After removing linoleum tile and scraping away the loose mastic from this wood underlayment.
After removing linoleum tile and scraping away the loose mastic from this wood underlayment.

Tradesmen have been applying decorative finishes to freshly placed concrete for as long as the material has existed (see "Decorative Concrete," 1/03). By coloring and texturing concrete surfaces, skilled applicators can produce concrete floors that are indistinguishable from stone, brick, tile, and slate. Dyes and stains can create murals or abstract patterns while maintaining the look and texture of a monolithic pour. The color typically goes into the surface of the concrete, so the finished product is as durable as a conventional slab.

In recent years, the development of new polymer-modified concrete overlays has made it possible to apply decorative finishes to existing slabs. It has also made it possible to put concrete floors in structures that won't support thick layers of conventional poured material. Our company has been using these thin toppings to produce decorative...

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