Concrete Resurfacing Carrara

Major Flooring Project Carrara Markets

Project Description

Location: Carrara Markets
Project Size: 1200sqm

This is basically the final section that was to be completed at the Carrara Markets Entertaining Arena. We’ve been on this one right from the start, from placing the concrete flooring, getting the 18 cubic meter’s worth of bulk fill footings installed, now finally onto the final section of resurfacing all the concrete bringing it up to standard for some of the spectacular events they have planned for the future.

Originally, we had a 3 week time frame to complete this project. That was until when, another event popped up out of the blue, our timeline was brought forward to two weeks leaving me with plenty of swear words and expectations of long days ahead.

We began the resurfacing process with taking the floor grinder to three sections that were existing from years before and that were left there (supposedly to save a dollar). After grinding all these spots back removing any unwanted surface abnormalities, we then continued along with grinding out all the cracking and preparing the concrete for a good solid clean.

With approximately 300 litres of hydrochloric acid in hand, the entire surface was covered in a single day with the boys following up behind pressure washing and brooming as we went. This left out surface nice and bare and ready for our new products to adhere correctly.

Returning the next day, we repaired all the cracking that was cut out previously, along with floor levelling a couple of areas to bring the smoothness up to scratch. When finished and dried, we began base coating the areas that required it, keeping in mind not everything needed base coating as all the concrete I had poured previously, I had finished in preparation for it to be sprayed, so spraying straight down was all that was needed (after grinding and cleaning of course).

With a start on the Monday, these sections brought us up to Thursday, where we decided to get spraying and applying our top coats. Getting all the fiddly stuff out of the way first, we taped up all the columns and “cut in” to those section as you would with painting, so that once those bits were completed, we could basically just turn up each day and pump out some big numbers getting the remainder of the floor completed.

Friday was also spent the same way, and having all the “cutting in” completed, we took the weekend off due to the Markets trading, to then return on Monday for the real show.

With the thought process in mind that, the harder we work early on the days we’re fresh, the less we’ll have to do once we are getting tired towards the end of the week. We set up a routine with the two guys I had with me, one of the lads mixing the loads with the other carting, pouring and pulling my hose off me, of course then, with only myself to complete the remaining 1100sqm still to go.

Monday was a cracker, we fell a little short of what we were aiming for due to tiredness, only managing about 290sqm being sprayed. Backing that big day up on Tuesday with a whopping 360sqm and some tired lads ready for a good sleep. Keeping in mind sealer is also being applied each day, some solid 10 hour + getting in front of the work load.

Wednesday rocks around, and we’re looking down the barrel of only about 450sqm remaining, splitting it in half with Thursday for 225sqm each day. Our plan of putting in big days for the first two have now paid off, and both Wednesday and Thursday saw us starting to spray at 700am after setting up, then walking out of there all sealed by about 1100am.

With everything sprayed, we then returned on the Friday for the final coat of sealer, a few photos and a couple of beers at the end of the day to wind down.

We’ve been working down with the Carrara Markets for many years now as they go through their upgrading process, bringing the Markets into the new era and doing a brilliant job while they’re at it.

Being a Gold Coast born and bred, I grew up going to the markets on weekends as a kid, then finishing up our drinking binges in the Bar there on Sunday mornings as a I got older, now to be a part of upgrading everything and making it beautiful again. I really look forward to see where they’ll be in the next 10 years with what they have planned.

Not to say it’s not an excellent place to spend your weekends now, pop down when you get a chance and check out everything that’s going on, there’s also some awesome shows being planned for the Entertaining Arena. We look forward to seeing you down there.

Concrete Resurfacing Carrara
Concrete Resurfacing Carrara
Concrete Resurfacing Carrara
Concrete Resurfacing Carrara
Concrete Resurfacing Carrara
Concrete Resurfacing Carrara
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford

Driveway Overhaul Oxenford

Project Description

Location: Oxenford
Project Size: 84sqm

I have to admit on this one, after we got the call to come out and have a look at our clients driveway, I was in shock at the condition it was in….to say the least.

Originally, it was poured with a wet stencil finish, which in itself was a nice finish, but as all the houses on this street have clearly been built by the same builder and have the same finish, our clients looked to change it up a bit by extending the width, then resurfacing it. This of course was by another contractor who can clearly be catagorised in the “cowboy” section of lunatics that always seem to be hanging around like that shady uncle at birthday parties.

After having a handful of resurfacing contractors come out and simply say there’s nothing they can do, I had a good look over the condition of the concrete and came to the conclusion that, although it visually looked terrible, the actual concrete wasn’t in that bad a condition. So I organised a price for our clients to grind off all the existing covercrete product, then go about giving them a proper, professional finish to their lovely home.

With quote approved, we commenced work a few weeks later. First of all, we took to the extended section of concrete to first remove the compound from that, however, after taking off around 10sqm of it, it was clear that the concrete the contractor had used for the extension was possibly just mortar, and unfortunately this section had to be removed and replaced before resurfacing. The original driveway and pathways would be ok, but this section was just nowhere near a good canvas to work on.

So away we went to return with a quick cut and machine to demolish appoximately 30sqm of the existing concrete (decided to remove some pathways as well in favour of having fresh new concrete to work with considering minimum charges for demolition and dumping).

With these sections now removed, we doweled all the new concrete into place, re-braced some of the existing driveway with underpin footings in soft spots, and re-aligned some of the paths for a more symmetrical finish. Then of course, pouring all the new concrete to Australian Standard 32MPA throughout…just to make sure of the quality.

Leaving the job for now, I actually took a bit of a break to the snow with my daughter, we don’t get to get away very much, so taking every opportunity we can is a must. Returning in about a week to again commence the grinding off of the remaining sections of existing covercrete, along with grinding the original driveway surface remove the wet stencil that was underneath the covercrete, then finishing it all off with an extremely heaving 5/4 ratio of hydrochloric acid to really make sure no baddies remain to stop our bonding.

From here our surfaces were primed, then a single coat of standard covercrete was applied to the new concrete sections, then a double coat of heavily modified, thickened covercrete was applied to the old wet stencil sections which had plenty of lumps and bumps in it as you can imagine.

With everything rubbed back and controls re-cut and bevelled, we then taped on our relatively simple pattern and applied our top coatings of spray covercrete along with our flecks and acrylic sealer.

We decided to keep the design simple on this project, which is a shame because the house had some nice colouring to it, along with nice definitive lines and angles to work with, but in the end, this driveway has had an extremely tough life, and if our clients do need to do any patch up work along the way (which shouldn’t be needed however), it will be a much easier process with a simple design.

Our clients on this project were wonderful. I like to think that our professionalism and work history warrants a good level of trust being given to us, and our clients here were no exception. Willing to listen and understand the process, even being accepting of changes to the plan of attack along the way, you guys truly were a pleasure to work with and certainly didn’t deserve to have been a victim of the previous contractor who you worked with.

Thank you kindly for your work and I wish you all the best with future endeavours.

Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Concrete Resurfacing Coomera

Decorative Resurfacing Coomera

Project Description

Location: Coomera
Project Size: 35sqm

About 3 months ago now we were originally around at our clients house extending his patio area out the back to better make use of the room they have. The original concrete patio was quite small with a small pathway as well, utilising some garden areas, which of course would have looked quite fine, but a good train of thought here is always making the most of the room you have.

So a few month down the track after installing the new concrete, we returned to resurfacing the concrete patio and side pathway in our custom, modern styled finish.

As always, a solid acid wash was completed first, then allowing the concrete 24hrs to dry out thoroughly. Returning the next day, I applied two modified base coatings over the exposed aggregate concrete and a single, standard base coating over the plain grey I had poured earlier. After a bit of work on the grinder with the control joints, along with hand rubbing out the lumps, we had our canvass to work on the following day.

We decided to stick with the standard base colouring for the taped lines (white), from there we applied two spray coatings of Blue Mountain. After those two coatings had dried, we returned with our custom cut swirls and began working on each individual triangle area with Natural colouring making some nice swirls, corner patches and blocked out wholes.

Finishing up with a Natural fleck, we tore up all the taped lines revealing a lovely piece of work, then topped it all off with two coats of high grade acrylic sealer.

I love doing this finish for our decorative resurfacing, it’s a full custom design that relies more so on our perception of how it should work, rather than a dictated course of action. It’s always nice to be able to have to think about every aspect of the job at hand, put everything into it, then stand back at the end and admire what you have achieved.

Thank you as always to our clients, we’re very glad you love your project and thank you for not only the work, but also the morning coffee’s to get us going in the middle of Winter.

See you next for the Epoxy Garage.

Concrete Resurfacing Coomera
Concrete Resurfacing Coomera
Concrete Resurfacing Coomera
Concrete Resurfacing Coomera
Concrete Resurfacing Maudslands

Concrete Resurfacing Maudsland

Project Description

Location: Maudsland
Project Size: 94sqm

We started off this week rejuvinating a driveway out at Maudsland. It had originally been completed in colour, but unfortunately had gotten some cracking through it due to what looks like a typically cut and fill block settling, and as always with colour, any little thing stands out like dogs balls for all to see.

With no structural problems with the concrete, we began with our typical repairing of the cracking which involves grinding out the cracks, then filling them with a custom brew of product. The theory behind repairing of cracks, is basically once ground underneath the concrete has settled and moved, allowing the concrete itself to settle and move…and crack, it technically shouldn’t need to settle anymore than it already has. So if we grind out and patch the cracking, usually we never see those cracks again….as long as the steel reinforcing is doing it job of course.

After repairing the cracks we floor grinded back the surface making sure we had enough traction for our products to bite onto, then base coated everything in “Natural” colouring.

8mm taped lines where then applied at 800mm diamonds, two top coatings applied in “Blue Mountain” colouring, then “Natural” flecking applied as well. All finished up with a good coating of acrylic sealer, which after settling for a few days, will make all the lovely colours shine through.

Not an overly complicated project this one, but time consuming all the same. It’s always nice though seeing a piece of concrete that isn’t quite up to scratch, then resurfacing it making it look amazing and modern.

Concrete Resurfacing Maudslands
Concrete Resurfacing Maudslands
Concrete Resurfacing Maudslands
Concrete Refurbishment Arundel

Driveway Refurbishment Arundel

Project Description

Location: Arundel
Project Size: 55sqm

Our clients for this project were in the middle of upgrading their entry, parking and driveway to the house when they called us to price the refurbishment of the driveway section.

The driveway was in relatively good condition and had previously been resurfaced a fair few years ago. Our client wanted to add more concrete to the sides making it wider, so instead of just doing a small extension to the side, which is not very strong, we decided to remove approximately half of the old driveway, firstly, to look like both sides were even and that the project was one whole driveway and hadn’t just been extended to, along with the section that was removed had extensive cracking through it, which we could also eliminate from causing a headache in the future.

Once we had all the old concrete out and everything formed and steel up thoroughly, making sure all the starter dowels and re-entry bars were in place along with the standard reinforcing, the concrete was pour and we walked away until the following week.

On returning I proceeded to get the floor grinder out and make a hell of a mess as usual. I removed all the old surface of the concrete back to stone, then went on with some minor crack repairing, followed by a heavy acid wash making the surface all ready to start applying our products.

Preparation is everything when resurfacing and as always, there was nothing lacking on this one. Not only were the above steps followed, but extra attention put into all the small cold joints and levels making sure this renovated driveway looked exactly like a brand new flash one when finished.

Once all that work was complete, we returned to apply an 800mm diamond pattern with a 150mm border in 12mm tape, two top coats of Almond colour, followed by a charcoal and white fleck to finish off the coatings. A full acrylic sealer was then applied for another lovely finish to be proud of.

Thank you to our clients as always, we look forward to seeing the finished result once the carport is all complete.

Concrete Refurbishment Arundel
Concrete Refurbishment Arundel
Concrete Refurbishment Arundel
Concrete Refurbishment Arundel
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore

Pathway Refurbishment Ashmore

Project Description

Location: Ashmore
Project Size: 25sqm

Our client for this project got onto me from another job we completed just around the corner from her house, from our sign that was out the front. She loved the decorative finish we applied there and wanted her own version to revamp her entry pathway to her house.

Typically, we don’t usually venture this small for work, but I love doing this finish so away we went.

Existing was an exposed aggregate pathway that had previously been resurfaced before, but was worn and old and needed some modernising. I began by getting stuck into it with the floor grinder, removing all the existing top coatings and taking it back down to the stones beneath.

To remove all the grind marks and even out the surface, a base coating was applied in white, followed by taping in the random triangles throughout getting the pathway to flow back to the house.

Almond colouring was then applied over two coats, followed by Ocean Sand colouring for the patching and swirl effects, finished off with a light fleck just to naturalise the appearance.

All the taping was then ripped off and full acrylic sealer applied to finish things off.

As always, a big thank you to our lovely client, I really enjoy running into honest, genuine people to do business with, it’s the main reason I stick with residential work contracting directly to the client.

Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore

Driveway Refurbishment Ashmore

Project Description

Location: Ashmore
Project Size: 94sqm

Our clients for this project got onto us through our website, which is nice to see everything is working well now it is all up and running properly.

On quoting this project we were faced with an ageing exposed aggregate concrete driveway, which having not been protected over the years, had started to erode and look pretty shabby. Still in good condition though for resurfacing, we wasted no time in getting the project underway.

The drain that was initially installed years ago was not working properly, along with a section of the path that had fallen away from the house, so we firstly proceeded to demolish and remove these sections, followed by a proper steep preparation and new concrete and drain installed to these areas.

After our repair work on the cracking sections with a special home brew mix that works wonders, the base coating section was commenced. When going over exposed aggregate, the Resurfacing Compound is modified with extra materials that not only allow for a thicker installation to get the surface smooth, but also makes the product stronger for better wearing over time. Two thick coatings applied by hand, then a good rub back, re-cutting of the control joints and we were all set to spay our final coatings on.

Monday was the day to spray, however, the weatherman for the rest of the week predicted thunderstorms….everyday….all day….all week. So we postponed every day this week leading up to the Friday, then finally after we had had no rain all week, decided the weatherman was delirious and that we were just going to spray anyways and cross the wet bridge if we came to it.

Getting an early start on the Friday, the boys kept the mixes coming whilst I applied the first 2 colour coatings to the surface. Then after a short break, out came the corflute and we began with patterning throughout the finish. Odd bits of swirling and patching work getting everything to blend and flow nicely takes quite a bit of time, but after a few hours, we were happy with the decorations and began ripping up all the taped lines ready for a good coating of sealer.

Although the clouds did close in that afternoon and had us worried for a bit, the rain seemed to luckily bypass us and we finished off with our clients on the patio with a cold beer and some good conversation.

Thank you to our clients as always, not only was your job a pleasure, but your friendliness and hospitality second to none. It was a pleasure doing business with you.

Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Helensvale

Concrete Resurfacing Helensvale

Project Description

Location: Helensvale
Project Size: 175sqm

We started this project just before Christmas last year installing the side parking and pathways for our customer. Originally, exposed aggregate was going to be poured to match the existing driveway, but after some discussions with our client, we came to the conclusion that if we wanted everything to match, it is best to pour plain concrete and resurfacing everything the same, as opposed to trying to match aggregate that were 10+ years old.

We began this job with the usual acid clean and pressure wash making sure all the surface was well prepared for our new surface to bond to properly, followed by a standard base coating on the plain grey concrete and a double coating of modified base to go over the exposed aggregate concrete.

After a good rub back, two top coatings of “Blue Mountain” were applied over randomly taped triangle patterns, then finished off with 2 off setting flecks and a good coat of sealer.

A relatively standard design these days, but works so well with modern homes it’s hard to not like it.

As always, big thanks to our clients and we wish you all the best with future endeavours.

Concrete Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Resurfacing Tallai

Concrete Resurfacing Tallai

Project Description

Location: Tallai
Project Size: 190sqm

Today we finished off the final stages of our project out at Tallai. We originally priced this job about 2 months before Christmas, sliding our clients in with the last book for the year to get the concrete all poured around the pool surrounds.

Returning just after the xmas break, we began preparation on resurfacing not only the pool surrounds that we previously poured, but also the large entertaining area adjoining it.

The pool surrounds was to be completed first, a good clean up to remove the concrete surface, followed by base coating in Oatmeal colouring that was to be the grout line colour. We then proceeded with taping in a 600mm x 400mm offset tile pattern throughout (very time consuming pattern to hand tape), then finished it off with Ocean Sand colouring for the main toppings, flecked with Off White and again Oatmeal to add some character.

Originally we had planned to add some of the tiles as Off White throughout to break the area up like that, but after spraying the Off White, the colour came up a bit off and was far too bright a white to remain on the surface. So upon returning, we grinded those individual tiles back again ready to be re-sprayed, then proceeded to spray them the same colour as the majority of the surface in Ocean Sand.

Typically, we do not guarantee colours and what they go down as is what they stay as, as it is generally out of our control for colours of natural products. But in this scenario I just couldn’t live with the job having the white so far off what we were trying to achieve, and covered the cost and labour of the work required to make sure I personally, (along with our clients of course), was happy with the final result.

After the pool was complete, we shot off over to another project to get the concrete completed on that one, then returned back to job to complete the work on the patio area.

Whoever had installed the patio many moons ago, had the bright idea of fall half of the patio away from the house, then the other half towards the house. I guess they were trying to create a spoon drain like effect to take care of the water……welp, just letting the contractors know who did this…..you stuffed up lads. There were many pooling spots and the water did everything but run where it was intended to go.

So over the course of 3 days over 40 bags of floor leveler were installed to raise the middle section of the slab up, creating (to the best of our abilities with floor leveler which is hard to work with for falls), fall away from the house to the outside of the concrete.

From there we whipped out the floor grinder to smooth it all off and get it coursed up ready to be sprayed.

Another base coating, taping of the offset tiles and a full day’s spraying later, we have the area completed for another successful, and beautiful, pool and entertaining area at a stunning location in the hills around Tallai.

Our clients, as always we are grateful to for your work and it was a pleasure doing business with you. Not long now and the pool should be complete for you and the summer sweats can all be forgotten.

Concrete Resurfacing Tallai
Concrete Resurfacing Tallai
Concrete Resurfacing Tallai
Concrete Resurfacing Tallai
Colour Seal Pimpama

Colour Sealing Pimpama

Project Description

Location: Pimpama
Project Size: 82sqm

25, 26, 27….I’ve honestly lost track of how many days straight it has been now, but with a little “go gettem” attitude, I decided to finish off the last few days before Christmas getting in a Colour Concrete Seal out at Pimpama. We poured this driveway a few weeks back and with it being summer, the concrete had hydrated well enough to have the tint colouring applied. I started with a rub back of a couple of spots, followed by a good blow off and finished with 2 applications of “Sandstone” colour concrete sealer. A great little way to finish off the year and now, finally, time for a rest before starting 2017 off with a bucket load of projects already booked in.

Colour Seal Pimpama
Colour Seal Pimpama