Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale

Tint Seal Refresh Helensvale

Project Description

Location: Helensvale
Project Size: 220sqm

Last week I dubbed the “Week from hell”. Well this week was only slightly less than that, but with the added twist of having to fix mistakes that were made during last week’s murder week.

To start the week off, I began by brush / acid cleaning this 220sqm existing stamped concrete project out at Helensvale. The stamp pattern on this concrete was lovely, with most of it still in good condition, expect for the pool surrounds and pathway leading to the house, which had weathered and required a little more attention.

After our cleaning to remove mould and open up the concrete pores if you will, I applied two liberal coats of HiBuild sealer throughout with a “Fossil” tint through the mix.

The pool and front pathway then required a third coating to make sure the colour held true and we were all finished up with this project.

A simply rejuvenation process for existing stamped concrete, but still a very effective result leaving an even colour throughout and bringing back the house surrounds to life after 20 years of weathering.

Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Full Flake Epoxy Floor Pimpama

Full Flake Epoxy Garage Pimpama

Project Description

Location: Pimpama
Project Size: 42sqm

“Stage 3”: The….Week…..From….Hell.

The third section of this nightmare freaking week, funnily enough coinciding with Halloween…go figure, is our full flake epoxy floor in “SnowFlake” we installed for our client out at Pimpama.

This one actually had me a little disgusted with my industry. Now don’t get me wrong, none of us are perfect, we all make mistakes and not all of our work is 100% perfect, 100% of the time….but this garage floor substrate was fucking horrific. (Sorry younger readers, but you’re reading the blog of a concreter…deal with it).

Now this is a great lesson for everyone to learn…who doesn’t know it already.

Builders provide bottom dollar quality tradies to complete work for their clients. You may quote me on that shit.

Take for example, the going rate, (roughly), for exposed aggregate concrete, is around $95/sqm starting rate for a direct contractor like myself. A customer can expect to pay a builder in the vicinity of $140/sqm for their exposed aggregate. Most builders, due to negotiations, will pay their sub-contractors in the vicinity of an $80/sqm starting rate.

Needless to say, builders don’t get contractors like myself working for them, because they pay peanuts and I’m not a frigging monkey.

The same goes for your house slab. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying sub-contractors installing works for builders are bad concreters / contractors, I’m just saying you get what you pay for, and those sub-contractors are not going to provide top quality workmanship and materials for basement value prices.

This sometimes can’t be avoided by the clients…mostly, as something like the house slab is considered a normal inclusion in a house contract, but at least our client in this situation had the common sense to boot the builder to the curb and find someone who actually gives a shit.

I quoted this garage site unseen and when I rocked up to start the epoxy, there were literally cracks EVERYWHERE. Now, I’m 20 years in the mud, my off sider is pushing 40 odd years, both of our first reactions…..boys on the piss pouring in the rain. The splintered plastic cracking throughout, with low spots all over (literally swimming pools), a surface that came off with a finger nail wipe and a fall that headed straight from the garage entrance to the hallway door (backwards) just so, you know, clients can wash their hallway while cleaning out the bloody garage.

Ok, ok. I’ll end my little rant here. But please for the love of Bhudda, learn from this client here and contact a contractor directly, you’ll get a much better job completed.

So back to the story.

After grinding out cracks for what seemed like a good hour, these cracks were in filled with epoxy and sand and let sit over night. I returned in the morning again to apply more epoxy to the cracking before coming back later in the day and applying our epoxy flooring.

Of course the floor was primed in the process as well and left sit for a full day before applying our main coatings.

We wanted to match our new epoxy floor in with the Salt and Pepper exposed driveway we were installing, so I decided to go with a Light Grey epoxy tint and apply a 100% “Snow Flake” over the top.

After our application was complete, I returned the next day to chip away the excess flaking, vacuum up all the loose flakes and finally apply a full coating of Urethane Sealer over the top for a full gloss, lovely epoxy flake floor…..man I love working with this stuff.

Thanks again as said before to our lovely client. See you soon for the pool surrounds. You guys have been great to work with.

Full Flake Epoxy Floor Pimpama
Full Flake Epoxy Floor Pimpama
Full Flake Epoxy Floor Pimpama
Full Flake Epoxy Floor Pimpama
Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama

Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimpama

Project Description

Location: Pimpama
Project Size: 85sqm

The….Week…..From….Hell.

My god I wish I could just cower up into a ball this week and hide in a corner. But alas, the show must go on.

After our awesome little custom stone finish the other day, we returned over to Pimpama to finish setting up our customers side paths, tank stand and front driveway.

Our customer is here is getting a total package of some sorts. Not only are we completing this section of the concrete, we also completed the full flake epoxy flooring in the garage for them and will return in a few weeks once their pool is finished, to complete some more pathways and the pool surrounds…..talk about a work load. I keep hearing from customers it’s hard to find a contractor who does it all…..well maybe we don’t do it all, but what we do we do damn well.

*System note*: Writer at present may or may not have had a few too many beers this afternoon, please excuse the self accreditation….

Back on track now though.

All the typical with this installation, machines onsite to get the curb out and sub-grade our areas to what we need, SL72 reinforcing mesh all chaired throughout, re-entry bars and starter dowels followed by 4 big, ugly men putting in 12 off cubes of Salt and Pepper exposed aggregate to perfection.

I’m going to break this project down into three sections….because well….SEO and all that are on my back for more content…..but to give a little “overall” perspective on the job….

Salt and Pepper 50/50 mix for surrounds and driveway with a Snowflake 90% white flake epoxy garage looks absolutely insane contrasting against each other.

Enough for now, thanks greatly to our clients. I hope you were able to excuse the few cuss words and rough appearance, we’re not pretty, but your job is.

Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama
Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama
Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama
Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama
Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama
Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama
Custom Stone Resurfacing Gaven

Custom Stone Entry Gaven

Project Description

Location: Gaven
Project Size: 20sqm

Ok, so after giving the proverbial middle finger to the world last week and Scootin’ off to Singapore for a quick break with my daughter, I’ve return this week to a horrific schedule that simply requires many hours hard work and some stiff drinks at the end of the day to make sure I make it through to the Christmas.

First off the bat this week, apart from some prep on another site, was to finish a little new entrance way project out at Gaven for our lovely clients who have been waiting very patiently for us.

This was a great little project that right from the start, the interaction between myself and my clients was fantastic. All of us sitting down to an initial meeting, throwing ideas at each other, seeing what bounced back and what stuck until finally coming up with a semi stone finish design with a colour combination that worked perfectly with it’s surrounding areas.

After completing a surface grind to allow our new products to bond properly, I primed and mixed up a bag of really thick, dry compound in Truffle colouring, dry enough that I could basically trowel render it onto the face of the stairs that had exposed brick, then trowel level two of the bottom stairs that had a negative camber on them allowing water to sit.

After this application, I mixed up another bag of Truffle as per normal specs, and based the remainder of the area, allowing this Truffle colour to become our taped lines that we will see when finished.

After some lengthy rubbing back getting things ready, we went with a simply triangular design at the entrance to the front door, then just outlining the stair treads as we went down the steps…..to be fair, mainly because of wine and so forth and not wanting anyone to break a leg walking down them.

Ocean Sand was up next and two full applications were applied giving us a main colour base to work from, to which I used Sandy Beige to ever so lightly add simple, yet elegant swirling to the design interior.

I sat and looked at it for a bit, thinking it needed just a little something else. Typically I don’t like to fleck these designs, but I decide to add just a very light fleck of Truffle over the top again, which of course not only worked with the taped line colours, but allowed for a little bit more realism to the project.

Two full coats of sealer and another happy client to boot.

Thank you to our clients for your patience waiting on me, your jobs looks amazing and adds style to your entrance.

Custom Stone Resurfacing Gaven
Custom Stone Resurfacing Gaven
Custom Stone Resurfacing Gaven
Custom Stone Resurfacing Gaven
Custom Stone Resurfacing Gaven
Custom Stone Resurfacing Gaven
Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island

Concrete Canvas Laid Hope Island

Project Description

Location: Hope Island
Project Size: 145sqm (Stage 1 to Resurface Later)

Doing a lot of these stage 1 prep’s for resurfacing at a later date. It’s great to be completing new concrete works all ready for some fancy decorative sprays, refreshing that the products we use are just as popular on new works as they are on rejuvenating older areas.

So just a quick up date here because I haven’t posted for a while. I like to leave these projects for a full blog entry until they are completely finished, for obvious reasons, but that means fewer articles and my SEO provider doesn’t like fewer articles…so here I am writing about a semi complete project.

This, I must admit, has been a tricky one so far. Given the areas have tight access and were full of bushes and pavers and other random things to make our life miserable, it has been a battle just getting to concrete stage that we have now finished.

Add onto this torrential rain that we received last week, which in turn saw us with 15m.cub of concrete sitting in the barrels and a pump that couldn’t push it, having to send those trucks away to get two new fresh ones there, then having that new concrete go off like a freaking rocket….man today was hard! But the boys dug deep, put in the extra miles needed and we got our canvas all laid and ready for us to return in a few weeks and apply what I’m calling, a “mid ground semi sandstone finish”, trying to find a middle price range between a standard design and our full custom resurfacing pricing.

Thanks to our patient clients so far getting to this stage, at least you don’t have sand, pavers and mud to deal with anymore, just a little more patience and you’re lovely Hope Island home will look amazing! See you soon.

Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island
Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island
Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island
Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island
Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island
Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island
Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island
Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island
Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island
Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island
Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island
Concrete & Resurfacing Package Hope Island
Concrete Parking Helensvale

Stage 1 Renovations Helensvale

Project Description

Location: Helensvale
Project Size: 40sqm (Stage 1)

This was the first section of refurbishment works at this Helensvale home which we will be bringing everything up to a more modern appeal than it currently is.

This section here is a bit of concrete we needed to pour firstly to fill an area that was only road base stones and was a bit of a water pool area when it rains.

So all new falls were accounted for and a side section also completed so a new water tank can be installed by others.

From here, we are planning to return in December to start resurfacing works to the main driveway and rear patio area, then returning after that to complete the remainder of the house surrounds roughly working out around 250sqm of resurfacing and 40sqm of new concrete.

A quick broom was all that is needed on this installation, not a finish we complete normally, typically opting to choose a highlighted stipple finish, but given the fact we’ll be back to basically remove this surface again before applying our new surface, there was no need for anything fancy in the interim.

Thanks to our client for their work so far, I’m looking forward to seeing you again later in the year.

Concrete Parking Helensvale
Concrete Parking Helensvale
Concrete Parking Helensvale
Concrete Parking Helensvale
Driveway Resurfacing Upper Coomera

Driveway Refurb Upper Coomera

Project Description

Location: Upper Coomera
Project Size: 125sqm

Our clients for this project have just moved up from Sydney into their investment property. As you can imagine, renters can be a nightmare sometimes and our clients were left with plenty of work cleaning things up after coming back.

Last on the list was of course the driveway.

Here we were confronted with a full plain concrete driveway with an extension on the side to widen it. The concrete was in relatively good condition with only minor epoxy crack repairing needing to take place towards the top.

So after repairs were completed, the surface was completely clean and primed and the first coating applied in white. The grinder was then brought out to remove any high spots and unwanted lumps, followed by a little bit of hand rubbing back and we were ready to go with out top coatings.

Our client decided to go with a diamond pattern of 800mm throughout with a taped border 100mm in, which gave a lovely result to finish the job off. Out the back was existing resurfacing in the Blue Mountain colouring, so of course we kept with the same colour profile through, simply just adding a white and graphite fleck at the end to break things up.

Two solid coats of acrylic sealer to finish off and another happy client to put on the list.

As always, thank you to our clients on this project, we love the results we achieved and wish you all the best with the future.

Driveway Resurfacing Upper Coomera
Driveway Resurfacing Upper Coomera
Driveway Resurfacing Upper Coomera
Stain Stamp Revamp Robina

Subtle Stain Stamp Revamp Robina

Project Description

Location: Robina
Project Size: 220sqm

Now that title is a mouthful!

Back at it again this week with some more revamp stamp work. This time we came across our client here who has just moved up from Sydney into their new house and have come across nearly acres of stamped concrete which was originally completed in kind of a pink tone of sorts (basically horrific).

A couple of good things were working with us here, firstly the old colouring wasn’t exactly really bright and still significant, so this almost gave us a pretty even base colour to work with to recolour as we wanted to. Most of the time revamping stamped concrete like this, we run into sections that are still coloured really well and other that aren’t. This project however saw basically the same dull pink tone throughout the whole surface area.

Now the idea behind this project’s finish, was to recolour everything to a light charcoal range of colouring, and given the fact as I stated before the concrete was basically a single tone throughout and had pretty much diminished back to concrete colour, I was very confident in changing the overall colour. Most of the time however, this process isn’t used to change the overall colour, instead reverting back to the tinting process to bully the old colour out.

After custom mixing my primary colours to achieve the base colour I desired, I made sure the colour saturation was significant enough in the spray application as to not wash out and run. I went through the whole project with a first run of the light charcoal with also applying wet on wet full black colouring so as to blend in with the charcoal and deposit freely into the low spots of the old stamped impression.

After a full coating and given the fact we were after a full colour change, I decided to apply a second mist coating again whilst again applying the full black over toning.

This second coat really did the trick and saw the black over toning actually blending more into the charcoal being wet on wet, turning the jet black into more of a dark charcoal appearance.

Then after two full coats of full acrylic sealer, we saw some wonderful, yet subtle colour tones shining through the new driveway and patio which consisted of the main, light charcoal with medium deposits of dark charcoal in the low sections and spotted, darker black tones to give a more realistic appeal overall.

I absolutely love working with this product when revamping stamped concrete. I’m an old school concreter and stamped concrete is one of my favourite finishes, and to see old stamped jobs come back to life in beautiful two and three tone applications really makes my heart warm.

I’m a little disappointed my potato phone camera hasn’t quite caught the varying tones of the finish, I’ll try to return another time with a better quality camera and see what magic I can work.

As always, a massive thank you to our clients on this project. We even stopped half way through when they weren’t so confident we were achieving the results we were after, but after trusting in my judgement and waiting for the finished result, I loved seeing the big smile on your faces!

All finished here for now but we will return to complete the pool surrounds after the pool installers have finished refurbishing works.

Stain Stamp Revamp Robina
Stain Stamp Revamp Robina
Stain Stamp Revamp Robina
Stain Stamp Revamp Robina
Multi Tone Stain Stamped Tallai

Stamp Revamp in Contrast

Project Description

Location: Tallai & Tugan
Project Size: 40sqm & 124sqm

I decided to put both of these projects into a single article, as they give a fantastic comparison for the different revamp applications for old stamped concrete.

The first set of photos is the traditional method of rejuvenating stamp, the following, is my new custom (still a work in progress) method of utilising the existing colours still available, and added new colours to give a true, multi tone appearance to that once beautiful, now worn out stamped finish.

Apart from all the standard preparation of the areas, the applications where applied with two full coatings of high grade acrylic sealer, leaving wonderful finishes to these homes and really making the entrances shine again.

tint stamp revamp tugan
tint stamp revamp tugan
tint stamp revamp tugan
Multi Tone Stain Stamped Tallai
Multi Tone Stain Stamped Tallai
Multi Tone Stain Stamped Tallai
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay

Exposed Makeover Runaway Bay

Project Description

Location: Runaway Bay
Project Size: 82sqm

Our client for this project found us online and like what they saw. After having a bad experience with their previous contractor, they decided to hunt around for a little bit better quality and service. So after receiving our quote and also looking over some of our previous work, we were all booked in and ready to start.

Existing on the driveway was pavers, which the client put an add on Gumtree and had them picked up by other people in need quite quickly. Part of our job description was not only installing the new exposed aggregate driveway, but also removing the existing brick fence at the front to allow for the installation later of a large, double opening gate making parking access for both vehicle and caravan.

So after spending a day on the machine knocking down the wall (and over filling the skip……whoops….sorry Earthfleet), we were all ready to go with the installation of the new concrete.

Off to the parking side is an easement section with GCCC sewer access. Basically I can’t change the heights of this, so I just customised the levels and falls to accommodate it in the new surface.

As with all my work these days, I’m quite happy to break my pours down into smaller sections, allowing not only more time to make sure we complete a better finish, but also allowing for proper construction joints at high percentage break points. This one obviously being straight down the middle as shown in the photos.

Back we came after the first section and completed the final pour today of the main driveway section, all control joints tooled into the concrete to make sure we catch the cracking and everything hosed off with near perfect precision.

Honestly, I don’t mean to blow our own horns……but damn we do some near perfect exposed. Spotless!

As always, our clients here were not only great to work with, also your hospitality was perfect and your patience waiting the 5 or 6 weeks for us to get there was worth it in the end. All the best with your new renovated home, it’s a perfect spot for living the good life.

Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay