4 reasons to seal your driveway

Sealing your driveway may not be necessary, but it goes a long way in ensuring long-lasting curb appeal. Here are four easy steps to making sure your home is one of the best maintained on the block with just that first glance as people drive by or when family and friends walk by it as they come in your home for a visit.

  1. Bright and clean is best, and Daich floor coatings can easily be used to seal your concrete driveway to protect it from fading. Rain, sunshine and other weather easily mar a concrete driveways appearance. Angie’s List explains that by sealing your driveway, you can preserve the original concrete color and aesthetic for many years at a time.
  2. Pressure washing is made so much easier with a sealed driveway. By sealing your driveway you make it much easier to clean oil or other liquids from the driveway because the sealant keeps the liquid from seeping into the concrete. No one likes a black splotch from an oil leak to forever mark their concrete driveway. With a sealed driveway, the oil can more easily be washed away without it seeping into the actual concrete. Daich has an easy-to-follow FAQ that addresses just about any questions about the reasons to seal concrete driveways and other concrete walkways.
  3. When you seal your driveway, you also seal any small holes or existing cracks. The sealant then prevents rain or other water from seeping into those holes or cracks and freezing during cold temperatures and prevents more and bigger cracks from spreading protecting against a pitted surface. Concrete-driveway.org stresses the importance of sealing your driveway for many reasons, among them to protect it from freeze-thaw damage.
  4. The Daich sealant also provides a textured surface that you can control when applying, which in turn provides a slip-resistant surface that makes it safer to walk on, even when wet. Your UPS driver will be grateful when delivering those holiday packages in the snow when her boots can easily grip your wet or snowy driveway.

Sealing your driveway is a fairly easy and inexpensive process that goes a long way in increasing the longevity of your home and provides a great return on your investment.  And it’s sure to gain a seal of approval from family and neighbors as they admire the quality work.

 

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Using Terrazzo on Concrete Surfaces, including Garage Floors and Pool Decks

Concrete is often the flooring of choice for garage floors and pool decks because it is able to withstand heavy traffic and abrasion.  However, after years of use, tire traffic, and exposure to the elements, even concrete can crack and wear.   A coating such as Daich Coatings’ Terrazzo can protect your garage floor or pool deck’s surface as well as make it easier to maintain and improve its appearance.

What is a Terrazzo Floor?

Terrazzo is a type of flooring that consists of chips of marble, quartz, granite or glass, and has been in existence for centuries.  In fact, these floors that still exist today in buildings in Europe, Middle East, and the Far East are still beautiful and serviceable.  Terrazzo floors are admired for their sustainability.   And, their design is one that never goes out of style.

Easy to Apply

If you would like to mimic the look of this type of flooring, Daich Coatings’ Terrazzo coating is very simple to apply, with no need for a primer or sealer.   It can easily be done in an afternoon.  One of the best things about this product is that it dries quickly.  In just four hours, you can be ready to apply the second coat.

Durability

Applying a Terrazzo coating to the concrete surfaces in your home, particularly the garage and pool deck, will help protect them from excessive use.  Your concrete floor will be less likely to crack with a coating on the surface.   And, they will last longer, making this a cost-effective project.

Skid Resistant

One of the disadvantages of real Terrazzo floors is that they are extremely slippery.  Daich Coatings’ Terrazzo, however, is skid resistant.  This makes it an excellent choice for a pool deck, which can become slippery when water splashes out of the pool, or it rains.

UV Resistant

Another benefit of this product is that it is resistant to UV rays.  Pool decks fade and crack due to the constant heat from the sun.  Garage floors that are exposed to sunlight can crack, as well.  Two coats and your concrete surface will look better than when it was new.

Stain and Chemical Resistant

Concrete surfaces like pool decks and garage floors are subject to staining due to chemicals and water.   It is almost impossible to keep skid marks off of a garage floor.  However, all you need to do is apply a cleaner and wipe the tire marks away as if they were never there.  This product will keep your surface looking clean and new.

Improved Appearance

A plain concrete slab around a pool, especially one that is stained or cracked, is not too pleasing to look at.  Adding a terrazzo coating gives the pool a brand new look and adds style to the entire area.  A garage floor can be updated as well with a terrazzo coating and will result in a glossy finish.  Daich’s Terrazzo comes in three colors to enhance any concrete surface and matches the surrounding décor:  ivory, tan or gray.

With just two coats of Daich Coatings’ Terrazzo mix, your concrete surface will be completely transformed and protected from the elements.  To update your garage floor or pool deck today, visit our website at http://www.daichcoatings.com/.

 

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Review: Mineral Select 1 qt. Natural White Countertop Refinishing Kit

Recently a satisfied customer (Chicagoland)  left a review at Home Depot about Daich’s SpreadStone Mineral Select – along with images. Thought we’d share it here:

I love my new countertops. This was an easy project and I highly recommend it. My original laminate counters were held together with tape on the backsplash in several areas, so I decided to pull the laminate off (see the before pictures) and this product adhered just fine to that exposed wood.

My biggest concern when purchasing this product, after reading all of the great reviews, was what the color would really look like. It’s hard to know what the final result will look like when there aren’t any samples in the store so all you can go on is an image on your computer screen. I picked “natural white” (my cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore “mascarpone”) and I’m happy with the way they turned out (to my eye they have a slight brownish tinge) so if you’re a little flexible with colors just go with your gut and do this.

Buy an orbital sander if you don’t already own one. Preferably one with an okay dust collection filter system as this is a messy project. You need to sand quite a bit to get the full “mineral” sparkly effects. Sanding well makes all the difference to the final result. Hand sand the edges – I took a little too much off an edge and had to patch. My other advice would be to retape a few times.

I taped three times after reading quite a few reviews (thank you) that talked about how hard it was to remove the painters tape at the end (removed my original tape about thirty minutes after the first stone coating was applied, retaped and then removed that about thirty minutes after the second stone coat was applied, and then taped again before applying the final gloss). I taped around my sink, and it was fine. No need to remove the sink if you tape well.

Pick your color and take the plunge!

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Add A Little Texture in Your Customers’ Lives!

Topic: COATINGS – easy and creative way to offer your customer a variety of finishes and textures while meeting the budget.

Peter Daich was recently on the CareyBrosPros podcast aimed at the pros.

During this edition of CareyBrosPros, you’ll find out:

  • How to be the hero by offering ways to beautify the surfaces on your customer’s property by using coatings!
  • The need for special tools is minimal.
  • Whether it is a garage floor, a counter top, driveway, or wall, thrill your customers (and attract more business) by offering a variety of finish options!

3 Points for Success – from Peter Daich

  • Preparation! Make sure the surface is clean before you start.
  • Have plenty of sample finishes you can show. A portfolio will impress your client because of all the textures and finishes you can offer.
  • Easy to apply. Looks terrific. Long lasting. Great opportunity to build your business.

Peter Daich On The House with the Carey Brothers at NHS 2017

The National Hardware Show® celebrates a rich history spanning 72 years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York, during the post-World War II housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s, to today’s current location in Las Vegas, the National Hardware Show continually evolves through the industry’s involvement, commitment, and passion to improving America’s quality of life through their homes.

Peter Daich was at the show and spent some time with the Carey Brothers for an interview about Daich Coatings.

Fan DIY Project: Resurfacing a laminate counter top with SpreadStone

Kevin and Christy Coleman Skiles – shared their experience resurfacing their counter top with Spreadstone on our Facebook page and we’re sharing their pictures here as well.

“Just resurfaced our laminate countertops using Daich Coatings Spreadstone in Slate. We love the end results! Super easy to apply by following clear instructions and watching the included DVD instructional video.”

 

before counter top makeover
The kitchen counter top before the makeover.

 

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The counter top taped and primed.

 

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The application of Daich Coatings SpreadStone in the Slate color

 

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The 1-2-3 steps of Daich Coatings’ Spreadstone

 

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Completed counter closeup with SpreadStone in Slate

 

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The before and after counter top project using Daich Coatings Spreadstone

Can Spreadstone be used on Integral Sinks?

We had a recent online question that we’d like to share here too.

Hi, we purchased the SpreadStone for our bathroom countertop and the sinks are integrated into the counter. Can the Spreadstone be applied to the sink? And if so, do we need to apply some sort of waterproofing? Thanks!

–Katie Gruesbeck Roseberry

Answer:
Yes, you can apply it to the sink on an integrated countertop.

Use extra coating and sealer for the water prone areas. Optionally, you can apply our bonding primer (Elastolock) which comes in a quart. Use this primer before the first step, to bond to the tile and allow the coating to bond into the rubber well.

 

An example of an integral sink before applying SpreadStone.
The integral countertop after the application is complete.

Integral sinks are made from the same material as the countertop they are set into. The effect is the seamless appearance of a smooth transition from sink to surface. … The lack of a seam between the sink and countertop does make cleaning significantly easier. You can retain the same effect by coating the whole sink with SpreadStone

Fan DIY Project: Courtney Donlon’s White Stone Countertops

Courtney Donlon shared her DIY project – a counter top makeover, using Daich Coating’s RollerRock Natural White.

Oh my gosh I’m sooooo excited!!! Almost done with our new Daich Coatings white stone countertops!!! SOOO easy! From ugly tan to white and grey! Just gotta sand and put on finish coating. Perfect for when u don’t wanna spend the money on granite!

— Courtney Donlon, as posted on Facebook

Above: Before we started the project.

After 2 coats. Before sanding and finish coats.

 

After Sanding before finish coat.

 

“And the final product with finish coats put on! The specks are actual stone,” posted Courtney Donlon on Facebook.