Greg Hryniewicz isn’t a man who sits around and says “better luck next time.”
The general contractor to whom he submitted a proposal for a flooring job at a Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in White Marsh, Md., was not awarded the contract.
Rather than sit idly by, Hryniewicz got in touch with the franchise owner to see if he could still be involved. As luck would have it, the owner was already a fan of
Hryniewicz and his Annapolis, Md., company Hyde Concrete. After a meeting at the project site, Hyde Concrete had the gig.
The Tilted Kilt, one of a growing chain of restaurants that Hryniewicz describes as “Hooters with an Irish twist,” needed to have its floor colored. Unfortunately the floor was severely damaged after the previous tenant’s tile floor was removed. Repairs were in order.
Hyde Concrete only had five days to complete the job. The first two days were dedicated to repairing cracks, divots and other damaged areas. The final step for preparation was to prime the entire surface.
On the third day, it was time for the overlay. Hryniewicz wanted a thick overlay because of the floor’s damage, so he chose white DT, a quarter-inch, self-leveling topping from CMP Specialty Products Inc. “It’s rapid-setting and a large area, so we needed a well-oiled crew to help move materials,” he says.
The crew split up into three teams, each with dedicated jobs: mixing, transporting, and raking and finishing. They were able to apply more than 6,000 square feet of overlay in just a couple of hours.
With photos from other Tilted Kilt restaurants for inspiration, it was time to apply the color. Concerned about the time constraint, Hryniewicz chose water-based dyes from AmeriPolish. A brown base coat was put down first, and additional colors were applied using sprayers, sponges and other application techniques.
After a long day, the floor was given two coats of polyaspartic sealer from National Polymers Inc., with a nonskid additive added to the mix near the entrance.
Despite the challenges and short deadline, Hyde Concrete delivered a floor loaded with detail and character the Tilted Kilt chain could be proud of. In fact, the franchise owner has already contacted Hryniewicz about doing a floor for another new location.
Project at a Glance
Client: Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, White Marsh, Md.
Contractor: Hyde Concrete, Annapolis, Md. | www.hydeconcrete.com
Scope of project: Repair, overlay and color in 6,000 square feet of space
Duration of project: Five days
Products used: CMP Specialty Products DP overlay in white, AmeriPolish dyes, National Polymers Inc. polyaspartic seale