Up until recently, owners with gypsum sub-floors were, "Left with little option other than to install new carpeting, tile, linoleum, or other flooring." Why? Essentially, Gypsum concrete has no lime, and that would normally mean that staining was impossible because it could not hold or bond with the stains. So, if you wanted the appealing and clean look of a stained concrete floor, you were out of luck...until now.
This is because Gypsum based underlayments can now be finished with an interesting product from Duraamen. This product is known as Lumiere and it is a "reflector designer epoxy flooring" that provides the gorgeous looks of stained and finished concrete. However, it can be applied over gypsum underlayments, and this opens the doors to a whole new world of decorating, designing, architectural, and renovation options.
Take the example of the Wusthof facility in Norwalk, CT. It was here that architect Chris Lavigna recently integrated the use of the Lumiere system over an existing Gypsum floor. The process was not complex, expensive, or all that unusual, with the exception that it was applied over a material that usually required a much less attractive finish. The space was around 3500 square feet, and the contractor (Don Pinger of Custom Concrete Solutions) used the following steps: the Gypsum concrete was lightly sanded, and then Perdure E02 was used. Then the Param micro50 (a self-leveling concrete was poured to a 1/8" thickness). With this done, the application of the Lumiere flooring was able to proceed.
So, the classic designer dilemma of, "What to do with this ugly Gypsum concrete floor?" is over. You don't have to settle for something else being installed on top of the subflooring and can instead use the method above. It gives the beautiful end result of finished concrete, and also with the same long life and durable performance. Duraamen products have long held a solid reputation for beauty and flexibility, but this new line offers even more. It gives builders, architects, contractors, and even homeowners a way of getting back to the basics. No more "work arounds" or alternatives that will need to be replaced at some point in the future.
If you are willing to invest in one or two steps extra in order to properly prepare Gypsum concrete for a permanent concrete installation, you can get the floor that so many want and can now have.
Duraamen industrial and polished concrete flooring products are designed to provide labor saving, longer lasting flooring solutions. Talk to the expert about your flooring challenges.
WATCH HERE the installation process of Metallic Epoxy and Concrete Micro toppings.