Taking Concrete Surfaces To A Whole New Level

Concrete is one of the most popular types of hard surface materials around homes and businesses and there’s little reason to suggest otherwise. That said maintenance of your concrete is usually easier said than done. Over time, your concrete can start to show cracks spalling, pitting and damage.  However, the beauty of concrete allows you to fix it when it becomes unsightly.  If your concrete in Memphis looks salvageable it probably is.  Here is a overview and some general rules of thumb when fixing spalled, cracked and pitted exterior concrete surfaces.

Fixing Concrete starts with removing all the dirt and debris from the concrete surface using a brush. For exterior concrete surfaces, pluck out all the weeds growing in the cracks and around the edges of the surface.
Pressure wash the surface, and scrub them thoroughly using a mild detergent so that the area is perfectly clean and ready for repair.
If you will be fixing cracks, prepare the cracks by grinding and opening the cracks to allow the material to better penetrate and get a better bond to the damaged area.

Apply the concrete patch or epoxy solution that you are using to fill the cracks. Once the desired amount of crack repair product  on the cracked surface is evenly applied use a scraper or trowel to smooth it out.  With the flat and blunt edges, you can scrape off and seam any uneven application.  If you have any left over material  use the remaining mixture to fill deep voids or apply on the edges and boundaries if they are uneven.
Once the cracks have been addressed and the deep pits or chips filled.  Let dry or cure.
If the look of the repairs are not to your satisfaction you may consider a thin resurfacing material to even out and create a consistent look and finish.

For detail on resurfacing options visit Concrete Overlays and Resurfacing

What is the right price to pay for concrete finishes?

We all want a great deal. That being said, what can you expect to get when paying way less upfront for concrete services?  Decorative concrete is no different than any other consumer materials and often times you do get what you pay for.  As you may or may not know all concrete is not the same!

Having been in the decorative concrete industry for years we have witnessed first hand the trials and tribulations of bad installations and cheap concrete finishes.   Whenever we loose out a project to a low bid we wonder, what did they miss or what are they leaving out?  Is it the protection of the walls and equipment from  splatter and spray?  or is it the Warranty on the work performed if something does go wrong?  There are many ways to cut corners and add to the bottom line in decorative concrete, so we wanted to share a few of these not so honorable techniques that some other concrete companies use to get your business at a low concrete price.

Insurance, Workers Compensation, Certified Training:  
Although these might not seem like an all important factor when you are simply looking for a new patio surface, These items cost money and are in place to protect YOU! If something were to happen on your property that injured a worker that was not insured, how much could that cost you or raise your insurance after the claim?

Diluted Products:
Concrete coatings, sealers, and materials that are not from an approved and trusted supplier and not blended as per manufacturers directions can often be diluted and ‘cut’ with cheap fillers like sand or water to make them go further.  This does add to the bottom line of the installers profit but makes for less than an ideal finish.

Not applying enough material:
Especially during the top coats and sealer of the project not applying enough material to last long will cause early decay and early signs of wear and tear.  Making for premature maintenance and added costs.  This is often the case when the company you are dealing with is a small operation that can easily change their phone number and get back into business as another company.

Skipped steps:
When applying decorative concrete products it is critical that each and every step of the process is done and done right.  As an example if you were to not do the right surface preparation initially, you will most likely experience costly de-lamination and de-bonding problems down the road.

How strong is the Warranty going to be when there is little to no profit left in the job to allow for touch ups and remedial fixes if things go wrong.  As is with many small fly by night businesses we often tell clients they provide a tail light Warranty: “when their vehicles’ taillights disappear over the horizon the Warranty is void.

At the end of the day, we all need to make a little money and sleep at night knowing we have done our very best.  Let us prove to you that we are not always the most expensive but we are by far the best at what we do.  You will also feel good about having dealt with SurfaceScapes on your next concrete repair or beautification project.

People all over Memphis love being outside, thanks to the great weather. Of course, when they are outside, they want to be comfortable, and having a great concrete patio in Memphis is a big part of providing that comfort. Many different elements will go into creating a beautiful and private patio, from fencing and your choice of décor and furniture. However, one of the best ways to make your patio a true standout is by using concrete stain as a means to give it a bit of style and personality.

Using concrete stain is a very good and very versatile method of changing the look of your patio without breaking the bank. You can use stains with brand new concrete patios, as well as overlays on older patio slabs depending on the type of situation you are in, there is a system that will suit your needs.

The quality of the concrete stain available today far exceeds that of the past. It is possible to penetrate deep into the concrete, which ensures that the color will stay sharp and beautiful for many years, just as it is when first installed. Stain is a far better option than using paint on the surface. For starters, the stain looks better and more natural, and it does not have the danger of flaking, which paint will likely do in just a few years. It is available in just about any color you can imagine.

A number of different options are available for these stains, depending on the color and the look customers want. Acid stains and water-based stains alike have their place. Your SurfaceScapes representative can explain how each of these will look different, and help you decide which one is best for your individual property and situation with your patio.

Should You Do It Yourself?

Customers who want to upgrade their homes are often quite excited by the prospect. They will many times want to take the DIY method and plunge forward with their upgrades. While it is possible to use concrete stain without being a professional, the results are not always spectacular. In fact, if you do not know what you are doing and if you do not take the time to get at least a little training in the area, the results could be borderline disastrous.

It is always better to talk with professional concrete contractors about using concrete stain, as well as all of the other decorative concrete options they are able to offer today. They can turn any concrete surface into a work of art.

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