Are you licensed and insured?
Yes. We recommend never using any company that is not. In addition we are workers comp compliant. There are many unlicensed contractors out there that will sell you a cheap under rated product without taking the necessary steps to ensure durability. Be sure to check your contractor out before hiring.
Are you a Franchise?
Thankfully we are not. There are a host of coating companies that sell packages claiming to be a quasi franchise and truth be told when we started we were duped. But we held stedfast and learned from the best in the business including Bob Harris of the Decorative Concrete Institute. Our willingness to learn, grow, and adhere to quality craftsmanship has lead us to become one of the top decorative concrete companies in Central Florida.
Do you pour and remove concrete?
We specialize in decorative concrete resurfacing. However when additions or demolition is needed to provide a finished look we sub-contract this work so that we become your one stop shop for all your concrete needs.
What is sprayed or orange peel textured concrete?
It’s is a color integrated, modified acrylic cement product made of Portland cement, silica sand and a modified acrylic resin for its bonding agent.
What warranty is involved?
We offer a one year warranty on all applications.
How thick is it?
We generally apply our systems on old concrete from 1/8″ up to 1/4″ for macro toppings. Our cementitious systems are designed to be applied thin.
What does it look like?
The beauty of what we do is every project looks different. There are so many applications that we suggest visiting our gallery to see what we can do. For micro and macro toppings, a base coat is applied that fixes any imperfections in the original concrete and acts as a bond coat. A design is then laid over it and a hopper gun shoots on a textured layer over that or we hand trowel a textured look. A final clear coat is put over the system that is nonporous and protects it as well as makes it very easy to maintain. Mold, mildew, motor oil, etc. can be sprayed off with a regular garden hose. Common detergents can be used to remove tough or repetitive latencies. Visit our Photo Gallery to see some examples!
What colors does it come in?
There are so many variables. Color can be added to the mud which then can be stained using acid stains or dyes.
How long does it take to do a job?
An average job will take 3 to 4 days. Larger, more complex jobs may take longer. Weather and soil drainage can play a role in determining the length of the job. Clean foot traffic is usually allowed within the same day.
What is the difference between polished concrete and sealed concrete?
The visible difference would be the clarity in the reflection off of the floor. Polished concrete will display a sharper reflection since the floor would be more refined. The functional difference is a sealed floor will offer better stain resistance as polyurethane, and polyaspartic coatings are not permeable therefore stains and acids can not affect the substrate as quickly as it can on polished concrete. Polished concrete does receive a protective layer at the end of the process, however since the floor has been so refines it is a very low viscosity sealer that is not topical therefore it is more prone to chemical attack.
How do you treat control or expansion joints?
All existing control joints should remain in the surface to allow for expansion and contraction of the original concrete. They are not coated and are masked off. We can, however, work to insure these joints match the rest of the look of the surfaces. However we can fill joints with semi-rigid filler to have a seamless beautiful floor.
Is it Kool Deck®?
No. Kool Deck® is a product that must be applied to freshly poured concrete within 5 hours in order to bond. Our products can be applied to new or old concrete. In addition, they are sealed with a finish coat, which makes it impervious to staining. Whereas Kool Deck® is a very porous, non-flexible product, that has a minimal life expectancy.
Will pool water, chlorine, muriatic acid, or bleach stain it?
No, the sealer we apply to our system is not affected by most chemicals. However they are also not meant to have long term exposure to said chemicals. There are different topical sealers for different environmental circumstances.It is important to discuss these concerns with your contractor before making a decision on which sealer is best for your individual purpose.
Will it fade?
Not dramatically. We recommend resealing to ensure a long lasting beautiful product.
Can you correct drainage and low spots?
We can generally improve drainage; however, the degree of success is contingent upon the pitch of the concrete adjacent to the low spot. The low spot will have to be looked at personally.
How do you treat cracks in the concrete prior to application?
Cracks are chased with a four inch grinder. A two-part epoxy or polyurea is then introduced into the crack and will re-bond the crack. Most of the time we will try and incorporate them into a pattern since we can not guarantee they will not return. Acid stains actually have a more realistic feel when some cracks are present and many clients choose to leave them. The forces of expansion and contraction is so great that there is not lot that can deter it leaving cracks in a pattern or being creative is generally the best way to go.
Will cracks reoccur?
Though we do everything possible to treat cracks and do eliminate them, it is likely they may reoccur. If they do, it is usually in the form of a hairline, which is not objectionable as it is largely hidden in the texture. Proper placement of tension cuts greatly reduces the chance of the crack returning. Check cracking or craze cracking is a natural phenomenon which occurs in rock, dried-out mud flats, paint, concrete and in ceramic coatings. Cracks in the concrete may be structural or surface cracks. Surface cracks are generally less than a few millimeters wide and deep. These are often called hairline or check cracks and may consist of single, thin cracks, or cracks in a craze/map-like pattern. A small number of surface or shrinkage cracks is common and does not usually cause any problems. Surface cracks can be caused by freezing and thawing, poor construction practices, and alkali-aggregate reactivity. Alkali-aggregate reactivity occurs when the aggregate reacts with the cement causing crazing or check cracks. Structural cracks in the concrete are usually larger than .1/8 inch in width. They extend deeper into the concrete and may extend all the way through a wall, slab, or other structural member. Structural cracks are often caused by settlement of the fill material supporting the concrete structure, or by loss of the fill support due to erosion. The structural cracks may worsen in severity due to the forces of weathering.
What if something happens to my deck after the warranty?
The material is repairable to its original state although many variables can change the final outcome. Ask us for more specifics.
Can you apply over painted concrete?
Only if the concrete paint is removed by grinding down to the original substrate. Don’t be fooled by companies that say they can go over paint. We are constantly re-doing fly by night contractors work who install over existing finishes and claim that a primer will do the job.
Is a coating a good idea for Driveways?
It depends on the condition of the substrate. We will evaluate if a coating is the right application for your needs or advise you of other alternatives. A coating is not always the best option. Sometimes an acid stain or just grind and seal will yield a longer lasting finish.
Can it be applied to steps?
Yes, it can be applied to concrete steps including risers and treads.
Can it be applied to walls?
Yes, using products designed for vertical installations. We can add texture as well.
Do you apply the material to cantilever faces and coping stones?
We do coat cantilever faces and coping stones. We do not coat over stones. We can coat the cantilever edge, but coating over stones is asking for trouble and a very amateur move.
How long has this product been in use?
Acrylic decking has been in use since the early 70’s.
How does the price of an overlay compare with removing and replacing old concrete?
The cost is normally 25% – 30% less than the cost of removing cement and pouring new and is much better looking and much easier to maintain than the original cement.
What is the cost per square foot?
The price depends on a number of factors, such as the condition of the original concrete, the patterns chosen, etc. We do not give a price per square foot but treat each job ias it’s own individual work of art.
How do I clean it?
Usually, normal washing with a hose is all that is needed. For stubborn stains, a soft brush with mild ph soap. Some natural element stains can be difficult to remove such as oak tree leaf and acorn stains. The acids within can re-emulsify into our standard outdoor sealer. Ask your professional about additional sealer options if this issue arises.