Taking Concrete Surfaces To A Whole New Level

Over time, concrete patios and flooring can become damaged or just dull and unsightly. Rather than installing entirely new concrete, resurfacing in Memphis homes and businesses can prove to be a much faster and less expensive alternative. In order to ensure a successful concrete resurfacing job, however, it is imperative to ensure that the existing surface is prepared properly.

At SurfaceScapes, we understand how vital it is to do the proper Surface Preparation prior to performing any concrete resurfacing. While a quick turnaround is always important, we also want to ensure that the final result is one you will be proud of and that will last a long time. For this reason, we will typically begin with a thorough cleaning of the existing concrete surface. It is essential that all dust, dirt, and debris be removed from the surface of the concrete. In addition, we will ensure that any oil and/or grease stains are removed from the concrete surface using a special solution.

Ensuring a Solid Surface for Concrete Resurfacing in Memphis

Next, we must ensure that the surface of the concrete is allowed to dry thoroughly before we proceed with the next step in the concrete resurfacing process. In the event there are any hairline cracks present in the concrete, it will be necessary to fill those cracks. Along with filling hairline cracks, we will also remove any concrete that might be unsound, such as scaling, minor spalling, or delaminating, so that the surface is pared down to solid concrete. The next step in the process is to roughen or profile the concrete surface. This will help improve the overlay’s grip. The overlays used in concrete resurfacing are designed to adhere quite well to the existing concrete surface, but they do require a solid, clean base. The right Surface Preparation can help ensure the most successful resurfacing results and prevent failure of the overlay.

Repairing concrete is no easy task – it takes a great deal of planning to ensure that the proper specifications are met and the right materials are used. Before you try to make concrete repairs yourself, give the professionals at SurfaceScapes a call – you may be surprised at how affordable professional concrete repairs can be.

Why Do Most Concrete Repairs Fail?

Replacing your whole driveway or even a large section of sidewalk can be incredibly expensive. As an alternative, you may want to look into concrete repair. Unfortunately, many concrete repair jobs fail, especially when inexperienced homeowners try to do it themselves. Concrete repairs can be very tricky, and one of the most common reasons they fail is because the right materials were not used or the job was done to incorrect specifications.

Premature deterioration can also be caused by a number of factors, including the freeze/thaw cycle, chemical exposure, mechanical abrasion, and corrosion of embedded materials. Another challenge with concrete repairs is that you do not have a fresh slate to start with – you may not have access to the original specifications, and surprises always pop up once you begin work. Unless you really know what you are doing, concrete repairs are often best left to the professionals.

Tips for Concrete Repair

Many do-it-yourselfers underestimate the amount of work it takes to make long-lasting concrete repairs, or they do not use the right product or tools to make the repair. As a result, they end up having to make the same repairs again sooner rather than later. Memphis residents have been turning to SurfaceScapes for years to provide fast and reliable concrete repair services. Our talented and experienced professionals will evaluate your concrete surface to determine the extent of the damage and the best means required to repair it. Before you know it, your concrete surfaces will be looking just like new.

For all of your concrete repair needs in Memphis or the surrounding area, trust the professionals at SurfaceScapes to provide fast and reliable service.

No matter the type of property you own in Memphis or the surrounding area, colored concrete can make it more eye-catching and enhance its beauty. The colors created don’t necessarily need to be bright or bold. Often, people choose subtle colors, such as those with a hint of peach or yellow. Before opting for colored concrete, it is essential to understand a few basic facts about it.

The Basics of Concrete Color

Colored concrete in Memphis is done with a pigment, typically either manufactured in a chemical plant (such as those by Sundek) or mined. These pigments can be found as granules, liquid, or powder, and because the pigment particles are smaller than those of the cement are, they coat it completely, changing the shade.

There are more color options today than ever. Our team is well versed in acid stains that produce a mottled effect by using water, acid, and metallic salts. We also have solvent- and water-based dyes available in addition to UV stable acrylic coatings, dry-shake color hardener, integral color, and water-based stain.

The Effects of Water and Gray Cement

The ratio of water to cement is the most important for determining the exact color of the concrete. The amount of water that is added to the mix of concrete will permanently change the shade. Larger quantities of water produce lighter-colored concrete. This is why it is important to always use the same proportions during the mixing process.

The other major influence on the final color is the shade of gray the cement is. Your concrete’s color will depend on the way the pigment mixes with the gray of the cement, typically resulting in an earthy, dark tone. Because the final color can vary based on the exact shade of gray you start with, consistency in mixing is crucial and best left to the experts, such as those at Surface Scapes.

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