Here is a video I put together of some recoloring and sealing stamped concrete patios that have faded. Some are fixes that other contractors or homeowners messed up when trying to reseal that we had to help them fix…but that’s ok.
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Just a quick post about a concrete driveway I looked at that was completely hollow underneath. There are a few different reasons why this would happen. My guess on this one is that the ground wasn’t compacted properly before the pour. This driveway needs to be torn out and replaced to correct the issue.
Hollow concrete driveway in Shawnee
I’ve gone on multiple appointments lately as people try to gear up for their spring and summer concrete projects. Many of the projects…actually most are stamped concrete patios people want to have installed. Unfortunately about 25% of the jobs I look at are ones that were completed a year or so ago by another company and are having problems whether it be with the sealer, extreme cracking, stamps not applied correctly, or color issues when the patio was poured. If it is just a sealer issue we can resolve it most of the time….all of the other issues the answer is tear it out and do it again. I remind people of this when we quote the project. Concrete is hard enough to walk on just hours after it was poured, and you don’t “fix” it.
The moral of the story is…when you look at your 3 quotes , don’t just look at price. You are not comparing the same refridgerator you can get at Best Buy, Sears, or Nebraska furniture mart.
Don’t get me wrong…we don’t mind fixing other peoples shotty concrete work or finishing jobs that other concrete companies started and never finished (in fact its about 25% of our business), we just hate to see people paying for something when they could have had it don’t right the first time for just a little bit more.
Stamped concrete in Kansas City is becoming more and more popular. What the consumer of stamped concrete needs to know is that this means more contractors are trying to get into the field of stamped concrete. I am constantly reminded by seeing things in the market that…YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Concrete is such a final product. If an inexperienced contactor is hired your patio, pool deck, or whatever could end up not as desirable as you would have hoped. I see this all the time…..contractor Fred did a patio. Fred messed up the patio. Fred was paid for the patio. Fred doesn’t return phone calls and is never seen again. Homeowner calls Chad to help solve the problem of a bad stamped job. Chad has no solutions other than tearout and replace (90% of the time).
Homeowners….let me tell you something to help save you time and money…if someone bids your stamped patio for under $10 per square foot (it seems we are usually $12) they probably don’t know what they are doing. If you can live with poor workmanship fine….just remember tearout and do it again is how you fix it.