Concrete Wood

The Concrete Protector is “The Originator” of the Rustic Concrete Wood system . . . definitely the HOTTEST decorative concrete resurfacing system in the world!! This system provides the timeless look of hardwood floors with the durability of concrete.

Our CEO Joe Quick was recognized in Concrete Construction’s annual Decorative Concrete Project of the Year awards for a project involving simulated wood flooring on a residence project. In 2011 he demonstrated the concrete wood process at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas. We have helped thousands of contractors and do-it-yourselfers learn the Rustic Concrete wood system at our free monthly training.

Our Rustic Concrete Wood System starts with an industrial cementitious coating that is actually stronger than concrete itself. We use a combination of taping, troweling, and staining techniques to give the rich feel of reclaimed hardwood. 

Our system actually gives you grain, knots, and nail holes that you can actually feel. We have witnessed many people on their hands and knees because they couldn’t believe it wasn’t real wood. A wide selection of stains allows for concrete wood in any color imaginable, from rustic to super modern.

With Rustic Concrete Wood, you don’t have to worry about moisture damage or other problems associated with laminate surfaces. Our sustainable, pet-friendly coating can permanently transform any basement, family room, patio, porch, showroom, or commercial space. This system is great for restaurants and garage flooring, and even floors that handle vehicle traffic!

The Benefits of Concrete Wood

  • Super Durable & Easy To Maintain
  • Indoor / Outdoor Installations
  • Unlimited Color Selections
  • Waterproof – not affected by floods if installed in a basement
  • Perfect to be installed over heated slab applications.
  • Great for people with big pets
  • Environmentally Friendly & Sustainable

Case Study: Ultimate Wood Concrete Mancave

The owner of this project was in a fix until he met us with our wrapped trailer at a local gas station in March of 2010. He explained that he installed radiant heat in his concrete floors and now couldn’t put down the real hardwood flooring he wanted to complete his Man Cave. I told him he was in luck because with The Concrete Protector products I could simulate any style of hardwood flooring he would want.

So my four crew members and myself went to work. We first used a 24” diamond grinder to prepare the surface. After vacuuming and masking the surrounding area we applied a layer of The Concrete Protector black modified acrylic concrete. We then taped out the wood planks and sprayed a light tan layer of modified acrylic concrete. While the material was still wet we used a small kitchen broom to drag across the surface to simulate a wood grain texture. We then used small 2 inch chip brushes to make the knot holes. After it dried we pulled all tape and vacuumed and drilled 3/8 inch nail holes at the end of each plank. Then for 8 hours two of us hand stained each board to achieve a more natural look. Finally on the 4th and 5th day we applied 2 coats of The Concrete Protector UV resistant epoxy and then a coat of the Protectorthane 1000 for chemical and abrasion resistance.

Months later the owner told me, after spending nearly half a million dollars on The Ultimate Man Cave he receives more complements on the floor and people just wont stop talking about it. It cost him less than 2% of his budget!

How To Make Concrete Floors That Look Like Wood

Step 1 Prepare Your Surface

Shot blast or diamond grind inside / acid etch & pressure wash outside (any previous coating or sealer must first be removed before proceeding). Tape off all areas and objects needing protection using the appropriate specialty tape and masking paper.

Step 2 Mixing And Applying Cement Base “Grout” Coat

Pour Concrete Protector mixed resin into a plastic bucket, add Black Mineral Pigment and then add a bag of Concrete Protector Texture Mix. Mix well for 3-5 minutes with drill. Apply base coat with a Magic Trowel or by spraying it down with a hopper gun.

Step 3 Designing Wood Planks

Tape wood planks using ¼” fiber tape. Measure one side of the room and then the other side & keep the tape tight & "eye ball it" to determine what looks best. Planks can be equally sized or alternated for artistic effect for example 7”, 8”, and 9" planks.

Step 4 Applying Wood Texture

Pour Concrete Protector mixed resin into a plastic bucket, add Buff Mineral Pigment and then add a bag of Concrete Protector Texture Mix. Mix well for 3-5 minutes with drill. Apply base coat with a Magic Trowel or by spraying it down with a hopper gun.

Step 5 Creating Concrete Wood Grain, Knots, and Nail Holes

Realistic wood grain, knots, and nail holes set Rustic Concrete Wood apart from wood stamped concrete. Unique one of a kind textures can be produced with concrete trowels, pool trowels, brushes and more. We recommend perfecting your texture techniques on sample boards.

Step 6 Scraping & Tape Pulling

After texture coat is completely dry scrape the floor extremely well using a floor scraper IN THE DIRECTION OF THE WOOD GRAIN. Pull the tape and vacuum thoroughly. When removing tape, put pressure and pull on the tape towards you as you lift up the lines of tape.

7 Hand Staining

For a realistic look hand stain every board with a paint brush. There are limitless options for staining your rustic wood floor.


Interior Applications:

Our Neat Coat Epoxy is a clear, low viscosity epoxy that easy to apply once it's properly mixed pour out in ribbons on the floor.  Using a notched squeegee or magic trowel, move the “ribbons” of epoxy across the floor to distribute it across the surface back and forth. Take a 18” wide 3/8”nap roller (attached to an 18” roller frame) and saturate the roller in a puddle of epoxy. Begin “back” rolling the floor from side to side and front to back to evenly coat the floor with your epoxy. For a satin finish additional wear protection apply Concrete Protector Water-Based Protectorthane.

For Exterior Applications
Apply 2 coats of our Acrylic 25 sealer using our ¾” nap jumbo roller cover and a jumbo roller frame using a “dip & roll” technique out of the bucket of sealer.

Want to learn more visit our Free Monthly Training or Online at Decorative Concrete University