Frequently Asked Questions
What is concrete resurfacing?
Concrete resurfacing is placing a new polymer modified concrete surface on top of an existing one. This enables your surface to have a new improved look, resulting in a more beautiful, higher valued home.
How durable are concrete resurfacing products?
Traditional concrete surfaces have a range of 2500 to 3500 PSI. Acrylic modified concrete polymer when combined correctly has a strength range of 6000 to 7500 PSI. All of our resurfacing products are created using this acrylic modified polymer.
What types of surfaces can be resurfaced?
Many surfaces can be resurfaced but they must share something in common. The surface must be sound. For instance, bricks and asphalt can’t be resurfaced, because in both cases they can either; shift, move or crack. Concrete, terrazzo, tile and other solid surfaces can be covered if properly prepared.
What makes concrete resurfacing products so strong?
First a good solid base, second the use of a high strength acrylic bonding agent and third a high quality deck mix. Some companies roll the bonding agent onto the surface and then mix water with their deck mix when applying; this is the absolute wrong way of creating a deck mix. The strength lies in the mixture of the bonding agent and the deck mix. We only mix our deck mix with bonding agent, never any water. This creates the high level of strength that guarantees that none of our resurfacing products ever have an issue with strength or bond.
Can cracks be repaired?
Yes, cracks can be repaired but they will never be 100%, there is always a chance that the crack may come back. In order to assist the repair we always recommend adding control joints to relieve the pressure on the concrete.
Why does concrete crack?
Concrete cracks because of the weight. Concrete is very heavy and when it is not properly prepared it will crack. Proper preparation includes control joints every 10 to 15 feet in order to reduce stress from the weight and to control where the crack shows up. The problem in most cases is that the concrete does not have control joints cut into it during the curing phase producing cracks.
What is your crack repair method?
This is a two part method. First, we open the crack up large enough to fill the repair. Second, we repair the crack using Sherwin Williams polymer high strength crack repair. Next we cover the repair with a thick layer of modified cement mixed with bonding agent. Finally we complete the repair by cutting new expansion joints in the areas of the surface which are under pressure in order to control where the crack will come back. Essentially the idea is to fix the original crack and have the concrete crack inside the control joint and being somewhat hidden.
Will the colors fade?
If properly maintained and resealed as needed, the colors in any of our resurfacing products will never fade. It is important to have these products resealed about every 3 to 5 years due to the extreme Florida sun, the weather and the elements.
What is acid etching?
Acid etching is an essential part of preparing the old concrete surface for a new one. It is when muriatic acid is mixed in a one part to two part ration with water and sprinkled over the original concrete surface. Next the acid is sweep into the concrete covering it entirely. After the acid stops foaming, it is done working and is washed off the deck. The acid solution eats at the surface making it very porous and allows the new surface to bond much better with the existing one.
What is a control joint?
A control joint is a joint that is cut into a concrete surface to give cracks a place to crack. In other words a control joint is designed to control cracks. In order for a control joint to work it must be at least 1/3 of the depth of the concrete and one should be placed about every 10 to 12 feet. The reason most people have issues with cracks is because when their concrete was poured, either no control joints were installed, or not enough of them. The other issue is often times control joints are not cut deep enough.
What does your warranty cover?
Our warranty covers the structural integrity of the resurfaced deck. We warranty that it will bond and not chip, crack peel and/or crumble. And if any of these issues arise from the the concrete resurfacing, then the area will be either repaired or replaced.
I had my concrete resurfaced by another company and its starting to come up can you fix it?
This is a question we get a lot. Yes, we do repair and resurface damage created by other companies.