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Decorative Concrete Floors

Concrete is one of the most popular surfaces for commercial and residential use in Dunwoody Georgia. Because of its durability and low maintenance, homemakers prefer it to other outdoor surface materials.

However, like everything else that is constantly exposed to adverse weather conditions, concrete deteriorates over time. Since you first installed the concrete, it looked positively new. After a few years, what was once shiny gray surface had turned into a dull, monotonous gray.

Other than tearing out the whole concrete surface and replacing it with a new one (which can be an expensive endeavor, not to mention physically taxing), your other option is patio concrete staining. Hiring a professional decorative concrete contractor in Dunwoody to repair and resurface the concrete if it needs it is well worth the money.

Once the concrete is ready for its first application you have to choose from either acid stains or acrylic stains. Both can greatly enhance the appearance of your concrete surfaces. However, each stain type has its own character and distinction from the other, so it is best if you get to know what the strong and weak points of each type are before making a decision.

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What makes outdoor concrete staining using acid stains unique is that every acid type reacts different to the free lime. So you can create different effects, producing an illusion of variety on your surfaces.

The other type of stain used for outdoor concrete staining is acrylic. Because acrylic stains are water-based, the pigments tend to enter through the pores of the concrete surface. In this way, the color, which is characteristically semi-translucent adheres to the concrete in a way that acid stains never do, creating a more lasting and consistent coloring.

The good thing about acrylic stains for outdoor concrete staining is that they can mask any flaws or inconsistencies in the surface. Acid stains, on the other hand, tend to accentuate them.


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Concrete Repairs - How Long Will They Last?

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Repairing broken concrete can require some heavy equipment and good strong labor depending on how large the area is that needs to be repaired. This example will be based on a badly damaged driveway or perhaps garage floor. If you do not have a truck available to haul away the damaged concrete, a dumpster may be the cheapest means of removal from the site. Many carters will provide a twenty cubic yard for this debris as long as only pure concrete is placed in the dumpster. The carters trucks can easily lift a dumpster that size filled to water level and they can resell the broken concrete to a local landfill for roads or someone using it for fill materials. Reinforcing bars and wire must be removed as much as possible and absolutely no household garbage of any kind is allowed.

Concrete floors and driveways will require the use of a jack hammer to break the concrete into workable sized pieces. Small areas may be done with an electric hammer but thick reinforced slabs and large areas are going to require the use of an air compressor driven hammer or hammers.

Rental shops will have a tow behind unit, hoses and hammers with bits. Ninety pound hammers are the best but they are a bear to handle. Sixty pound hammers are available but of course will not do the work of the bigger hammers. The larger the jack hammer, the faster the demolition work will proceed. Always wear eye and hearing protection when operating a jack hammer. Start by cracking the concrete at the furthest edge of work area away from the dumpster. You will then be able to run the wheelbarrow over a fairly smooth surface to the dumpster instead of over broken concrete or rough ground. If you are repairing or replacing only a portion of the concrete slab you will need to saw cut the slab before removal of the damaged concrete can begin. Using a cut-off saw with a concrete cutting blade, and as neatly as possible, cut a square around the damaged area. Try to penetrate all the way through the slab if possible. Cutting through will sever any reinforcing bars or wire mesh in the slab making removal of the debris much easier.

If you have some latex adhesive made for patching concrete you can paint the exposed face of the slab about one hour before you pour the new concrete. Just minutes before pouring the new concrete, wet the soil below the slab to prevent premature drying of the new concrete. Dry earth will suck all the water out of the fresh concrete much too quickly causing the concrete to shrink.

Pouring the concrete is the easiest and most rewarding part of the job. Once poured, try to prevent the fresh concrete from drying too quickly by placing a tarp over the area for shade or once set and finished, by keeping water over the area for a few days. Wet burlap works great and is easy to soak with a hose. Avoiding premature drying will prevent the patch from shrinking it's edges away from the existing floor edges, leaving an unsightly patch job.


Stamped Concrete

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Whether it's a driveway, a patio or even a pool deck which you wish to renovate, concrete overlays and stamped concrete are what you need. If you don't want to go through the trouble of installing entirely new concrete from scratch, overlays and stamping are ideal options to consider. Not only can they help repair the imperfections and flaws of your flooring, but they are also an excellent way to save on the costs incurred by new installations.

Here are a few things you need to know about overlays and stamping to renovate your floors.

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Stamping involves pouring fresh new material on your existing foundation which has been damaged by excessive use. Portland cement is commonly used to make this new concrete. The flaws and imperfections of your floors can be hidden when stamping is utilized.

Overlays are recommended when the condition of the existing floor is not too bad. Concrete overlays are available in a multitude of colors and designs which could make it easy for homeowners to choose an option which can best complement their house in [post_name].

Even though both concrete stamping and overlays are used to improve the aesthetic factor of your floor, concrete overlays often require much more planning and maintenance than stamped concrete.

As you can see, there are different methods to achieve the desired results that you'd be looking for. Always keep in mind the price of ripping out the foundation compared to grinding and restoring the existing foundation.


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