Though I normally espouse the wonders and joys of decorative concrete applications, I feel I should also inform about the other side of the coin: no matter what the color or stamp design reflects, it is still concrete. Your new patio may look like a gorgeous slate, but it is not. It is concrete. What does this mean? Well, it means that although concrete has limitless design options and can me formed into almost any design, mimicking many other building materials; it does have minor limitations. A seasoned decorative concrete contractor knows this, and will install the concrete according to industry standards in order to best prevent cracks or color mishaps.
That said, these issues do arise on occasion. Let us begin with cracks in your brand new stamped concrete pool deck. Firstly, expansion joints are cut into the concrete to prevent cracks from occurring. However, everything from heavy loads travelling on the stamped concrete to land settlement underneath the concrete can cause a crack regardless of expansion joints. Proper cutting of the joints should alleviate this issue, and more often than not, it will. Secondly, when concrete cures it shrinks. This can cause cracks as well and even the most experienced concrete contractor cutting the best expansion joints in the world will not always win that battle. Lastly, a somewhat common “side effect” of stamped concrete is hairline cracks forming around the lines made by the stamping tools once the surface begins to harden. This is called “crusting” and typically will occur due to sun and wind. Obviously, sun and wind will quicken the hardening of the concrete surface. Another reason crusting occurs is due to the color of the concrete. Darker colors, as we all know, draw the sun’s rays and absorb the heat. Stamping tools with deeper grout lines for creating designs like random stone or slate patterns often aggravate the crusting. Many people feel that these hairline cracks add to the look of the stamped concrete design, giving it an “Old World” look. This aged appearance typically lends to the overall design. These imperfections are generally thought of as appealing. Although cracks can be repaired, the end result of the repair tends to be much more obvious than the unrepaired crack.
Now let us move on to coloring mishaps. Actually, “mishaps” is not the correct word here. A “mishap” would occur via accident. What I am referring to here is customer acceptance of the finished color on their new concrete. Depending on the method of coloring concrete (and there are quite a few) different factors come in to play in order for the concrete contractor to mix up the color chosen by the customer. However, as the customer there are a few things required of you in order to be sure you are receiving the color you want. A good practice would be to find photos of finished colored concrete patios, et. al. that show the color that you are striving to achieve, and submit to … Read More
Professional fire and water damage restoration contractors have expertise in emergency response and disaster recovery situations. When such disasters strike, be it a flood in your basement or crawl space, a leak in your roof or smoke and soot damage in your home, call fire and flood damage experts for complete repair and restoration services. Restoration companies usually have a set up emergency response hotline, supporting their communities in these stressful situations. The technicians who handle fire and flood damage emergencies are often IICRC certified restoration professionals, experienced in fire, smoke, flooding and water disaster scenarios on residential, commercial and industrial scales.
Professional restoration companies will arrive in your place of emergency within the hour, for the most part. They know that time is of the essence and prompt attention to your emergency will lessen the duration and cost of the restoration project. These experts arrive ready to assess the water damage in your home and start drying out the property immediately. The trucks are equipped with gear and supplies necessary for any fire, smoke, soot and water restoration job. Professional water extraction and drying tools that are used for water removal from your property are industrial strength and are designed for any type of repair and restoration efforts. They truly offer dependable, competent and personalized service for a variety of disaster recovery situations.
Fire and water damage restoration contractors engage in the complete repair and rebuilding of your home or office following natural disasters or man-made accidental catastrophes. Both fire and water restoration scenarios involve flood loss prevention and water removal and drying. Restoration companies have expertise in loss containment. Many household items such as electronics, furniture, clothing, photographs, artwork, books and many others can be salvaged in restoration facilities that specialize in recovering personal possessions from fire and flood emergencies. Water damage restoration contractors can store your salvaged personal items until your restoration job is complete.
Many emergency water restoration scenarios involve mold infestation if left untreated for longer than 24-48 hours. Thus, mold remediation is an essential service water damage restoration contractors engage in routinely. Mold removal, structural drying, dehumidification and disinfection are crucial to the proper completion of most restoration projects.
Professional restoration contractors routinely work directly with homeowners’ insurance companies to file claims. Usually, when water damage restoration contractors bill insurance companies directly, the paperwork is filled out accurately and the process flows smoothly so the claim is often processed quickly and without further delays.… Read More
Renovating an older bathroom with newer fixtures, wall and floor coverings is not a new idea, but what is new is the abundance of products and businesses that allow us to improve features that are somewhat permanent. There are many bathroom renovation ideas that can accommodate anyone who is looking to revamp their bathroom.
Many older homes have bathtubs made of cast-iron, fiberglass or porcelain. These bathtubs are still structurally sound, but have become an eyesore. Some older tubs are chipped, scratched or stained beyond repair while others are an awful color like pink or lilac. Having an unsightly bathtub is like trying to ignore a 2-ton elephant in the room. Even if you try to keep it hidden behind a beautiful shower curtain or a glass door, it’s still there and you still see it every time you take a bath or shower. Buying a new bathtub is not that expensive, but keep in mind once you add the price of tearing out the old tub and repair to walls and floor, you will be looking at a chunk of change.
Take heart, because there are two very popular bathroom renovation ideas that avoid the entire hassle of tearing out your old bathtub and renovating it instead. The first very common practice is to purchase and have installed an acrylic shell that lays over your entire tub and up the walls. These shells are custom made for each tub enclosure. They install the unit over your original bathtub and fixtures, usually in a matter of a few hours. The new tub is just as solid and can be easily cleaned. One benefit of using this method is that it also covers up the walls and the old wall tile, as well. Nine times out of ten, if you have an old, chipped bathtub or one that is an unsightly color, you will also have tile that is displeasing as well. The average cost of these liners runs from $1200 to $3000, depending on if you choose to renovate the tub only or both the bathtub and the walls.
The other form of bathroom renovation ideas for older bathtubs that are still structurally sound is to have it re-glazed. This is a task that you can hire someone to do or you may choose to do it yourself. You can purchase everything you need to complete this project in your local home improvement store. This is best for tubs that have lost their luster and tend to be hard to clean. It is also a great choice for those “Ugly Betty” bathtubs, whose colors are so hideous that no matter how creatively you decorate around it, will never look as though it belongs in this century. The look of re-glazing a bathtub is very good and the new surface holds up surprisingly well. There is no replacing that feeling of inner joy when you see, for the first time, a lovely white or almond colored tub after having stared at … Read More