Our last job was a definitely an easy gig but did not come without it’s share of obstacles to overcome. Every job is a learning experience and presents it’s own challenges. That’s why this business is so interesting to me, because there is always something new to discover or techniques in application.
On this particular job it was a concrete patio restoration in Orlando. We were asked to refurbish an recently poured patio. The homeowners found a “contractor” on Craig’s list which is probably all I need to say about that. Just in case I am going to reiterate never hire an unlicensed contractor and always check them out before hiring. This particular concrete contractor in Orange County was just like all the other hacks out there and did what he could do fast without any knowledge of the nature of concrete. He installed a 14′ x 30′ patio without and control or expansion joints. Guess what, it cracked at nearly 10′ intervals (about where the control joint should have been). We’ll no need to go on about it, they called the problem solvers at Big Top Concrete Resurfacing, LLC to fix it and that we did.
The first thing was to figure out how to deal with the cracks in the concrete. Normally we could cut new tension relief cuts and treat the crack, but I was leery about it on this one just because the job was done so poorly that I wasn’t even sure the concrete was mixed right. So I suggested we leave the cracks and incorporate them into the design. Our concrete overlay will then make the slab unique and protect it from further deterioration. Here’s a photo of the slab before.
From this angle you can not see the cracks which start from the house and continues to the front of the slab. Had the “contractor” put tension relief cuts at the appropriate places then the slab would be in much better shape although they would still be stuck with ugly grey concrete.
At this pojnt you’re very anxious to see what we did with this. We did two coats of a modified acrylic cement the second coat being a texture coat. We then stained it with a semi-transparent stain, injecting a black color down the cracks to give it sort of a lowlight then continued on using 3 different stains to achieved the look we showed the customer on a sample board. And this is the final result….
In this image you can see what we did with the cracks…
Oh yeah, we also did their front entrance… Call us 888-870-5030. We make concrete beautiful!