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Exterior Concrete Coatings

May 30, 2017

Don't forget to protect  your pool surround

Now that summer is un-officially here, it's time to think about getting that pool ready for use.  One thing to consider is the condition of the concrete surfaces that surround your backyard oasis.  Even those of you who have new pools may want to consider applying a coating to protect your concrete surface from the damaging effects of water....especially salt, or chemically treated water.   Water is the krypto-nite of concrete as everyone  knows, so leaving your surface un-coated is like inviting the Joker to your pool parties.  Here are a few ways you can protect your back yard and keep your pool surround looking awesome!

Knocked Down (KD) Trowel Finish

Applying a concrete coating doesn't have to send you to the poor house.  A simple knocked down trowel finish is a cost-effective way to provide years of protection, while creating a non-slip surface that may just save a trip to the emergency room  (Now, you're talking major coin!)  A KD trowel finish can be applied within a couple of days in most cases, with a return to service of about 24 hours. 

 

What to do when you have cracks in the concrete

It's inevitable....concrete is going to crack, somewhere.  Mother nature is largely to blame, although a contractor who didn't take the time to properly compact the fill dirt prior to pouring the slab is a good second choice. That being said, how do you deal with cracks?  You can patch them....and patch them....and patch them.  But they'll come back time and time again.  Concrete cracks for one reason and one reason only: an unstable sub-surface.  We can debate the cause of the instability, but the reality is that ANY movement in the earth significant enough to crack 3-1/2" of concrete, is gong to crack any patch or repair...and certainly any concrete micro-topping or acrylic coating.  You still need to repair the crack to prevent water and moisture from doing further damage.  I'm simply saying that concrete is not like the sheet metal on your car where you can fix it and paint over it and you'll never know it was there.  Think of it more as a pimple on your face....it's going to come back!

So, what do we do?  We incorporate the crack(s) into our design element and virtually "hide them in plain sight". the best way to do this is with a stencil or Pattern finish.  the irregular shapes can be used to follow a crack line and make it look as if it doesn't exist.  (Now you and I will have a secret about your patio....and I promise I won't tell anyone!).  For between $6-$8/sf we can re-coat the entire pool deck surface with a concrete micro-topping (thin layer of cement) and apply grout lines using a stencil, or by hand, to provide a decorative, functional and long-lasting solution to problem concrete.  Cracks would be treated with a patch, and any "return" cracks can be treated as the need arises.

  

These are just a few of the decorative coatings we have to offer.  Another alternative is a slate floor finish.  the Ashlar pattern is not as popular for hiding cracks, but a random slate pattern (similar to the random stone) is an excellent choice if you want color and variation in your stone work.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call Bob at 704-771-6721.

Have a great summer.....and stay safe!

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