The Beauty Is In The Hardscapes

Your home is your castle and it’s also a reflection of your personality and style.  Keeping it beautiful takes a big investment, energy and passion.  Properties in today’s communities are often maintained by trusted landscape professionals, and with trees, shrubs, lawn and plants, it’s a bit overwhelming to consider taking on this task. But you stay on top of it because your home is your family’s pride and joy. Home is where the heart is, and it shows!

Your landscaping requires a weekly or bi-weekly upkeep, and the house is kept up in stages, the items most forgotten in the big picture is the concrete hardscapes.

Often concrete is simply hidden in “plain sight” because it’s considered “back-gound noise”.  A lot of owners don’t realize that concrete can be used to accentuate a property’s architectural design composition, and increase their assets’ value at the same time.

Giving the concrete a make over will cause it to become an integral design features.  We often overlook the boring, drab, gray patios and walkways. We’ve become so used to the ugly blotches and patterns of pool decks, and we haven’t even noticed that the sealers wore off and the color has faded off the stamped concrete.  Probably because in our subconscious mind somewhere, we tell ourselves that “concrete is like a natural stone, and it is what it is“….

FORTUNATELY it is not the end of the road for that long forgotten concrete pool deck, patio and walkway. No longer is it the “step-child of architecture”.  In fact, concrete has evolved to become the focal anchor point to many of today’s great buildings and homes.  Properties are being remodeled and concrete is the feature that “Brings the finishing touch” to most projects.  Remodeled concrete will rejuvenate the magnificence of any property.  Landscaping will be framed in style and your entire property will stand out.

Concrete Remodelers’ coloration and sealer chemistry allows us to create endless aesthetic colors and patterns to achieve the finest results and best looking compositions for your property.  We can change ugly, outdated terracotta colors to French Grays, or perhaps Jerusalem Stone.  Forget about the blotchy patterns and standard gray, we will transform it into a marbled or subtle pastel, even a grand minimalist monotone. We’ve even made concrete look like blue-green pond water to extend the feel of a small tropical pool in La Jolla.  We have even shifted the colors of pavers from “pinkish blah” to sandy-buff.   Heck, if we can turn an ugly black epoxy retail floor into the most beautiful Spanish Stained floor, we are sure to help you design that beautiful aesthetic concrete look.

Our portfolio is filled with many examples of properties we’ve helped our amazing customers transform into their fanciest desires.

MOISTURE AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR CONCRETE

“The single most used and abused “aesthetic component” of any residence is the concrete hardscaping.”

Your exterior concrete goes through a lot!  Your family walks on it and plays on it. You drive your car over it and use it as a work surface.  The weather wrecks havoc on your concrete through continued exposure to daylight (pure ultra violet rays) and by saturating it with water when it rains. Let’s not forget about landscape watering and chemicals (fertilizers and plant poisons) that saturate the edges and expansion joints, oh, and those weed-eaters and edgers aren’t exactly a concrete’s best friend.

Temperature has a lot to do with “Color Loss” too. Expansion and contraction occur every day, sucking moisture upwards from below grade and squeezing it through the concrete headed towards the warmth of the top side, taking the pigmented oxides with it. Over time the sun’s rays fade it away and before long, you end up with unsightly cow patterns instead of your beautiful decorative concrete.

Have you ever noticed the concrete at the perimeter of your house, at the places where moisture drips off edges of roof lines? Especially in climates where fog occurs.  You will often find that your concrete’s large sand and even the aggregates are totally exposed.  That’s because the moisture that drips from these areas, due to rain or fog, and even landscape watering is accelerating your concrete’s vicious life cycle, causing further damage. When you spot areas where the smooth finish of stamped concrete or the broom finish of regular concrete is missing, you are seeing evidence of  damage being caused by moisture on your concrete.

Of course, not only pigments, but sealers are also affected in this process.  Where there was once a protected sealed concrete surface, you now have visible areas of exposure. The culprit once again being water that is traveling from below grade and moisture penetrating from beneath the concrete slab.

This is why it is so important to maintain the sealers on your decorative concrete (Just like you would on a wood surface.) By doing so you reduce the amount of moisture being absorbed and inhibit future damage.

You may not see the damage during the rainy season. The real problem doesn’t start until the hot months of summer.

Much like underground streams, landscape and rain water from higher elevations are absorbed deep into the surface where it is cool.  By its own weight, the water begins a journey led by gravity, down hill. This journey can take months. Although some of the water does evaporate into the open air, it does make its way upward through your concrete.

When the temperature changes and the weather turns hot, you may notice white dusty powder, crystals, or loose concrete dust showing up on your concrete surface. These are signs that the concrete is acting as a “heat-sink” and the cool water is being drawn to it. You can test this on your own.  Place a rubber mat or plastic sheet over a problem area. After a couple of days, lift the material and you will see a wet area equal to the shape of your mat. At first it may seem harmless, but over time, (even in as little as a few months), you can see the damage occurring. This is especially obvious in “newer” decorative and integral concrete pours.

Thankfully, there are ways to resolve and reduce “most” of these issues while gaining control over the cycle of moisture damage. By physically looking at your concrete, Concrete Remodelers can evaluate the level of damage to determine what can be done. (And what can’t be done)

We would love to meet with you and help you find a solution for all your decorative concrete needs. We will explain what we see happening to your concrete, and then educate you so you will know to what extent your concrete may be restored, without adding unnecessary costs.

So contact us today, let’s get together and get you that quote and see what it’s going take to restore (or remodel) your concrete to new life.