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If for a long time the concrete was considered a very cold material, it became for some time very fashionable, and several types of finish are allowed: float, brushed, draped... Presentation of floated concrete, also called waxed concrete floated.

The floated concrete, for a unique effect

The floated concrete is a finishing decorative mortar, bringing a style effect deemed unique because it applies to the hand. If gray is its natural color, the floated concrete is however declined in many shades.
In addition to being in the era of time, the floated concrete is very much appreciated for its water-repellent qualities, its ability to grip does not necessarily require the use of a primary (only for some media), and its small thickness. Its ease of implementation is also an asset, especially if a protective varnish is directly integrated into the product.

The floated concrete costs between 3 and 25 euros for a square meter, and is easily bought in do-it-yourself superstores. In addition to the brand, the variable prices depend in particular on the medium on which the product can be used, and whether or not it includes a primary grip and protective varnish.

The floated concrete, for any application

Because of its characteristics, the floated concrete can cover many supports: cement, screed, plasterboard, cellular concrete, tiles, or plywood or laminated wood.
The floated concrete responds to many situations. He can put on a floor or walls, whatever the room of the house (wet or not). It also allows to give a youth to the furniture or to bring them a very design touch.

Currently, fashion is to use for work plans and washbasin plans, but also to dress home designed furniture, table and desk for example.
Finally, the talcché concrete is used for outdoor, terrace and driveway including.

The floated concrete, techniques of implementation

The realization of a floated concrete surface is done in several stages:

  • The preparation of the support: It must be clean, smooth, and dry;
  • The application of a primer attachment: Its use is required only for some media (screed for example). In addition, the product purchased can already integrate this component;
  • The application of floated concrete: The material is spread using a stainless steel trowel, making cross movements. If only one thickness is sufficient, two layers are usually needed. It is then advisable to respect the drying time to proceed to the second application;
  • Finishes: Once the floated concrete is dry (between 5 and 10 hours depending on the product used), it is smoothed with sanding paper or steel wool to remove any defects. Finally, depending on the support (for those in contact with water in particular), a protective varnish is applied if the product purchased, again, does not already contain.

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