Rectifying Concrete Issues with Concrete Staining

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There are certain issues homeowner’s might encounter when they use chemical stains or decorative concrete. Some of these issues remain fundamental issues with the concrete, while others are decorative problems, and still a few remain caused by the techniques of decorative applications. No matter the issue, there are always ways to solve it with a concrete contractor who can offer a concrete repair or full concrete restoration.

For slab cracking, you might notice excessive cracking. This is because of a poor joint plan. This concrete repair can be completed by a concrete contactor by planning for control joints in accordance with the guidelines established by the American Concrete Paving Association. It could also be caused by uneven slab thickness. This concrete repair can be completed by a concrete contactor can be rectified through subgrade preparation which will provide even thickness for the concrete placement. Proper compaction is also vital here. However, slab cracking can also be a result of having placed the control joints too late. In that case, it should be noted that weather conditions will influence how quickly the concrete will shrink as well as gain control. Therefore, you should plan accordingly for control joints. If you might experience an excessive water to cement ratio, you can consider using early-entry saw cutting.

For chemical staining you might experience damage by other trades. This can include oil droppings. Oil droppings can be removed with a chemical cleaner. The same applies to paint droppings. These can be removed with a chemical cleaner. Chalk lines can also be removed with a chemical cleaner. If there is a lacquer overspray, you can remove it through sanding or grinding. If there are concrete patches, the owner should be informed that each patch will adhere to the chemical stain in a different manner. Tints can be used to mask the differences. If there is drywall mud it can be removed with water. For tap marks, this concrete repair can be completed by a concrete contactor when they remove them through re-staining, grinding, or covering them with tints, color sealers, or dyes. Avoid using tape if at all possible.

If you find there is a white color located in between the surface of the concrete and the sealer after the application, or the stain does not react, it could be attributed to a few different issues. The first is that there is high moisture content within the concrete. If that is the case, then you should remove the realer, after which you can reduce the humidity in the concrete slab, and then reapply the sealer. Another cause could be that the stain residue was not removed adequately in which case you need to remove the sealer, clean the surface again, neutralize the surface, and then reseal it.

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The author of this article is a concrete contractor in St Louis MO & provide services for concrete repair or concrete restoration to rectify concrete issues.

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This article was published on 2011/08/04