FAQs ABOUT BLUE EARTH COATINGS
We’re happy to answer questions about our coating solutions. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions – FAQs about Blue Earth Coatings.
The Blue Earth Coatings system is color-integrated, modified acrylic or epoxy flooring.
We have been providing solutions to homeowners and businesses in Northeast Wisconsin for over 20 years.
We acid etch and power wash the existing concrete to clean off dirt, remove loose aggregate and open pores. Next, a hand toweled skim coat of polymer and cement is applied to the surface thinly. This allows the maximum absorption of the polymer into the existing concrete rather that building up the existing surface. When the polymer dries, it becomes a part of the existing concrete. Because polymer is absorbed and dries as a part of the old surface, the polymer strengthens and makes dense the existing concrete, as the new application and old surface become an integrated piece.
The thinner we can apply the mixture the better, Usually between 3/32 inch to 1/8 inch. We are more interested in getting the polymer to penetrate the existing concrete than building the existing higher. The skim coat can be applied up to 2 inches thick to fill in low areas, level areas and fill holes. Areas that require more than 2 inches filling will be filled with a Portland cement gravel mix over a coat of epoxy prior to the skim coat being applied.
We can not eliminate the heaving of concrete. However, once existing concrete is resurfaced with our system, the surface will be denser and less porous. Less water will be retained by the concrete and therefore, lessen the effects of freeze/thaw cycles.
The product was tested by subjecting it to a 60 day freeze thaw cycle. This means it was frozen and thawed 60 consecutive times with no adverse affect. It is stronger and denser than standard concrete and will hold up to cold weather much longer than standard concrete.
Once the skim coat is troweled on and the colored decorative overlay is applied, the surface is sealed with a protective sealer. These sealers is non-porous and UV protective.
The system should not show wear providing that the sealer is replaced as wearing occurs. We estimate this to take place no sooner than 3 years under normal traffic conditions for a solvent based sealer. Other type sealers will give you different result. Ask your dealer which sealer is best for your application. As long as the sealer is in good condition any wear will be absorbed by the protective coating.
We have numerous standard colors to choose from. The unique highlight system allows many different color combinations. Custom colors are available on special order.
If you replace your existing concrete you will be paying the cost of rip-out, removal, forming and pouring. This takes larger equipment than our process, and can cause damage to landscaping. When completed you will have new concrete that will stain, will absorb oil and will be subjected to the dangers of salts, and has a strength of 3,000 to 4,000 PSI. Repairing concrete with our system will be stronger than most concrete at 7,000 PSI, resist stains, resist oil spills, and prevent salt damage. Additionally, it can add value to your home or property with a striking finish on your concrete surfaces.
YES! Our coatings are as useful indoors as outdoors. Our system can be applied in garages, basements, kitchens, baths, and more. Take a look at our Decorative Concrete Designs Gallery for some ideas!
There are a variety of sealers to choose from when completing a project. To determine which sealer to use, we take into consideration what traffic it will receive, if interior or exterior, and how accessible it will be if a reseal is needed. We have multiple sealers that are approved for indoor use.