Its that time of year when you walk in your yard or look at your stamped concrete driveway and see it needs to be resealed. You go to Google and type in resealing stamped concrete and a list of contractors comes up or you get some company selling you on the idea that its a do it yourself project.
At one time it was until multiple types of sealers showed up. Pure acrylic, stironated acrylic and water based sealers like that sold by Home Depot. None are cross compatible and putting one over the other can cause a costly problem that is not easily rectified other then removal of all sealer and reapplying the correct VOC approved sealer.
The other caveat is hiring someone who has little or no experience with the proper application of sealers. Once paid and problems occur they are either unavailable or have no clue how to correct the problem.
Split-Rok Construction Company has been installing stamped concrete for over thirty years and can correct about any negative issue that occurs. We have been called numerous times to correct stamped concrete problems in the tri-state area.
You owe yourself the opportunity to talk with Ted Mechnick to access your problem via photos in some cases before you proceed. I stand ready to help.
Ted Mechnick Split-Rok Construction Co. http://www.split-rok.com
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.
I just read an article about marketing Decorative Concrete. Interesting to report that we at Split-Rok Construction have been doing all of what was explained for years. I do not want to risk giving away any of my marketing ideas but one item particularly stands out as to why we are recognized as one of the Northeast premier Decorative Concrete Contractors. Attention to detail and artistic ability. I share these two items freely since they incompass passion for what we do that can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t. I sell many jobs due to people seeing my enthusiasm that has not wained over 32 years in business. I get as pumped up today as I did when I stamped my first large job atound the pool in my backyard 32 years ago. In my world good is never good enough. Only those who demonstrate a love for what they are doing work here. My men don’t just show up for a paycheck. They show up to be part of creating something that when they are done they can be proud of what they accomplished. I had a contractor call me yesterday referred to me by my concrete supplier Clayton Concrete. He was a new guy in business that had three small projects spread out around New Jersey. The conversation took me back to when i started Split-Rok Consruction 8/6/1985. I was quoting him prices which shocked him. His comment to me when I stated that I’m paid for my ability to install almost perfect stamped concrete. Next question was would it be less expensive if it weren’t so perfect It took my breath away to think that someone would do a substandard job just to make more money. He said that if he paid me what what I wanted he wouldn’t make any money. As far I’m concerned this is not only about the money. We talked a bit more and due to me saying repeatedly that I’m all about detail cost what it may to him,I would not compromise my integrity for any amount of money. My major pointbin writing tjis article like others is to better inform people today of what to be on guard for when chosing the right person for the job. Here’s wha mayt seem.a crazy question to ask your potential Stamped Concrete Contractor. ” How many jobs have you had to remove?” My point is after all my years in business I’ve had to remove a few due to not meeting my standard of excellencd or poor material being delivered. This is why I use Clayton Concrete exclusively. Their standards are at the same level as my standards. One time when i was in business about 5 or 6 years hired a guy who said he knew how to powerwash. I believed him and sent him to wash off an $8,000 job in Rumson that i was extremely proud of the way it turned out. Mult-colored someting we pride ourselves in due to us refusing to use anything but L.M.Scofield color hardener on all stamped concrete we install. Well I sent him to the job confident that he told me the truth that he knew how to powewash. Seemed at the time to be a no brainer. Connect hose start powerwasher,wash and come back next day and seal. Unfortunately no. He had used the wrong tip on the pressure washer and I got a call from the homeowner a very detail oriented person who said Ted you have to come take a look at this job. You can bet my heart dropped in anticipation of what the matter was. Upon my arrival I walked to the of the house where the stamped raised patio was installed to see Nancy ( I will never forget her and her standing there arms folded) say look at this mess. My guy had destoyed my hard work in an hour. “Ted what are you going to do about this?” As I searched my mind for an easy solution acceptable to me and my client the words left my mouth coupled with emotional pain. I will remove it immediately and redo it. Her arms unfolded and although not happy about having to go through that process again my reputation was saved. Cost in excess of $8,000. I can still feel the pain looking back. My integrity was saved. One of my most prized posessions. My point is that anyone who is great at this business has had to remove a few jobs. Those that haven’t in my opinion are not good stamped concrete contractors. I feel asking that one question alone will vet out the bad from the good contractor. Price only should never be your main concern, since over the lifetime of a great job you can be proud of the and sting of paying a bit more wanes. We pay strict attention to detail always. Some minor imperfections may show up once washed but can easily be repaired since years if experience have taught me how to fix them and since I the owner of Split-Rok Construction inspect and oversee all projects big and small you can be assured that you’ll get whatyou paid for. Excellence! I test and check all materials and watch each man to see that he carries out his assigned task. I’ll do a great job. What more could you ask? Ted Mechnick owner of Split-Rok Construction for 32 years. ACI specifications always met and exceeded.
732-915-6391 my personal cell phone number.
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.
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
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.
If you have wondered whether Polymer-Modified overlays can be placed on wood successfully wonder no more they can and done multi-colored also.
We have been installing Decorative Concrete for the past 28 years and have gotten quite good at it. The look that we have been able to achieve using Multi-Colors has been, at the risk of sounding prideful, been amazing.
We have been installing Overlays for the past 6-7 years since we have found a process that works along with a material and system that works. For our money after trying many different suppliers products we have concluded as far as I am concerned the Brickform Stampable Overlay works best and is the easiest to work with. I do not want to go into a lot of detail but if you go to the Brickform sight I think you will see why. For a great education on this and all they sell ask to speak to Joe DiMaio who is as far as I am concerned one of the most learned individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing in this industry.
Now for the answer and explanation as to how this is done.
1. Assess the condition of the floor to be overlayed and if in poor condition screw and glue 3/4″ plywood down ( DO NOT USE TONGUE AND GROOVE). Lap across existing so that you get a better structural connection.
2. Staple down Tar Paper with wire lath over it nailed very 6″.
3. Trowel down a good polymer modified layer just to the top of the wire lathe.
4. Wait one day and prime with Bonding Agent and install your overlay as you typically would.
Multi-Colors can be achieved using either casting Color-Hardener on the surface about one hour after your initial installation by going out on spiked knee boards and using a small spray bottle with water to mist the Color Hardener enough to trowel it into the surface or after dried using Colored water based splash on highlights.
Follow good installation processes and going over wooden floors is not any different from any other application. As with other applications PREP is the key to success or failure.
If you want further details we can always be reached at www.split-rok.com by email. Leave your phone number and question and I would be happy to help.