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 Driveway Molendinar

Hinterland Driveway Molendinar

Project Description

Location: Molendinar
Project Size: 561sqm

Our client for this project got onto us from another large driveway we poured in Molendinar last year. Typically with these sized jobs I find clients are more looking for qualified, professional tradesman that are either recommended or they’ve seen them work to this scale before, as opposed to hiring contractors from advertising.

The owner of the property has owned this house for over 10 years and originally just placed a layer of slag concrete down then topped it with stones as a natural appearance driveway. However, over time of course, the stones have washed away down the hill and into their dam at the bottom, so the time came to bite the bullet and concrete the entire drive.

We began by bringing in 20m.cub of road base to spread over the washed out areas of the driveway to even things out, along with giving us a good base for the new concrete, then finished off with just a typical sub-grade for the remainder. Saw cutting and removal of the concrete curbing followed and preparation for the first pour was complete.

Typically we can bite something like this off in 1-2 pours, however access was pour down near the house and had many angles to work out getting trucks in and out, along with time consuming lines to keep water flowing where we wanted it to go.

So we tackled around 140sqm on the first pour, following up that day setting up another 260sqm roughly for the second pour ending at the steep section of the driveway not far from the top.

After pouring the second section, we setup the third, steep section and poured this on the Friday, only being a smaller pour to give a boys an easier day on the Friday, even if it was a bit steep.

Everything went very smoothly as usual on this project, with the only exception being the typical Friday dramas where we had our second fully loaded truck break the transmission as he backed down the driveway, leaving us with no option but to unload about 3m.cub from the truck, place by hand, allowing less weight on the truck so he could get up the hill.

Another very hot day as well on the Friday, so our finishers found themselves right behind the placers with the concrete going off like a bomb. A little bit of watering down, along with some extra elbow grease to keep the surface closed up, we finished up with some cold beers and a few laughs all ready for some time off over the weekend before we get stuck into another job next week.

Thanks to the extra guys we had on for this project, it’s good to be with a good bunch of blokes just slogging it out in the sun, cracking jokes and laughing along the way. It’s already a tough day, and good lads onsite make it seem a lot easier.

To our clients as always, a big thank you to you both, not only for your work of course, but also your hospitality. We really enjoyed working with you on this project. (No more stunt jumping from balconies Greg).

Concrete Driveway Molendinar
Concrete Driveway Molendinar
Concrete Driveway Molendinar
Concrete Driveway Molendinar
Plain Concrete Carrara

Entertainment Area Carrara Markets

Project Description

Location: Carrara
Project Size: 145sqm

This week we returned to the Carrara Markets to complete the final section of the flooring area for the Entertainment Arena that is opening around the middle of March.

The last area here was a muddy little site due to not only the soil, but the plumbers having to dig almost a meter deep trench through the area allowing for drainage pipes to be installed to carry the large amount of water that would be coming off the roof.

We started by coming in an pouring the apron section, which was about 26m long by about 600mm wide. This was all doweled back into the main slab and steel reinfoced. This brought the main slab out past the structures supports keeping everything nice and level throughout. We then returned to again dowel and steel up the remaining 125sqm and placing a solid 125mm of concrete throughout, finished with a broom all ready for our resurfacing for the entire 1500sqm that will be commencing in a few months.

The only section that now remains for the entertainment area is the driveway access at the back from the road. This will also be getting started in a few months time and will consist of 375mm concrete drains and quite extensive works to reach the engineers designs.

Always a pleasure hanging out and working with the boys and girls at the markets. Such a friendly and down to earth bunch of people, it’s never a dull moment from start to finish.

Plain Concrete Carrara
Plain Concrete Carrara
Plain Concrete Carrara
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
Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera

Concrete Driveway’s Upper Coomera

Project Description

Location: Upper Coomera
Project Size: 270sqm

Coming up to towards the end of the second week back after the xmas break, we’ve got our first project complete. I’m not going to lie, the boys and I have been struggling with the heat wave going on, but have been powering through the workload and getting some good results.

We initially quoted our clients on this project about a month before christmas, to which they were more than happy to wait for our services until after the xmas break having no bookings available beforehand. These blocks being built on out here are not only big, but mostly flat as well which makes access and working on them a pleasure. We started out with a full day on the machines getting everything sub-graded and ready for the new concrete, followed by a long slog in the heat and rocks getting all the pegs and timbers lined up for the pour. All the reinforcing installed, we placed the side driveway leading all the way down to the back shed with a pump in plain grey concrete, working our way back along the house finishing it all off with a trowel machine and a soft broom. That afternoon the front driveway was all boxed up ready for the next day, and installed on the main driveway was 100mm minimum of colour through concrete in “Gothic Blue” colour.

Big thanks to our clients here for being happy to wait for our services, your project came up fantastic and we’re hope it was worth the wait. Thank you kindly for your work.

Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Concrete Truck

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year

Just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who had their work completed by us last year. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break and a fun New Years Eve. This week we’ll be slowly getting our next projects organised to get a start on them next week when our suppliers start back up again. We’ve enjoyed our time off and are now bored and ready to get back into it with some nice projects all booked in and ready to go. All the best for 2017 to everyone!

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
Plain Concrete Tallai

Concrete Pool Surrounds Tallai

Project Description

Location: Tallai
Project Size: 92sqm

We commenced our work at this lovely Tallai address earlier this week which was to be the last project for the year before taking a break for Christmas. Part one of this project was to concrete the pool surrounds, later returning to resurface that, along with the patio and house surrounds when we get back going again next year. Our clients had reclaimed approximately 100sqm+ of land that was sloping away at the back of the property with lovely sandstone retaining walls, along with another wall next to the pool creating a (soon to be) turfed area at the top. We placed this concrete with all the typical steel and expansion requirements along with putting in the usual 100mm minimum of 25MPA concrete, all with a 30mm fall away from the pool. Finishing it off with a steel trowel smooth finish all ready for us to return, acid and pressure wash the surface off then apply a nice mock sandstone covering. It’s been a long year and we are due for a long deserved rest, this was a great little project with wonderful clients to finish off the year with a bang. Everything ran smoothly, very accommodating clients and lots of laughs along the way.

Plain Concrete Tallai
Plain Concrete Tallai
Plain Concrete Tallai
Concrete Driveway Gilston

Concrete Entrance Gilston

Project Description

Location: Gilston
Project Size: 78sqm

Our client on this project has been living at this lovely location out at Gilston for a while now and has been having some problems with water wash off from the road. It seems everything from the top of the hill is focused directly at his driveway entrance and the installed drainage just wasn’t coping with the load, subsequently washing away his gravel driveway every heavy downpour. We began by getting in our machines and excavating and sub-grade the area to keep a nice smooth transition, followed by all our form work and steel requirements being installed. Our client also has two rather large, Sphinx like statues that we installed pads for at either side of the driveway as somewhat guardians to the entrance of the house. We installed these as level as we could get them on the sloping block and rolling back down to the main drive entrance. Being Christmas time and booking the concrete too soon before the job, we could only get an 1100am booking, so here we were pouring concrete in 30deg heat in the middle of the day…not overly intelligent. With a dusty base that was sucking the water out of the concrete from the bottom, plus the beating sun sucking it out from the top, it seemed to almost be turning white as it left the truck. This would probably be the closest we’ve come in years to actually losing a pour, to the point I think if we didn’t push so hard and fell maybe 15 minutes further behind the concrete we would have needed to walk away, bring in the machine to tear it out and repour it again. But with a whole heap of grit and determination we didn’t let the grey stuff defeat us and finished things off with a nice broom finish for the bit of surface traction. I stayed back for the rest of the afternoon to strip the formwork, but also keep watering down the surface keeping it cool and free of shrinkage cracks. The extra few hours staying back on a Friday afternoon did the trick and now our client is all ready for the rest of the driveway (500sqm~) to be poured in the new year at some stage.

Concrete Driveway Gilston
Concrete Driveway Gilston