I am writing this article not to bash Thompsons sealer but it has its place and it is not to reseal stamped concrete. Getting more and more emails about problems associated with homeowners using it over there pure acrylic resin based sealers with plain pure acrylic or stironated acrylic. Will not work.
As a matter of fact once on, will not come off with any stripper like Zep degreaser, Are you kidding. Home Depot and Lowe’s to name a couple of big chains sell it continually to customers. Trust me once used game over . You might get lucky once and I get homeowners want to save a buck since it’s hard to find people to reseal properly even those who in some cases install stamped concrete.
We have developed over 33 years of installing and repairing stamped concrete a method of resealing that is foolproof.
I don’t respond to inquiries here since I can not follow all the questions asked through word press I can be contacted at Ted@split-rok.com where I can help if needed. This can be a costly mistake if you do not heed this warning.
Also beware not to use water based sealers over resin based sealers. Resealing it might sound odd but it’s not as easy as it might seem. Use the right product and you get the best results.
Ted@split-rok.com Always ready to help. That’s why I made this blog.
I am writing this article to make a case for paying a bit more for your Stamped Concrete or other Decorative Products.
We have recently been repairing many bad stamped concrete jobs done by others due to our 30 plus years of experience. Haven’t found many that I can’t repair unless so bad that removal and replacement is the only option.
Low price will generally guarantee poor quality do to cost cutting by the installer to get the job. The sad part is that low strength concrete, lack of proper reinforcing, poor crack prevention due to lack of control cuts, poor coloring process, poor base and poor sealing application
Sadly the problems don’t show up until the check has cleared or after the first winter freeze when cracks will appear, peeling surface or whitening of sealer. These are but a few issues.
We have recently resealed two of our projects one from 1992 the other from the year 2000 both with no cracks. The one from 1992 even blows me away.
If you were to breakdown the cost over the lifetime of the job and added in the resale appeal I think that even paying $1000 more would be a great investment since stamped concrete will outlast pavers consistently if maintained properly. Resealing in most cases is all that is needed.
Please be advised that after all these years in business that it still amazes me that some Stamped Concrete Contractors have no integrity. It’s not always about the money. You either love doing this or you don’t!
Split-Rok Construction Co.
I just read an article about marketing Decorative Concrete. Interesting to report that we at Split-Rok Construction have been doing all of what was explained for years. I do not want to risk giving away any of my marketing ideas but one item particularly stands out as to why we are recognized as one of the Northeast premier Decorative Concrete Contractors. Attention to detail and artistic ability. I share these two items freely since they incompass passion for what we do that can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t. I sell many jobs due to people seeing my enthusiasm that has not wained over 32 years in business. I get as pumped up today as I did when I stamped my first large job atound the pool in my backyard 32 years ago. In my world good is never good enough. Only those who demonstrate a love for what they are doing work here. My men don’t just show up for a paycheck. They show up to be part of creating something that when they are done they can be proud of what they accomplished. I had a contractor call me yesterday referred to me by my concrete supplier Clayton Concrete. He was a new guy in business that had three small projects spread out around New Jersey. The conversation took me back to when i started Split-Rok Consruction 8/6/1985. I was quoting him prices which shocked him. His comment to me when I stated that I’m paid for my ability to install almost perfect stamped concrete. Next question was would it be less expensive if it weren’t so perfect It took my breath away to think that someone would do a substandard job just to make more money. He said that if he paid me what what I wanted he wouldn’t make any money. As far I’m concerned this is not only about the money. We talked a bit more and due to me saying repeatedly that I’m all about detail cost what it may to him,I would not compromise my integrity for any amount of money. My major pointbin writing tjis article like others is to better inform people today of what to be on guard for when chosing the right person for the job. Here’s wha mayt seem.a crazy question to ask your potential Stamped Concrete Contractor. ” How many jobs have you had to remove?” My point is after all my years in business I’ve had to remove a few due to not meeting my standard of excellencd or poor material being delivered. This is why I use Clayton Concrete exclusively. Their standards are at the same level as my standards. One time when i was in business about 5 or 6 years hired a guy who said he knew how to powerwash. I believed him and sent him to wash off an $8,000 job in Rumson that i was extremely proud of the way it turned out. Mult-colored someting we pride ourselves in due to us refusing to use anything but L.M.Scofield color hardener on all stamped concrete we install. Well I sent him to the job confident that he told me the truth that he knew how to powewash. Seemed at the time to be a no brainer. Connect hose start powerwasher,wash and come back next day and seal. Unfortunately no. He had used the wrong tip on the pressure washer and I got a call from the homeowner a very detail oriented person who said Ted you have to come take a look at this job. You can bet my heart dropped in anticipation of what the matter was. Upon my arrival I walked to the of the house where the stamped raised patio was installed to see Nancy ( I will never forget her and her standing there arms folded) say look at this mess. My guy had destoyed my hard work in an hour. “Ted what are you going to do about this?” As I searched my mind for an easy solution acceptable to me and my client the words left my mouth coupled with emotional pain. I will remove it immediately and redo it. Her arms unfolded and although not happy about having to go through that process again my reputation was saved. Cost in excess of $8,000. I can still feel the pain looking back. My integrity was saved. One of my most prized posessions. My point is that anyone who is great at this business has had to remove a few jobs. Those that haven’t in my opinion are not good stamped concrete contractors. I feel asking that one question alone will vet out the bad from the good contractor. Price only should never be your main concern, since over the lifetime of a great job you can be proud of the and sting of paying a bit more wanes. We pay strict attention to detail always. Some minor imperfections may show up once washed but can easily be repaired since years if experience have taught me how to fix them and since I the owner of Split-Rok Construction inspect and oversee all projects big and small you can be assured that you’ll get whatyou paid for. Excellence! I test and check all materials and watch each man to see that he carries out his assigned task. I’ll do a great job. What more could you ask? Ted Mechnick owner of Split-Rok Construction for 32 years. ACI specifications always met and exceeded.
732-915-6391 my personal cell phone number.
In my previous post I noted that road brin is the culprit of deteriorating concrete this winter. We have never seen so much damage even from rock salt as we are seeing this year. I have done the research and can assure you that brin to melt snow is definitely the issue.
I 29 years of stamping concrete I have never had calls regarding deteriorating concrete. Brin goes through sealers and dramatically destroys concrete almost immediately. The winter solution is to park all vehicles off the driveway during the winter. Even my SUV that we rarely use was used in one snow storm and where it was parked has spots that have been compromised. More patching. Thank God we used color hardener by L.M Scofield to do the job. If this were integral color not repair would be possible since color could not be matched.
There is a solution to be able to park your car on the driveway in winter without worry of damage. The product that we now can use is salt guard. Stripping sealer and applying salt guard prior to resealing with give the protection needed to prevent brin damage. This is a relatively new product but has been showing great results. Remember that we recommend striping sealers by wet sandblasting like that done by Atlantic Green Pro here in New Jersey. All other chemical stripping in my opinion is not effective. If any sealer is left behind poor salt guard protection may occur or new sealer may become white as a result of old and new sealer not being compatible.
I can always be reached by email if you need further assistance. I generally do not charge for advice unless what you need is elaborate to explain then I charge accordingly.
I can assure you that you will always get the right solution t your concrete problem. I have given my life to this trade and nothing but the best will do. We have many solutions to your problems and can direct you if asked
I generally do not promote products that I use to do my Stamped Concrete but in this case I am making an exception.
We have used L.M. Scofield Company’s color hardener since we have been stamping concrete for the past 30 years. I recently tried other color hardeners to see if we could save some money in purchasing color hardener. BIG MISTAKE.; I will not disclose which ones I used that seriously disappointed me but I can tell you this. Although Scofield is a bit more money there is no comparison to other color hardeners. Coverage is better. No need to double and triple apply like others.
Like the old saying goes. You get what you pay for. Scofield has been in business for 100 years and I guess that stands for something. If your a Contractor or a homeowner insist on Scofield they can’t be matched in my opinion.
I have written a few articles about repairing stamped concrete and how the use of color hardener as opposed to integral color makes repairs possible to the degree that you can not tell that there was any damage in the first place. The pictures accompanying this article are of my driveway in New Jersey where County and State road departments insist on using road brine to melt snow. Unfortunately it works fine for them but is creating a nightmare for people with concrete driveways and Decorative concrete driveways. Even sealers that are generally used to protect the concrete are of no use. Brine goes through the sealer and attacks the concrete surface and deteriorates it. I first started noticing this on a driveway in Spring Lake, New Jersey at a house that the driveway was stamped in 2005. Never in my 28 years in the business at that time had anyone called me to say their driveway was peeling, especially after 6-7 years.
Upon a visit to his home I noticed that his SUV was parked in the area of the damage. My assumption was that it was salt damage. Inspecting my driveway closely where I parked my truck I also noticed peeling and popping occurring. I had to find a way to repair these issues but make the repairs totally perfect.
I have built a reputation in the industry of being capable of solving about any problem. Both in the U.S. and abroad.
Together with our in house colorist we began to work on our driveway stone by stone identifying what colors were used and on each stone that was damaged and using color hardener with a modified concrete that we
Together with our in house colorist we began to work on our driveway stone by stone identifying what colors were used and on each stone that was damaged and using color hardener with a modified concrete that we created were able to get and EXACT match.
Please notice how dull the before picture colors were. This was due to removal of the sealer. Once new sealer was applied the colors popped.
Go to http://www.split-rok.com to see other examples of our work. This job is L.M. Scofield color hardeners
I know I’ve covered allot of this material in other blogs on this site but I need to make clear how severe mistakes can become in trying to restore a stamped concrete project that has sealer on it.
Sealers are generally resin based pure resin based or styronated acrylic. They are not compatible with one and other and therefore if you try to go over either with the other you risk what’s called and blushing condition or whitening condition.
We have had the solution to these problems for a few years now and to the best of my knowledge we are the only company here in New Jersey that is effectively restoring stamped concrete jobs green friendly and effectively..
We have tried about all the chemical strippers out there and have found the only solution to be Low pressure water and glass blasting to be the only way to insure a proper solution.
Homeowners continually try to go to home depot etc. and ask for concrete sealer to go back over their stamped concrete and once applied they have created a condition that is only solved by our process.
Sealing and resealing stamped concrete although years ago was a simple process has now been made complex by our EPA demanding the sealer suppliers to change the chemical make up of sealers so they no longer commingle together.
The state of New Jersey has even made the composition more stringent. The result being that companies like mine Split-Rok Construction have to take enormous precautions to assure a good result. Biggest precaution being having to remove sealer on jobs we did not install prior to resealing. This adds dramatically to the cost. Once stripped there is still more to do like recoloring prior to resealing.
Please save yourself the greater expense by calling before you reseal so you don’t have to become a casualty. We stand ready to assess your stamped concrete and this can sometimes be done by sending a few pictures.
I am a phone call away and want to be helpful. For more elaborate assessments or solutions we charge a fee but generally this is not the case.
I hope that I have left all who read this with the thought of how important it is to follow the simple guidelines in properly resealing your stamped concrete. The mistake you make by selecting the wrong person to reseal or haphazardly just put on any old sealer could cost more than money. I could cost you what once was a good looking stamped concrete job into another stamped concrete job that needs to be removed and replaced.
Split-Rok Construction Company http://www.split-rok.com stands ready to assist any way we can. Never hurts to ask before proceeding. Office 732-899-5641