We are reminding all those with issues with their decorative concrete that toady it is not always necessary to remove and replace your damaged concrete. I recently attended The World of Concrete in Vegas and there are materials today to repair most issues with concrete.
We have gotten so good at it that we are in demand on the West coast of Florida.
Even if you are tired of the color of your decorative concrete we can change it and even multi-color it.
Click on the link below and or contact me at 732-915-6391
Today we have multiple ways to either change the color of your stamped concrete of enhance what you have to make it new again. Been repairing and redoing stamped concrete for over 30 years with a perfect record of excellence. We install new and also can repair any issue you might be having with your stamped concrete.
Call us today at 732-915-6391 direct to Owner Ted Mechnick Happy to assist you.
Ted Mechnick Ted@split-rok.com
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 and although I have used it for years have no clue how to use it fully since it’s above my pay grade. I digress. 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.
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.
Although many who read this especially those that install salt water pools will strongly disagree with this blog. I have been writing these types of informative articles for years now with my attempt to save both consumers and installers allot of unnecessary problems due to lack of proper installation practices or misinformation.
It seems that the water from salt water pools compromises the sealer used or if sealer is stripped and resealed the salt that has gotten into the unprotected stamped concrete once sealed over is sealed in and as water from below pushes the salt up under the sealer and you get a blushing condition similar to that of water being trapped as described in earlier posts.
- See letter below from EZChem
In regards to EZChem’s Perma-Pro Klear Koat VOC sealers and cure n seals, we have been manufacturing these great coatings for years with no problems. We sell a tremendous amount of these products both under our brand Perma-Pro and under private label in your area. After talking with you about your problem and you brought up salt water pools, I knew you had fallen victim to a problem contractors and home owners all over the country are having with salt water pools.
Since salt water pools produce chlorine, chloride damage accelerates the destruction of stone and cement. This also includes sealers placed over the stone or cement. Caustic Soda or Sodium Hydroxide is the other byproduct of this chemical manufacturing process. This caustic chemical is the main ingredient in Drano or Liquid Plumber. So, you can see the problems such as discoloration, whiting (blushing), scaling and de-bonding concrete products and sealers that surround the deck of the pool.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation in the marketing of salt water pools. People have no idea how corrosive and how many problems they cause. The bottom line is the sealer or your application of the sealer is not the problem. Using our sealers or any other sealer on new construction prior to the pool being filled and the chemical process being started will work in most cases, but the real problems occur when re-applying sealers or making repairs to the pool deck because of contamination of the chemicals outlined above.
Robert Levetan, PhD.
Lab director / Ezchem, Inc.
I am getting more calls to strip and reseal stamped concrete this year than ever.
Unfortunately many are do to do it yourselfers who think they can go to Home Depot by any sealer and just roll it on.
Please believe me I almost wish this were possible but once done incorrectly in a short time a vistor shows up to your home. His name is The truth. Resealing needs to assessed and addressed by a professional.
To keep this real simple I am going to leave all ways to contact me for FREE professional advice.
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Don’t be foolish and think I’m writing this for nothing better to do.
This is a serious problem that can be addressed if done properly.
Clear sealer turns white if new incompatible sealer is applied to it.
It’s not a joke. Thousands that you spent to have your stamped concrete installed and one misstep and your removing it.
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