New Life for Backyard Setting

In sunny southern California, where outdoor living takes place most of the year, Anthony B. had a challenge. His backyard barbecue kitchen center and seating area were showing signs of aging. The DIYer knew there had to be “refresher options” available and decided to tackle the job.

“After eight years of continual use, it was almost impossible to clean the dirt and grease off the barbecue counter,” says Anthony. “There were small cracks showing and aged water stains on the sides. I knew there had to be a product in the marketplace that could solve these problems.”

 

New Surfaces

Anthony searched the internet for solutions. The Daich Coatings website convinced him to do a trial run.

“I purchased one gallon of RollerRock® in a deep gray Lava Rock color for under $50,” says Anthony. “I was literally amazed at how good it looked on the countertop and how easy it was to apply. I immediately ordered more products to coat the concrete seating area near my fire pit.”

The real stone coating of RollerRock resists freeze/thaw conditions, mold, mildew, water and UV rays. Traditionally used on horizontal surfaces (like walkways and driveways), the durable product also resists salt, chemical, impact and abrasion, along with hot tire pickup. Available in 15 colors, RollerRock is laboratory tested to provide up to double the recommended OSHA slip-resistance rating.

Coating the Sides

Once he got started, there was no stopping the DIYer. “I ordered gallons of VertiStone® Roll-On Wall Texture for the stucco sides of both the barbeque kitchen and the seating area,” says Anthony. “Those sides were originally smooth stucco, and the kitchen tops were solid concrete. The years of wear, dirt and grime have all been erased with the Daich Coatings products.”

Without mixing, prep work or multi-step labor-intensive processes, VertiStone quickly transforms a surface. By using decorative textured brushes and the stone coating, different finishes can easily be achieved, including smooth polished marble, natural suede, parchment, dream lace and linen.

VertiStone tints to thousands of colors and can be applied directly onto drywall, block, masonry and concrete surfaces. Designed for both interior and exterior use, the fast-drying finish features extremely low VOCs and is odorless. The breathable finish does not encourage mold and mildew, so it can be used in high humidity areas of the home, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Protecting the Surfaces

To protect the newly-coated surfaces, Anthony applied coats of Hi-Build Ultra Clear Coat. The tough, protective coating resists water, U/V rays, chemicals, impact and abrasion. It also resists mold and mildew, hot tire pickup and salt.

“I’m so pleased with the outcome of the backyard projects that I’m moving forward with a new front porch project,” says Anthony. “I’ve ordered RollerRock to make the porch look better than new. And, I have a friend who needs to redo his second story patio floor. He’s using RollerRock and I’ve offered to help.

 “I’ve become addicted to the fast success that can be achieved with the Daich Coatings products. They’re easy to use, do the job they’re supposed to do, look great, and are reasonably priced. You can’t really ask for much more!”

Outdoor Kitchen Made with Three Daich Coatings Products

Karl Howard is ready for warmer weather and outdoor gatherings...

Last year, while cooped up during COVID, he decided to create an outdoor kitchen. Now he’s eager to use it!

Building a Kitchen

Karl started by framing out the kitchen unit with non-treated lumber. He covered the framing with cement board. After taping the boards, he applied a thin set of Textured Primer in Dolphin Gray. This was done over the whole bar area to seal it from the elements.

Then came the real fun. He added SpreadStone Textured Stone Coating in Cool Gray to the exterior surfaces.

“I just rolled on multiple coats and it looked great,” says Karl, a resident of Aurora, Colorado. “The coating looks awesome, especially when the sun hits it.”

Finishing the Job

To complete the kitchen, Karl rolled on Hi-Build Ultra Sealer to protect and preserve the finish. Then he added the crowning touch — a granite countertop.

“I’m just a regular DIY person,” says Karl. “I was looking for the easiest way to get the look I wanted.

“The Daich Coatings products seemed more cost effective over other finishes. Their quality during installation was really good. I have high hopes that these finishes will stand up to our varied weather conditions, plus the ongoing use of this great new outdoor kitchen!”

Creating a Safe Balcony

Balcony Shot

Like many homeowners, John and Darline McKay wanted to maximize their living space. One way they decided to do this was to replace a window in their main bedroom with a pair of full-lite French doors. This allowed them to “push out” and create a new second floor balcony overlooking a nearby golf course.

To achieve their goals, the McKays hired Carey Bros. Remodeling. Known as the hosts of On the House with the Carey Brothers radio show, brothers James and Morris tackled the project, plus expanded some living spaces in the home.

 

Picking the Best Products

When it came time to add the new balcony, the Carey Brothers knew exactly where to turn — to Daich Coatings.

            “We’ve successfully worked with many Daich Coatings products on previous remodeling projects,” says James Carey. “Our policy is to give our clients the best bang for their home improvement buck. So, we specify and install products that are durable, attractive and require minimal maintenance. Daich Coatings products address all of these criteria, plus provide so much more!”   

Step-by Step

Carey explains that creating the balcony flooring required three steps and three products. “We started with ElastoLock® rubber membrane coating to create a waterproof seal,” says Carey. “This included using seam mesh, a roll of reinforcing fabric and Elastolock spackle. This gives the balcony a leak-free system.

 

            “Once that base layer was on, we used textured bone primer and then applied SpreadRock® coating in a Sandstone color. It looks fabulous! Our clients fell in love with the color.

 

“Then we decided to take it a step further. So, we used the TracSafe Anti-Slip Sealer to clear coat and protect the Sandstone color. With TracSafe we have the added benefit that if the balcony gets wet, it still won’t be slippery for the McKays.”

 

            With the project finished, John and Darline now enjoy more light and fresh breezes into their Brentwood, California home. And, when the mood strikes them, they head out to the balcony to look at the mountains on their beautiful showroom-quality, slip-resistant surface!

Creating a Garage Retreat

Forget about man caves and she sheds. This year, with so many people quarantined at home, a popular home improvement project is creating a dream garage retreat. An extension of the home, a garage can be transformed into extra usable space for the entire family.

Once the current mess is under control, your garage can serve as a home office, work out area, child’s mini classroom or even an “after five getaway area.” And, according to GEICO insurance company, it’s also possible a garage upgrade could increase your home’s overall value.

Before the cold weather hits, rethink your garage. Consider making this home space work harder for you and your family. Invest your time and efforts now and you’ll have a garage retreat for years to come.

Tackling the Job

Cluttered garageA top-to-bottom revamping of a garage begins with de-cluttering and discarding everything from old toys to broken tools. Houzz offers a seven-day plan for taking back control of your garage.

Once items are ready to be added back into the garage, don’t just pile them up. Look to your walls for help. Add in all-purpose cabinets, slatwall and shelving to organize remaining items. You may even look up to maximize ceiling space — by adding heavy-duty racks and lifts. Get inspired with “51 Brilliant Ways to Organize Your Garage” from Family Handyman magazine.

On the Floor

 

Before bringing items back into the garage, look down. If your garage floor is stained and ugly, take time to transform it with the DaiHard® 100 Industrial Strength Epoxy Floor Coating Kit. Just one coat of either the gray or tan finish provides resistance to water, chemicals, oil stains, salt and hot-tire pickup. Add to the overall look of your finished floor by sprinkling decorative vinyl flakes onto the wet surface.

 

However, if the appearance of your garage floor is already good, consider applying an anti-slip sealer. For days when driving a wet car into the garage during the rain, it helps to have a sealer that provides added foot traction against the dripping water.

 

A reliable clear coat sealer, like TracSafe® Anti-Slip Sealer, helps prevent slips and falls in a garage. The slip-resistant sealer is easy to roll on, has anti-slip ratings up to twice the OSHA standard and provides aggressive anti-slip performance with all-weather durability.

 

Go ahead. Take steps now to upgrade your garage. You’ll gain more usable living space while increasing the value of your home.

Tracsafe Anti slip sealer

Basement Transformation with Daich Coatings

When Jack Paul and his wife moved into a basement apartment at his daughter’s home, they knew the 1,600-square-foot space needed work. They turned to Daich Coatings for help turning ugly concrete and block walls into a showcase

“The walls heading down into the basement from the outside entrance needed a full transformation,” says Jack Paul, a Pennsylvania resident. “I skim coated and waterproofed the cinder blocks first. Then I used the SpreadStone Decorative Concrete Resurfacing Kit in Cold Gold on the walls and the Midnight Slate version on the stairs.

“Above the door was white painted wood. I used the gray base of SpreadStone there to create a fake keystone with c. 2018 on it, the year we moved in.”

Rolling on with RollerRock

With some product left over, Paul kept adding SpreadStone around the apartment. He applied it to the walls of a corner wine storage closet for a creative look. And now, with containers of RollerRock in hand, he plans to coat the cement floor in his utility room.

“This was my first time using Daich Coatings products and I was impressed,” says Paul. “I’m not really artistic, but watching the videos beforehand helped a great deal. “The biggest challenge was coming up with realistic-looking patterns with the flagstone tape. The flagstone tape stuck easily, but the slate tile tape didn’t stick as well. We made it work though. After completing the touch up work the project came out great. “My daughter and son-in-law really like what we’ve done with the Daich Coatings products. Before COVID, they often asked us if they could bring guests down to show off the basement transformation. These products have helped make our new living space much more appealing.”

Rolling on RollerRock®

Daich Coatings RollerRock®

Challenge: What do you do when you have two different concrete pours in your driveway that do not match?

Solution: Apply Daich Coatings RollerRock® stone coating.

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Homeowner DIY Extreme: Creating Faux Brick on Home Exterior

How do you transform a dull, brown stucco home exterior into a neighborhood showpiece? If you’re Greg Garrett, you hand-stencil a faux brick pattern on your house using four different colors of RollerRock® from Daich Coatings.

 “I’ve always been interested in art, inventing and trying new things,” says Garrett, a homeowner in Alliance, Neb. “If most people go left, I go right. I’ve always liked new and innovative ideas, and this stone coating piqued my interest as a way to finish the stucco part of the house.”

Steps to Success

Garrett got it “right” when he decided back in 2006 to do something no one else had done before — create a unique, random color pattern by mixing and rolling on the real stone paint. He used a base coat of medium brown, and then mixed the base coat with three different colors to create different brick highlights.

“I purchased several large rolls of self-adhesive paper stencils with a running brick pattern,” says Garrett. “Then I worked randomly over the entire stencil by dabbing the different colors on the house. It was very labor-intensive, but had extremely realistic results.”

Realistic Results

Garrett painted around the entire home exterior, transforming the house and creating enhanced curb appeal. He even continued the pattern up the fireplace chimney on the roof and used RollerRock on an 18-inch foundation around the bottom of the house.

 

“Most people believe we have real brick on our home,” says Garrett. “For 14 years the RollerRock has held up great. I put a clear s

ealer over it every two to three years. Where there are minimal cracks I go back and repaint them with RollerRock. Overall, the product has held up great and given new life to the exterior of our home!”

More on RollerRock

The real stone coating of RollerRock resists freeze/thaw conditions, mold, mildew, water and UV rays. Traditionally used on horizontal surfaces (like walkways and driveways), the durable product also resists salt, chemical, impact and abrasion, along with hot tire pickup.

Available in 15 colors, RollerRock is laboratory tested to provide up to double the recommended OSHA slip-resistance rating. Two coats is all it takes to achieve a lasting textured stone floor that delivers added foot traction and safety to walking surfaces.

Anti-Slip RollerRock Ideal for Indoor Pool Deck

Even when it’s cold and snowy outside, it’s warm and inviting at The Inn at Scituate Harbor. Located on the Atlantic Coast in Massachusetts, the inn includes 29 comfortable rooms, each one with a harbor view.

When the weather is too cold to go outside, many guests enjoy the indoor heated pool that’s available year-round for the inn’s guests and local parties. To make the pool area as attractive and safe as possible, the inn’s owners added Daich Coating’s RollerRock and DiaHard100 Epoxy Clear Coat to the deck surface.

Problem/Solution

“Our indoor pool deck was a mess,” says Lynda Ferguson, general manager and co-owner of The Inn at Scituate Harbor. “It was cement and painted or covered with several different things over the years — but nothing would stick.

“In 2017 we decided to try the RollerRock product and it was awesome! This product looks great, it’s stayed down perfectly for several years and has also added a level of safety to our indoor pool deck.”

RollerRock Concrete Surface Covering

Made with real stone, RollerRock is not a paint. It’s a high-performance coating made of stone. Successfully installed on millions of feet of exterior concrete since 2005, RollerRock is applied with just a roller and brush. Available in 15 colors, the surface has a clean, speckled stone appearance.

Because of the stone texture of RollerRock, the product has delivered an anti-slip score of 0.093 — almost twice the OSHA recommended standard. That anti-slip aspect helps a great deal for guest usage of the indoor pool at The Inn at Scituate Harbor — and with the pool parties hosted there for local children.

RollerRock has endured so beautifully in the high humidity of the indoor pool area at The Inn at Scituate Harbor because it resists water, salt, chemicals, mold, mildew, impact and abrasions. The product can also be used on outdoor pool decks and concrete surfaces because it resists UV rays, hot tire pickup, and freeze/thaw conditions.

DiaHard Epoxy Clear Coat Sealant

To seal the RollerRock on the indoor pool deck surface, the team at The Inn at Scituate Harbor used DiaHard 100 Epoxy Clear Coat. The low-odor, zero-VOC formula provided a strong sealant that is salt and chemical resistant.

DaiHard100 Epoxy Clear Coat delivers heavy-duty, industrial strength epoxy durability, wear-resistant beauty and easy maintenance. The self-priming formula has a specially-modified two-part “100% solids” epoxy chemistry that has been proven for years on automotive, commercial and industrial floor surfaces. The “clear shield” of the finish added strength to the pool deck surface that receives daily use.

Long-Term Results

“We’re really pleased with the long-term benefits of RollerRock,” says Ferguson. “We get a lot of positive comments on it from our guests.

“Another aspect that was great about this project was working with the staff at Daich Coatings. They were incredible. They offered us so much helpful information and they were extremely patient with us. This is a product and a company we would definitely use again.”