Products

Concrete Overlays

That old stamped concrete driveway from the 80’s doesn’t need to be replaced and you don’t need to just colour seal it to look like a painted driveway. We can resurface it with your revamping system that puts a new cementitious surface to the concrete in a colour of your choice and keep the existing pattern. We even add the antiqued look to make it look like a brand new driveway

TIMBER... Is it not??

It’s funny how often we see it, clients crouching down to examine the faux timber look we can achieve with our overlays. The look of large sleepers is especially popular.

External Hardscapes

A very classy and popular look to dress up a patio or driveway without the massive cost of real tiles. They can be non-slip or smooth like slate, and your existing expansion cuts are incorporated into the design.
Our sprayed systems are often called exactly that. Our concrete carpet look can incorporate a number of colours into the surface by spraying layers of different coloured flecks of varying sizes depending on the client’s needs. Remember that we can have your overlay tinted to match just about any colour. Imagine what can be achieved.
Also very popular, our Expose’ finish is coloured and textured to mimic exposed aggregate concrete. People are in love with the look of classic and timeless exposed aggregate, and through our techniques we can bring the look to your existing driveway or patio without the hassle of removing what’s there now.
Homeowners love the fact that they can restore their earthquake damaged concrete without the cost, and more so, the disruption that is caused by a full removal and replacement. As with all crack repairs, we cannot guarantee that over time (especially in cities like Christchurch where earthquakes are an every day possibility) substrate movement or tree roots, to name a couple of examples, could potentially open the cracks or create new ones. Through the use of our faux stone system we have developed, we can repair and incorporate the cracks in the concrete to ensure that if there is any future movement that the cracks will remain hidden in grout lines to stay very discreet.

Our faux stone system can be installed to look like slate, sandstone or granite, and can be made to have a smooth finish or non-slip finish, depending on the client’s needs.
A Decorative Concrete Overlay is a very versatile, hard wearing product used in both interior and exterior applications. It is made up of high strength cements, selected sands, and top quality polymers. At FLASH, we use it in more applications than any other. We can resurface your existing damaged or new concrete to bring it back to life. The design possibilities are huge. Cracks can be repaired and then the damaged surface can be revelled, then a designer top coat is installed to give the look of slate tile, granite, brick, stone or timber. Then borders and custom motifs can be added just to name a few possibilities. Even areas with quite large cracks can be bought back to life through our faux stone system. Architects and designers love the fact that we can take most colours in your home décor and have the overlay tinted to match. This is something that only we at FLASH have available to us. All of these finishes are suitable for interiors and exteriors.

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More and more homeowners are also choosing to lay plain concrete for their driveways and patios when building a new home or replacing a driveway and then adding a decorative concrete overlay, as you have such a wide range of options in colour and texture consistency that is achievable with a Decorative Concrete Overlay. These are a few of our most popular finishes, which can be viewed and felt up close at our South Island Display Centre at 9 Innes Road in Merivale, Christchurch.
Cem Paint is a coloured cement-based wall coating which sets rock hard and is unaffected by ultra-violet light (and therefore won’t fade). It produces a brushed finish with mottled colouring. It is applied by brush to masonry or previously painted surfaces, both internally and externally.

Interior

Oriental Coat is produced from a large range of coloured fibres and polymers. This creates a very distinctive textured appearance that adds elegance and charm to any room. This incredible wall and ceiling covering is available in a huge range of colours and will enhance the beauty and atmosphere of any internal residential or commercial setting, whilst also acting as an effective thermal and acoustic insulator. The seamless finish of Oriental Coat enhances its’ natural eye-pleasing appeal.

Check out our inspirations gallery or pop into our Display Centre at 9 Innes Road in Merivale for a closer look.
Micro Colour is a very thin cement-based decorative plaster that creates a smooth, mottled colour finish for interior wall surfaces and can be applied to masonry or previously painted surfaces. Micro Colour is designed to provide a durable, attractive wall covering for both new and existing surfaces. It is versatile, requires minimal maintenance and is an aesthetically pleasing alternative to paint, wallpaper and other conventional finishes.

Micro Colour is very popular with designers and architects as it can create the look of precast concrete or clay over existing wall finishes.

Visit our South Island Display Centre to view it up close.
Deco Crete is a coloured cement-based material designed to be plastered to excessive thicknesses, without sliding or shrinking, and sets rock hard. Deco Crete can be applied over just about any solid surface. Slow setting properties allow for the artistic manipulation of the material once in place. t can be carved and shaped to simulate rock, stone or brickwork. It can also be carved into three dimensional designs on buildings and in landscape settings.
Cem Paint is a coloured cement-based wall coating which sets rock hard and is unaffected by ultra-violet light (and therefore won’t fade). It produces a brushed finish with mottled colouring. It is applied by brush to masonry or previously painted surfaces, both internally and externally.
Very popular on shop floors that want to give a real themed look. Through the use of quality polymers, technical installation and advanced colouring techniques, we can achieve textures that look like real stone, brick, brick, rock or timber that cannot be achieved in any other way. Architects and designers love it as they can take a theme for a new shop floor to a whole new level.

We have an example on our floor at our SOUTH Island Display Centre which always gets the WOW! response from clients.
These poured-on toppings quickly restore worn concrete and level out uneven floors.

Self-levelling overlay systems for concrete floors offer numerous advantages. They can correct uneven floors, repair damaged concrete, and provide a smooth and durable new surface for decorative treatments. These flowable polymer-modified toppings have the ability to self-level without trowelling, making them a quick solution for smoothing and levelling worn or uneven concrete.

In many cases, self-levelling toppings serve a purely utilitarian purpose, such as correcting uneven or damaged floors, or serving as an underlayment for tile, carpet, or other floor coverings. But you can also use self-levelling overlays for decorative purposes by adding integral colour to the self-levelling system, or by enhancing the overlay using stains and dyes. The overlay can be left seamless (except at control joints) or used as a canvas forsawcut or engraved designs. You can incorporate decorative inlays such as strips of wood or metal, by adhering them to the base concrete and then pouring the overlay to the level of the inlay.

You see it everywhere. Polished concrete is definitely the trend right now to achieve the upmarket industrial look that is so highly sought after. The concrete can be either fully polished or a grind and seal finish can be installed.

The concrete is polished through the use of large grinding machines that cut through the concrete to expose the aggregates within the slab.

The concrete can be ground to varying depths depending on the desired look and the clients budget. For example, a salt and pepper finish is where the aggregates are just starting to be exposed (this is most popular). A full depth grind, where the aggregates are cut nearly in half is more expensive as it is more time consuming, creates more waste, and puts far more wear on the grinding equipment.

What’s the difference between a full polish and a grind and seal?

FULL POLISHED CONCRETE

This is the higher end of the two. With a full polish, the surface is ground to the depth where the desired aggregate exposure is achieved. Then the surface is passed over by the machines in stages, gradually smoothing the surface of the concrete to a point where it is so dense and smooth that it reflects like glass. Very popular in high traffic settings like supermarkets.

GRIND AND SEAL

A very similar look to the above but less expensive. The surface is ground to the desired depth, then passed over enough times that it is ready for a topical coating. Depending on the client’s needs, the sealer may polyurethane or acrylic. The high gloss look can still be achieved, but without the same cost as a full polish. This is far more popular than a full polish.

TO NOTE:

With both these finishes, the final look is dependent on the concrete slab that is being polished. No two concrete slabs will be the same. Many slabs will have areas where there is far more density in the stone than others. This is out of our control and should be expected.

Microtoppings are a very fine smooth cementitious coating which are extremely popular with architects and designers as they can be applied on their own, or tinted, creating the look of precast concrete, or can be used as a base to create a clean blank canvas for other finishes like acid stains and other custom looks.The finished microtopping surface is always sealed once completed to protect the surface and lock in the colour.

The microtopping itself can be tinted to just about any colour and when trowelled on very thin it leaves a mottled natural effect which gives a beautiful industrial look or a floor that blends in with just about any décor.

Designers love the fact that it can be fully custom designed to suit the client. You can have numerous colours set in patterns or because it is so thin, you can layer the colours to get amazing effects. A very versatile product, that can be applied to either floors or walls. See microcolour (link to microcolour)

Take a look through our inspirations gallery or drop by our display to get ideas...
One of the fastest growing trends in flooring right now. They are everywhere on the Net!

Metallic epoxies give you the ability to create a hard wearing floor that replicates the look of copper, silver, bronze or gold just to name a few. They provide a real WOW! factor to floors and are especially popular in offices, retail stores, restaurants or even nightclubs where a very modern, upmarket look is wanted by the client.

Take a look through our inspirations gallery to see some of the possibilities.
Flake flooring, or Terraflake as it is better known in New Zealand, is a very popular floor finish for both residential and commercial settings where a durable, seamless and attractive finish is desired.

With a flake floor, a resin is laid on the floor and paint flake chips are set into the surface, which is then coated with a high strength sealer. The finish is also popular due to the wide range of colours which are fully customisable and because it is suitable for use in wet areas such as toilets and kitchens.
Our team are trained in the use of many of the systems provided by a large range of suppliers in New Zealand and Australia. We cover a large range of industrial flooring, kitchen seamless floors and hygienic areas including:

- Epoxies, epoxy screeds & coving
- Polyurethanes & polyurethane screeds
- Polyesters
- Polyaspartics

If you have a particular system you need installed, get in touch, we can install it for you.
Epoxy Flooring Interior
Acid Staining creates a richness and sense of luxury that can't be achieved by any other colouring method. Because the acid stain bleeds into the surface of the concrete and reacts with the hydrated lime in the concrete or overlay, it creates depth of colour that looks translucent and mimics stone, marble, wood or even leather.

An Acid Stain can be applied over an existing prepared concrete floor, or in most cases over a cementitious overlay. This means we can remove any existing coatings or floor coverings, and apply your new Acid Stained floor no matter what you have in place now.The surface is perfect for a living area, a shop floor or a restaurant that wants to create an environment of class and uniqueness.

Acid stains are a natural product containing metallic salts and acid. They do come in a limited number of colours (around six). They include dark browns, rusty browns and blueish-green hues. Do bear in mind that these colours can be combined to create some amazing effects that will have you continually staring at your floor.Also, because the stain reacts differently depending on the surface it is applied to, the levels in the floor, or the drying time, no two jobs will ever look identical. This is all part of the charm of a beautiful Acid Stained Floor.
Acid Floor Interior
Flake flooring, or Terraflake as it is better known in New Zealand, is a very popular floor finish for both residential and commercial settings where a durable, seamless and attractive finish is desired.
With a flake floor, a resin is laid on the floor and paint flake chips are set into the surface, which is then coated with a high strength sealer. The finish is also popular due to the wide range of colours which are fully customisable and because it is suitable for use in wet areas such as toilets and kitchens.
Flake Flooring Interior

Vertical and Specialty

Through the use of similar techniques to our vertical overlay systems, we can construct water features and artificial rock features. These are constructed in most cases out of lighter weight materials and are a safer option and much less expensive than installing real stone and rock.

We can shape it to your design and add layers of fountains as a standalone feature or wall, or a fountain into a pond or swimming pool.

The only limitation is your imagination.
Vertical Overlays These are definitely the hottest trend in decorative concrete right now. Decorative stamping and texturing adds beauty and depth to concrete driveways, paths and shop floors, but we can use very similar techniques to verticalsurfaces, such as feature walls, fireplace surrounds, external or internal facades to your home or place of business.

Vertical overlays and faux stone are a great alternative to real stone. Because the mix is lightweight, and fixed to the wall and cast as one unit, it is a safer alternative to real stone which is heavy and time consuming. Individual stone units aren’t the safest option in a city like Christchurch which experiences regular tremors. Because our mix is lightweight and usually pinned through to the solid structure (not just on the surface) of the wall, product can be installed at up to 30mm in depth, and can be installed over just about any surface including concrete, brick, gib-board, fibro-board or existing tile. Also because of the depth it is applied, it gives the installer the ability to carve and texture to great depth. It can be shaped and coloured to look like stone, timber, deep rock textures and more. The works are then coloured and stained to simulate the appearance of the real thing.