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

http://www.split-rok.com/

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

 

 

Salt water pools and Stamped Sealed Concrete

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

Ted Mechnick

 

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.

Thank you,

Robert Levetan, PhD.

Lab director / Ezchem, Inc.

Reseal stamped concrete

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.
Ted@split-rok.com
732-915-6391
732-899-5641
Facebook under Split-rok construction

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.
Sincerely
Ted Mechnick

Salt water pools and Stamped Sealed Concrete

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

Ted Mechnick

 

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.

Thank you,

Robert Levetan, PhD.

Lab director / Ezchem, Inc.