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    How to repair your cracked concrete driveway

    All is not lost! Even if your driveway looks like the driveway above, with a significant crack running through the middle of it, it can be fixed!

    We know how much you love your driveway and have spent the money on a decorative concrete overlay to make it look fantastic, only to discover that it has developed cracks. Don’t worry, we see this all the time, and its often worse than it looks. That’s what we are here for, to help you to find a solution.

    You may ask, “is it possible to make concrete more flexible – that is, bendable without fracturing?”

    Flexible concrete makes infrastructure safer, extends its service life and reduces maintenance costs and resource use. However, we all know how hard and brittle concrete is, so theory’s always a risk of developing concrete cracks.

    We first need to understand the science behind concrete. Concrete very rarely fails because it lacks compressive strength, that is, the ability to bear loads that push it together, just like when columns support the weight of a building. Most failures occur because structures do not have enough capacity to carry the tensile load – the ability to deform or stretch without rupturing – even though steel reinforcements often are added to concrete to prevent catastrophic structural failure.

    Many serious concerns about the woeful state of concrete can be traced back to concrete’s brittleness. Cracks in concrete can reduce a structure’s usable life. They also weaken it and make it less resilient against natural forces, such as ground movement, water, tree roots, or man-made forces like driving heavy equipment on it etc.

    So, let’s highlight the main reasons concrete cracks:

    • The first reason that concrete cracks is from excess water in the concrete mix
    • The second reason that concrete cracks is from the concrete drying too quickly
    • The third reason concrete cracks is using a lower strength of concrete that what should have been used
    • The fourth reason concrete cracks is a lack of control or expansion joints
    • Another reason concrete cracks is pouring the concrete in the wrong weather conditions

    By far, the fourth reason is the most common as many concreters don’t put in sufficient expansion joints or saw cuts and therefore the concrete expands, has nowhere to go, and cracks to relieve the pressure.

    This is where Barefoot Concrete comes in as we are specialists in this area of concrete repair and restoration as we want your concrete to look good, after we have fixed the problems.

    Please note that not all problems can be fixed. Take for example, the first reason of too much water in the mix, we can’t go back and fix that. We also can’t reverse the problem of the concrete drying or curing too quickly and the associated problems. Neither can we change the strength of the concrete as if a 32Mpa concrete was specified and a 25Mpa concrete mix was poured, you still have a weaker concrete.

    So how do we fix it? We have developed the technology that produces a solution that minimizes the occurrence or recurrence of concrete cracks.

    This is how we do it: Cracks are not always structural problems, most are just cosmetic. Therefore, in these instances we pour a polymerised structural grout into the cracks, this is a really wet grout that will get into every void possible around the cracks and set through the slab. Then we let it sit for a few weeks see how it reacts. As the concrete has already moved and created the cracks it’s unlikely it will move further unless there is another root cause. 

    Therefore, after waiting for 4-6 weeks we reassess the situation to see if the grout polymer has created a good bond and there are no reappearances of any cracks. If all looks good we grind off the existing coating and respray a flexible concrete polymer coating in the customer’s choice of natural earth tone colours to blend with their natural environment. 

    The above mentos is a system that in most instances works, however, we do not guarantee that the cracks won’t reappear or that new cracks will develop as there are many factors that contribute to concrete cracking. The bottom line is that the concrete should not crack anywhere near like the cracks that originally appeared but a hairline crack may develop but with the decorative concrete coating with colour and fleck on top will help to visually hide any cracks from eye level.

    So, in summary, we have a very good method for solving cracked concrete cost-effectively and in most cases, the client does not have to rip and replace their concrete.

    Contact us today if your concrete is cracked and you want your driveway or other concrete areas to look good again and we will do a free, no-obligation assessment of your property to determine how we can help you to achieve the outcome you desire.

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    The effects of densifiers on concrete

    How do silicates work?

    Sodium, Potassium, Lithium and Colloidal Silicates react with CaOH to form insoluble Calcium Silicate Hydrate gel (CSH gel, Ca-SiO2) in the pores – some companies will refer to this as a hydrogel.

    The additional CSH gel formed by applying a Sodium, Potassium, Lithium or Colloidal Silicate will improve a concrete slab in several ways.

    The pros and cons of water

    Concrete is made with the optimal amount of water – not too much or too little. 

    So, concrete mixes are made with an exact amount of water, BUT, if some of this the water can evaporate out of the poured slab (or prefabricated vertical) before it reacts with the cement to create bonds, this has multiple negative effects on the concrete:

    1. Where water evaporates out of the concrete it leaves air pockets, creating weaker concrete while increasing porosity, capillary suction and water ingress.
    2. Some cement is left unreacted (too little water) – this means fewer bonds, weaker concrete and an increase in efflorescence (calcium carbonate leaching out of the concrete) when water moves through the capillaries.
    3. When water evaporates out of the concrete it also causes shrinkage, leading to spider cracks. 
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    1. Evaporation increases closer to the surface, leaving the surface of the concrete particularly weak. Also, this means that the surface of the concrete will shrink at a higher rate and spall (pull away from the concrete underneath in pieces) as well as spider cracking. If you knock this concrete it sounds hollow.
    2. Egress or water or water vapour (evaporation) can damage floor finishes and lift floor coatings. This means an untreated slab is usually left to cure fully for 60 days before floor finishes are applied, this is too much time (and money) for most building projects. 

    Benefits of treating a fresh concrete slab with a suitable silicate

    Slabs and other concrete structures vary greatly in density, porosity, and water content (depending on how recently the slab was poured). Silicates range in molecular size, structure and penetrating ability, and the correct silicate should be matched to the project. You would not treat a 25MPA slab with the same silicate as 80MPA density structural concrete.

    The correct silicate is applied to the exposed surface of a concrete slab and penetrates the pores from a few millimetres to a couple of centimetres (depending on the type of silicate, the concrete density, the amount of water in the forming capillaries and the amount of silicate applied).

    1. Silicate treatment as a curing compound for concrete slabs.

    When treated with a Sodium, Potassium or Colloidal Silicate, CSH gel forms in the pores of the impregnated (exposed) surfaces of a concrete slab, substantially reducing water and water vapour permeability.

    This greatly reduces the loss of water by evaporation, so the moisture remains in the slab and continues to facilitate the ongoing reaction and curing of cement in the concrete. The more of the cement which is reacted and forms hydrates and then fixed bonds in the material, the stronger and less porous the concrete will be, making it more durable.

    1. Silicate treatment as a membrane to allow immediate installation of floor coatings and other finishes on “green” (freshly poured) slabs.

    Floor slabs usually need to be cured to 60 days before finished flooring, such as tiling, wood, carpeting or floor coatings are applied.

    This is to prevent these finishes from being damaged, becoming mould infested or lifting due to water or water vapour coming out of the concrete slab.

    Correct treatment with a suitable silicate will limit evaporation or water egress through the top of the slap sufficiently to enable floor finishes and coatings to be applied as soon as the silicate has cured, rather than having to wait until the concrete is completely cured. 

    Silicates form more of the same structures already present in concrete and so are compatible with most floor coatings, adhesives and finishes.

    1. Silicate treatment to densify cured concrete to facilitate diamond polishing. 
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    Polished concrete is one of the toughest, most durable, practical and aesthetically pleasing floor finishes. A raw slab is ground with rough diamond pads to flatten it completely and then with progressively finer diamond pads until the suitable honed (matte) or polished finish is reached.

    This requires treatment with suitable sodium, potassium, lithium or colloidal silicate densifier. As explained previously, silicates react inside the concrete to form extra silicate gels in the pores. Think of it as glass structures forming in the pores. This reduces the porosity and stain resistance of the concrete and allows it to be honed or polished to an aesthetically appealing gloss level.

    Many of the premier concrete polishing companies will apply silicates of different types 2 or 3 times to facilitate and dense floor with a beautiful finish. They may treat the concrete first with larger molecular size sodium or potassium silicate when it is still fairly rough and the pores have been nicely opening by the initial few grades of grinding.

    Then as finer diamond pads are used to achieve a smoother and smoother surface, a lithium or suitable small particle colloidal silicate, which can penetrate more easily into the previously treated concrete and fill more of the nano-sized pores.

    1. Silicate treatment of engineered concrete structures to reduce salt spalling and rebar corrosion from saltwater ingress, freeze-thaw action and carbonation.

    High MPA concrete can be treated with a lithium or small molecular size colloidal silicate (4-8nm).

    A small test area should be treated and a small core sample (3cm diameter, 3cm depth) drilled from the centre of the sample area and tested to check if there is sufficient depth of penetration before proceeding with the silicate treatment. 

    1. Silicates for concrete crack repair.

    Most concrete crack injection systems for concrete use an epoxy or urethane polymer, but there is an argument that because these differ in their physical properties so much from concrete, that this can cause them to degrade over time.

    Colloidal silica, forms the same hydrogel compound found in cured concrete and has the same physical properties, including reaction to changes in temperature and moisture and will move with the concrete. A colloidal silicate of small size will also penetrate the walls of the crack, anchoring the filling very securely.

    Colloidal silicate crack fillers are 2 part – the colloidal silica and a catalyst. Colloidal silicates cure particularly quickly but this can be moderated to some extent by adding more or less catalyst. Micromesh sand and some cement can also be added for filling large cracks that require some solid aggregate to help fill the gap.

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    At home and wondering what to do?

    We are living in interesting times. The Coronavirus or covid-19 epidemic has dramatically changed the world in a very short time. This has resulted in an effort to contain the virus through social distancing and other means to minimize the spread of the pandemic.

    If you, like me, are spending more time at home, either by choice or self-isolation or just practical social distancing you may find yourself wondering what to do.

    While I have seen many silly videos of what people are doing while spending time at home I want to help you to focus on some of the things that you have wanted to do but have been putting them off because you are too busy or at work all the time.

    Home maintenance and getting those jobs done while spending lots of time at home will help stave off the boredom and will keep you in shape. Getting outdoors in your garden and working on your house instead of vegetating indoors and binge-watching Netflix or movies and eating junk food will keep you healthy! Vitamin D is an excellent source of building up your immune system, so make sure you do stuff outside!

    This is where we can help, our work is outside, we can come and do a free onsite assessment of your situation and help you get your project completed.

    We do things like cleaning and sealing. Just as in the photo above we can clean and seal driveways, sandstone, and all types of concrete. We can also apply a coloured sealer as you can see from the gallery photos. Then we can also restore your concrete by fixing concrete cracks and putting on a decorative concrete overlay. Then, we can also do a flake epoxy floor for your garage.

    If your business is closed and in much need of some work on the property, please call us, we can turn an eyesore into something aesthetically pleasing.

    Whether it’s your driveway you want cleaned and sealed or resurfaced, or your house surrounds and paths, patio or entertainment area, we can help you to get those things done that you want to get done.

    Make the most of the opportunity and do whatever you can to help your neighbour and your community get through this crisis.

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    Do I need to seal outdoor concrete?

    The answer to this question is – yes! A concrete sealer is essential for protecting surfaces from the elements, stains from dirt, oil and other contaminants, and much more.

    So, if you’ve just installed new concrete, whatever kind, make sure it gets sealed before it gets unsightly marks or stains that are permanent.

    No matter what kind of concrete, a good sealer will keep it looking spectacular for many years to come while extending its service life. Even if the surface begins to show wear after years of exposure to traffic and the environment, you can often keep it looking its best with a good clean and a fresh sealer application.

    Sealing your outdoor concrete

    Sealing outdoor concrete surfaces is an essential part of hardscape maintenance. A concrete sealer is a lot like car wax – many people go without it and then regret it when the paint peels. Sealer may not seem necessary at first, but after a few weeks or months of exposure to weather and use concrete can become discoloured, stained and ugly.

    There are many kinds of sealers, therefore we advise talking to an expert about the finish you wish to achieve.

    A water-based penetrating sealer, such as silanes, siloxanes, silicates and siliconates, penetrate into the concrete to form a chemical barrier that shields against moisture penetration and contaminants. Usually, they provide invisible protection without changing the surface appearance, and most products are breathable, allowing moisture vapour to escape. They are most commonly used outdoors since they provide excellent protection against harsh exposure conditions.

    Applications

    A penetrating sealer is your best choice if your goal is to:

    • Protect exterior concrete surfaces subject to corrosion
    • Obtain a natural, matte finish
    • Provide invisible protection without changing the surface appearance or leaving a sheen

    For driveways and walkways where good traction is important, a penetrating sealer is a better choice than a film-forming product, such as an acrylic or polyurethane because a penetrating sealer does not leave a glossy film, it will not contribute to the slipperiness of the concrete surface.

    How to apply a sealer

    If you like DIY then its a straightforward job and you can use:

    • a low-pressure, high-volume sprayer
    • a pump-up garden-type sprayer
    • a roller

    For your outdoor concrete a penetrating concrete sealer is usually better than a film-forming product for safety reasons, but also because the end result will last longer and looks more realistic and natural, especially when sealing stamped concrete.

    We recommend that all types of exterior concrete should be sealed including plain concrete, stamped concrete, stained concrete, integrally coloured concrete, exposed aggregate, stencilled concrete, engraved concrete and overlays.

    Each surface lends itself to unique needs when it comes to applying the right sealer. For more information, call us to discuss.

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    Densi-Proof, Moisture Fix or Forti-Col Colloidal Silica Densifier?

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    If you want to densify your concrete because it has a moisture problem, what product do you use?

    While Densi-Proof and Moisture Fix are excellent products, you can get a similar product called Forti-Col, a new technology colloidal silica for less from Barefoot Concrete.

    What is Forti-Col? Forti-Col is the latest and best technology among the silicates. It has a smaller particle size, 4-6 nanometers, that gives you better penetration and faster curing. It also covers a greater surface area with more reactive sites creating a better CHL (Hydrogel) structure inside the pores.

    Of all the densifier types, our colloidal silica has the smallest molecule size, allowing the best possible penetration of low porosity concrete surfaces such as polished concrete. With the smallest size on the market, it provides a superior densifier result, providing a stronger, higher concrete surface.

    In terms of concrete polishing, it can be used to impregnate concrete in the earlier stages of grinding (after 80 to 100 grit grind) and later stages (after using a 400 grit polishing pad). Therefore, it can be used to impregnate twice – once in the early grinding stages and again after the 400 grit pad, is recommended for optimal results.

    Forti-Col is also used as an anti-dusting and curing treatment for green (freshly poured) concrete. To attain full strength, newly poured concrete needs to retain its water content for long enough for the maximum amount of cement to react and form the correct hydrogels to make the maximum number of bonds. Treating the concrete with penetrating Forti-Col™ will form CSH hydrogel inside the pores of the concrete, substantially restricting water bleed and evaporation so water is retained and the concrete can cure properly. Because Forti-Col™ is more reactive and has more bonding sites per molecule, it builds on itself and forms better hydrogel structures in the pores than other silicates.

    Fort-Col is also used as a primer/moisture barrier membrane for green concrete. Treating the concrete with penetrating Forti-Col™ will form CSH hydrogel inside the pores of the concrete, substantially restricting water bleed and evaporation so coatings and other floor coverings can be applied immediately. Freshly poured concrete contains a lot of water which evaporates and causes coatings to blister and delaminate, salts to redeposit underneath and lift tiles, damp and mould growth under carpeting, insulation matting, wood etc. So, slabs are usually left to cure for 60 days before installing flooring.

    A densified concrete surface provides substantially reduced water penetration and also prevents rubber marking from vehicle tyres.

    Forti-Col can be used on new and old concrete slabs to densify the concrete surface and reinforce the concrete slab. It can be used at time of pour but generally is applied after the removal of the curing compound or at the commencement of the concrete polishing process.

    What are colloidal silica densifiers?

    Colloidal Silica densifiers have the smallest particular size in the concrete densifier product category. This is not the molecule size, but the agglomerated macro particle size (ie lithium silicate is a larger molecular than potassium silicate but the agglomerate size in the solution is much smaller). The colloidal solution is an evenly distributed dispersion of individual particles and much finer again than traditional alkaline metal silicates (sodium/potassium/lithium silicate) clusters.

    To understand the different densifiers, we use the order of particular size: Densifiers start with Sodium Silicates and progress in size and cost to Potassium silicates, then Lithium Silicates, and finally the smallest Colloidal silica with a particle size of 4-8Nm.

    Even though Sodium Silicates and Colloidal Silicates share similar raw materials (salt + sodium hydroxide), the final particle sizes depend on the polymerization of the sub molecules in the reaction chemistry. In the production of Forti-Col, sodium silicate an intermediary product and used a feedstock for further reaction to create the final colloidal silica product. The silica gels commons known as “sodium silicates” in densifier terms are a larger agglomerates macro molecular approximately 500 microns in size. The colloidal silica used in the Forti-Col has a molecule size that ranges between 4-8Nm, an average of 6Nm, whereas competing products can average 12Nm.

    Forti-Col has been formulated to be a superior technology than other major colloidal densifier products on the market with similar pH, solids and performance like Densi-Proof and Moisture Fix – and it costs much less!

    Contact Barefoot Concrete for pricing today.

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    Epoxy resin crack repair systems

    Barefoot Concrete is introducing a range of epoxy resin crack repair systems for concrete restoration.

    Epoxy-based grouting is preferred to cement due to the quick setting of the epoxy, very low shrinkage, excellent adhesion, high strength, low viscosity to penetrate even hair cracks and good resistance to most chemicals. However, epoxy grouting is expensive and therefore should be used when cement grouting is not suitable for crack repair for the required functioning of the structure.

    Epoxy grouting is done based on the type of crack and the width and depth of the crack in the concrete structure. Grouting of wide cracks requires a large quantity of grout material. Due to the cost fillers may be used to fill the cracks before applying the epoxy grouting system.

    Very low viscosity epoxy resin is used for injection grouting of cracks. This is based on the width of the crack, the depth and extent of cracks, the viscosity of the resin hardener mix, their proportions, pot life, and application procedure etc.

    The first crack repair system is the epoxy resin sealing mortar. It possesses high hardness, excellent polish, strong adhesion, fast curing, and bonds easily with the substrate such as concrete, stone, steel. It is mainly used for crack sealing and base bonding during the process of repairing concrete cracks.

    The epoxy resin sealing mortar is a modified epoxy resin with excellent initial adhesiveness. It works well at low temperature or room temperature with a fast curing speed. It has high adhesive strength after curing, good hardness and toughness. It has good anti-acid characteristics after curing, good performance against moisture, water, oil, dust, humidity and weather ageing. The cured products have good strength for tension, pressure and bonding.

    The second crack repair system is an epoxy resin grouting adhesive. It is mainly used for concrete crack grouting, repairing, reinforcement of beams, floors, poles, building basements, bridges and roadways. It is a two-component injection adhesive with modified epoxy resin and can be hardened at room temperature.

    It is useful for repairing and reinforcing concrete cracks on outer and inner walls, roofs, beams, poles and floors. It can be used for repairing hollow parts of walls and floors, ceramics and stones. It is good for repairing cracks on concrete buildings, even prefabricated components, equipment, silos, reservoirs, dams, bridges, tunnels, pipes, and concrete pavements.

    The epoxy resin for crack injection effectively seals cracks and improves the durability of concrete. It is waterproof, corrosion-resistant, ageing resistant, has low viscosity, fluidity, and can, therefore, be applied to cracks smaller than 0.05mm. After curing it has excellent toughness and impact resistance. It is easy to handle, has minimal maintenance requirements and is of reliable quality.

    The third crack repair system is an epoxy resin structural adhesive that is eco-friendly. This product is a specialized adhesive for carbon fibre bonding reinforcement. It has good wettability, is a two-component system, contains no poison, and is widely used in structural reinforcement of beams, floors slabs, bridges, piers, and the seismic reinforcement of all kinds of concrete structures.

    This product is a high-performance epoxy resin fibre bonding adhesive and can be used for effectual permeable bonding between concrete, steel, ceramic, stone, wood and other substrates with carbon fibre, glass fibre, basalt fibres, and aramid fibres etc. It is mainly used for building reinforcement.

    The epoxy resin structural adhesive has excellent physical properties as it’s tensile strength is more than 10 times higher than that of ordinary steel, its modulus of elasticity is close to steel. It is suitable for reinforcement of Steel bars in concrete structures. It is widely used in bending, shear, compression reinforcement of section unit, and seismic strengthening of structures and masonry reinforcement.

    The weight proportion of the product is only 1/4 to steel, the thickness of each layer is less than 1mm, and there is almost no increase in the weight and size of the original structure. There is no need for large construction equipment, and no other fixed facilities are needed as it has a short construction period. It has good corrosion resistance and durability. If you compare this product with steel-adhered reinforcement methods, it has a lower cost, and easier for construction quality assurance.

    All three products come in 5, 10 and 15kg systems. Barefoot concrete also provides an Injection Auto Pressure Pump for epoxy crack injection and a high-quality Manual Epoxy Injection Dual Gun. Please contact Barefoot Concrete for a price.

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    Sealing and maintenance trends

    How is your decorative concrete coating looking? Is it time for some maintenance?

    There is a hidden downside to the lighter colours and finishes popular in the decorative overlay industry which has to do with sealing and maintenance.

    Lighter colours tend to get dirty and show wear much faster than darker colours, which means the sealer and maintenance products need to meet a higher standard of durability. Lighter colours demand more attention,” therefore we see a trend toward the use of better-quality sealers.

    Lighter colours and cleaner finishes also demand a higher calibre of sealer. Acrylics are no longer the only option for decorative concrete, and especially decorative overlays. High-solids polyurethanes, polyaspartics, and epoxies are now commonplace, especially in high-traffic and commercial applications.

    It is especially critical to have a high-solids sealer protecting thin-section overlays like micro toppings because the overlay will not withstand direct traffic long before beginning to wear. High-performance coatings may cost as much as three to five times more than acrylic sealers, but can last years longer.

    There is also a noticeable trend with sealers on decorative overlays shifting toward matte and satin finishes. In many instances today a high-gloss finish is practically the only option available. For decades, the “wet look” was all anyone wanted. This trend held fast and was embraced by the decorative overlay industry, however, in the last few years, though, the trend has shifted away from gloss toward matte and satin finishes.

    The combination of lighter colours and simpler designs has also drawn more designers and installers to embrace matte sealers because they tend to hide scratches and wear better.

    When it comes to sealer selection, people tend to spend time and money focusing on the topping with little thought to the sealer. Our customers and applicators need to be educated on the importance of sealers and maintenance.

    Concrete overlays are thin for the most part, which means the sealer is a critical part of the overlay flooring system as a whole. Maintenance schedules are important, yet they are often left out of the scope of work when installing decorative overlays. The good news is that Barefoot Concrete educates our installers and end-users to embrace better quality sealer systems and best practice maintenance for all forms of decorative concrete.

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    Are polished concrete floors slippery?

    Polished concrete floors may look as smooth as glass, but they are completely safe to walk on when kept clean and dry.

    What’s more, they tend to be less slippery than waxed linoleum or polished marble. In public facilities with heavy foot traffic, however, preventing slip-and-fall accidents is a top priority.

    Here are some tips for improving the slip-resistance of polished concrete floors in these environments:

    • Keep polished floors free of oil, grease and standing water. Follow a routine maintenance program, and clean spills and stains from the floor as soon as possible.
    • Apply an anti-slip conditioner. These products contain special additives designed to improve traction and make wet surfaces safer. They must be reapplied periodically, but they can simply be mopped on during routine cleaning.
    • Apply a sealer coat to polished concrete that contains an anti-slip grit additive. These products are simply mixed into the sealer before applying to increase traction without taking away from the appearance of the polished surface.
    • Used polished concrete flooring in display areas or zones of low traffic, supplemented by rubber mats or area rugs in high-traffic entryways.
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    The wow factor – transforming concrete

    Concrete resurfacing or concrete overlays, or using Auzzie terminology “covercrete” is a growing trend with homeowners looking to refinish old, worn concrete floors or exterior pavements.

    By using today’s high-performance concrete overlays and coatings, you can make worn concrete look like new again or completely upgrade the surface with a new colour scheme and pattern.

    In most cases, resurfacing costs much less than concrete removal and replacement, saving you money you can use to upgrade other areas of your home.

    Pros and Cons

    Concrete flooring has many benefits, compare them to the drawbacks below to determine if concrete is the right option for you.

    Advantages:

    • Can be designed for any budget
    • Unlimited creative options
    • Requires little maintenance
    • Will last for many years
    • Resists moisture and stains when properly sealed
    • Pet-friendly
    • Increases the appearance and value of the property

    Disadvantages:

    • Requires occasional resealing (Inspect every two years)
    • Can be difficult to patch
    • Cracks can develop over time
    • Can become slippery when wet if the texture is too smooth

    Cost

    One of the major benefits of decorative concrete flooring is its affordability when compared to other options, particularly if you already have a concrete slab that’s ready for staining, polishing or application of a coating or overlay.

    The cost per square meter for a basic concrete floor is comparable to linoleum, vinyl, carpet or lower-priced ceramic tile. Mid-range designs are comparable to laminate, bamboo, hardwood and more expensive tile. Higher-end designs are about the same as slate, stone, or marble.

    If you want to resurface any area of concrete to rejuvenate the appearance of your property, please call us, we will be happy to discuss options and what will work best in the context of your environment.

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    The difference a decorative concrete overlay makes

    There is a dramatic difference when it comes to decorating old, tired and worn concrete. A recent job that was done is an indication that you would not have been able to recognise the difference from the old to the new if you didn’t know.

    Barefoot Concrete offers a variety of decorative overlay options to cover concrete driveways, pool decks, patios, parking areas, and almost any other concrete surface.

    Improving the look of your driveway is easy with decorative concrete resurfacing. A thin layer of cement-based material, or overlay, is applied directly to the existing concrete. Overlays have a wide variety of decorative options, ranging from colouring, stamping, and texturing.

    When you restore concrete by resurfacing it with an overlay, it brings new life to your home or property and increases its value. Whether you want to improve the look of your patio or cover up cracks in your driveway, resurfacing is a great option for outdoor concrete. Choose the surface you desire and talk to us to learn more, get design ideas, and find a resurfacing contractor who can help you to get the result you want.

    There are three photos to communicate the effect, it’s important to look at them to get the idea of how transformation takes place. The featured image is the completed job with a random tile pattern. When you get to the second photo, although it is a different angle its the same driveway with old spray on in a tile pattern in need of a facelift. If you look at the last photo, you will see a different angle, and this captures the flower bed which if you look carefully you will identify the same property.

    The outcome is dramatic! A fantastic job! Call us today to discuss how we can reface your concrete from an eyesore to a feature that says “wow!”

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