Location: Pacific Pines, Qld
Project Size: 6sqm 🙂
If you follow along with what we’re up to, you’ll probably recognise this project from about a month ago that we completed for a lovely client over at Pacific Pines. We installed a really nice exposed aggregate in a light expose, prodominately white stone colouring and it came out great!….except for whatever reason, this corner decided to open up a little into a hairline crack the very next day.
At first I put it down to maybe the corner being a little soft for new concrete, although it didn’t appear to be when prepping. Then given the month break in between returning to rectify, the crac had not opened up nor extended through the concrete entirely just remaining a surface scale hairline crack. More annoying than anything.
Now most of the time, a crack in concrete is just unfortunate. There is nothing we do as concreters to stop concrete from cracking, we only endeavour to control the cracking. Where, how far, to what degree. On this circumstance though, with it opening up the very next day and being in a position that would be visible on a constant basis, I offered some rectifying options to our clients, because at the end of the day, we are here to provide the best quality products and service we can, and this just simply wasn’t good enough.
After advising that I was reluctant to simply cut this section of concrete out and replace it, fearing the same crack may happen again due to the gravity pull down hill at the corner, I suggested we firstly firm the corner up more with an under poured pier, then grind out the crack filling with silica sand and epoxy as we do all patching with, then of course applying a concrete resurfacer in the area to cover it all up, utilising what we were doing to create a pathway down the steps and through the area so it all made sense.
Now for me, if I’m going to go to all the trouble for this one small little damn crack, I’m going to get a little creative and do something custom over the top, not just so my client is happy, but so I also get a little satisfaction for what we have acheived…..along with the chance to show off one of our new designs we haven’t put onto the concrete canvas much as yet.
Our client’s eye was caught with our new “Stockholm Stone” design, which is our sandstone styled design in modern French Grey toning.
So this is what we came up with, not only a lovely new patio area in white stone exposed aggregate concrete, but a custom, one of a kind pathway as well that only our client and ourselves will know the true meaning of…..and I guess anyone reading this as well….so basically just her and I because I doubt these jibberish posts are worth passing the first sentence.
Thanks Leigh and Jeff, you guys are awesome and I hope we get a chance to catch up again in the future. All the best for now.