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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Applying Epoxy Coating to Garage Flooring

Installing epoxy flooring takes a little up-front preparation before beginning. The most important step in the process is making sure that the floor you are going to apply the epoxy coating onto is free of moisture, residual paint and does not have a cement sealer or other finishing applied to it.

To test for moisture, take a sheet of plastic and take it to a 3-foot x 3-foot area using masking tape. Keep it there for about two days and then remove and check for any moisture collecting on the side of the plastic facing the floor. If moisture is present, than an epoxy flooring coating is not suitable as epoxy needs a dry surface to properly bond with the flooring.

Next, we’ll test to make sure the flooring does not have a sealant already applied to it. This test will also check for the presence of oils in the cement as well. Take a cup of water and pour it directly onto the existing flooring. It should soak into the floor in a reasonable amount of time. If it beads or just sits on top of the flooring then the flooring has probably already been sealed or contains oil contaminants. Epoxy flooring is not suitable for cement floors that have already been sealed or contain any type of oil residue as it will not bond.

Finally, if you are willing to spend several months testing an area of your garage floor for suitability to installing epoxy flooring you can paint a small area with regular, oil-based enamel. If this test area lasts for several months then it is likely an epoxy coating will last as well. However, if you decide to proceed with applying the epoxy coating you will need to remove this enamel coating which will require sanding.

Tile Floor For Basement

1. A tile floor is relatively inexpensive compared to other types of flooring. Depending on the grade and style you buy, you might be able to get the peel-and-stick brand that you can lay down yourself instead of hiring it done. This will suit not only your wallet but your schedule, since it can be done in stages, as you have the time, and perhaps with the help of a friend or family member. Of course, you can get the more costly styles, and pay more, for a richer or more polished look, depending on your plans for the basement‘s use.

2. Tile is replaceable, so if one or more pieces should get stained, chipped, or torn, you can take them up and lay down new ones at your convenience. Instead of waiting for a service call from someone who only works weekends for double-time pay, you can do it yourself in time for the next party or family get-together.

3. Tile flooring is easy to clean. You don’t have to worry as much about spilled beverages, pet accidents, or muddy shoes tracking through. Just fill a bucket with hot water and mild detergent, or whatever the tile manufacturer’s directions suggest, and mop up dirt, dust, and debris in a few minutes’ time.

4. Tile is easily changed. If you get tired of the design and want to change it, or decide to put down carpet when you get an unexpected monetary windfall, you can make the switch fairly quickly and easily. Some people decide to lay carpet on top of the tile, which makes it easier than taking up the old and putting down the new floor covering.

5. Tile patterns are versatile. You can choose a basic monotone color to blend in with neutral surroundings. Or buy a contemporary design to turn your basement into a family recreation room. A more sedate, intricate pattern provides a nice floor covering for a room that will become your den or a spare bedroom. Throw down a few accent rugs (the non-skid variety) and enjoy the brand new look.

Exterior Waterproofing

In case the house where it has been built on soil, knowing that the soil will be moist having high and fluctuating water table. In case of a leak in the basement, then the water coming in will do a lot of damage to the basement walls and floor leading to the need of exterior waterproofing.

The wet basements leave out an unpleasant smell and lead the people to get infected and results in potential health hazards. The growth of mold or mildew will start if there is moisture content in the basement, which again needs basement waterproofing services to avoid further damage to the basement.

The main sign of exterior wet basement is the presence of water on the foundation as the drainage system may not be working well leading to damp walls. This situation is a serious hint that the house needs to have the basement waterproofing services to be given along with exterior waterproofing, which will prevent the basement from getting more damages than ever.

The exterior waterproofing is a costly affair, but does save a lot of effort and health hazards for the residents. The process is listed out in a step by step procedure below for a better understanding of the benefits of the process:

1. For this process, the house needs to be excavated from the sides till its footings.

2. Once the soil has been excavated then a protective membrane is applied around the exterior in order to safeguard the basement from any water issues.

3. In the end, a new upgraded drainage system is installed as prevention means to stop further damage to the basement with the help of a new protective membrane. This is also done with the aid of using a plastic drainage pipe leading to stoppage of water clogging around the house. Basement waterproofing services are essential to keep the exterior basement safe in order to keep the interior basement safe for the best homes.

Building Strong Foundation

  1. Soil Inspection

Checking the condition of the soil is the foremost step before beginning any work on it. When it comes to building a strong foundation, the soil type and its condition become very important. If the soil inspection is ignored, it can lead to instability in the future. Your structural engineer or your architect may be a trustworthy person to approach for inspecting the soil.

  1. Excavating and Grading Process

Remove all the small stones, rocks, pebbles, twigs, roots, etc. from the soil as such waste materials may hamper the process of building the foundation. Removal of waste material is necessary because it may also interfere in maintaining a particular level of slope while grading the soil. Make sure to dig the soil up to the required depth only. For accurate results, an excavation contractor may come to your rescue.

  1. Building the foundation

To begin building the foundation, install the footings. Keep in mind that you would either be pouring concrete into wood forms or directly into the trenches to create footings. It depends on the type of foundation you want and the type of soil.

Concrete needs reinforcement for added strength and crack resistance. It is worth the small additional cost to install rebars (steel reinforcing bars). Once the concrete is poured, make sure to check that there is no air gap as it will lead to developing further cracks in the foundation. Seal the footings with a high quality sealer.

Remember that the concrete base should be cured of any loopholes before proceeding further. Pay attention to minute details such as the correct mixture of concrete, amount of water in it, depth of the layer to be poured, etc. Take the help of a quality-minded concrete contractor for building the foundation successfully.

  1. Finishing touch

Last but not the least, make use of concrete finishing tools such as hand float, trowel, edger and hand groover to smoothen the top layer of the foundation. Apply another layer of sealer to get rid of the remaining moisture. You can opt for acrylic-based sealers because they work well as a curing compound as well as a sealer.