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

 

Protecting your Stamped Concrete/ Regular Concrete in Winter

Winter can do untold damage to your Stamped Concrete/ Regular Concrete. This is the result of using the wrong methods of melting ice during the winter months.

We have been experiencing a lot of damage from not only using Rock Salt or Calcium Chloride but also due to State and Local Governments using a more caustic salt to melt road ice.

The road salt presently being used comes in on your car and when it drips on your concrete left overnight it’s like a cancer. It doesn’t show up right away but since it can’t be seen it lays there on your concrete doing it’s damage. When the Spring arrives you will likely find that where you typically parked your car has pop outs and spalling even though in some cases you have a Sealed Concrete Driveway.

Your first reaction is that your Concrete Contractor did a shoddy job. After all you did not put any salt on your driveway as directed by your Concrete Contractor. In most cases we have found that the road salt that was brought in was the cause of your damaged driveway.

THE SOLUTION:

Prosoco Corporation makes a product that can aid in the protection of your driveway against salt damage.

Follow this link:  

http://www.prosoco.com/ProductDetail.asp?ID={1014F9C4-1CB2-43DA-80C7-245A77F71CE2}

In addition to protecting your concrete you are the main line of defense. Using Mag Ice to melt snow is recommended by the industry as a alternative to using Calcium Chloride ( Rock Salt).

Please note that if you have a driveway that has been damaged that all is not lost in many cases. They can be repaired using many techniques that we have learned over our 26 years in business. We can be contacted at Ted@split-Rok.com  should you need an assessment of your problem.

No matter what part of the Country that you are located we stand ready to help you with any concrete problem that you might have. Send us pictures. We are happy to help.

Ted Mechnick

The Concrete Professor

www.split-rok.com