General FAQs

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Can I stain or apply epoxy coatings myself?
Would you replace your own roof? If the answer is no, you should probably stay away from taking on a concrete staining project yourself. The devil is in the detail with these floors and if it’s not done correctly, it can really be a mess. To even attempt to do this type of floor correctly, you would first have to figure out how to plug a 2,000 pound grinder into an electrical box without short circuiting the power in your home or worse.. Different stains are applied differently. The goal is to get the stain to adhere to the concrete so that it bonds and keeps it looking incredible without fading.
Why should I be confident about choosing Paradigm Concrete Finishes?

Paradigm Concrete Finishes, based in Sarasota, Florida, guarantees the best quality concrete flooring services. Within the 25 years of concrete flooring experience, we have mastered the personal approach and always do what we can to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients. You can also see all of our 5 star reviews on google. 

What type of flooring solutions do you offer?

We offer a full array of flooring solutions and services including:

  • Polished Concrete Floors
  • Concrete Sealing
  • Epoxy Garage Floors
  • Industrial Epoxy Floors
  • Stained Concrete Floors
  • Concrete Overlays
  • Concrete Floor Cleaning & Buffing
  • Terrazzo Cleaning & Polishing
  • Decorative Concrete Floors 
  • Coating Removal
    • Thinset, Mastic, and Glue Removal
  • Flooring Demo
  • Moisture Mitigation
How can I be sure you are a reliable company? How long have you been in business?
We have been in the flooring business for over 25 years. We have an amazing track record and extensive knowledge of almost every flooring solution.
Do you offer customized solutions?
We are honored to be of service whether you know exactly what you want, need estimates, or need help in specifying some products,materials and making customized solutions. You can always count on support from our experts.
Can you help me if I am not sure which flooring option I need?

We have samples of all of our floors and we are conveniently located in Sarasota. We can select the exact type of floor and style you are looking for and match it to fit the needs of the floor so you are comfortable with your choice. Just schedule a consultation with us.

Do you help resurface cracked concrete?
Paradigm Concrete Finishes is devoted to solving any issues related to concrete flooring. We help to resurface cracked concrete, whether it is a large crack/hole, spalling, or discoloration. Trust our specialists, and your floor will shine
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Can you help me remove the old coating?
Sure, we remove thinset, glue mastic and old coatings all the time to replace the floor with a new coating. We also do crack repair and can help with severely damaged floors.
What areas do you serve?

We serve the entire state of Florida which you will find on our service area page.

Do you require a deposit?
Yes, we require a 50% deposit before we start any job. If the job doesn’t get started for any reason then we will issue a refund.
How long will it take to get my job started from the time we first call?
We have 3 crews on the road at all times. This means we’re usually able to work on a fast timeline and can fit your job in as soon as you need it done. Due to covid, sometimes there are slower lead times but that’s not the normal.
Does your team do the cleanup after my job is done?
We are a professional team and we won’t leave your job a mess. We always keep a very clean workspace and make sure to do a full cleanup after we finish.
Do you have a warranty?
Yes, we warranty our floors. We do so many different types of floors that we have to consult with you about the time of the warranty based on the condition of your existing concrete.

Epoxy FAQs

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How Long Can An Epoxy Floor Last?
“Epoxy” from a painter or big box store usually only lasts for a short period of time. If you have a 100% epoxy floor, it can last up to a lifetime. It’s important to make sure you have the right flooring system based on the needs of the floor. If you install the wrong type of epoxy outdoors for instance, it will yellow when it’s exposed to sunlight and you will need to replace the floor.
What Are The Benefits Of Garage Epoxy Flooring?

There are so many benefits to epoxy garage floors. Honestly, it’s hard to list them all. Here are a few. 

  • Epoxy floors can be antimicrobial so they work for schools, commercial kitchens and food and beverage manufacturing plants.
  • There are self leveling epoxy systems that work for imaging centers. If you have an MRI machine that needs a 100% level floor, epoxy can be the only solution. 
  • Durability and strength are the two biggest reasons our customers love epoxy floors. When the concrete prep work is done correctly and the right system is installed, it’s just amazing how durable these floors are. They are slip resistant in nature and can stand up to chemicals and high foot traffic and machine traffic.
  • Aesthetics – We can install glitter floors, metallic floors or flake floors to make your floor a work of art.
  • Epoxy floors are eco-friendly! They require fewer materials than other flooring systems so they produce less waste.
  • Maintenance is very low on epoxy floor systems. Use a map with some soap and water if you ever want to clean them.
Where Can Epoxy Flooring Be Applied?

Epoxy systems are versatile since the chemicals can be applied in so many different ways. Here are some places where epoxy floors are prevalent: 

  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Cafeterias
  • Hotels
  • Lobbies
  • Showrooms
  • Industrial Plants
  • Homes
  • Kitchens
  • Commercial Kitchens
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Garages
  • Patios
  • Homes
  • Retail and Shopping Centers
  • Gyms
  • Nuclear plants
How Long Does It Take To Install A Garage Epoxy Floor?
This can be a tricky question to answer because each situation can vary the amount of prep work that’s needed on the existing concrete slab. Installation can be as fast as one day if the slab is in good condition and we use a fast cure epoxy. Sometimes the floor can be a two or three day system. You can walk on the floor and use the floor after 48 hours.
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Why should I have a professional install my garage floor vs DIY?
It’s hot in Sarasota, and the entire west coast of Florida for that matter. When you drive around, your tires get hot. Then you drive into your garage. What happens is, your hot tires will peel the epoxy if you don’t have a 100% epoxy solid system that is installed properly through prepping the floor. Pouring a paint that has an epoxy additive on the floor just won’t work long term. You end up paying double in the end because you will have to call us to take up the failed garage floor system and put the right type of floor down anyway.
Are Epoxy Floors Slippery?
We can add an anti slip coating into the epoxy which will make it slip resistant and liability free. Many times floors can be hazardous and that’s why companies call us in to help them. Better to get a good floor than have to hire a good lawyer.
How much do epoxy floors cost?
Epoxy floors can range anywhere from $5 a square ft for basic single color epoxy systems all the way up to $12 or even $15 per square foot based upon the requirements of the floor. Generally these floors are always much more durable and cost effective than other types of stone floors.
What is your service area for epoxy coatings?

We have a broad service area all over the state of Florida.

Concrete Staining FAQs

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How Do I Choose Which Type Of Concrete Stain Is The Best For Me?

Acid Stain

Acid staining is the oldest form of concrete staining and one of the first ways that concrete was manipulated and made into designs. Hats off to the veteran concrete artisans from last century, this is a great flooring option. Acid stains are made from water, muriatic acid, and metallic salts. Acid stains modify the color of concrete by reacting with the surface of the concrete and chemically bonding to the slab. Acid stains are penetrating, creating a colored surface that’s completely resistant to ultraviolet light. These acid stains work really well in Florida because they can hold up to the hot Florida sun and last a very long time. Because of this, it’s our concrete stain of choice for anything outdoors.  

Water Based Stains

Unlike acid stains, water based concrete stains have a bunch of colors. Water based stains also don’t work with concrete the same way an acid stain does. These stains are a pretty recent development for the concrete staining community and work by impregnating the concrete surface. The great thing is that water based stains give you almost the exact color you are looking for where Acid Stains are more likely to bring out the natural color of the concrete. This is the type of stain that you will recognize when you see an intricate logo or corporation that has different colors designed into their floor. Water based stains are great but they don’t work as well as an acid stain outside in the Sarasota sun. Water-based concrete stains should always be coated with a high quality concrete sealer. The concrete sealer might have to be reapplied every few years if it’s in a very high traffic area.  Water based concrete stains have no odors or VOC’s. They also dry extremely quickly which is a huge benefit if you are looking for an overnight touch up to your business. 

Concrete Dye

Concrete dyes are not reactive to concrete.  They offer the most transparency and natural appearance of any concrete stain, and are mainly used for tinting polished concrete or concrete overlayments. Solvent based concrete dyes are very uniform in their color, but require very skilled installers that have years of experience because the dye is so fast to dry, you only get one shot. Concrete dyes are not UV stable and therefore can’t be used for outdoor installations. Like water based concrete stains, they should always be installed with a high quality concrete sealer to prevent fading in high traffic areas.

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Is a stained concrete floor durable?

The stained concrete process usually follows the exact same steps as a polished concrete system. We just add staining agents depending on the colors that you are trying to achieve. You can use Acid Stains or Water based stains to get the look that you want.

Polished Concrete FAQs

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How Many Steps Does It Take To Polish Concrete?

Depending upon the level of finish, the concrete polishing process can take anywhere from 7 to 12 passes.

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Why Is Polished Concrete So Environmentally Friendly?

Polished concrete ads very little chemicals. It is truly the process of bringing out the natural hardness and appeal of concrete. Because of this, these floors don’t add anything bad to the world. They are also reflective and help to transmit sunlight. That’s why polished concrete floors are some of the most sought after floors in the world.

Pool Deck FAQs

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What types of pool deck finishes, surfaces and flooring options are there?
Natural concrete, exposed aggregate, colored concrete (broom finish, salt finish, others), acrylic lace coating, acrylic stamp patterns, limestone coatings, and flagstone coatings are just a few of the options we offer. Bottom line: we do pool decking and redecking that looks great and slip and fall accidents.
Can I go DIY with my pool deck surfacing?
Surfacing the pool deck requires expertise and experience in handling the materials used. For instance, installing rubber decking for pools is a complex process involving steps like application assessment, measuring and estimating, knowing the mixing ratios and environmental adjustments, and surface preparation.

Even a small mistake could mean irreversible damage to the deck. It demands attention to detail which is only possible when professional rubber decking installers are on the job.

Make sure you involve an expert who’s experienced in pool deck building.

How much does a pool deck resurfacing project usually cost?

Pool Deck resurfacing costs can vary greatly in cost because of all of the different options. It would be very hard for us to throw out an average cost for our pool deck resurfacing projects because the sky’s the limit. Pricing your pool deck depends on the size and scope of the project and what you want the end result to be. If you schedule a free consultation with us, we’ll be happy to provide you with an estimate after reviewing the job specs. You might be able to find a contractor to do the job for a little less, but we guarantee that they won’t be as reliable as we are.

Can I resurface my pool and deck at the same time?
Usually, the pool and the deck do not wear at the same time. However, if your pool area needs a facelift, you can get in touch with Paradigm’s team of experts who will critically evaluate your pool and suggest the best solution. Talking to an expert surfacing firm can save you consultation, material, and labor costs.
How can we account for water drainage in pool deck surfacing?
Pool deck surfaces are constantly bombarded with water. Therefore, regardless of the surfacing you go for, it’s wise to account for adequate water drainage, thus preventing water puddles. An expert surfacing contractor understands this and will design for maximum water drainage.

The rubber pool deck surfaces that our team installs allow water to drain through the surface, thus preventing slips and falls.

For most Floridians, social life is synonymous with poolside living. However, when creating an outdoor entertainment space by the pool, you need to install a safe and functional flooring that allows everyone to have a fun time. Use the information shared in this post to choose a suitable pool decking surface that best meets your needs.

Here at Paradigm Concrete Finishes, we take pride in everything that we do; and pool decks are one of those things. We can handle concrete staining, sealing and even coatings for your pool deck in addition to pavers and travertine. We would be happy to schedule a meeting and handle your full pool remodel.

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What’s the best material for pool deck surfacing?

There are many different options for pool deck resurfacing. Some materials commonsly used for pool decks are wood, concrete, concrete overlays, staining, rubber and stone. When you are choosing your pool deck surface, it’s important to consider budget, moisture resistance, safety and maintenance.

We are a big fan of concrete staining, coatings and rubber pool deck surfaces. You can see one of our key supply partners for more information here https://www.rubcorp.com/

Do you offer a warranty or guarantee of any kind?
Absolutely. We’re proud of our concrete floors and we know they’ll withstand the harsh Sarasota summer. We’ll cover the warranty in simple, straightforward terms when we come out for your free estimate.
What is pool deck resurfacing anyway?
Pool deck resurfacing is a process that combines grinding, repairs and appearance improvements to give your concrete pool deck a completely new and unique look. There are tons of options from stone to staining and we have them all.
What’s the cost of installing a rubber pool deck?
As with other concrete coatings, several factors, namely the surface area of the pool, the size of the deck, the current condition of the area, access to your property, and the slope around the area (for adequate drainage) before coming to a number.

If you are planning a rubber pool deck resurfacing, get in touch with our team on [email protected] We will propose a tailored solution to improve your area’s functionality and appeal at the best price possible.

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Paradigm Concrete Finishes takes tremendous pride in breathing new life into concrete garage floors: whether they are garage floors or larger commercial floors. We are a family-owned and operated company made up of  highly trained team members and we would be honored to earn your business on your upcoming project. Our commitment to quality and our consultative process ensures that all of our customers walk away on a floor they never have to replace.

 

If you need any kind of concrete finishing done,  come join the Paradigm Family. We serve all of Florida but our backyard service area is: Bird Key, Bradenton, Cape Coral, Englewood, Ft. Myers, Lakewood Ranch, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Manasota Key, Miromar Lakes, Naples, Nokomis, Osprey, Palmer Ranch, Parrish, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, Venice and Port Charlotte.