Concrete- decorative concrete repairs

Split-rok construction owned and operated by Ted Mechnick for over 30 years is now putting a repair package together for contractors interested in repairing all the issues related Stamped Concrete.

It has come to my attention that a lot of bad practices are happening in the industry related poor resealing, poor coloring and in general poor installation. Having seen all issues over my career. I feel it’s time for those like me who have devoted all their efforts in providing only the best product available to step up and learn all the repair tricks I have learned to enhance their bottom line and better support our industry.

Looking for at minimum 6 qualified Stamped Concrete contractors who are interested in signing up to learn what I have over the years and get generated leads from us in your location.

This is a serious opportunity for those who want to learn how to correct your issues and be recognized as I am as a solution guy.

I can be reached at 732-915-6391 for all the details.

Inexpensive Stamped Concrete, will cost you later

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!

Ted Mechnick

Split-Rok Construction Co.

http://www.split-rok.com

 

 

Repairing damaged concrete and Stamped Concrete

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

Ted Mechnick

Ted@split-rok.com

helical pile contractors

We are raising more and more houses at the jersey shore even 2 years after Sandy. Many being raised are engineered with the use of helical piles. If you have heard of this process and wondered how it works it’s realitively simple but choosing the right honest contractor to do your job is key.

Here at split-rok construction have found just that contractor. Both efficient and honest HSS Helical piles in point pleasant fit the bill.

We are presently raising and installing a house on 153 Ocean Ave. Point Pleasant Beach that we renovated the entire interior on in 2013.

A soil boring was done that indicated that solid base was encountered at 25′ below the surface.

Experience in knowing the area and an honest appraisal of the situation lead Adam Musgrave to

Recommend trying to use a larger helix the accomplish the necessary torque required without Having to charge us to go deeper. His fear that there might be a soft layer below 25′ that if broken through might cause us to have to go deeper then 25′ or more and therefore push us way over budget.

A test pile was drilled as shown hear and luckily we hit 4800psi. More than enough to hold our 1000′ structure. All other piles driven torqued out at about 15-16′. Job well done. Can’t thank Adam and his all American crew for their help.

When I showed up on the job and saw a large American flag hanging on back of there machine I told Ed there Forman that the flag alone gave me confidence in them.

Many contractors that are doing this type of work are not at all as reputable as Adam and his company. I’ve spent 30 years in my own business and 10 years prior to that working in the union as a concrete finisher,and haven’t seen this type of dedication for years. What a pleasure to feel 20141006_092842confident that I gave my client the best possible job at the best price.

Split-Rok Construction is actively engaged in raising and reconstructing homes at the shore and have a group of honest contractors we use to make this trying experience easier.

We bring to the table over 40 years of experience in the construction industry and a team of professionals that will not take advantage of your misfortune. We take on the project fully from permitting to monitoring every phase of the project without charging exhortant General contractor inflated costs.

We test and check all materials and watch each man to carry out his assigned task. We will do a great job what more could you ask.

Ted Mechnick can be reached by phone or text at 732-915-6391 if you want to call to see if we fit your needs. No charge for assessment of your condition and always a honest appraisal will be given of what’s needed to get back into your home cost-effectively.

InstallingStamped Concrete properly

IOn this blog I have written manyArticles about stamped concrete and the related components of the process but it was suggested to me to write an article about what I feel is the best way to install stamped concrete that would insure that you get the best possible installation that would insure you that you will get long life out of your stamped concrete with few problems if any. First and foremost naturally is the type concrete being used that is designated by strength. We at Split-Rok Construction use 4,000 psi exclusively. Higher strengths can be used but cut down on time to stamp concrete. The next item is type of color to be used. We only use what I feel is the best on the market here in the US. L.M.Scofield Color Hardener. Costs a bit more than others but regarding color and fade resistance no other can compare. Thirty years of using it without any complaints. If you skimp on this one item all alone you risk it all. Please note that they make release agents and integral colors also as well as sealers. They have been in business for 100 years. That says allot. Regarding integral colors for stamped concrete we do not recommend them since shoould a repair become necessary the color will likely not match. Please see how to repair stamped concrete on this blog. Quite nice if I do say so myself. You should also vet out your installer thoroughly. Pictures are great but if I’m spending thousands of dollars in some cases to have a job done I’m going to speak to past customers. See both old and new installations and ask how was he to do business with? Many things can go wrong if your installer lacks some knowledge he should have. He will likely show you his best projects. Ask him how many projects he has had to remove over his career due to him not liking the finished product. If he says none find another contractor. If he is truly quality centered as I am he would have removed a few. I have at my expense. That’s a whole other article.

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Ultra-thin Pavers new solution to old concrete.

Split-Rok Construction would like to introduce the concept of ultra-thin pavers as a solution to making drab old concrete look amazingly attractive using ultra-thin pavers as a solution.
Like stamped concrete that we were instrumental in promoting over 25 years ago here in the Northeast we are presently as excited about installing ultra-thin pavers as a solution to improving the look of your concrete or asphalt at your home or business.
If you can spare an inch of height and in most cases that is an easily met requirement. We
can install ultra thin pavers
over what’s existing and due to what is being gone over being a stable base there is less risk of settlement and movement to compromise the installation.
Other factors that make this product a wise decision are:

1. No need for costly and messy removal.
2. Can be used in high traffic areas like malls etc. without impeding traffic.
3. Can be installed in winter months in reasonably cold temperatures.
4. No need to shut down a business while installation is in progress.
5. Cracked or damaged concrete can be gone over without costly repairs prior to installing.
6. Dramatic savings over other conventional solutions to bad concrete or asphalt.
7. Numerous color and pattern selections.
8. No previous or impervious considerations since base is already grandfathered in.
9. Considered a repair in most localities therefore no need for permits.
10. Raises value immediately to your property for less than complete removal and replacement would be.
I think you can see why we at Split-Rok Construction are so excited about promoting this product as part of the concrete solutions portfolio we presently provide.
Check back regularly to see new patterns and colors as we progress along with pictures of examples.
We have installed the finest Decorative Concrete for the past 28 years and will apply our rigid standard of quality to this endeavor moving forward.
Ted Mechnick
Ted@split-rok.com