Posts Tagged ‘flooring’

Second Time (Somewhat) Lucky

Posted: March 6, 2011 in Main
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The requisite number of days have passed so we (rather fearfully, I might add) went to check on the re-applied flooring. Not too bad this time round. It was a marked improvement over the first attempt.

An even, flat grey with no obviously visible seams or bumps. Colour is about right, level of non-glossiness is correct, and if you don’t bring your eyes down to floor level, everything looks A-Ok.

Of course, if we want to be fussy it’s still not as smooth as we would want it to be, and in our defense, we have really seen it being pulled off, so it’s not as though we have unrealistic expectations.

The main problem is that roller brush marks can be seen at certain angles. I’m not sure if these will wear down after some daily wear and tear, but its not obvious enough to warrant a third attempt at doing the flooring. We’ll probably ask for some compensation instead.

Ready For Round Two

Posted: February 27, 2011 in Main
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More sanding and patching. I’m not sure what kind of plaster is being used to smoothen the floor, but I’m having doubts about whether it will hold up to the abuse that flooring has to take.

Epoxy is going on tomorrow, so its another another couple of days of downtime for us.

Time for more retail therapy…

Grind Baby Grind

Posted: February 23, 2011 in Main
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Contractor concedes that the floor needs reworking, so we waste no time in getting started once her workers are back from their CNY break.

Day 1 of floor rectification, it looks like someone has taken an orbital sander to the floor. The bulk of the bumps and ridges have been sanded down, and there is a layer of epoxy dust every where.

If they had prepped the floor properly the first time round, none of this would have been necessary.

Still, better late than never, and we’re going to make sure we oversee this ourselves because our contractor seems incapable of doing so.

Guess you can tell I’m still in a major POed mood…

I sure am. I walked home last night and noticed that the epoxy coated cement flooring at the void deck is smoother than in our house!

Crater-Faced (Walking On The Moon)

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Main
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Waited 11 days. Unlocked the gate. Opened the main door. Face fell.

The floor looks bad. A lot worse than in the pictures. The colour of the epoxy is right, but once it’s on, it only serves to highlight how unprepped the floor was prior to application.

Conduits cut into the floor for electrical cables can be clearly seen, and where the new cement meets the old, there is an obviously raised seam.

The kitchen flooring is the worst. Seems like the epoxy did not dry properly. There are sore-like bumps all over, and some spots don’t even seem to have adhered to the cement.

The entire kitchen, and half the living room is flat grey, while the bedroom and the rest of the house has a gloss coat. Contractor claims this was not intentional, and that the epoxy dried out this way.

Me? I don’t buy that. I think her workers knew the kitchen flooring was going to turn out bad, so they didn’t add the finishing top coat.

As painful as it is to accept even more delays after a 3 week hiatus, we’re most definitely going to have to redo the flooring. You can already see the yellow post it notes we’ve peppered the floor with, to highlight problem areas.

Stay tuned…

Shades Of Grey

Posted: January 29, 2011 in Main
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It seems colours go by fancy names these days. Our walls are “snowfield’, our acrylic counter top “fog”, and our laminates “platinum”. And these are all grey, mind you.

So when the contractor asked what colour the cement flooring was going to be painted, our answer…grey like shopping centre carpark lor…

The flooring was a three day process. One day to prep, one day to prime, and one day to apply the actual epoxy.

The lighter coloured flooring seems to brighten up the whole place.

Comparison shot:

Close up shots:

And now the main door is shut, and we have been given strict instructions not to step in for at least five days, to let the epoxy dry in peace.

It’s going to be pure torture, we’re itching to get a good look at whether the floor and wall colours match.

What Lies Beneath

Posted: December 6, 2010 in Main
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So it looks like the existing flooring is wood grained laminate. It’s in a decent condition, but we’re gunning for industrial/prison chic, so out it goes.

We got curious what the flooring underneath was like, so I got cracking with a screw driver and some raw ninja power. As luck would have it, the click lock flooring was just laid down with no adhesive, with just some plastic sheet and newspaper as a backing.

Here is the end result. The house looks slightly shabbier now, but at least we have a clearer idea of what the end result is going to be. Once the coat of grey epoxy goes on, it’s going to look swell.


The final pile of laminate planks that now clutters up the living room. I’m just going to leave that to the contractor to clear…