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There’s a reason concrete is such a popular building material – it’s strong, durable, and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. But did you know that adding sand to the mix can make it even stronger?

This blog post will talk about how sand is used in concrete to create a finished product, the benefits of broadcasting sand into the concrete while it’s still wet, and proper safety precautions for anyone working with wet concrete. 

We’ll also give you some tips for getting the best results when broadcasting sand into concrete and let you know if broadcasted sand is right for your project. So read on to learn more!

How Is Sand Used In Concrete To Create A Finished Product?

Sand is used in concrete to create a finished product that is strong and durable. The sand added to the concrete mix helps to bind the materials together and creates a stronger finished product. There are several benefits to adding sand to the concrete mix, including improved strength and durability, increased resistance to weathering, and improved abrasion resistance.

What Are The Benefits Of Broadcasting Sand Into The Concrete While It’s Still Wet?

Broadcasting sand into the concrete while it’s still wet has a number of benefits:

  1. It helps to bind the materials together and creates a stronger finished product.
  2. It increases resistance to weathering and improves abrasion resistance.
  3. Broadcasting sand into the concrete while still wet helps fill any voids in the concrete and creates a smoother, more consistent finished surface.

What Are The Proper Safety Precautions For Anyone Working With Wet Concrete?

Working with wet concrete can be dangerous, so it’s important to take proper safety precautions:

  1. Always wear gloves and eye protection when working with wet concrete.
  2. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling the fumes from the concrete.
  3. If you get wet concrete on your skin, be sure to wash it off immediately with soap and water.
  4. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when working with wet concrete.

Tips For Getting The Best Results When Broadcasting Sand Into Concrete

There are a few things you can do to get the best results when broadcasting sand into concrete:

  1. Be sure to distribute the sand over the surface of the concrete evenly.
  2. Use a broom or brush to work the sand into the wet concrete.
  3. Be sure to let the concrete dry completely before walking on it or adding any weight to it.

Is Broadcasted Sand Right For You?

Broadcasted sand is an excellent choice for many projects. It’s strong, durable, and can help to improve the strength and abrasion resistance of the finished product. So if you’re looking for a high-quality concrete mix, be sure to consider broadcasted sand. Thanks for reading! We hope this blog post has been helpful.

Why Choose Con-Tek Coatings?

Con-Tek Floors is the best sand coatings provider in Weld County. We are a Grade-A company that aims to deliver the best concrete coating services in Weld County, CO.

We are excited to present our flooring services, including residential garage floor coatingsresidential concrete levelingcommercial concrete coatingscommercial concrete polishing, and industrial floor coatings

In addition, we offer services across Weld County, including Fort CollinsGreeleyLongmontLoveland, and Windsor.

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Are you thinking about installing concrete floors for your home or business? If so, you need a provider who will best assist you with your coating needs.

Fortunately, the professionals at Con-Tek Floors will help you with all your residential, commercial, and industrial concrete flooring needs. Lastly, we will show you that we are the best flooring company in Colorado!

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What are concrete coatings?

Our epoxy floor coatings are a concrete resurfacing option that is installed over existing concrete floors for both interior and exterior concrete. All of our coatings are installed by hand (we do not use any stamps), thus giving our clients a true, one-of-a-kind floor. We install a wide range of flooring systems such as: 100% solid epoxy, concrete stain, acrylic cement, and rubber based products.

Clients have the ability to customize any coating with our various color options and design techniques. Concrete Coatings are used not only in residential, but industrial and recreational settings as well. ConTek Coating uses only the highest quality, industrial products on the market to ensure every customer is getting the best value.

How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?

Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes.  We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind. 

How Durable Are Your Epoxy Concrete Coating Systems??

We use only industrial products on all of our epoxy floor projects. They are designed to give clients the most value and longevity over any other coating material on the market. Just to give you an idea of how strong our products are, we installed an epoxy flake floor in the garage of a Fire Station in 2008 to protect the firehouse’s garage from dirt, debris, salt, and the extreme work environment. Due to our expertise and industrial coatings, we have yet to receive a repair call. Those same products are used in all of our residential projects.

How long does a typical epoxy flooring project take to complete?

A typical residential project takes approximately 3 – 5 days to complete depending on several variables. Variables include, but are not limited to: size of job, repairs and/or preparation requirements, weather, additional design details, customer requests, etc.

What if I already have an existing concrete coating?

We must grind off any existing coating and repair materials before we can install any of our concrete coatings. This ensures the integrity and longevity of our flooring systems.

How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?

If using 100% solids epoxy, your floor will be cured and walkable in about 12-18 hours. You can return to full heavy traffic after about 24 - 72 hours. Wait for at least 24 hours before moving light weight furniture on your brand new concrete coating flooring. Before moving anything heavy (car, equipment and furniture).

How do you prepare concrete for resurfacing?

We start every project by first preparing the concrete for our products. It is imperative that we have a fresh concrete surface before installing our concrete coatings on your project – this will allow our products to have only the BEST mechanical bond.

We spend approximately 66% of the project prepping your floor which may either be by diamond grinding or shot grinding the concrete (depending on the location of the project) and in some cases we do both! Some contractors will come in and just acid wash or not even prep your floor – we get calls all the time about botched installs with customers asking if we can save their project; we must start fresh every time.

Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?

If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.

What If My Concrete Floor Has Cracks, Chips And Is Old?

No worries, we are experts in repairing existing problem areas of concrete. In some cases we have been found to be a cheaper alternative over tearing out and replacing existing slabs of concrete. Once we have saved your concrete we then install our decorative designs to hide the flaws and repairs.

How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?

You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping or mopping. 

Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?

Epoxy floor coatings are extremely resistant to most hazards, including cleaners, gas, oil, transmission fluid, and even most industrial chemicals. Our epoxy concrete coatings system is both oil and moisture resistant.

Who Invented Polyurea Coatings?

Andy Phelan, director of business development and training at Rhino Linings Corporation, explains, “Polyurea was invented in the early 1980s when a less moisture-sensitive form of polyurethane was desired. By replacing the hydroxyl group in the urethane with an amine group, a product we now call polyurea was formed.

What Are Polyurea Concrete Coatings?

Polyurea is useful for concrete floors, as it quickly and strongly bonds to concrete while providing a smooth, virtually impermeable surface that protects the floor from impact, water damage, chemicals, heat, and sunlight.

What Types Of Environments Can Epoxy Floor Coatings Be Used?

Epoxy flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments.  The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts or garages.

How Are Epoxy Floor Coatings Applied?

We have perfected a six step process for applying Epoxy Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, prime floor with epoxy primer, fill all cracks, holes with epoxy grout, then apply epoxy paint. 

Can I Apply Epoxy Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?

You can!  Epoxy can be used at cold temperatures but must be handled and applied with techniques adapted to cold temperatures.

Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Epoxy Floor Coating?

Installing Epoxy Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring.  Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! 

Does My Concrete Floor Coating Come With A Warranty?

We provide a 10 year warranty on your concrete floor coatings against peeling, delamination and wear for as long as you own your home.

Where We Service

We service Weld County, CO cities and the surrounding areas including:

Weld County, CO

Location

Con-tek Coating and Polishing, of Greeley, CO

EVERY job is done right and our customers are 100% Satisfied.

710 11th Ave Ste. E302, Greeley, CO

Our List of Services

Here are the Different Services We Offer!

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High-Performance Coating

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Industrial Floor Coating

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USDA Approved Coatings

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Polished Concrete

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ESD Coatings

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Diamond Grinding

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Line Striping

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Corrosion Resistant Coatings

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Waterproof Deck Coatings

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Non-Slip Safety Coatings

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Moisture Vapor Barriers

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Impact Resistant Coatings

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Crack Bridging & Joint Fill

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Mastic & Glue Removal

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Shotblasting

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Surface Prep

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Much More

"Austin applied a polyaspartic epoxy solid-color coating to our garage. The work -- which included grinding off the old coating and the application of three coats of polyaspartic (primer coat + 2) -- was done meticulously. The new coating looks great and the sand added to the primer coat has eliminated the slippery nature of the old coating. Austin was exceptional to deal with from start to finish. He communicated by phone, e-mail & text...always in a timely and totally professional manner. I highly recommend this company."

Robert M.
Verified Client

"Finally built a shop and I had the concrete floor coated by Con-tek Floors. No regrets, awesome job! I am a very detailed person and Austin did a great job. You can tell he takes great pride in his work. Great customer service. I highly recommend Con-tek Floors!"

Craig B.
Verified Client

"We hired Austin to level our basement floors before we installed vinyl flooring. He was on time, a pleasure to work with, clean, reasonable and our basement floors look amazing. We recommend and we would use his services again. After the floors were completed he was kind enough to drop off a thank you and some delicious coffee for us try. Thank you Austin!"

Katrina Y.
Verified Client