SurfaceScapes

Taking Concrete Surfaces To A Whole New Level
  • Concrete Will Crack!

    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.

  • The Growing Popularity of Concrete Patios

    What better way to enjoy the warm summer weather than by reclining in a deck chair on your brand-new concrete patio? Concrete patios are all the rage, and building one might be easier than you think. All you have to do is hire SurfaceScapes, and they will do the hard work for you!

    Sundek Products for Concrete Patios

    The benefit of using decorative concrete products to build outdoor patios is that these products are highly versatile and incredibly durable. You can pick and choose the ideal combination of products to create the customized look you want. We can even mimic the look of premium materials, like flagstone or brick, simply by stamping and staining the concrete! One of the most popular options for concrete patios is SunStone. This architectural limestone coating is applied through a combination of stamping and hand-carving methods to create a concrete overlay that looks and feels like natural stone.

    Another popular option for concrete patios is the Tuscan hand-crafted overlay. This decorative concrete coating creates an old world European effect through a combination of hand-troweling and stamping methods. If you have a more classical aesthetic, the Classic Texture overlay might be more your speed – it is easy to customize and quick to apply. Any of these options can be combined with Sundek’s SunSplash decorative spray textured coating to ensure that your concrete patio is safe, durable, and easy to maintain. It can be combined with colors or aggregates, as well, if you choose.

    No matter which product you choose for your concrete patio, be sure to protect the surface with a clear sealer to ensure maximum durability. The SunClear EcoProtect system is ideal for outdoor surfaces, like concrete patios, and we can add textured aggregates to ensure slip resistance. The SunClear UltraProtect system takes things one step further, creating a hard yet flexible surface that is resistant to chemicals, stains, and abrasions. You can also go with something simple, like the SunColor acrylic water-based finish coat, which can be customized with aggregates or various masonry effects for a unique look.

    There is no better way to take advantage of your outdoor space than with a brand-new concrete patio from SurfaceScapes. Not only do we offer the best decorative concrete products, but our contractors are also the best in the business. You can count on us to see your project through from start to finish, and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

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