Monthly Archives: April 2009

Stamped Concrete Kansas City

Just thought I would show some of the detail on this old granite stamped patio that was recently done. The face was stamped as well. Stamped Concrete in Kansas City

Stamping and Impressing concrete patios in the Kansas City metro

Stamping and Impressing concrete patios in the Kansas City metro
stone textured stamped patio in Lees Summit
stone textured stamped patio in Lees Summit

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Basement Flooring Kansas City – Stained Concrete?

The heavy spring rains are back and unfortunately a lot of people are having their basements take on water.  People are sick of carpet and looking for a better solution.  Stained concrete basement flooring is highly popular and relatively inexpensive. (we usually are around $4/sq foot for a basic stain) and if you feel like doing it your self let me know…i have a consulting program to guide you through: floor prep, where to buy materials, techniques, and proper sealers.

Chad,

kansascityconcrete.net

concrete basement staining kansas city

concrete basement staining kansas city

Helping you stain and dye concrete in the Kansas City metro

Stamped Concrete Sealer Problems in Kansas City

It seems I have seen a lot of stamped concrete patios lately that another contractor has messed up when applying the sealer resulting in white, flaking looking sealer.  Most of the time this is an easy fix, but more easily prevented.  Let me explain how this problem could happen;

  1. The concrete was not properly prepped and cleaned.  This could resulting in the sealer not bonding.
  2. The concrete was power washed (a good thing), but the sealer was applied while the concrete was still retaining too much water causing the sealer to want to escape the patio through the sealer itself turning it white.
  3. The patio was rained on or got wet without the sealer being dry.
  4. The concrete was not properly poured….was not poured with the proper amount of rock or any at all…
  5. Too much sealer was put on.  I see this one a lot.  The color didn’t turn out right…so the contractor thought, “hey, more sealer”.  This will cause the sealer to flake off.  Just like paint you don’t want to build.  Two thin coats will do.
  6. Incompatible sealers were used.  You can’t put a water based sealer on top of a solvent.  Generally solvent based acrylic sealers are used on stamped concrete for color pop and durability.

If you have any questions about sealing a concrete patio in Kansas City I would be happy to consult.  I’ve made a lot of contractor bloopers look good.

Chad,

kansascityconcrete.net

Patio Sealed when too wet

Patio Sealed when too wet

Fixed Concrete sealer issue

Fixed Concrete sealer issue

Transporting Concrete to Back Yard

There are many obstacles it seems we have to overcome when pouring a stamped concrete patio in Kansas City.  One of the biggest questions is…”How do you get the concrete to my backyard?”

Georgia buggy being filled with concrete from Geiger

Georgia buggy being filled with concrete from Geiger

Most all of the time a concrete truck can’t just pull up the the patio and pour so we use what is called a Georgia Buggy to transport the concrete from the street to the back yard.  These can easliy fit through most gates and are easy on the lawn. This helps us to get the concrete in place as quickly as possible so our stamp work is more consistant as appossed to using wheel baroows that don’t hold as much concrete at one time.

Stamped Concrete Kansas City

Stamped Concrete in Kansas City is on fire. Consumers are really beginning to realize the benefits of stamped concrete especially for patios. Not only are concrete patios  pocket book friendly, you don’t have the maintenance that you would have on a wood deck.  They also can easily be shaped and colored to fit the desires of the consumer.

Chad,

kansascityconcrete.net

Stamped Concrete patio in Kansas City

Stamped Concrete patio in Kansas City

The Price Game…Here We go

This doesn’t take to long to explain. When you are having a skilled trade done you can’t compare the price of the service like you do a fridge from Best Buy compared to Nebraska Furniture mart. That three hundred dollars you think you are saving by hiring the cheap concrete contractor will usually come back to haunt you…poor workmanship / durability, lien filed on your home because they didn’t pay for materials, didn’t finish the job.

So the moral is…if you want the cheapest price…you’ll get it for concrete in the Kansas City area….Just not from us;)

Concrete Overlay Surface Preperation

concrete overlay over old paint...a no, no!

concrete overlay over old paint...a no, no!

I had a customer call me yesterday concerning a concrete overlay another contractor had done for her less than a year ago.  Upon arrival I discovered a few things:

  • The walkway and front steps should have been torn out and replaced with new concrete because the concrete was severly cracked and had shifted up and down
  • The overlay contractor did not honor the control joints and cut them back out so the overlay was coming up in these areas
  • no surface prep was done….the contractor had gone over old paint.

Now you may be wondering… how do you fix this?  The answer is not an easy one to swallow for the customer.  Do it right the first time.  If the concrete had been ground using a diamond grinder it wouldn’t have started chipping up so soon, but the real answer for this particular job is to get new concrete.   Concrete Overlays are only as good as what you put them on.  I would guess this surface was 50+ years old, and in the Kansas City area this surface had already exceeded it’s life expectancy by more than 20 years.

Don’t be fearful of concrete overlays in the Kansas City area.  Just make sure the contractor does the proper surface prep or you will be wasting your money.