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How long does stamped concrete last?
A: With proper maintenance and care stamped concrete can last generations.
What type of reinforcement is used for a stamped concrete slab or patio?
A: At least one form of reinforcement should always be utilized in concrete construction, the most common is welded wire mesh. Other alternatives are 'rebar' which is the steel bar that is used when fastened together in a grid pattern, and lastly fiber mesh which is synthetic poly or steel fiber mixed throughout the concrete. Here at Evolution we often use all three and prefer welded wire mesh when used as a single component.
How does Evolution Concrete and Construction color the stamped concrete?
A: Today there are virtually limitless ways to add color into your concrete projects. The most common with stamped concrete is to choose an 'integral' color which is the color component that is mixed throughout the actual concrete mix. Some contractors use color hardeners for this stage which is cast onto the fresh concrete with brushes and floated into the surface. These hardeners strengthen the surface while coloring it as well. The draw back is that if the surface is damaged or chipped, the color is not integrated throughout the mix and the damage will expose the original 'gray' color of the natural concrete. We recommend adding a hardener over concrete that already has an integral color to add another dimension of depth, if a customer is set on using a hardener color. However, simply using an integral color with an antique release is what we prefer. The antique release will be the second color applied that really finishes off the decorative concrete and gives it the depth to bring out the beauty you typically see in pictures. This also keeps the stamps from sticking to the surface of the concrete while we work. These antique colors can be thrown on in powder form, like hardeners, or added as a liquid in the following days. We prefer to use the liquid forms for quality control and it's less messy than powders.
How many different types of colors and patterns do you offer?
A: The patterns and color choices are nearly limitless. There are approximately 8-12 stamp patterns that are the most common, which can all be found in the guide on our website, but there are many more available. We recommend using our color chart for integral and antiques. This will show you the vast color options available on today's market.
How do I protect my new stamped concrete? Do I have to seal it? Required maintenance?
A: All our work includes sealer. Decorative concrete will generally get a gloss sealer, but a matte sealer can be used upon request. For your typical broom finish and non-decorative concrete, a cure and seal product with less shine is used. Always check with a professional before resealing any project as many sealers are not compatible with one another. Only follow up with a reseal once in the first year or two then let a professional guide you as to how often from there. Generally you can go years without a reseal and sealing.
How soon will I be able to use my new stamped concrete area? What is the recommended drying/curing time?
A: We recommend keeping foot traffic off your new decorative patio until your professional is completely done and informs you that you can now walk on it (generally the day after sealing is complete). For concrete that will receive vehicles, hot tubs or heavy objects we recommend 10 days. Many contractors will tell you 3-5 days, but concrete cures VERY rapidly in the first 2 weeks. It's your concrete... and if you can wait 10 days you will be better for it. There are certain concrete mixes that will allow you to driven on surfaces sooner, but they cost more and are generally only used in specific commercial applications.
What type of equipment do you have access to, for demolition or excavating the area?
A: We will generally use skid loaders or mini excavators as well as trucks and dump trailers. Occasionally we will need to use jackhammers as well.
Do you provide haul away services for old cement/materials?
A: Yes, we generally include haul away of material we are removing. Be sure to clarify the materials you want removed to ensure your paperwork includes this work.
What are the best cement options for residential and commercial pools?
A: Removal and replacement, or if your old concrete is in good condition we may be able to 'overlay' the pool deck and offer a new decorative surface without the time, mess and expense of removal and replacement.
If I wanted a custom design, can Evolution Concrete and Construction provide that?
A: We can definitely help with designs right on site!
Do you handle all of the permits needed for my concrete work?
A: Generally a lot of residential work won't require permits. However, if you project does and you are not comfortable getting it yourself (usually a simple sketch and $25.00 fee or so) you can make arrangements for us to handle that.
What is your service area?
A: Our service area runs from Western Pennsylvania to Cleveland, Ohio and everywhere in between. Contact us today to discuss your concrete project options and service area.
What prep work will I need to do before the concrete project is started?
A: We will handle everything – we just need access. Make sure any fence areas can be opened or removed to allow at least 6' to 10' openings for equipment and concrete buggies. If a cement truck access is needed to get into an area, 11' to 12' is minimum. Clear areas of personal belongings and watch for any low hanging branches or wires which may need removed, and secured away from the area.
What are the benefits of epoxy floor coatings?
A: Epoxy flooring creates a dependable strong coating that is easy to clean, can have virtually limitless decorative applications, and is resistant of many chemicals. Unlike semi-transparent stains, you will not see through the coating at all and you will have a new surface with great shine.
How long will an epoxy flooring system last?
A: Epoxy coatings can last indefinitely! And repair is generally straightforward.
Where can epoxy flooring be used?
A: Epoxy floorings can be used anywhere you have concrete! Including: restaurants, showrooms, garages, basements and more. With modern epoxy systems, we have many available materials and flake systems that can even be applied outdoors and around pools. These options are extremely UV resistant to any discoloration.
What are acid-based concrete stains? What are the benefits?
A: Acid stains reacts directly with the concrete to make beautiful random coloration – making every project unique. They are semi-transparent, so any discoloration in your existing floor or surface will react and look differently. There are also water-based stains that use a simpler process, and can also get great results and mimic the reactions of acid staining.
What are the benefits of exposed aggregate?
A: Exposed aggregate creates beautiful and unique surfaces by adding a surface retardant and power washing the surface of the concrete. This exposes the unique colored aggregate within. Special colored stones or products can even be cast into the surface, to be exposed later. Generally, an exposed aggregate project receives gloss decorative sealers, but many choices are available.
Are concrete overlays a good option for aging concrete floors?
A: Concrete overlays CAN be a great option to save an area from replacement. However, there are many factors that must be considered, and this is definitely a talk you'll want to have in person with one of our professionals.
What are the best concrete options for showrooms?
A: Epoxy reigns champion over showroom floors. The surface is durable, has amazing shine, predictable results and the options are limitless. Stains are also a great choice – they are a bit more affordable, but less wow factor and predictability.
Contact the team at Evolution Concrete and Construction, today for a no-hassle project quote and learn about various options for your next concrete project.