People that you can count on in the Decorative Concrete Industry

I have met many men and women that I have respected and have come to trust in the Decorative Concrete Industry. Those that I have grown to respect are people like Joe DiMaio who over my 27 years in this business has never once misrepresented any product that he has sold me. Preparation is key. A quote from Joe.

 Of Coarse there have been issues with some of the materials that have been sold me and since we have a mutual respect for eachothers honesty and integrity he has made every effort to make good on those bad material related issues.

Joe went to work in another industry for a few years and I for one felt the void that he left behind. Although I am sure that he would have been open too helping even though we no longer had a customer-supplier relationship I never bothered him out of respect.

GOOD NEWS:

Joe DiMaio has found his way back working for Solomon Colors and admitted that although he enjoyed what he was doing, he missed the industry with all its highs and lows. Glad to have him back.

It is my hope that Joe will become an integral part of theconcreteprofessor commenting and even sharing through some articles that I hope he writes to help those in our industry understand better the pitfalls of using the wrong products but also to help consumers better understand what they should look for in selecting a concrete contractor for their projects.

If you would like a copy of  HOW TO SELECT A DECORATIVE CONCRETE CONTRACTOR please email me at Ted@split-rok.com and I will send it to you.

Welcome back Joe and hope that we can get together to better educate those who are interested in what we do.

Ted Mechnick (The Concrete Professor)

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Basement Renovations and Man Caves

Today more than ever before a basement is used for more than a place to keep stuff, do wash or keep the water heater for your home.

In this tough economic environment people are not as quick to move to a new home but in some cases have a need to make their home more livable by adding more livable space.

If a  family is one with a lot of kids or a husband of wife who just need a space to decompress after a tough day, the basement can become a refuge for them or a place to have your kids and their friends to hang out. A basement renovation can be the solution to capture more livable space without the hassle and the expense of moving to achieve that goal.

Even if the space is old  there are many things that can be done to turn what might be a non-livable space into another comfortable room or rooms. Concrete floors can be leveled,polished,stained or dyed and even stamped with a Decorative Impression to simulate stone, slate, brick, etc. A bathroom, office or family entertainment room could be added.

There are limitless possibilities of what can be done with a basement if you hire someone who can patiently listen to your ideas and guide you in the right direction to bring your dream to life.

Block walls can be gone over with Decorative Plaster to simulate an old world feel like that of an Old Wine Cellar with hints of stone showing here and there to simulate the look of a plastered stone wall. Cracks can even be added to give it an old look. Floors can be refurbished to look new again using overlays or by grinding and polishing.

PLEASE NOTE: Moisture content in concrete floors in a basement can be a problem but can be easily addressed if the Contractor is familiar with moisture testing methods that need to be used prior to installing any of the above mentioned applications. Please in any case where there is excess moisture present put down carpeting. Moisture gets trapped under the carpet pad and can allow a great environment for toxic mold to grow. This can create a health hazard to your family. Always have a moisture test performed before overlaying or polishing. Area rugs can be used if the moisture problem has been corrected by using a moisture barrier.

Windows that are generally small can be enlarged to add more light into the space to make it feel less like you are in a basement.

A lighting professional can also help in making the space more livable.

Access from the outdoors can also be added using a Bilco Door leading to an entry door that can be locked as you would your front door. This allows access to the basement without coming through the upstairs living area. This is a nice touch if you have a backyard pool or are having a party and want to access a basement bathroom so that guests are not going through the house with wet bathing suits on.

Anyone with a bit of imagination like our designers at Split-Rok Construction can, after meeting with you determine how you would like to use the space. We can then direct you as to how that can happen.

We also have a group of reputable quality centered professionals that can handle any phase of what is needed to achieve this goal. They like us are passionate about what they do and bring years of experience andvision to your project.

Any basement can be turned into more than a catch-all with a little imagination and artistic vision provided that you clearly know what you would like.

Don’t move just improve is our motto.

As Americans we are always improving. We never seem to sit idle. It’s no longer necessary to move to make things better. You can remodel and give your home a whole new feel.

Ted Mechnick (The Concrete Professor) and Owner of Split-Rok Construction

You can contact me at Ted@split-rok.com for any help you might need related to this topic.