Products and Services

Products and Services

Lonestar Concrete Illusions will offer a variety of concrete products that include acid staining, scoring, decorative concrete overlays, stamped concrete overlays, epoxy flooring systems and concrete counter tops. These products will have many color and texture options to choose from. Contact us today to set up an appointment for a free quote.

Acid Staining

Stained concrete floors is one of the hot new treatments for concrete patios, interior floors, entryways, counter tops, pool decks and more. From new homes with elaborate concrete driveways to one room remodels, stained concrete flooring is becoming a very popular option and is continuing to grow. Concrete is no longer gray and boring, It is now thought of as a breathtaking decorative centerpiece in most new homes.

Today’s homeowners, builders, and designers recognize the value in using stained concrete in their designs. Stained concrete transforms traditional gray concrete into unique and beautiful works of art with very little maintenance. When comparing the cost of stained concrete with alternative flooring materials, such as carpet, tile or hardwood flooring, you should also factor in the longevity and maintenance costs. Properly sealed and maintained concrete will last a long time. Even if the stained concrete’s surface wears after time, it can often be brought back to life with touch-up staining and sealing.

The following are some things to consider before choosing stained concrete flooring.

Stained concrete, much like stained wood, does not hide imperfections or irregularities in the concrete slab. In most cases, the concrete stain can actually accentuate these imperfections, this is part of the character of a stained concrete floor. Imperfections can add to its appeal.

Every concrete slab is different and will usually take stains differently from one slab to the next. Colors will typically vary in one way or another.

Stained concrete doesn’t trap allergens like carpet does, Stained concrete is very easy to care for. We will provide you with easy to follow care instructions that will keep your stained floor beautiful for years to come.

Our staining process usually takes place after framing and before cabinets and trim on a new construction home. Our process will usually take 2 to 3 days to complete from start to finish. The slab has to be cured for 28 days before staining can take place. After this curing period we will clean and neutralize the slab with chemical cleaners. After the cleaning process is complete we will stain the slab with the chosen color. We typically stain the slab twice to ensure excellent stain coverage. We allow around 12 hours for the acid stain to react with the concrete before we come back to clean and neutralize the slab again. Once this process is done can start the sealing process.

During the construction process it is very important to keep nails and building material from laying on the slab as these can normally leave water and rust stains in the slab. Care must be taken from all sub-contractors.

Your floor will need to be covered and protected after our staining process is complete to protect the floor from oil,solvents, and other substances that could stain the concrete, such as tape, rusty nails, glues, foam insulation, sheet rock mud and paint. We can give you a quote to cover your floor after we complete the staining process.

>If at all possible DO NOT TAPE anything to the floor. If tape must be used, use only blue painters tape and do not allow tape to remain on the floor longer than 6 hours.The acids in the tape can leave tape marks in the sealer.

What to expect after the staining process

Wide color variations, mottling and unevenness of color. This is both normal and desirable in acid stained floors. The degree of mottling depends on your slab’s finish (troweled or broom), the amount of water used, and the concrete’s composition.

Imperfections, such as hairline cracks, porous areas and aggregate coming to the surface are common traits in stained concrete floors.

The final color may differ from the color shown on our color chart and even somewhat from the color sample provided. (All batches of chemicals are slightly different.) We can provide stain samples in areas that will be covered by cabinets to get a better idea as to how your slab will take the stain color chosen.

Your slab could be damaged during the construction process (from spills, paints, glues, tapes, gouges, etc.) even though you or your builder has tried to anticipate and minimize such occurrences. These “blemishes” often contribute to the “distressed” old world look that is desired by many interior designers, and add “character” to your floor. It is often possible to faux paint over some blemishes to help blend them in, however, these may still be visible in very rough, porous, patched or damaged areas.

Your stained concrete applicator cannot be responsible for structural flaws such as hairline cracks, excessive moisture, porosity, or efflorescence in the concrete. (Efflorescence results in white spots caused by moisture coming through the concrete or a breach in the vapor barrier). These are the responsibility of the concrete contractor. In the rare off-chance that something like this occurs, we have steps that can be taken to try to repair these flaws if they are caught in enough time but we cannot guarantee the outcome.

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Scoring

Scoring will be an option to the acid staining process. We will be able to score the slab to mimic the look of tile in any size and orientation the customer wants. We can add decorative borders to rooms and decorative touches such as the Texas star or custom emblems. This option would add 1 – 2 days to the acid staining process.

Decorative Concrete Overlays

A decorative concrete overlay is a thin decorative micro topping that is designed to look like wood. This product can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. Concrete overlays are a cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring. This product gives a beautiful, very realistic representation of the real thing.

The following are some things to consider before choosing concrete overlay.

A concrete overlay is usually installed between 1/16th and 1/8th inch thick. (Note: cracks in your slab are the result of structural flaws in the slab. Even though we attempt to repair cracks they can still come back due to slab movement. We cannot guarantee that a crack will not reappear.

A concrete overlay doesn’t trap allergens like carpet does, Concrete overlays are very easy to care for. We will provide you with easy to follow care instructions that will keep your stamped concrete floor beautiful for years to come.

Our Overlay Process

Our overlay process usually takes place after framing and before cabinets and trim on a new construction home if installed indoors. This process will usually take 3 to 5 days to complete from start to finish. The slab has to be cured for 28 days before stamping can take place. After this curing period we will mechanically abrade the surface to ensure a good bond between the slab and the overlay product. After the abrasion process is complete we will clean the slab and start prepping for the process. After the overlay process is complete, primary and secondary colorants will be added before it is finally sealed.

Your floor will need to be covered and protected after our the stamping process is complete to protect the floor from oil,solvents, and other substances that could stain the concrete, such as tape, rusty nails, glues, foam insulation, sheet rock mud and paint. We can give you a quote to cover your floor after we complete the stamping process.

If at all possible DO NOT TAPE anything to the floor. If tape must be used, use only blue painters tape and do not allow tape to remain on the floor longer than 6 hours.The acids in the tape can leave tape marks in the sealer.

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Stamped Concrete Overlays

Stamped concrete is a type of concrete overlay that is designed to look like stone, wood, bricks and other textures. Usually, stamped concrete is used for driveways, patios, porches and side-walks but can also be used on interior applications. Stamped concrete is still a cheaper alternative to cobblestone, slate, hardwood flooring and brick. This product gives a beautiful, very realistic representation of the real thing.

The following are some things to consider before choosing stamped concrete.

Stamped concrete is a good choice if your concrete has imperfections or irregularities in the concrete slab. We have the ability to make repairs to cracks and other imperfections in the slab before we cover it up with this product. Stamped concrete is usually installed between a 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch thick. (Note: cracks in your slab are the result of structural flaws in the slab. Even though we attempt to repair cracks they can still come back due to slab movement. We cannot guarantee that a crack will not reappear.

Stamped concrete doesn’t trap allergens like carpet does, Stamped concrete is very easy to care for. We will provide you with easy to follow care instructions that will keep your stamped concrete floor beautiful for years to come.

Our Stamping Process

Our stamping process usually takes place after framing and before cabinets and trim on a new construction home if installed indoors. This process will usually take 3 to 5 days to complete from start to finish. The slab has to be cured for 28 days before stamping can take place. After this curing period we will mechanically abrade the surface to ensure a good bond between the slab and the stamped concrete. After the abrasion process is complete we will clean the slab and start prepping for the stamping process. The stamping process varies a little from indoors to outdoors. After stamping is complete, primary and secondary colorants will be added before it is finally sealed.

Your floor will need to be covered and protected after our the stamping process is complete to protect the floor from oil,solvents, and other substances that could stain the concrete, such as tape, rusty nails, glues, foam insulation, sheet rock mud and paint. We can give you a quote to cover your floor after we complete the stamping process.

If at all possible DO NOT TAPE anything to the floor. If tape must be used, use only blue painters tape and do not allow tape to remain on the floor longer than 6 hours.The acids in the tape can leave tape marks in the sealer.

Epoxy flooring systems

Epoxy floors are a very durable, popular option for shops, garages and high traffic areas. There are are many different epoxy systems to choose from which include epoxies that can be color matched to any color paint on the market, metallic epoxy and epoxy flake. Epoxy systems are typically sealed with polyurethane. This product can take 3 – 4 days to complete.

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