When clients come to a contractor or architect regarding their concrete troubles, many of those clients have the misconception that they will always need to remove and replace their existing concrete. While all cases are different, many times, there does not have to be a removal at all. In fact, concrete restoration can often make it much easier to get the concrete into shape.
What You Need To Know About Concrete Restoration
With the right concrete products, as well as seasoned professionals who know how to use them, it is possible to complete concrete restoration projects quickly, efficiently, and on time. If you were to remove the old concrete slabs, you would have to add time and significant costs to the final price. Instead, restoration and resurfacing of the concrete is a much simpler process, cutting out time, waste, and cost from the entire process. Most clients will be very happy that you are actually letting them know how they can save money. However, they might still worry that they won’t get what they want.
At that point, it is time to explain just how great concrete restoration can look. Show them some examples of staining and stamping on resurfaced concrete to give them a better idea of what is possible. Then you can start talking with the client about what he or she might want. This will naturally differ based on the client and the location of the concrete. For example, what a client wants on a driveway will likely be different from what a client would want inside the house.
Let the clients know that it is possible to correct wear and tear as well as chips and cracks on part of the floor if they only have a small job and may not need a full restoration. Also, be sure to explain that restoration can help to increase more than just the beauty of the floor. It can also make it last longer.
Why Should They Work With Professionals
Some clients might want to do their own concrete restoration. While it is possible, and they can take classes to get a better idea of what they are doing, explain that working with a professional such as you makes things faster and easier, and eliminates the possibility of making a mistake. You have the experience and the equipment needed to get the job done right the first time.
If you’ve installed a new concrete patio this year, you’ve certainly enjoyed mild spring afternoons, warm summer evenings, and even brisk fall nights sitting outside, breathing in the fresh air. When you had your patio installed, though, did you think about how harsh winter weather can be on concrete?
If you want to enjoy your patio for years to come – and you don’t want to see big, unsightly cracks or crumbling edges – you need to think about protecting it from the elements, especially freezing winter temperatures, ice, and snow. If you didn’t opt for a concrete coating or some other weatherproof sealer on your concrete, you might want to give your local Sundek contractor a call before the next big freeze.
Why Does Concrete Need to Be Winterized?
What happens if you don’t protect your concrete patio (or driveway) against winter weather? After the first snowfall, you may shovel off your patio, or you may just clear a path to get out the door and to your car. Whichever the case maybe, as the sun comes out and melts away the snow, water is left behind, and it seeps down into the pores of your concrete. Then, when the temperature drops again overnight, that water freezes and expands, sometimes causing cracks, spalling, pitting and damage.
This is especially problematic if you’ve chosen outdoor concrete paint or an unsealed concrete as the finish for your patio. As cracks in the concrete become worse, the paint colors of your beautiful patio floor will start to flake away, leaving the bare concrete exposed underneath. That’s just not an attractive look, especially when you spent hard-earned money on that beautiful concrete pad.
When Should You Reseal a Concrete Patio?
Now, you may be patting yourself on the back, remembering that you chose to spend a little bit of extra money on a quality concrete sealer for your patio. If your patio is just a year or two old, you probably have nothing to worry about. However, you might want to call your concrete contractor and ask about your sealer’s lifespan.
Even the highest quality coatings and other outdoor concrete sealers need to be reapplied every few years if you want them to keep working at their maximum capabilities. Furthermore, resealing your patio is not nearly as expensive as getting it completely resurfaced if it gets ruined during a harsh winter.
Maintaining Your Decorative Concrete Throughout Winter
Keeping your patio free of snow and ice as much as possible will help it maintain its attractive look.
Most importantly, talk to a qualified decorative concrete contractor about the steps you should take each winter to keep your patio looking new and beautiful, and always follow their advice when it comes time to reseal your concrete floors.
If you run a restaurant or catering company, you know how messy – and how hazardous – a commercial kitchen floor can be. With so many people working in close proximity, creating lots of food in very little time, there are going to be spills. No matter how slip-proof your employees’ shoes are, if your floor is too slick, they will slide around, and someone could get hurt.
That scenario is every restaurant and commercial kitchen owner’s worst nightmare, and that’s why you should take a look at your concrete floors and consider epoxy coatings with grip additive that could save your employees from a fall and you from a workers’ compensation lawsuit.
When people visit your home, what do they see first? Do they see a crumbling driveway with large cracks and crags running across it in spidery lines? Do they see an overgrown front walk with grass and weeds growing into it? Then, do they see chipped and broken brick or concrete steps leading up to your porch and front door?
No matter how beautiful your house is or how clean and well decorated you keep it inside, when people drive by or come to visit, they won’t be able to ignore a rundown and crumbling driveway and front walk. Damage to these features of your home can’t be covered up, and – while it’s not structural and won’t necessarily hurt anything – it hurts your home’s curb appeal a great deal. And, whether you like it or not, curb appeal can really affect the price you get for your home if and when you decide to sell.
Summer is long gone, and winter is on its way. You closed the pool for the season a couple of months ago, and now it’s probably the farthest thing from your mind. However, this is the perfect time for you to give a little bit of thought to your pool deck and surround.
Why? If you want to fall in love with your pool area and really impress your guests next summer, it’s time to do some remodeling now. After all, you don’t want to have to close your pool for the 4th of July to let concrete stain set or to put in a concrete overlay, right? Right now is the perfect time to rethink how your pool deck and surround will look next summer.
There can be no doubt about it; your garage floor is going to see a never-ending stream of abuse. Naturally, your automobiles are going to be traveling over it each and every day, and whatever fluids drip out of them while they’re parked overnight are only going to go one place – onto your garage floor. While concrete is itself quite durable, it’s not infallible. Over time, the constant abuse it’s subject to is going to take its toll.
If your kitchen is cooking tremendous food, your bartenders are mixing spot-on drinks, and your prices are what they should be, then your restaurant is going to be bumping day and night. While this is great for your profit margins, it’s not so great for your restaurant’s floors.
Without a doubt, restaurant floors take more of a beating than any other kind of floor in the hospitality industry. Customers, food, red wine and butter all conspire to ruin your current flooring system and the investment you’ve made in it – and that’s not even taking into account the back of the house. There, hot oils, chemicals, pans and heavy equipment are slowly taking their toll, as well.