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Concepts system is a combination of Modified Acrylic and Latex
Resins blended with Specially formulated Portland cement We combine the
strength of cements with the durability and bonding power of Latex as well
as acrylics. A penetrating sealer is applied to provide superb durability,
weather and UV resistance to ensure a long product life.
HOW DOES THIS PRODUCT BOND TO
First, the surface is etched with muriatic acid and
pressure washed to clean off Dirt, Grease, Mildew and open the concrete
pores. Next, a very thin coat of the Bonding agent and self leveling mix is
applied.. This will provide maximum absorption into the pores of the
concrete. Patterns are laid out using reinforced tape or stencils when this
is dry. A second coat is applied using a hopper gun in a random spray
pattern. When this coat is dry, the tape is pulled, revealing the patterns,
and 2-3 coats of solvent based sealer is applied using a roller. This
sealer coat penetrates and softens the skim and spray coats and bonds all
layers to the concrete. When dry, these two layers become a permanent part
of the existing concrete, providing outstanding weather and stain resistant
HOW THICK IS IT APPLIED?
Total thickness is approximately 1/8 - 3/32". We are more concerned
about getting the acrylic to penetrate the concrete than building up the
surface. Actually, the thinner it is, the better the flexural properties it
has, this is very important to allow for expansion & contraction of concrete
during freeze/thaw cycles. Skim coats can be applied up to 2" thick for
holes and spalling (chipping, flaking). Larger and thicker areas are filled
or rebuilt using high-density acrylic mortars.
WILL MY CONCRETE STILL HEAVE IN THE
We cannot eliminate the heaving of concrete. However, after
application, the surface will be denser, and a lot less porous. Large
cracks that previously allowed a lot of water penetration can be reduced.
Consequently, less water is retained and the effects of heaving caused by
freeze cycles should be noticeably reduced over a period of time.
IS IT AFFECTED BY COLD WEATHER?
No. Because it is an acrylic, it remains flexible, yet extremely
durable. Freeze/thaw cycles cause concrete to expand and contract. Because
it is essentially part of the concrete surface, it moves with the concrete,
as opposed to against it with products such as tile, slate, pavers, asphalt
or concrete patches.
HOW DOES IT STAND UP AGAINST OILS, STAINS, SALTS, AND
Because of the protective properties of the sealer coat, it is a non-porous
finish. The majority of stains due to oil and grease wash off with mild
detergent. Salt, deicers, fertilizers and such have no immediate effect on
it. In addition, because of its unique UV (ultra violet) additive, it will
not discolor due to exposure to sunlight. Even in the harshest of
WILL IT WEAR OR CHIP OFF?
Our Concrete Coating
Systems should not show any abnormal wear provided the acrylic sealer is
replenished as wear occurs. We estimate this to occur no sooner than every
3- 4 years under normal traffic conditions. As long as the sealer is in
place, any wear should be absorbed by this protective coating. Any scuff
marks, etc. generally disappear with a fresh application of sealer.
WHAT ARE THE COLOR CHOICES?
Concepts currently has 40 standard colors to
choose from. Our unique highlighting system provides virtually unlimited
color combinations. Custom colors and personalized logos are available at
an additional cost.
WHY SHOULD I REPAIR MY CONCRETE
INSTEAD OF REPLACING IT?
Concrete replacement generally
requires heavy equipment that can cause damage to a lot of the surrounding
area including landscaping and sidewalks. Some areas simply are not
accessible and must be removed with smaller equipment or sledgehammers,
etc. A large portion of that concrete winds up in a landfills. Once it is
replaced, you simply have a brand new surface that is subject to stains, oil
absorption, spalling, cracking and salt damage. Concrete
Systems require no heavy equipment, and causes no landscape or environmental
damage. Installation usually takes only a few days, depending on size and
conditions. When it is complete, it is not only beautiful, but will resist
stains, oil spills, and salt damage. In addition, it can be custom designed
to match your home, adding beauty and value to your home and neighborhood.
New concrete is just that - concrete.
HOW IS IT MAINTAINED PROPERLY?
Although the Concrete
system is extremely durable, it is not indestructible. The rule of thumb is
this; if it will scratch, chip or damage concrete, chances are it may damage
the concrete coating surface also depending on the system you choose.
Exercise caution when setting heavy objects on it. Take care not to drag
heavy items that could scratch it. Periodic washing is all you should have
to do to maintain the surface. Clean oil spills and the like as quickly as
possible to keep it looking new.
WHAT ABOUT EXPANSION JOINTS, ARE
THEY COVERED UP?
Expansion joints and cold or control joints are necessary to prevent
cracking of the concrete. Concrete must be allowed to expand and contract
with temperature changes. These joints provide a "controlled crack" for
this movement. All expansion joints are left in place, we cannot cover them
up. We also recut all existing joints a little deeper to ensure that when
it does move, it moves where we want it to, and not at some undisclosed weak
WHAT ABOUT HEAVED, SUNKEN, AND
Heaved (raised) concrete, is generally ground down, or the adjacent
section is built up to meet it using a variety of materials. Severely
damaged sections can be tom out and replaced if necessary. This helps to
minimize the cost and time of replacing the entire area.
CAN CRACKS BE REPAIRED?
ABSOLUTELY! All cracks are repaired using high strength epoxies prior
to applying the skim coat. New tension control joints are then placed, or
existing ones cut deeper to alleviate the tension and allow for the movement
that created the crack initially.
(Note: In most cases cracks cannot be guaranteed, please see your local
Concepts dealer for more details)
CAN IT BE APPLIED AROUND
MOST DEFINITELY!! Concrete
products are the ideal solution for pool and spa areas. They are non-skid,
cooler than concrete, and will not stain or be adversely affected by pool
chemicals. It also provides a perfect transition from pool to yard, and
adds that finishing touch like no other product can. Because of its
versatility, a stencil can be used to indicate depth markings or areas of
HOW SOON CAN IT BE USED AFTER
For normal foot traffic, excluding high heels, cleats, or spikes: 24
hours *; Vehicle traffic: 5-7 days
(* Under normal temperature and weather conditions)
WHAT SURFACES CAN IT BE APPLIED TO?
Concepts products can be applied to any
concrete surface, vertical or horizontal. Wood surfaces must have a cement
backer board such as Hardi-Board- or DuRock- applied to add stability and