Make your stamped concrete new again

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

 

Thompson Sealer on Stamped Concrete

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.

Ted@split-rok.com

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Repairing Stamped Concrete

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.2014-04-26 06.21.21 IMAG0570

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

 

Stamped Concrete Restoration

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

Concrete consultant

Ted Mechnick owner of Split-Rok Construction is now available to consult on any concrete or Decorative concrete issues you might be having. Generally most consultations can easily be handled on the phone. There will be a charge for these consultations but it will be affordable.
I have had over 40 years experience in the concrete business and 30 of those years in the Decorative Concrete Business.
Whether its a Design issue or something that is in need of repair I can generally give you the correct approach to solve your problem.
I have learned many interesting solutions over the years to what might seem to be an impossible problem.

Many have consulted me over time and have started this blog with the goal of helping those either homeowners or contractors that need solutions to their concrete issues.I have helped many since the inception of this site and truly enjoy helping. This business has been rewarding to me over my career. This is my small way of giving back.

If you’re a homeowner and think the problem you have is a hopeless problem call me first. I might have a simple solution. Sometimes the Contractor you have hired although good at stamping might not be totally knowledgeable about all aspects of this profession due to not having run into certain issues that can occur with Stamped or Decorative Concrete. I have run into about anything imaginable with this process over the years. Some problems that occur are but not limited to sealers blushing or turning white, sealers peeling, color problems, crack repairs and many design issues. I am here to help. Don’t get frustrated or angry. It might not be worth it. Email me first. Pictures are a big help. I have a nationwide information base. To date I have not been stumped if given the correct information.

I have recently helped a gentleman in England repair cracks with a video I made to show him how to correct his cracking issue. I will go to whatever  length I necessary to get you a solution to your problem.

Take advantage of my years of experience in the concrete business. Protect your reputation if you are a contractor, as I have over the years. It’s your greatest asset.

Ted Mechnick

Certified ACI( American Concrete Institute)  Concrete Finisher and Member of ASCC ( American Society of Concrete Contractors)

Ted@split-rok.com
732-915-6391

HOW TO APPLY REMOVE AND APPLY SEALERS ON STAMPED CONCRETE

I have written about removing sealers but have not as yet written about the proper application of the New VOC Approved Sealers.

 

As anyone in this business knows already we are having serious issues with blushing of clear sealers on Stamped Concrete for many reasons. The main reasons are over-sealing and applying incompatible sealers over each other.

 

If you have been following this blog I have tried to keep all those interested in our progress in dealing with this issue. You know that we have been diligent in trying to find the answer to this problem.

 

I am happy to say that we finally have found a solution and on both fronts. Applying sealer when warranted in the past was a no brainer. You identified that a resealing was needed and either had a professional provide the service or chose to do it yourself.  In either case it meant no more than opening a can of sealer and either rolling on a new coat or spraying on a coat.

 

It didn’t seem to matter how many times you resealed provide you followed the instructions but along came the new EPA Regulations commonly known as VOC Regulations. This was the attempt to prevent Volatile Organic Compounds from polluting the atmosphere. The EPA as I understand it reached out to the Sealer Community to ask whether changing the formulation of the sealers being used at the time would create any issues. No one seemed to think that it would and therefore they initiated the change thinking that it would not be an issue. Unfortunately it is an issue based on what we in the industry are experiencing related to blushing or whitening of sealer.

 

One of the problems is that the Old Sealers and New VOC Approved sealers are not compatible and therefore when applying the new sealer over the old that re-emulsifies the old sealer and when it commingles with the new sealer whitening and or blushing occurs due to the chemical compositions being incompatible and moisture being blocked from evaporating.

 

These problems seen to have started about 2005 and has become worse particularly during resealing. It seems that new jobs using thin coats of VOC Approved sealers work fine on new work but on older work is where the problems continually occur.

 

We have been working on a solution to this and can report that our removal of the older sealer and application of a New VOC Approved Sealer has produced great results. The trick is getting off the old sealer. If you hire the right sandblasting professional who blasts using water with the proper medium that you can be successful and if done correctly will solve your sealing problem for good. It is imperative that the person be used since it must be done safely and efficiently.

 

I have been working at finding a solution for this for about 2 years now and trust me although there are many strippers on the market to do the same thing there are many downsides to using them, the main one being not properly rinsing prior to resealing that will only reduce your chances of a successful solution but waste precious time and expense doing it. I presently have a 55 gallon drum that cost me $2,000 sitting in my warehouse that I have to pay to dispose of.

 

The removal old sealers effectively can only be done quickly and efficiently by a professional. These people not only use ENVIORNMENTALLY SAFE products to remove sealers but can get it done both quickly and inexpensively. In general they can remove about 2000 square feet a day at a cost from about .65-$1.00 per square foot. Allot cheaper and faster than I have been able to do it for and be comfortable that all the sealer has been removed so that the approved sealer can be applied and reapplied in the future without any issue.

 

If you have a newer project that you are experiencing these whitening problems it might be as simple as re- emulsifying your sealer using Xylene to allow moisture to escape that might be trapped under the sealer. If the problem is caused by using to many coats of sealer then at that point you might have to remove what has been improperly applied and start with new sealer.

 

Remember that thin multiple coats works best and do not opt for trying for a shiny look since to many coats are needed to achieve this look and might destroy the breathability of the sealer and therefore lock in moisture coming from below and  create blushing.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

Stamped Concrete installer please try to put plastic down prior to pouring, this dramatically reduces the chance of having these problems whether a job is new or resealed since it acts as a barrier from moisture getting to the surface from below.

 

If anyone reading this blog has any questions whether you are a Homeowner or Contractor I stand ready to help and can be reached by email at Ted@split-rok.com.

 

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USE COLOR HARDENER FOR THE BEST REPAIRS ON STAMPED CONCRETE

Damaged Stamped Concrete Driveway
This was damaged by a Township Snow Plow
Repaired Stamped Concrete Driveway
Repaired Stamped Concrete Driveway

We have been promoting the use of Color Hardener as opposed to Integral Color for years. The attached pictures show why we feel that it is the best method of coloring Decorative Stamped Concrete.

This corner of the driveway of a client of ours was damaged as a result of a Township snow plow. Naturally our client was more than upset. She had spent a lot of money on her Stamped Concrete driveway and expected to get many years of use out of it along with having it look great for years.

If this job had been installed using Integral Color (Liquid Color in the Concrete Truck) the repair could not be done in a way that would match. The reason is that Integral Color from one load of concrete to the next is hard enough to match and if a job is years old, as this one is, it would likely be next to impossible to match although with our years of experience we have done it but it can be costly. Working with color is hard enough but matching colors is an Art Form.

Those using Integral Color claim that if you get a chip in your concrete that since the color goes all the way through, if chipped it will not be noticeable.  I for one would not be sold on that idea for the following reasons.

Even if the color goes all the way through who wants to look at a chip and especially a large one like that shown here. Furthermore those using Integral Color never tell you that although the color goes all the way through there are dark grey stone that show once the surface is compromised.

All the Stamped Concrete that Split-Rok Construction Company installs is done using Color Hardeners. Look at this repair and you can see why we use it and can Warrantee our work for life. No questions asked. Cracks or chips no matter since we document all jobs as to how they were installed and what colors we used to ensure that should damage occur that we can fix it.

Over the 27 years in this business, if memory serves me a have had to repair about  8 jobs. Even though in those cases the fault was not ours like this one, we repair damage like this free of charge. WHY! because at Split-Rok Construction we have always subscribed to the Old Fashioned way of doing business. We always GO THE EXTRA MILE and give people more than they ask for and want our work to always be the best that we are capable of delivering.

This is why we have been recognized as an Industry Leader since 1985.

Look at the Crack Repair on the other page on this blog. Gone

If you are going to invest to money in a beautiful Stamped Concrete Driveway, Patio or walk insist that Color Hardener be used and get a Warantee.

The cost of using Color Hardener might run a bit morebut this can easily be justified. It will last much longer with limited fading and if damaged it can easily be repaired to it’s original look. Don’t forget reseal when needed. Usually every 3-4 years. DO NOT overseal. It will cause problems.

Visit us on www.split-rok.com or www.resealconcrete.com. And please come back regularly to our blog for other interesting concrete related information.

Please be aware that we at Split-Rok Construction will always assist anyone who has a concrete related issue whether the job was installed by us or not. No matter where in this World that you live we would like to be helpful. I recently helped a person in the Mideast with a driveway that he was installing. Our reach has no boundries and niether does our knowledge base. If I don’t have an answer to you question I am sure that I can find one. for you.

Thank you for visiting The Concrete Professor

Ted Mechnick