Craftsman Winner

Alternative Floors installed 9011 square feet of polished concrete in the new corporate offices of international gardening and nursery company Costa Farms. Four shades of dye were incorporated to create a subdued yet colorful finish for the main field of the floor. Artist Lauren Smith painted four flower blossoms on the polished concrete with decorative concrete stains. Decorative saw cuts throughout the floor mimick vines, playing off the flower design. The project was a finalist in the 2012 Scofield Decorative Concrete Awards program.

Alternative Floors used Rapid Set Tru from CTS Cement for the repair work because it accepts Scofield colorants and is polishable. The crew also corrected the concrete slab and flattened the floor, which was originally an FF 11. They cut off the majority of the top layer of the slab with a 40-grit metal bond abrasive, but left a few areas with the light burn effect from the trowel to create a mottled effect on the finished floor. The floor finish exhibited a medium to heavy aggregate exposure.

With the floor prep complete, the crew moved through the concrete polishing process to a 400-grit level and applied the dyes.

Then the magic started.

Smith used Scofield’s Tintura Stains to create four amazing flower blossoms, which covered 430 square feet of the floor. The stains enabled her to create depth in the artwork. She worked on two blossoms at a time, allowing the stains to completely dry between layers. After Smith completed the artwork, Alternative Floors allowed it to rest 24 hours before sealing. Then they took the floors up to an 800-grit finish.

The greatest challenge arose after the polished concrete installation. The floor was originally designed with naked joints, but an addendum to the design required the contractor to fill them with a polyurea joint filler in “relic bronze.” This afterthought made the Alternative Floors crew sincerely appreciate their polyurea pump!