The last five years has seen a significant resurgence in exposed aggregate concrete for driveways, porches, patios and pool decks. The problem is sealing and resealing exposed aggregate concrete is tricky. It requires not only a high quality sealer, but experience, attention, and finesse.
Most people, even in construction, remodeling and flooring, have probably never heard the term, “self-leveling overlay” - let alone similar terms, like “self-leveler”, “floor leveler” or “concrete leveler”. But self-leveling overlays play a key and expanding role in decorative concrete.
When acid-staining concrete, excess dampness has two possible effects: first, it can dilute the acid stain after it is sprayed and absorbed into the concrete, thereby lightening the ultimate color; second, it can prolong the reaction with the concrete and over-intensify the color.
Concrete repair and joint filling is an important part of almost every decorative concrete flooring project, residential or commercial. If ignored, or not addressed properly, empty joints and saw-cuts, and concrete defects, such as spalling, pitting and cracking, can mar or ruin an otherwise successful and attractive-looking, new decorative concrete floor.