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There is an old saying in the concrete business that proclaims: Concrete comes with three rock solid guarantees

 

1) If you leave it alone in downtown Detroit City no one is going to steal it.

2) It won’t burn.

3) It WILL crack!

 

The iconic Will Rogers even mentioned concrete cracks in his epic quote: “All you need to grow fine, vigorous grass is a crack in your sidewalk.”

 

Even though well placed concrete has great hardness (compressive strength), it does not have good elasticity (tensile strength) which is the ability to stretch and bend very far. This results in cracks. Having cracks in a beautiful concrete patio or pool deck is like having ants at a picnic – they are not very welcome! 

So what are your options as a homeowner or property owner to repair or fix this unsightly concrete? Hire Sundek! We take cracks very seriously. When we are getting ready to have a Sundek concrete coating installed and know you don’t want to see those nasty cracks again. We take do a mini-root cause analysis of each crack which includes identifying the source of each crack and what your expectations are for future crack re-occurrence. 

 

Option One – You can remove and replace the cracked concrete areas. The new concrete must be provided with proper soil compaction and expansion joints. This option can get a bit pricey but in some cases this is the must-do best option. We are good, but we cannot hurdle poorly placed concrete in some cases. Thus not every chunk of concrete can be restored with Sundek and we’ll advise you if the deck needs to be torn out and replaced – with no warranty against cracking –again. This option can run you anywhere from $8-$12 a square foot depending on your local market and the job conditions. (Yikes!) 

Option Two– You can saw cut the concrete at the cracks and epoxy weld the structural cracks. This option is again pricey and not fool proof. You might call this the “Cut and Paste” option. It can be difficult to find someone who does this type of work and usually it has a very limited warranty. Pricing can run as high as $20-$30 a lineal foot. 

Option Three– Sundek Custom Scoreline Effects. This technique was invented and perfected by Sundek dealers over 40 years ago. The idea is to think of the concrete cracks as “Mother Nature’s Expansion Joints”- they are just doing their job in controlling the natural expansion and contraction movement of the concrete as it heats and cools. With the typical Sundek application when Custom Scoreline Effect is needed you add only 50- to 60 cents a square foot to the price of the job and you get a two-year warranty that if another crack returns, the local Sundek Dealer will come back and create a new scoreline with the new crack.

 

Compare that to the other two options – This is a Pretty Easy Choice!!

 

The creation of a beautiful – eye catching Custom Scoreline Effect is a real skill that the Sundek installers have perfected to an art-form. Each “stone” pattern is indeed “Custom”.  Here is what to expect if you choose the custom scoreline option:

Each crack is carefully opened with a grinder wheel and then an extended Custom Scoreline pattern is designed and developed by further grinding.

The existing scored crack is then filled with a urethane sealant to prevent water and debris intrusion. This also helps blend in the original crack with the new custom score lines.

The project is then completed with the Sundek acrylic color Finish Coat of the customer’s color choice. Now the moving cracks –Mother Nature’s expansion joints- can do their job without looking like a nasty old crack.

The Custom Score line Effect can be incorporated into most any other Sundek Effect but it is most often used with the Classic Sundek Texture Effect. #418 Custom Scoreline Cut Sheet

 

If you already have a Sundek installation that has developed cracks in the concrete and it was not originally crafted with a Custom Scoreline Effect, now would be a great time to give your local Sundek Dealer a call and get an estimate on making those nasty cracks turn into a thing of beauty! 

Maybe you are considering a decorative concrete coating but weren’t sure about the cracking issues and nobody else has a good solution – your answer in just a phone call away to your local Sundek Dealer.

Slippery surfaces are a safety risk, and this is more commonly an issue in garage floors, where rain, snow, and other liquids can be tracked in and increase the risk of sliding around. Whether you are a homeowner looking to make your slippery garage safer or own an auto repair shop with a large garage area, there are some simple solutions to improve safety. There are numerous coatings and overlays you can add to the concrete surface of a garage floor, reducing the risk of people falling and injuring themselves.
 
Anti-Slip Coatings
One of the easiest things to do to make a slippery garage floor safer is to add an anti-slip coating on top. There are several variations of these, but most will add some sort of texture to the flooring. It is also possible to create a coating of your own using anti-skid additives. Certain coloring systems will also reduce the risk of slipping, such as SunFlek, which is available as a surface that is aggressively slip resistant.
 
Epoxy Sealants
Epoxy sealants can also dramatically improve the safety of slippery garage floors by reducing the risk of slipping. That is because coatings such as SunEpoxy have a small element of natural texture that works to help with this issue. You can further add to the texture with color chips or even quartz beads to improve slip resistance.
 
Add Textured Overlay
While adding coatings and sealants to concrete garage floors can reduce their slipperiness, so can adding another layer of concrete in the form of an overlay, provided that you select appropriately. When using this solution, your goal should be to add texture to the floor, as the texture will stop people and objects from sliding around. Simply be sure to select a Sundek overlay and texture pattern that is able to withstand the constant heavy traffic of a garage. This will typically not be a concern due to the high strength of concrete, but it is always a good idea to discuss the options with your contractor before making a decision.
 
Other Options
All of the above methods for making garage floors slip resistant with Sundek products will be affordable and long lasting. In some cases, however, you need an immediate solution for slippery floors until the coating or overlay can be applied. In these situations, you can consider adding mats or adhesives to strategic locations on the floor. Adhesives may cause mild damage to the garage floor, but this can be easily remedied by applying one of the solutions mentioned above, which will also permanently resolve your safety concerns.

No matter the type of property you are working on in Memphis, adding a limestone coating to a concrete driveway can dramatically improve its value. This coating is simple to apply, as it doesn’t require tearing up the existing driveway, and it will look just like limestone, providing all the benefits of natural stone without the high cost or labor time. SunStone from Sundek is perhaps the simplest and highest-quality option to add the appearance of limestone to a concrete surface. Best of all, it is versatile enough to be applied to brick, sheetrock, stucco, walls, foam, or other surfaces as well, so the limestone coating can continue past the driveway regardless of the surface underneath.

Adds to Curb Appeal

One of the biggest ways that a limestone-coated concrete driveway improves the property value is by adding to its curb appeal. When someone first looks at a home, they notice the landscaping, the overall exterior appearance of the home, and the condition of the driveway and sidewalks. A driveway that appears to be made of limestone instantly gives the house an upscale appearance as limestone is an expensive and durable material. It is also much more visually appealing than a standard driveway made from a solid piece of concrete without any colors or patterns.

Increases Durability

Because a limestone coating is a type of concrete overlay, it also improves the durability of the driveway. A driveway with cracks or minor spalling will lead to a lower property value than one that is in perfect shape. That is because surfaces without these imperfections last longer, so future property owners do not have to worry about immediate repairs.

Small Investment, Large Gains

Not only does a limestone-coated concrete driveway improve the property value, it does so at a relatively low cost. Since the old driveway doesn’t need to be torn up, there are reduced costs for both labor and supplies, giving property owners the ability to make a small investment and notice large gains in the value of their property. This is especially true when SunStone is installed by SurfaceScapes, as it will be long-lasting and truly look like limestone to the untrained eye.

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