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Natural Concrete Look With Thermafloor?

Rudy Member Posts: 482
We're building a new home in So. Cal. where few installers seem familiar with "bare concrete" looking floors with radiant heat (the few clients who use radiant typically want wood floors).

We've so far spec'd Maxxon Acoustimat III and Therma-floor but are getting push back with no other ideas on either not finishing with anything (just "bare" Thermafloor) or using Maxxon ColorKote.

Any input/success stories on how best to finish lightweight Gypsum floors (e.g. Thermafloor)


  • hr
    hr Member Posts: 6,106

    the gyp products are not considered adequate "wear surfaces."

    That being said USG showed some sort of high psi mix that could be colored and used as a final surface, at a past RPA show. Perhaps the other gyp joints :) have a similar product now.

    I have not personally used any of the high psi gyp products. I should learn more as this would give gyp a lot more appeal. Gyp pours are a nice way for a thin slad with little to no cracking. With a well trained installer at the controls :)

    Not all my gyp pours have been magazine cover material! find an experienced gyp contractor if this will be a final covering. not something you want to "do over."

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  • doug_16
    doug_16 Member Posts: 62
    Our whole living area is

    concrete. Tinted when mixed and then surface ground to a matt finish. Except for some spots where the "other professional" over finished the surface, it turned out ok. You have to watch spills as we did not apply a sealer. Easy to clean, I use a floor scrubber. Of course when the slab is warm the water evaporates quickly. A couple of oriental rugs to finish it.
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob G. Member Posts: 9
    Finished Concrete

    I am a local (So. Cal) contractor / technician and would be delighted to give you a proposal for the radiant system as well as a finished concrete floor.

    There are a lot of things that can be done with concrete by altering the mix. Thermalcrete and similar products were just never meant to be more han underlayment.

    Non-gypsum based mixes have good thermal characteristics as well, just not as good as thermalcrete...

    In the real world you may never know the difference.

  • Alan Bright
    Alan Bright Member Posts: 17
    Lightweight thermal mass

    We have been using "LEVELROCK" instead of Thernmal floor or Gypcr... for last couple of years. Far superior finished product and better applicators!
    Thanks Big Al
  • Mike Reavis_2
    Mike Reavis_2 Member Posts: 307
    does LEVELROCK have a website?

    who makes it?

  • Brian (Tankless)
    Brian (Tankless) Member Posts: 340
    Mike, it's a USG product.

    Type in Levelrock at Google.

    Click on the first entry at the top.

    Looks like good stuff.

    Brian in Swampland.
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