Installing Polymer Modified Overlays on Wood Floors

If you have wondered whether Polymer-Modified overlays can be placed on wood successfully wonder no more they can and done multi-colored also.

We have been installing Decorative Concrete for the past 28 years and have gotten quite good at it. The look that we have been able to achieve using Multi-Colors has been, at the risk of sounding prideful, been amazing.

We have been installing Overlays for the past 6-7 years since we have found a process that works along with a material and system that works.  For our money after trying many different suppliers products we have concluded as far as I am concerned the Brickform Stampable Overlay works best and is the easiest to work with. I do not want to go into a lot of detail but if you go to the Brickform sight I think you will see why. For a great education on this and all they sell ask to speak to Joe DiMaio who is as far as I am  concerned one of the most learned individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing in this industry.

Now for the answer and explanation as to how this is done.

1. Assess the condition of the floor to be overlayed and if in poor condition screw and glue 3/4″ plywood down ( DO NOT USE TONGUE AND GROOVE). Lap across existing so that you get a better structural connection.

2. Staple down Tar Paper with wire lath over it nailed very 6″.

3. Trowel down a good polymer modified layer just to the top of the wire lathe.

4. Wait one day and prime with Bonding Agent and install your overlay as you typically would.

Multi-Colors can be achieved using either casting Color-Hardener on the surface about one hour after your initial installation by going out on spiked knee boards and using a small spray bottle with water to mist the Color Hardener enough to trowel it into the surface or after dried using Colored water based splash on highlights.

Follow good installation processes and going over wooden floors is not any different from any other application. As with other applications PREP is the key to success or failure.

If you want further details we can always be reached at www.split-rok.com by email. Leave your phone number and question and I would be happy to help.

Ted Mechnick

Theconcreteprofessor

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15 thoughts on “Installing Polymer Modified Overlays on Wood Floors

  1. there are a lot of people that desire a concrete floor and don’t think it’s possible over wood. thanks for not only the input, but some of the application details.
    i have installed some overlays over wood. one thing i can say is if your going to do an acid stain, make sure and cover the lathe good enough or you’ll get some shadowing.

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