Imagine a floor customized by color texture and designed with your specific wants and needs in mind. Now, picture a concrete coloring material that produces a unique look wherever it's applied. No two floors or walls look the same after being treated with this material. That's the magic of acid-etch chemical staining. An infinite number of possible results is limited only by the creativity of the application.
GLC3 are experts in transforming dull, drab concrete into a beautiful work of art. George Lacker, owner and artistisan has over 30 years of experience working and experimenting with concrete applications, He has created distinctive floors, countertops and outdoor areas for some of the most discriminating home owners and business owners throughout the United States and The Caribbean.
Chemical Stains can be applied to new or old, plain or intrical colored concrete surfaces. Enhancing the surface with dyes, tints and stenciling extends the range of unique architectural affects complimenting any decor and budget. Durable, affordable and simply maintained. Tour our website to learn more about the possibilities!
The virtue of concrete is its versatility. It can be creatively adapted to any setting or any style modern or traditional. Its hardness and strength express the timelessness of natural materials such as granite and marble. Its plasticity allows a wide range of details to be incorporated into designs. And this may come as a surprise, but finished concrete feels good; it is not at all like the gray monotonous concrete we associate with freeways and parking garages. It can be smoothed and polished to evoke the feel of worn, sensuous stone. Cast and shaped, it is reminiscent of hand carved marble sculpture. Colored and textured, it can echo the patina of time worn tile. Ground and polished, it can reveal a subtle matrix of sands and rock, such as you might find along the edge of a stream bed.
From a restaurant bar to a hotel bathroom to a loft dining room, concrete works well in any environment. Of all residential spaces, the kitchen offers the best environment to take advantage of concrete's unique ability to be transformed into unique shapes and colors. You can color, stamp, stencil and/or imbed objects in it.
Abandon yourself to the sculptural potential of concrete.
Concrete is probably at least as old as Homo sapiens. Man has been trying to stick things together with mud and other natural ingredients, since there was man.
The first "real" concrete was developed around 1600 B.C. by the Greeks, when they began combining volcanic ash, lime and sand to produce a rudimentary but tough mortar. By the 4th Century, Romans were producing a cement that contained lime and a singular type of volcanic ash found at the base of Mt. Vesuvius. This cement is the first true "hydraulic" cement, a cement that will harden under water.
Modern cement is a carefully proportioned mix of quite ordinary materials lime, sand and iron oxides that are transformed by heat into something that works in ways no one has yet fully explained. This powder technically is not cement until water is added beginning a reaction called hydration. Water allows the formation of completely new compounds, crystalline structures of incredible intricacy that bond to one another and to whatever is mixed in with them.
A host of factors can affect the integrity of concrete and much of what goes on when mixing, pouring and curing concrete will affect the ultimate result. Concrete hardens rapidly during the first few days after it's placed, and gains about two-thirds of its strength in the first 4 weeks. During the first few days after hydration, concrete that was not properly mixed or cured may shrink, and as it shrinks some of the bond between the cement, the aggregates and the rebar may break, causing cracks and weakening the concrete.
There are many types of cement, some designed for specific applications and some for economy. The further application of acid stain to existing cement must take many factors into consideration in order to achieve the desired result. GLC3 has been a pioneer in the decorative concrete industry with over 30 years experience. We look forward to assisting you in creating beautiful, durable and affordable stained concrete projects.