the footprints.  You will likely have to do the entire floor for a consistent look. Faux finishes hide flaws well.

As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  To prevent this nightmare from happening again,…

  • Explain to your customer what to expect during the decorative concrete installation, and the importance of not touching the floor until you give the go-ahead.
  • Use caution tape to block off the entrances or to surround the entire area. Use Keep Out signs.
  • Alert other workers on the job site about the importance of not walking on the surface.