Concrete Scoring Guide

The lines that are seen on some of the pictures here on the website are produced by scoring, or cutting, the surface of the concrete. There are an endless variety of patterns that can be made by scoring the concrete. The concrete can be scored either prior to staining and sealing or after staining and sealing. If the scoring is performed prior to staining and sealing of the concrete, the score lines will be stained with the rest of the floor. Grout can be added to give the illusion of tile. The advantage to scoring after staining and sealing is that the score marks will reveal the true color of the original concrete and will create the illusion of grout lines, without the need for an application of grout, although the scored lines will trap dirt and other debris. Both methods and the required equipment to perform this work are outlined below:

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

1. 2” x 4” or other straight-edged object
2. 4” Makita circular saw – Model No. 4200 NH
3. 4” x ¼” diamond-tipped concrete blade
4. Chalk box (chalk line) with blue or another color of chalk DO NOT USE RED CHALK
5. Cleaning supplies – mop, bucket, soap and water

SCORING PRIOR TO STAINING

1. After you have decided on the pattern that you wish to score into the floor, mark the design onto the floor using a chalk box (chalk line), being careful to only make cutting lines where actual cuts will be located. As noted above, DO NOT USE RED CHALK, as it is a permanent color and cannot be removed from the floor.
2. Using the 2” x 4” or other straight-edged object, cut the lines with the circular saw, making sure to cut straight lines.
3. After the cutting is complete, remove the concrete dust by cleaning the concrete surface with soap and water. Allow the surface to dry completely.
4. Apply the stain as recommended in the “ACID STAIN APPLICATION GUIDE” and the sealer as recommended in the “SEALER APPLICATION GUIDE”.

SCORING AFTER STAINING

1. Apply the stain as recommended in the “ACID STAIN APPLICATION GUIDE”.
2. Apply one coat of sealer as recommended in the “SEALER APPLICATION GUIDE”.
3. Mark your pattern as directed in Step No. 1 above.
4. Cut your pattern as directed in Step No. 2 above.
5. Clean your floor as listed in Step No. 3 above.
6. Apply another coat of sealer as recommended in the “SEALER APPLICATION GUIDE”.

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