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Floor Coatings and Floor Paints - Concrete Blends

Jack Josephsen

By now you know floor coatings and floor paints are very different options when it comes to flooring. Are there any other paint-like products out there that could potentially cause similar confusion? Perhaps, so to wrap this series up I’ll take a quick look at another type occasionally dragged into this mix – concrete micro-toppings.  

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You may have heard of concrete overlays, spray pave, stenciled concrete, stamped concrete, concrete re-surfacing or stained concrete; all these belong to the same family of products that blend conventional concrete with paint. These blends result in a flooring that behaves like concrete in many ways, but can be applied much thinner and in a larger range of decorative styles. With the advantage of good UV stability as well, this technology has become very popular in outdoor areas like driveways and patios over the last 30 years.

Stamped concrete driveway that can be mistaken for a floor coating or floor paint.

Is it a floor paint or a floor coating?

Because it looks like just another type of paint to the untrained eye and gets thrown into in flooring discussions from time to time, it’s helpful to know where it actually sits in the flooring landscape. Is it more like a floor paint or floor coating?

The first part of the answer lies in the application method. These finishes are usually sprayed or trowelled (3-10mm thick) and can be stamped, stained or manipulated somehow for decorative effect. Overall, a variety of tools and techniques more familiar with a flooring applicator than a painter are used. Secondly, the performance of these floors is probably somewhere in between a floor coating and a floor paint. They don’t cope as well with wear or chemical exposure like a floor coating can, however they’re more durable than a floor paint. Finally for cost, typically the decorative nature of these finishes and the specialised application sees square metre pricing fall much closer to the floor coatings bracket than floor paints.

Stamped concrete having the pattern stamped unlike floor coatings and floor paint.

Once again, do your homework!

With any type of flooring the most important thing is to know what to expect beforehand. Just like floor coatings and floor paints, you can be left disappointed if concrete micro-toppings are used in the wrong environment, applied by the wrong tradesperson or with a look/finish in mind that simply isn’t within product capability. It’s safe to say from what’s written above that these blends are probably more like floor coatings than floor paints. While that’s handy to know, you’ll need to do some more digging first to ensure it’s the right choice for you.

If you have any questions about how concrete blends compare to floor coatings and floor paints, please don't hesitate to contact me directly.

Keep Smiling,

Jack Josephsen
Head FLOORChef

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