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Acid Stained Concrete – Not a DIY Project for the untrained Professional

Why some home improvements should be left for a professional.

Concrete acid staining is the new trend to improve their basements for homeowners with concrete floors. Many homeowners are trying to take on the project themselves as a DIY project and this can be one of the most harmful and damaging projects to their health and home out there. While the end result is a decorative piece that is an asset and focal point to your home, undertaking the project can have long-term hazards if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Stained Acid Concrete – DIY vs Professional Benefits

There are two direct ways of acid staining concrete: do it yourself or have it done by a professional company. Even if the homeowner has done acid staining treatment to their home already and want it redone to look like a new design color, there is a special preparation machine that will literally strip off a small later of concrete so that the staining can begin correctly.

The machine is only owned by companies that specialize in this. There are only 75 of them in the country and they are unique due to their diamond cutting blades. Produced in Canada, they have the power and technology to strip the smallest layer of concrete off the floor surface. This process helps prepare the surface before acid staining to eliminate residue from before the process so the process and result doesn’t end up a mess.

Homeowners, performing DIY concrete acid staining requires tools, precision and patience. The best way to understand how to acid stain concrete is to simply research it and grasp how it works and what the acid does. When determining which kind of concrete, it is important to know what may damage it or make the project turn out well resulting in having it redone by a professional that will cost more money.

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The most harmful part for homeowners that are doing this themselves is the unknown acidity and reactions of the products. The acidity of the acid can be detrimental if it touched anything that can be damaged by the acid. From here, homeowners must fathom the process of acid staining their own floor and have already planned what to do if something goes wrong and the costs of messing up and needing it to be redone by a professional.

Professionally staining concrete floors with acid, the process can be quite simply said, “they know what they are doing, therefore, nothing to worry about”. In other words, they know exactly what they are doing! Unless homeowners are keen on what they are doing with acid staining concrete and understand the process, it is more worth their money to let a professional who has done it for many years, like Concrete Restoration Systems, do it themselves so that it can be done to the homeowner’s expectation, and best of all, both parties with in this instance.

With concrete staining professionally done, there comes benefits, too. Upon completion, the concrete floors will be sustainable to damage and only require easy care for the future. Due to their polished feel and look, it just takes a broom, vacuum or other cleaning supplies to clean up a spill. It has been said that a concrete floor that has been beautifully transformed through acid staining will last up to a century, whereas carpet must be cleaned every other year costing money and replaced once or twice in a decade. One of the best benefits of concrete acid staining is the versatile look, specifically an industrial look. Concrete can be given certain stains that will make it look dry instead of a wet look, which some people may not like. With a dry appearance, it may look more welcoming and homey.

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Homeowners, if acid staining your concrete floors has been a dream of a lifetime, give Concrete Restoration Systems a call today and they will give you the best buck for your budget. With nearly 40 years in the industry and unbeatable high quality machinery, they will have it done it no time with a beautiful look to last for years.

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Serving Colorado for nearly 40 years, Concrete Restoration Systems has the experience and tools to make your dream home into a dream come true. Unlike other companies, they understand that taking the time to treat the concrete floor properly with acid yields perfect results. They appreciate the process and what makes acid staining such a beautiful piece of work.

 

 

If you would like us to help you with your project, please click here to schedule a free consultation for creative concrete solutions. If you can Imagine it, we can Create it!

 

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Concrete Acid Stain Companies – The best option for a great look (and for your health)

How Stained Concrete Creates a Lasting Impression

 

Concrete acid staining has become popular and a trend of today’s house alternative flooring market. Many homeowners have concrete stained their floors, creating it into their dream home. The question is whether it is more cost efficient to do the project yourself or hire a professional. It all depends on how much experience you have to do it yourself and the cost of all of the supplies. Professionals that specialize in acid concrete staining have all the tools and experience to get the job done right, but it may be more cost efficient without a professional if the homeowner knows what they are doing.

There is a lot of work and tools that go into staining concrete, not to mention that once it is done, it is done. There is no going back except paying more to have it grinded down. Any homeowner should really think about the cost to them of staining concrete themselves and the extra cost if they mess up. In addition, some acid staining tools such as rollers, squeegees and acid sprays not only require professional experience to do right but can also be harmful to the homeowner’s home if done incorrectly. If the homeowner has the budget for all of the chemicals and tools, they should also plan a budget of the cost to fix anything that they do not have the knowledge to fix, worst case scenario.

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To perform a rustic acid-washed stain to concrete flooring, the estimated cost is around $0.30 per square foot for DIY homeowners. This is a great savings to consider, but what is more worth it – taking the chance of doing it yourself if you do not know what you are doing and messing up and paying what could cost up to a thousand dollars for a professional to fix it or letting a professional handle it from the beginning?

Because there are so many chemicals involved in concrete acid staining, it is so vital to make sure the acidic liquid does not come in contact with anything it should not be touching (i.e. furniture, walls, floors than be damaged from the acid). This could simply cost any homeowner thousands of dollars in damage that they could have spent on a professional to do it correctly. When in doubt, it is always best to seek a professional, like Concrete Restoration Systems, who has years of experience in the industry and knows exactly what they are doing to do the best job. One of the most harmful effects to a home from acid staining is all of the chemicals being exposed in the home. This can be dangerous to the health of anyone just by breathing it in and especially for pets due to the after effect of chemical scents roaming around.

Figuring out the best way to stain concrete both efficiently and financially will require a lot of research and professional help, but is doable and affordable in the end if done right. Homeowners, it is important to know what you want and the cost of it. Widely known in Denver, Concrete Restoration Systems has served hundreds of people around the Denver Metro area and has a history of perfection and low prices with outstanding reviews. With nearly 40 years of experience, owner Dan Yalacki will make sure all needs are taken care of.

 

If you would like us to help you with your project, please click here to schedule a free consultation for creative concrete solutions. If you can Imagine it, we can Create it!

 

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When is it too late to repair my driveway?

Identifying when your driveway is past repair versus resurfacing.

Colorado’s winter brings frigid cold temperatures, which can be detrimental to a homeowner’s home though it is known for its gorgeous snow-capped mountains. Driveways are one of the most exposed parts of a home, which makes them prone to weathering damage like cracking and splitting. This can be very costly to repair and require a period of time to fix. As many of us know, homes often need repairing throughout the year.

So, when is it too late to complete driveway repair homeowners?

Waiting too long could be more costly and harmful to the driveway than thought….

The most simple answer is once winter rolls around, it is unfortunately too late, but not for all driveways. It depends on what it is made out of, as some surfaces naturally last longer than others. Some driveways are tougher than others and may need less repair and maintenance. Additionally, the amount of snowfall causing freezing and thawing can harm the concrete. The best rule of thumb to go by is to seal it every two-to-five years depending on its current condition. Homeowners, if you are unsure of whether it needs repairing, it is best to get it inspected by a professional for a quote.

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It is really important to start the repair process in the Spring or even the Summer. Homeowners planning to hire a professional for driveway replacement are advised to do it in the Summer versus Winter. Doing it in the summer will allow the concrete to settle and bond because the non-freezing temperature that winter brings will crack and split the concrete. This way the properties in the cement will have plenty of time to mend and bond together creating a very tight seal that ice and snow will have a hard time penetrating. If the driveway already has divots in it, freezing rain/temperatures will allow it to freeze and expand, creating more damage. The bigger the divot, the more cost to repair.

For some homeowners, repairing or replacing their driveway may not be readily affordable, depending on the planned budget. In this situation, it is best to talk to a professional concrete company that specializes in this restoration and resurfacing process like Concrete Restoration Systems about what can be done to make repairs on a more reasonable and affordable budget.

What if it is easier to mend cracks and divots with concrete mix poured over?

Homeowners, if it seems more practical and affordable to fill in the divots by pouring some concrete on it instead of redoing the entire driveway then consider this…

Any homeowner can buy some concrete mix from their local hardware store that just needs some water added to stir it up into a paste to fill in the cracks. This process also requires special mixers that can cost upwards to $100. Take a look at the driveway and count how many cracks need replacing. More than likely, the driveway could probably use an extra layer to seal in the remaining repairs. Better to be safe than sorry.

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Homeowners, if you want to get your driveway redone because of cracks in the pavement or even just smoothed out again, give Concrete Restoration Systems a call and see what they can do for you. Getting this process done in the Spring or even Summer before colder temperatures hit in the Winter will be very beneficial in the long run. Whether it be new concrete with any choice of stain or simply resurfacing your current concrete into a beautiful cornerstone that will increase your curbside appeal, CRS will beat any price of replacing your concrete.

 

If you would like us to help you with your project, please click here to schedule a free consultation for creative concrete solutions. If you can Imagine it, we can Create it!

 

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What are my alternatives for my basement floor?

How an Acid Stained Floor is a Great Basement Alternative to A Finished Basement

 

Traditionally, installing carpet or hardwood flooring in a basement was the norm. Not today! With the latest advancements in concrete enhancement systems are driving consumers to these beautiful, low maintenance floors in drove’s! Flood resistant, stain resistant, easy to clean and just plain stunning!

Stained Floors:

The stain takes on the character of your existing concrete with all its many and beautiful flaws creating an ever developing and unique look from every floor done. Every project is different and no two look the same with a multitude of colors and color combinations to produce a work of art as the centerpiece of any project.

You’ll love these floors they feel so substantial to walk on and play on. Great for folks with pets and Messy Marvin’s as they clean up so easily and have unbelievable durability. No more the days of mildew carpets, carpet cleaning or water damage. These floors can take on the water and smile.

You begin with a free consultation with an architect and project planner to discuss the project and the look desired and take suggestion. Next, samples are put together based on the designing discussion so you can see what the project will look like at completion. It is a hands on process that puts the client in the picture from the very beginning to completion. It’s fun and the process insures that you get the exact look you had in mind.

Micro-topping:

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Another great alternative to conventional flooring is Micro-topping. As the name describes its micro thin but oh what a look it has that doesn’t look thin at all. This process is a building of patterns, colors and textures to achieve many appearances like stone, smooth trowel with stain, leather look and more. It  is also a hybrid application that repels water and is extremely durable. There are about 15 colors to choose from and mix and match to create the perfect floor for any room.

We welcome you to visit us at concreterestorationsystems.com for more information and ideas for these exciting flooring systems. You will really have fun creating the most exciting durable concrete floors for your unique project.

 

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The Best Ways to Resurface Concrete

Ways to Repair, Resurface and Save on Your Driveway

 

When it comes to resurfacing a concrete driveway in Colorado, it is best to get it taken care of before winter. Once the weather gets cold and snow starts falling, any concrete driveway will take a beating due to the weathering. There are a couple of ways to resurface a concrete driveway. It all comes down to what the homeowners wants to do and what may be the most affordable option available to them. Concrete Restoration Systems is a well-known concrete restoration company that has been serving the Denver area for years turning worn down driveways and floors into brand new flooring.

One of the best ways to resurface a driveway is to get it professionally done with concrete resurfacing liquid. What makes this method so easy and efficient is that it can be poured down onto the driveway and smoothed out with a squeegee. It is important, however, to get it pressure washed prior to make sure there are no loose cracked pieces of concrete that will get poured over and become permanently stuck. The ideal result is to replace the cracks with the liquid cement to reinforce its strength. A big benefit of this liquid concrete is that it is cheap and easy. Bags of this powder should cost no more than $20 and can be done by Concrete Restoration Systems for a very affordable cost. Any homeowner can easily do this themselves, but if they are not sure of how to do it or do not want to mess up and cost a fortune to themselves to repair it again, it is more than what is worth their while to call a professional company who will get it done for them affordably and with great quality.

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Homeowners can save themselves lots of time, frustration and hassle by resurfacing their driveway instead of paying a fortune to have the slabs of concrete removed and replaced. Not only will that process take up to a month but also may hinder the landscape around the driveway. Resurfacing the driveway only takes about a day to do and will be ready to drive over without ruining it in no time.

Ensuring a high quality finish to the resurfaced concrete will add longevity to it for years. SunColor Acrylic water-based finish is something that can be added to the finished concrete that will give it a beautiful shine and keep it protected against weathering and other accidental damage that may occur.

The best way for any homeowner to replace or get rid of their acid stain on the concrete is to have it grinded down by a professional. Concrete Restoration Systems uses a special machine to do this that has diamond edge cutting technology that will scrape the stain right off. What is cool about this machine is that it was made in Canada and there is only 75 in the whole United States.

Give Concrete Restoration Systems a call today and see what they can do for you to transform your concrete driveway or concrete floors into brand new flooring with beautiful coloring. CRS has over 40+ years in the concrete staining industry and has satisfied many of their customers. When it comes down to the job, no one can beat their professionalism or quality.

 

If you would like us to help you with your project, please click here to schedule a free consultation for creative concrete solutions. If you can Imagine it, we can Create it!

 

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How to Determine the Best Tools to Use to Acid Stain Concrete

Concrete acid staining has become popular and a trend of today’s house flooring market. Many homeowners have concrete stained their floors, creating it into their dream home. The question is whether it is more cost efficient to do the project yourself or hire a professional. It all depends on how much experience you have to do it yourself and the cost of all of the supplies. Professionals that specialize in acid concrete staining have all the tools and experience to get the job done right, but it may be more cost efficient without a professional if the homeowner knows what they are doing.

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There is a lot of work and tools that go into staining concrete, not to mention that once it is done, it is done. There is no going back except paying more to have it grinded down. Any homeowner should really think about the cost to them of staining concrete themselves and the extra cost if they mess up. In addition, some acid staining tools such as rollers, squeegees and acid sprays not only require professional experience to do right but can also be harmful to the homeowner’s home if done incorrectly. If the homeowner has the budget for all of the chemicals and tools, they should also plan a budget of the cost to fix anything that they do not have the knowledge to fix, worst case scenario.

To perform a rustic acid-washed stain to concrete flooring, the estimated cost is around $0.30 per square foot for DIY homeowners. This is a great savings to consider, but what is more worth it – taking the chance of doing it yourself if you do not know what you are doing and messing up and paying what could cost up to a thousand dollars for a professional to fix it or letting a professional handle it from the beginning?

Because there are so many chemicals involved in concrete acid staining, it is so vital to make sure the acidic liquid does not come in contact with anything it should not be touching (i.e. furniture, walls, floors than be damaged from the acid). This could simply cost any homeowner thousands of dollars in damage that they could have spent on a professional to do it correctly. When in doubt, it is always best to seek a professional, like Concrete Restoration Systems, who has years of experience in the industry and knows exactly what they are doing to do the best job. One of the most harmful effects to a home from acid staining is all of the chemicals being exposed in the home. This can be dangerous to the health of anyone just by breathing it in and especially for pets due to the after effect of chemical scents roaming around.

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Figuring out the best way to stain concrete both efficiently and financially will require a lot of research and professional help, but is doable and affordable in the end if done right. Homeowners, it is important to know what you want and the cost of it. Widely known in Denver, Concrete Restoration Systems has served hundreds of people around the Denver Metro area and has a history of perfection and low prices with outstanding reviews. With nearly 40 years of experience, owner Dan Yalacki will make sure all needs are taken care of.

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How to Perform Different Acid Staining Treatments to Concrete

Concrete acid staining is the new thing for homeowners with concrete floors in their homes. Serving Colorado for over 30+ years, Concrete Restoration Systems has the experience and tools to make your dream home into a dream come true. Unlike other companies, they understand that taking the time to treat the concrete floor properly with acid yields perfect results. They appreciate the process and what makes acid staining such a beautiful piece of work.

There are two direct ways of acid staining concrete: do it yourself or have it done by a professional company. Even if the homeowner has done acid staining treatment to their home already and want it redone to look like a new design or color, there is a special preparation machine that will literally strip off a small layer of concrete so that the staining can begin. This machine is only owned by companies that specialize in this. There are only 75 of them in the country and they are a piece of work due to their crystal cutting blades. Produced in Canada, they have the power and technology to strip the smallest layer of concrete off the floor surface so that anyone can redo their acid stain without residue from before left over and a left over mess.

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Homeowners, performing DIY concrete acid staining requires tools, precision and patience. The best way to understand how to acid stain concrete is to simply research it and grasp how it works and what the acid does. When determining which kind of concrete the driveway has, it is important to know what may damage it or make the project not turn out well resulting in having it redone by a professional cost more money. The acidity of the acid can be detrimental if it touches anything that can be damaged by the acid. From here, homeowners must fathom the process of acid staining their own floor and have already planned what to do if something goes wrong and the costs of messing up and needing it to be redone by a professional.

Professionally staining concrete floors with acid, the process can be quite simply said, “they know what they are doing, therefore, nothing to worry about”. In other words, they know exactly what they are doing! Unless homeowners are keen on what they are doing with acid staining concrete and understand the process, it is more worth their money to let a professional who has done it for many years, like Concrete Restoration Systems, do it themselves so that it can be done to the homeowner’s expectations, and best of all, both parties win in this instance. With concrete staining professionally done, there comes benefits, too. Upon completion, the concrete floors will be sustainable to damage and only require easy care for the future. Due to their polished feel and look, it just takes a broom, vacuum or other cleaning supplies to clean up a spill. It has been said that a concrete floor that has been beautifully transformed through acid staining will last up to a century, whereas carpet must be cleaned every other year costing money and replaced once or twice in a decade. One of the best benefits of concrete acid staining is the versatile look, specifically an industrial look. Concrete can be given certain stains that will make it look dry instead of a wet look, which some people may not like. With a dry appearance, it may look more welcoming and homey.

 

Homeowners, if acid staining your concrete floors has been a dream of a lifetime, give Concrete Restoration Systems a call today and they will give you the best buck for your budget. With nearly 40 years in the industry and unbeatable high quality machinery, they will have it done in no time with a beautiful look to last for years.

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Cost of Repairing Concrete Flooring

Repairing homes can be quite costly, depending on what it is that needs repair or maintenance. Homeowners, you will want to read this to get a better understanding of the cost to repair and maintain a concrete driveway if that is something that is of interest. With people moving into new houses with concrete driveways and also repairing them to make them look great and attractive if selling the house, it is vital to determine how old the concrete driveway is.

Whether the project is a do it yourself or not, take into consideration the cost of the tools needed and amount of concrete. It is about $3-$5 per square foot of concrete, which is approximately 50% of the average price for hiring a contractor to do the work for you. Homeowners, upon completion if the driveway looks like it could use some fancy enhancements like resurfacing and upkeep, keep in mind this could be cost much more depending on what is being added to the concrete and square foot coverage required.

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Fixr is a website where homeowners can find a quote about how much to budget for to complete the project. There are several options that it asks to better understand what needs to be done and the cost such as what kind of concrete it is, what the cause of repair is, how the homeowner wants to budget the project and if there are any add-ons that are wanted. Also, a final coating can be applied for an extra cost to the finished concrete to seal it and protect the life of it as well as give it a fresh new look. This is highly recommended for preserving the strength of the concrete and its appearance.

Of course, the price of repairing a driveway just depends on what needs repairing. Concrete Restoration Systems, a professional concrete flooring company based in Denver with outstanding reviews, has been in this industry for nearly 40 years. To see their success at what they do, just take a look at their photos.

Dan Yalacki, owner of Concrete Restoration Systems, can meet any need or dream of a homeowner and truly understands what they want and will, guaranteed, provide them with the best unbeatable price.

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Concrete Spalling in your driveway

decorative-beforeAs shown in the photograph above, concrete spalling is the flaking off of the concrete surface. It looks like little tiny chips of the concrete coming off  leaving a divot, usually about a 1/4” to a 1/2”in diameter and 1/4” to 3/8” in depth. At first, it appears to be isolated in areas of your driveway but quickly spreads to other areas like a rash gaining size and population.

Spalling occurs during the concrete installation process. Concrete spalling occurs from either extreme hot weather or extreme cold weather or just overworking the concrete surface during installation.

  • If the concrete was poured when the temperatures were expected to drop below freezing that night, the top layer of concrete freezes which causes the finish to be weakened and eventually flake off.
  • If the driveway was poured during extreme hot weather and is overworked or watered down by misting water on the concrete to get it finished, also compromises the strength and integrity of the concrete’s finish resulting in eventual failure and spalling.

Either way, the finish has been weakened and within a couple of years after installation will begin forming small 1/4” to 1/2” circles patterns in the concrete finish usually dozens of them in a single area. Eventually, these circles in the concrete pop loose creating divots that we call spalling.

We also mentioned over working the concrete. Quite often Contractors will schedule several driveways to be poured in one day. Such as a subdivision development where several driveways are poured back to back. The concrete spinning in the trucks builds up friction causing the concrete to get hot and making set up quickly making it difficult to finish. This results in overworking the concrete finish and also will compromise the finish resulting in spalling.

Spalling of concrete is far more common than you may think affecting 1 out of  3 driveways. You may have noticed this in your own neighborhood of how many driveways have spalling in them. Or in higher end neighborhoods that have large driveway and the potential for overworking the surface is significantly higher due to the volume of concrete being installed.

It is best to catch this as soon as possible before it is too late to repair. Many homeowners see the spalling occurring and just ignore it. Then when is gets really bad they call a concrete contractor that informs them that the concrete just needs to be replaced. You don’t need need to let it go until its too late.

There are systems available to fix this problem. Very beautiful systems that will provide you with a beautiful decorative driveway for far less costs than replacement. The secrete here is to not let it go so far that replacement is your only option.

Concrete Restoration Systems and its parent company have been providing and specializes in driveway restorations and decorative concrete solutions in the Denver Area for nearly 40 years and has an A+ rating with the BBB. Call us at 303-435-3334 and have one of our consultants come out and provide a free consultation on your concrete needs.

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Resurfacing Concrete Driveways – Best Alternatives

It has been said in Colorado that concrete driveways are built to last a lifetime, but there are certain seasonal conditions, out of homeowners’ reach, that may shorten the lifespan of the concrete driveway. Two commonly known concrete repairing techniques are concrete resurfacing and concrete engraving.

Homeowners’, if the driveway is cracking, splitting or damaged in different area, the best solution is to get it resurfaced through Concrete Restoration Systems, a Colorado based concrete restoration company with over 40 years of experience. Resurfacing it will give it a thin layer on top making blemishes underneath invisible. Additionally, it will upgrade the look and appeal of any driveway. Because there are so many colors and patterns to choose from, it really is endless what any homeowner can do to their own driveway to make it more attractive. The easiest way to repair any driveway that has cracks and splits will be to cover it with a thin layer of liquid concrete that will cover all noticeable fractures. By doing it this way, the driveway will have a chance to bond the old concrete with the new concrete. Once the concrete is set and finished, the homeowner can also choose to place a quick layer of polish on it to create an attractive look to it making it decorative. There is an endless amount of finishes you can top off the concrete with.

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Concrete engraving is a very creative way to resurface any driveway. What engraving allows is for any homeowner to add specific features to their driveway giving it a sharp look. What is even better about resurfacing by engraving is that any cracked or split concrete may actually help in the construction depending on the decoration desired. There are several different engravings that can be designed into the concrete. It all depends on what the homeowner chooses to do and the cost of engraving.

Another concrete repair method is called slab jacking. If there is an area in the concrete where it is sinking due to erosion underneath it, this process allows the slab of concrete to be lifted and new soil and sediment to be placed underneath. This allows the concrete that was sinking to level the back up with the rest of the driveway. This method can save additional money as the homeowners just needs to replace one spot instead of resurfacing the entire driveway.

If any homeowner wants to remove their acid stain on their concrete, Concrete Restoration Systems is the place to call. This company alone has a special diamond edge cutting machine that will literally scrape the stain off. Not only are these machines made in Canada but also there are only 75 In the whole United States.

Give Concrete Restoration Systems a call today and see what they can do for you to transform your concrete driveway or concrete floors into brand new flooring with beautiful coloring. CRS has over 40+ years in the concrete staining industry and has satisfied many of their customers. When it comes down to the job, no one can beat their professionalism or quality.