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

Damage to concrete driveways from road brine.

Never in all my 40 plus Years in the concrete business have I seen so much damage to concrete driveways sealed or unsealed. People are using magice etc. Thinking they are doing the right thing only to have their driveways still getting damaged thinking it’s mag ice that’s doing it.WRONG. You are all doing the right thing but the so called professionals that clear the roads are thwarting your efforts. You bring in brin off the road on your vehicle that overrides what you did. Simple fact is that all those trucks spraying salt on the streets are creating amazing costly problems that state and county governments should have to pay for. For now in winter park your vehicles on your lawn in winter. Cheaper to plant new grass then redo your driveway. Ted Mechnick 732-915-6391