Yes, depending on how poor the finish is, it might be easily disguised, or it may require surface grinding for the desired finish.
The stain helps to seal your concrete so these types of stains are much easier to remove using household degreasers and water. An optional final clear sealant coat may also be applied for extra protection.
There is no limit. It’s up to your imagination and taste.
The concrete engraving system consists of several combined processes that remodel concrete in order to produce a rejuvenated, beautiful appearance. A penetrating acrylic or chemical stain is used to transform the color and then a permanent, precise, deep pattern is engraved (cut) INTO the hard concrete surface with a patented diamond blade engraving machine. This system process is complete by application of a clear top coat to seal the surface area.
Experseal bricks will never come loose. How can they? The pattern is cut into the ordinary concrete. The pattern will last as long as the concrete because it IS the concrete.
There is no thickness added at all. ExperSeal process goes into the concrete for a beautiful look that lasts.
With periodic maintenance, the surface will look substantially the same years after installation.
The concrete transformation process will take several days to complete depending upon the size of the job and weather conditions. Cleaning and preparing the surface is key to the longevity of the finishes. The areas must be kept clean and uncontaminated as they dry. The stain and finish applications must also be protected from contamination and surface contact during the curing process. The concrete substrate should be isolated (roped off) during each operation to ensure proper adhesion of coatings. The areas must be avoided during the processes and should not be used until the coatings are completely cured. Reuse availability times will be dictated by specific weather conditions. Normally a 24 hour waiting period is required after the final finish is applied for pool decks and lanais and 72 hours for driveways.
Most of the time no. If there is severe cracking or if the concrete is falling apart in any way then replacement would be highly recommended.
Cracks, if they are not too large, can be easily disguised with little or no repair. For the most part, when the stain is applied and the faux finish is complete most minor cracks are not noticeable. Extensive concrete damage may have to be properly repaired before coloring and sealing.
The stain permanently penetrates the concrete and acts as a sealant that helps the surface last longer. Some stains react with the concrete to give various natural stone tones.
The cuts are approximately 1/16″ to 1/8″ deep. Enough to simulate a nice uniform mortar joint or grout line, to give the full effect of the desired look.
The concrete is first washed with a high pressure powerwasher, then is etched with an acid wash, and finally powerwashed again.
A completed Experseal job is very low maintenance, basically all you need to do is wash it down with your garden hose periodically to keep it clean and free of abrasives. Once every three years it is recommended to power wash and re seal with the clear seal. This can be done by ExperSeal.
There are well over 100 colors to choose from. Just about any color that you would want is available or can be mixed.
Sometimes colors may get a little darker with time but overall there will be very little change. Just remember to clean your surface periodically.
The color and clear seal is guaranteed by a three year “No Problem guarantee”.
The concrete temperature needs to be between 40 and 100 degrees for the staining. The concrete needs to be fairly dry for cutting and/or coloring.
Chips and gouges are easily repaired and touched up with stain. We leave some touchup stain with you at the end of the job to take care of accidents.
Yes, but the cost will be greater due to the extra labor in removing the current flooring. You would need to contact a carpet or flooring professional first to have the glue removed before our process would be able to be done. Alternatively you could have a contractor add new SprayCrete on your surface and then we could do the ExperSeal process to your surface. We can direct you to SprayCrete contractors if you wish.
ExperSeal finishing jobs cost is dependent upon concrete condition, total surface area, work area access, pattern style and finish designations. ExperSeal will be glad to review your application and quote you a specific contract price.
Yes patterns can be matched and colors can also be tinted to match very well.