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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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    Pre-taped masking film

    How to use Mask Up Outdoors pre-taped masking film

    The basic reason for masking up is to protect indoor and outdoor areas that we don’t want overspray or paint on. 

    For every decorative concrete applicator working with spray-on concrete or concrete sealers, they are all familiar with masking as a form of prep work for decorative concrete resurfacing or painting.

    Even though this could be seen as the most vital step for a successful job we still find applicators using a variety of methods and tools to make this an efficient and effective part of surface preparation.

    To start masking you will need three things:

    Firstly, you will need Barefoot Concrete’s Mask Up Outdoors product

    Secondly, you will need an efficient and effective masking up process

    Thirdly, you may need a tool to speed up the process

    The first thing we recommend is using a good product. Barefoot Concrete has designed a product that is fit for purpose for the decorative concrete resurfacing industry. 

    Mask Up Outdoors is a high quality, industrial-grade, multi-purpose pre-taped masking film that is suitable for masking up outdoor areas in diverse weather conditions and is fit for purpose across many different industries.

    Why is it different? Because it has been designed for the outdoors with superior adhesion. As such it will hold up better in outdoor windy conditions better than any other market. It also has great UV resistance as well as waterproof properties so it can resist moisture and cling to outdoor surfaces.

    Its a great product for protecting outdoor concrete, walls, glass, aluminium, pillars, pool surrounds, gates, garage doors and fences when painting or spraying on and sealing concrete overlays for decorative concrete resurfacing.

    Secondly, things work best when we use good processes that are efficient and save us time on the job. As such, the functional design is critical to how the applicators apply the product so that their work is easy.

    The best way to apply Mask Up Outdoors is at ground level and the masking film pulled upwards and secured to the wall by tagging with bits of masking tape.

    The quality and durability of the Mask Up Outdoors are extremely important as it has to attach to outdoor brick, concrete, smooth and rough surfaces, and slightly damp surfaces at ground level and not allow seepage or bleeding through onto the surface it is supposed to protect. Therefore, the process is greatly affected by the features of the product so it can be applied efficiently. All Mask Up pre-taped masking film has an electrostatic charge to help to keep the masking film in place and cling to surfaces for ease of use and when using spray equipment in windy conditions.

    Thirdly, some applicators use innovative tools to help speed up the process, as you can see from the main video. This masking tool enables the applicator to mask up areas much faster than not using a tool.

    When using a masking tool you want to start out with a good process where you mask to the wall at ground level to minimize bleed through onto the surface. The tape is a pressure-sensitive adhesive so as you go stick the end of the masking paper down and walk your fingers back towards the masker, pressing the tape onto the surface as you go. When you are ready for more masking, press your fingers down on the masked wall to create tension, and simply pull out another length of masking as you go. Rinse and repeat.

    When it does come time to cut the masking, use a box cutter or scissors, tear at an angle, as opposed to placing all of the teeth of the blade to the paper. This allows a smooth, clean line to tear off every time.

    Probably the biggest trick in making sure your masking job is successful, is going back and tacking your paper down to the surface about every meter. When you spray the pressure may cause the masking film or tape to loosen so make sure it adheres firmly to the surface. Tacking that masking tape and film down properly will prevent any overspray on the protected surfaces. from sneaking up under where it’s unwanted. Also tape any seams where two pieces of pre-taped masking film connect by using Barefoot’ Concrete’s masking tape to you don’t have gaps in your protective masking.

    My last tip for you is this, make sure that you have good coverage in every direction. Don’t leave any spaces that may be vulnerable to overspray if you do not cover it. Don’t forget to tack it down so it doesn’t kick up from the force of the pressure of the hopper gun.

    Finally, one of the keys to masking is remembering that it is always better to over mask than to under mask. It’s going to take much less time to over mask than it would to try to remove overspray from your surface, that’s for sure! Especially something like brick! Masking up with Mask Up Outdoors is so cheap, so really go overboard to ensure that you’re not going to have any overspray messing up your plans at the end of a long day!

    Go to our Facebook page to see a video of the Barefoot Concrete Mask Up Outdoors pre-taped masking film application in action!

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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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    Which way is the market going?

    Polished concrete is without a doubt the hottest market segment in decorative concrete today. It has held that title for the last few years and shows no signs of giving up the number one position any time soon.

    The commercial and industrial flooring communities have embraced polished concrete as the new standard when a combination of aesthetics, durability, reduced construction costs, and minimal environmental impact is desired.

    Many large retailers have switched to polished concrete as the standard flooring for both new and existing stores. The word on the street from experts from all fields of polished concrete is that there is a common recurring theme – “growth.” The polished concrete industry barely existed 15 years ago. However, today, it now dominates the decorative concrete marketplace, as evidenced by the annual revenue it generates.

    What’s more, the growth in the popularity of polished concrete is unlikely to wane, especially as the word spreads about the many benefits of polished floors. Unfortunately, along with this huge market growth comes the lure of easy money. Many installers have ventured into the industry without a true understanding of the market and the large capital investment required. For many, reality soon replaces perception as it becomes evident that polishing concrete requires a high level of concrete expertise, on-the-job experience, and some deep pockets to survive the initial startup.

    The biggest mistake installers new to polishing make is to assume that all concrete is a good candidate for polishing. With polishing, the concrete you start with has the biggest impact on what you end up with, and in many cases, the installer has no control in how the concrete is placed and finished.

    Learning to read concrete is an art that comes with years of being on the floor behind the machine, a fact often missed by the novice installer.

    In recent years, the level of education provided by the supply side of the industry regarding the reality of what it takes to be successful has been increasing. This trend needs to continue, with emphasis not only directed toward the installer side of the business but to end users as well.

    In the early 2000s, polished concrete was marketed and sold to designers and owners as a maintenance-free flooring option. But it didn’t take long before many polished floors began showing significant wear and required some level of maintenance to perform as promised. An industry-wide reality check in the mid-2000s brought the marketing side of the industry in line with the true production capabilities of polished concrete floors. It is a testament to the staying power and market acceptance of polished concrete that the industry absorbed those initial failures, changed the marketing focus, developing new products and systems to meet the demands, and hardly missed a beat.

    Barefoot Concrete offers polished concrete coating systems that are carried out in a multi-step mechanical process, with or without aggregate exposure. The most popular finish is grinding the concrete surface to expose aggregates or stones in the concrete and showing the natural beauty of the stone.

    Polished Concrete Floors are extremely durable, low in maintenance and create a unique and stylish look with maximum protection due to a seamless finish.

    There are two types of polished concrete. The first one is called “grind and seal,” which is followed by the application of a topical surface sealer. The second is called “mechanically polished concrete,” where a densification of the concrete surface is carried out during the process. This happens by mechanically polishing the concrete in stages with finer diamond tools, which is then sealed with a penetrating sealer.

    Barefoot Concrete uses industrial-grade, water-based, high strength penetrating potassium densifiers which have been specifically formulated to strengthen and harden the concrete. It provides a surface that will be more resistant to wear, chemicals and dusting. Due to the products unique features, it has excellent penetration, good dry and through cure. Our densifiers are suitable for use on concrete surfaces and exposed aggregates, and an excellent choice for polishing concrete. This high-performance product will increase the life of concrete and provide maximum protection.

    Polished concrete flooring is used in many environments such as residential, commercial and industrial applications where a long lasting solution to floor maintenance and a hard wearing protection is required. Call us to find out more.

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    How to install an epoxy flake floor

    Garage floor coverings can be installed over most concrete garage floors, provided they are properly prepared. Barefoot Concrete recommends that a professional install the epoxy floor rather than DIY.

    Before installing any system to your garage floor, it must be clean and free of any debris that may prevent bonding, such as dirt, oil or sealer. Scrub the floor with detergent and a power scrubber. Acid wash with a solution of four parts water to one part acid, then neutralize the surface with a solution of one part ammonia to ten parts water. Work the neutralizer into the surface with a stiff-bristled brush then rinse with a high-powered washer.

    Pay special attention to cleaning any cracks that may be on the floor, as they must be dealt with prior to installing your garage floor covering. Small cracks can be filled with a crack repair kit and then scraped level with the floor. If the crack is large, overfill it with the crack repair mortar, then grind the epoxy to floor level after it’s dry. A fast-drying cementitious material can be used to fill in any deteriorated spots or rough areas. For tooled control joints, a thin bead of simple latex caulk can be applied to seal the bottom of the joint. This will provide a smooth joint for your garage floor system, resulting in an easy-to-clean floor. Saw cut or expansion joints can be filled with a polyurethane caulk.

    If you suspect your garage floor has moisture issues that will prevent your new flooring system from bonding, there is a simple test you can do. Cut out a square piece of plastic sheeting, approximately 1m. by 1m, and tape all edges of the sheeting to your floor. If water collects on the underside of the plastic, you have moisture vapour transmission and you will need to put down a good vapour barrier before the primer coat. Discuss this option with your installer.

    A good garage floor system will consist of a primer, a base coat and a top coat. A primer coat is necessary to ensure a good bond. Apply the primer with a roller according to manufacturer’s directions and allow to dry. When the surface is dry to the touch, apply the epoxy or urethane base coat. Broadcast the colour flakes evenly into the wet base. The flakes can be applied lightly to show the base colour or heavily for increased coverage and durability. Blow or sweep off loose flakes. Scrape the floor using a metal floor scraper to ensure no paint chips are sticking up then blow the floor again. Next seal the system with a finish coat of polyurethane, which is UV resistant and won’t yellow or fade in sunlight. Allow the floor to dry for 48 hours before allowing foot traffic and up to five days for vehicle traffic. Two sealer coats may be required if a full broadcast is applied.

    For additional slip resistance, you can add slip resistant aggregates to the finish coat to increase traction and reduce slip-fall issues. The aggregates are available in different sizes, and issues such as climate and the degree of slip resistance desired must be taken into account when choosing the proper additive. Be sure to discuss the options with your contractor and have him or her show you a sample.

    You can also frame the floor for a more finished look. The stem walls, those four-inch borders that go around the perimeter of the garage, can be covered with your chosen garage floor system for a cleaner, more finished look. Apply system as you would for any horizontal surface.

    Finally, maintaining your garage floor

    Maintaining your garage floor coating is simple. For daily maintenance, a soft broom or dust mop works well. For a thorough cleaning, simply wash the floor with a neutral cleaner and follow with a good rinsing.

    To eliminate those inevitable tire marks from your garage floor, use a gentle cleaner or any other citrus degreaser. Be sure to check the labels and stay away from anything harsh.

    Although garage floor systems are resistant to many substances, they’re not impervious. Certain substances may damage the floor system if left to stand, so it’s important to clean up any spills immediately. Battery acid is especially harmful to finishes and may cause them to bubble; so if your new garage will house golf carts that need to be recharged overnight, make sure to put a plate under the battery compartment. With a little prevention and minimal maintenance, your garage floor system can be enjoyed for years to come.

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    Its summer! Hot new trends

    Concrete designs are one of the hot new trends for concrete driveways, patios, pool surrounds, concrete floors, entryways, countertops, paths and more. From high-end new homes with elaborate concrete driveways to budgeted one-room remodels showcasing a decorative concrete overlay system or a colour sealed or stained concrete floor, the attraction is continuing to grow when it comes to using decorative concrete resurfacing solutions.

    Concrete is no longer plain, grey and boring, it is now thought of as a canvas upon which a beautiful decorative solution can be designed which will greatly increase the aesthetics of your property. Browse the gallery for a selection of photos of projects like these.

    Today’s homeowners, builders, and designers recognise the value in using concrete in their designs and plans. Decorative concrete transforms traditional grey concrete into warm natural earth tones or made to look like expensive designer patios or entertainment areas, to name a few.

    Decorative concrete lets you decide which colour will naturally blend your indoor/outdoor area to give you the look you desire and at a cost that is less than you think. The advancements in concrete tools, decorative concrete resurfacing, concrete sealing, stains and dyes, textures, and patterns have made concrete the most versatile, durable and cost-effective material on the market to increase the value of your home, to prepare your home for sale, or to just make it look fantastic!

    Contact us today to get an idea of how a custom decorative concrete solution can be used in your home or business to appeal to friends, family and neighbours alike. The other articles in this blog provide a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of concrete resurfacing, or just call us to discuss, we are here to help you get the solution you desire.

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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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    Why we use polymer modified concrete

    What is it?

    First of all, we need to know what it is: Polymer modified concretes are a type of concrete that use polymers to replace lime-type cement as a binder. In some cases, the polymer is used in addition to Portland cement to form Polymer Cement Concrete (PCC) or Polymer. Therefore, concrete with polymers added during mixing to modify properties of hardened concrete is polymer-modified cement concrete (PMC).

    Modified Concrete (PMC). Concrete overlays are an alternative to breaking out and replacing an existing concrete slab, which can be expensive, messy, disruptive, and time-consuming.

    Polymers are added to the concrete mixes either in the form of an aqueous emulsion or in a dispersed form. This is to improve the following properties of concrete:

    1. The extensibility and the tensile strength of the concrete structure
    2. The impact resistance
    3. The abrasion resistance
    4. The durability and the resistance to the aggressive fluids
    5. The bond between the old and the new concrete

    The reason we use a polymer-modified concrete overlay is that we can give worn, lacklustre concrete a decorative makeover or restore it to like-new condition in as little as a day and at a fraction of the cost.

    Polymer modified concrete provides high performance, low cost, great convenience, and excellent durability.

    Polymer-modified overlays are ideal for:

    • Adding pattern, texture, and colour to exterior concrete slabs, including patios, pool decks, driveways, and sidewalks. Using special techniques and tools, skilled installers can precisely replicate the look and feel of natural stone, brick, tile, or slate
    • Resurfacing interior floors, including those previously covered with linoleum tile or carpeting (after removal of all residual mastic). With the use of stains or dyes, it’s possible to create colourful graphic designs, logos, or stencilled patterns.
    • Smoothing and levelling uneven or spalled concrete surfaces.
    • Restoring surfaces quickly with minimal downtime. Polymer overlays cure fast and some systems can support foot traffic within a few hours.

    General applications of polymer modified concrete:

    • The polymer-modified concrete can be used in the repair and the rehabilitation of old damaged concrete.
    • The floor construction in frozen – food factories gains great application. This is because of the higher freeze and thaw resistance of PMC’s.
    • For floor construction of factories where chances of the splitting of chemicals and oils are more prone to happen.
    • For the preparation of steel bridge and ship decks surfaces.
    • For the concrete structure that is more subjected to large doses of de-icing salts.
    • For the cementing ceramic tiles to concrete.

    Not all existing concrete is a suitable candidate for an overlay. The concrete must be structurally sound, without gapping cracks, severe delamination, or an unstable subbase. Proper surface preparation of the concrete is also imperative to ensure good bonding of the overlay. Any non-structural cracks wider than hairline should also be repaired.

    Barefoot Concrete recommends using a flexible concrete polymer that maximises the prevention or the reoccurrence of cracks. A good polymer creates superior strength, adhesiveness, flexibility and is extremely weatherable.

    Call us today for a free quote.

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    Debunking the myth of flexible concrete

    Is flexible concrete a fact or a myth? Can a company truly offer a flexible concrete resurfacing solution that doesn’t crack? Do clever marketing and sales tactics mislead the public and create an expectation or overinflate the truth that their beautiful flexible concrete resurfacing job will never crack?

    If we were to answer these questions above, and honestly consider the basic facts, we can come to a conclusion that if anyone is offering a flexible concrete resurfacing solution in the market, then they are possibly stretching the truth or taking things out of context.

    In the previous post we discussed why concrete cracks, this is needed to understand this post. In summary concrete cracks for the following reasons:

    • Concrete cracks from excess water in the concrete mix.
    • Concrete cracks from the concrete drying too quickly.
    • Concrete cracks from using a lower strength of concrete that what should have been used.
    • Concrete cracks due to a lack of control or expansion joints.

    Now, based on the factors above, and understanding the nature of concrete, we now add the polymer component to determine what result we can expect.

    Polymer modified cement can be used for new concrete and repair of old concrete. It increases the tensile and flexural strength of mortars and concrete and reduces their brittle nature. We need to understand that polymer-modified cement is a composite of two entirely different types of materials, and we need to consider the characteristics of the key components, cement and polymer, as well as the application of concrete repair, to get the story right in terms of a flexible concrete polymer solution.

    As we know, Portland cement based concrete and mortar are among the most widely used construction materials in the world. Concrete’s primary advantages are its low cost, high stiffness, high compressive strength, non-flammability and ease of fabrication. However, its most serious limitations are a low tensile strength, brittleness and, to some extent, long-term durability.

    This is why reinforcing the concrete with steel provides the necessary tensile strength and the incorporation of fibres increases its toughness (resistance to crack propagation). Now, when the cement is modified with a polymer it increases its tensile and flexural strength and reduces its brittle nature by increasing toughness of mortars and concrete. However, can we call it flexible? Can we now promise it will never crack? No.

    Since the polymer modified cement is a composite of two entirely different types of materials, the characteristics of the key components, cement and polymer, need to be understood as well as their applications in concrete repair to give an honest answer.

    The modification of cement by adding a polymer changes the properties of mortar and concrete. These effects depend mainly on the polymer content, expressed as the polymer/cement ratio, the type of polymer, and also the design of the mortar or concrete. These factors are crucial, therefore, when a customer wants to apply a flexible overlay over their existing concrete, the reality is that the solution may not produce the results that the salesperson promised because the conditions of all the components are not perfect.

    The fact is, when a polymer is added to concrete it increases the toughness and, to some extent, the tensile and bending strengths of these materials. Note, and we emphasize the point, “to some extent.” The use of polymer modified cement composites is mainly in the area of increasing its strength, durability, adhesion, flexibility and weatherability improvements of cement materials that are applied in thin sections.

    Therefore, considering the facts above, without going into too much detail, if a decorative concrete solution is subscribed over concrete and a promise is made that it will never crack, then I suggest you find another solution as its just not the truth.

    The bottom line is this, a polymer modified concrete overlay system will increase the strength, adhesion, flexibility and weatherability of the concrete, however, it will NOT prevent cracks, it can only minimise the occurrence or recurrence of cracks.

    Barefoot Concrete takes all these factors into consideration and although we offer a decorative concrete overlay solution our system takes into account the various factors that may affect the overlay and we are upfront with our customers. Therefore, to answer the question, and to debunk the myth of flexible concrete, we conclude with the fact that a company cannot offer a flexible concrete overlay system that will not crack. This is due to the many factors affecting the concrete, both due to the type and mix and the polymers used, not to mention the concrete, the concreter, and the applicator and the application process.

    In conclusion, Barefoot Concrete offers the best solution to resurface, repair and restore concrete with our durable concrete coatings, products, application systems and processes. If you want the best solution that will outperform and outlast all other existing concrete coatings on the market today, then call us to discuss your project.

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    Do you want to permanently cover up cracks in your existing concrete?

    With today’s decorative concrete resurfacing options, it’s easy to give almost any concrete surface, indoors or outdoors, a complete face-lift and at a lower cost than to remove or replace the concrete.

    Barefoot Concrete specialises in providing decorative concrete resurfacing services to transform your plain, cracked or ugly concrete into a beautiful and durable surface. If you want to improve the look of your concrete, or cover up those cracks and imperfections, resurfacing your concrete driveway is a great option for you.

    The real challenge facing people today is choosing a service provider and the diversity of decorative finishes possible. We can help you! There are multiple options available for achieving that aesthetic look you are after and our experienced applicators can do it for you!

    When you have booked an appointment with us and we visit your property we will evaluate the situation and give you pointers on how to choose the best solution. With the many options available, you’re sure to find at least one solution that meets your requirements for durability, appearance, maintenance, and budget.

    Although concrete resurfacing has been around for decades, Barefoot Concrete uses something special, a flexible concrete polymer, where we blend the polymer resin with cement, sand, and other additives to improve the performance, wear resistance, and aesthetic qualities of the overlay.

    Our polymer-modified resurfacing solutions can be applied in layers as thin as a credit card or up to several inches thick without delamination or failure. They adhere well to existing concrete and resist damage from salt, chemicals, UV exposure, freeze-thaw conditions, and abrasion.

    While most types of polymer-modified solutions on the market offer similar performance benefits, none seems to be as good as Barefoot Concrete’s flexible overlay solution. Every overlay system has its own unique characteristics, based on using different types of polymer resins, often blending them to produce proprietary products with distinct physical attributes. However, Barefoot Concrete uses a special polymer resin that provides excellent bond strength, flexibility, adhesion, weatherability and UV resistance. Making a decision to resurface your concrete with Barefoot Concrete’s flexible concrete polymer is one sure way to upgrade your concrete with a premium quality finish.

    Before you read any further, though, it’s important to be aware that not all existing concrete can be resurfaced. The underlying substrate for an overlay must be sound. If your concrete is heaving, has severe cracks, is spalling due to damage from salts or freeze-thaw cycles, or resting on unstable soil, resurfacing will not solve your problems. This is when total replacement will be your best option.

    However, all is not lost! Our estimators know the difference! When they who visit you onsite to discuss your resurfacing project, they will provide you with a no-obligation quote and advise you on resurfacing or replacing your existing concrete, including procedures, application techniques, and decorative options.

    If you want to go ahead with your project and are wondering what it will take to give your concrete floors a decorative resurfacing solution, then contact Barefoot Concrete today to discuss your requirements. We will send a professional estimator to meet you at your property who will provide you with a free quote and all the options available to resurface your concrete.

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