How Decorative Concrete Can Increase the Curb Appeal of Your Home
The Art of Concrete Restoration often begins with considering the negatives of the failing concrete in providing a renovation solution! The patio shown above, believe it or not, is the before and after photographs of the same patio. In this illustration of concrete restoration, we were challenged with a large 40′ x 40′ patio that was severely cracked because no control joints were installed.
To those that do not know what control joints are, may remember skipping down a sidewalk as a kid jumping over the cracks to avoid breaking your mother’s back. Those cracks are control joint and are spaced about every 4 feet in every sidewalk across America and the world. They are there in hopes that as the concrete moves with settling or expansion that any crack that should develop will occur in these control joints since they are the weakest point in the slab.
Much like folding a piece of paper in half and creating a firm crease down the middle. Then take the paper from each side of the crease and tear it in half. Chances are but not always, the paper will tear right along the crease you placed down the middle of the paper. Much is the same with concrete when the concrete moves any developing cracks will likely be in the control joint as the weakest point.
In larger concrete slabs such as driveways and patios, the control joints are placed at a maximum of 10-foot spacing. This patio had no control joints whatsoever and was a maze of cracks in every direction crisscrossing and settling everywhere. For added fun this patio was also painted with yellow paint.
So as discussed above, we look at the negatives to provide a solution. And the negatives are a severely cracked and painted patio. In exploring a suitable solution, we are going to have to make the existing cracks into control joints that can continue to move in the future. These cracks are self-made control joints the concrete has made for itself and will use in the future upon any further movement in the slab.
Here we used a 4” right angle grinder and a diamond “V” shaped crack chaser tool and carved joints into the existing cracks and then all over the slab to disguise the crack pattern. The existing cracks were filled with crack repair epoxy to hide the crack. The paint on the patio was removed with a diamond cutting concrete prep machine and the patio was stained with an antiquing for a warm stone appearance. Then we stained all of the control joint with a midnight black exterior dye and sealed the patio with a high-end Siloxane Modified Methyl Mathacrylate sealer. This is now a beautiful stunning decorative patio that cost less to have us renovate than to tear out and replace with plain gray concrete.
I always say, we have never had two projects that are the same in nearly 40 in the business of serving Colorado. Each project has its own unique situations and specific look that is personal to that project. We just need to find it. As an Architect, I use my decades of experience to create that perfect solution to your concrete restoration needs that are beautiful and exciting.
The Art of Concrete Restoration combines superior structural intervention with creative and innovative ideas and artistry to produce not just structurally sound concrete but beautiful functioning works of art.
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