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    Even the best concrete has its imperfections in the form of cracks, discolouration, pop outs, picks up dirt and stains, and other flaws. While repairing concrete can help fix some of these issues, the repairs themselves can be noticeable and unattractive.

    It’s no wonder, then, that many homeowners think their only recourse for improving the look of unsightly old concrete, with cracks, surface discolouration, or surface imperfections, is to rip out and replace it if improving the look of the concrete is the goal.

    However, if the concrete is in perfectly good condition there is an economical alternative for homeowners by giving the surface a complete face-lift with a decorative concrete overlay. Plus, you’ll save money, conserve resources, and eliminate disposal problems.

    So, how much does concrete stencilling cost? How much does concrete resurfacing cost per square meter? Do we do covercrete on the Gold Coast? Or, what’s the benefit of flexible concrete resurfacing? Good questions!

    Resurfacing your concrete with a polymer-modified overlay is one economic and smart way to upgrade the look of your property, and you can choose from a wide variety of colour and pattern options. If your concrete is in good condition but just needs a face-lift there are creative options to transform the appearance of your concrete.

    If you want the maximum profit when you sell your property, or are considering resurfacing your concrete to transform your property, please contact us so that a professional estimator can evaluate your situation and advise you on the best solution for you.[/vc_column_text]

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    CONCRETE RESURFACING
    CONCRETE RESTORATION
    CLEANING AND SEALING CONCRETE
    EPOXY FLOORING
    CONCRETE SURFACE PREPARATION
    REMOVAL OF COATINGS
    REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF CONCRETE
    POLISHED CONCRETE

    Preparation

    A company can claim to have the best products and systems, however, no matter what type of overlay work they do, or what type of concrete stencilling, the most critical factor contributing to long-term performance is adequate surface preparation.

    As expert installers, we have discovered that the best process is thorough mechanical surface preparation. This is a change from 10-20 years ago when most installers would rely on acid etching, chemical cleaners and power washing to adequately prepare the surface.

    Barefoot Concrete recommends mechanical surface preparation, this is the best option, however, due to a client’s budgetary constraints, we can still adequately prepare the surface by pressure cleaning and chemical cleaners, but there is a greater risk of delamination. We have found that 90% of all concrete that needs to be prepared for an overlay requires a minimum concrete surface profile (CSP) of 3 (light shot blast), or 2 (grinding), as recommended by the International Concrete Repair Institute in order for the proper bonding of a concrete coating or overlay.

    Barefoot Concrete not only recommends the use of the right equipment but to also to use a better system of primers and repair products. As part of Barefoot’s preparation process, we not only recommend mechanical surface preparation but also recommend the use of a densifier as a moisture blocker as best practice for adhesion and moisture control.

    We know that a callback, for both the customer and the applicator, because of a system failure caused by moisture, is much worse than the upfront cost per square meter for a moisture-control solution as part of the overlay system.

    Crack repair

    Barefoot Concrete has also improved the way we deal with cracks and patching. To minimise cracking the concrete needs expansion joints cut into the concrete at a minimum of every three meters to allow for the expansion and contraction of the concrete without it causing stress fractures.

    The applicators can also no longer take a “hope for the best” approach with inadequate crack repair processes, as cracks will most likely reappear and visibly affect the concrete overlay. Proper crack repair techniques are essential to minimise the chances of the crack reappearing.

    Therefore, as part of the mechanical surface preparation process, we apply saw cuts, grind out the cracks, and fill them with a polyurethane or epoxy crack repair solution. As part of the preparation to patch any pop outs, divots or voids, we use a high-quality, rapid-setting, cement-based repair mortar and patching compound prior to priming the surface.

    If the surface has an existing coating or sealer we use mechanical grinding, shot blasting, or sandblasting to remove the existing costing so that the new overlay bonds properly to the prepared surface.

    When it comes to concrete cracks, we don’t recommend concrete paint as a solution to cover up cracks and imperfections. Concrete paint fades, peels, chips, bubbles, or delaminates – it inevitably fails and doesn’t last! If you take the cheapest option, and especially if its concrete paint, please call us now for an alternative, we will save you the embarrassing cost and eyesore of a failed job.

    Barefoot Concrete believes in doing it right the first time! As such we follow this basic rule: First, we figure out what caused the damage, second, we do the necessary preparation of removing any unsound concrete and contamination, third, we implement a durable solution designed to solve the problem.

    Contact us today for a free quote.

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