How Patterned & Textured Concrete Can Transform Your Home Or Business In San Diego

July 21, 2017 at 7:01 pm | Category: Textured Concrete

stamped_concreteConcrete stamping has been around for some time now. It is used to create the look of brick, stone, tile, or wood on a concrete surface. Need new flooring in your home? Want a natural stone patio without all the expense of the real thing? Want an inexpensive but durable floor for your retail business? Stamped concrete is the answer.

Property owners everywhere are discovering how beautiful their old boring concrete looks after professional concrete stamping. If the service provider has enough experience, they can use patterns and textures with color to create a beautiful new surface that looks incredibly like the real thing.

Be careful who you choose to do the work, however, because the proof is in the pudding. And, the surface will be relatively permanent if well-kept so you want it to look as great as possible and then keep it that way!

Our hardscaping experts at Goonst Hardscapes resurface concrete all the time, so we thought we’d put together a few tips about patterned and textured concrete for you to review.

 

Why You Will Love Patterned & Textured Concrete

Wherever you have a concrete surface, you can pretty much expect that concrete stamping is an option. Because there is very little dust or mess during and after the project, this technique can be used on both the interior and exterior of your home or commercial building. This method is used to create designs into a new surface for the concrete, so the end result looks as if the stone or brick were set in by a mason.

It’s no wonder that there’s a growing trend for patterned and textured concrete. The end results are unbeatable. While there are plenty of reasons to choose decorative concrete for your home or business, here are some of the best:

  1. It hides or disguises cracks and repairs in concrete.
  2. It saves time and money by resurfacing concrete that is already in place.
  3. There is minimal ongoing maintenance required.
  4. The surface is extremely easy to care for and resists stains.
  5. It’s permanent. You don’t have to worry about touch-ups or replacement every few years
  6. If the sealant is reapplied as necessary, the surface is extremely durable and long-lasting.

 

 

What To Expect From Patterned & Textured Concrete

When it comes to strength and durability, concrete is one of the most durable materials. However, it can succumb to age, moisture, and impacts if it is not properly sealed. With a new surface applied which is patterned and textured, the concrete structure underneath will be well sealed and protected.

During application, the hardscaping professional applies a durable sealant after the stamping. This sealant protects and waterproofs the concrete for even greater durability.

Concrete texturing has been around a long time. It is only until recently that advances in coloration and texture imprinting have made it a truly viable choice for the discerning homeowner and commercial building owner. In the past, it was less than satisfactory because it was aesthetically substandard. Today, the techniques create works of art out plain, old concrete floors.

The concrete itself has been textured and colored. It is then applied as a coating which is stamped into patterns. It is still the durable concrete you know but is also much more pleasing to the eye. This material is beginning to be quite common in homes as well as businesses for an upscale design that’s much more affordable.

 

Key Areas For Patterned & Textured Concrete

Any concrete surface can be resurfaced with an application of patterned and textured concrete. Do you have a swimming pool with a concrete pool surround? Do you have a concrete retaining wall? Is your driveway made of concrete? Do the patio and entryway look dull and boring? These decorative concrete surfaces look great in any entry way, garage, foyer, or room.

There is nothing more amazing than the transformation that will take place in large areas. Say, for instance, that you have your driveway and the entryway to the home patterned and textured. This process will not only add great curb appeal, it will also add value to your property.

 

If you have questions about Patterned & Textured Concrete in San Diego, please call Goonst Hardscapes at (858) 750-5098 or complete our online request form.

Tips On Cement Sealing & Decorative Concrete

April 18, 2017 at 8:42 pm | Category: Concrete Sealing

Protecting a cement driveway, patio, or walkways with sealant every few years will help it to last longer. The concrete sealant is not glossy, but rather a protective coating that you can’t see. With proper care, the cement will last a lot longer than it otherwise would.

Concrete staining and sealing can be done anytime you want a change from that boring and dull gray color. It not only enhances your curb appeal but also helps the concrete last longer.

Our San Diego concrete restoration experts at Goonst Hardscapes wanted to give you a few tips about concrete staining & sealing. Enjoy, and feel free to give us a call anytime if you have questions or need service.

What Happens To Broken Cement When Sealing?

You don’t want to seal over broken concrete or try to paint over it. Concrete breaks apart for a reason. Once it does, moisture can get in-between the layers of the structure and loosen the bottom layer to where the entire structure starts shifting and crumbling.

Small cracks are no problem, the majority of the time they just need to be patched before sealing. If there are chips and other unsightly areas, they can be patched too. We will always repair the concrete before sealing it.

What About Decorative Cement, What Are Some Tips?

As cement staining & coloring experts, we can tell you that the job has to be done correctly. The surface needs to be handled right and prepared for the stain or color. Otherwise, blotching or other problems make it look bad.

Once the cement is prepared by repairing any damaged areas and being thoroughly cleaned, the stain or color is applied in multiple steps.

Another important aspect is the experience of the decorative concrete painter. The more experience they have, the better the results and the more options you have in design.

Where To Stain & Seal The Cement In Your Home

One monumental idea you’d never regret is giving your laundry room a nice decorative finish. Even a simple clear finish will make a world of difference, but why not put a little stain or color on it?

Decorative finishes feel oh so good under the feet. You’ll have no trouble wanting to walk on it barefoot and you don’t have to replace the tile or laminate floors later.

Imagine being able to go barefoot in your laundry area in the garage or patio. Whether it’s inside or out, the cement can be colored and sealed. With decorative concrete, you have a clean, attractive, and expensive looking floor.

The same thing goes for your home’s garage. If you love to repair cars, small engines, do carpentry, or just tinker around in the garage with a hobby, you have to think about resurfacing or staining and coloring the garage floor.

Just imagine, if you want to lie down and work under the car, you don’t have to get all grimy. Oil leaks and chemical spills are so easy to clean up and you’ll love the look of the garage every time you pull up in the car. You’ll be amazed and proud of how it looks!

If you are looking for a San Diego Concrete Restoration then please call (858) 750-5098 or complete our online request form.

What Exterior Stain & Seal Can Do For You

February 3, 2017 at 6:56 pm | Category: Uncategorized

Beautiful brown stone walkway in arching pattern and design.

Owning a home is all about doing what you want with it. There’s no one to tell you what improvements to make or what you have to do to maintain it. It’s much more fun to own a home than to rent, that’s for sure. But with ownership, of course, comes responsibility.

Keeping up with exterior appearances is important. That’s why you see so many homeowners working hard to keep their properties looking sharp. No one wants to own a home that looks as if it’s falling apart. So, the weekends are spent cleaning up the landscape and doing exterior chores like sweeping off the deck, blowing leaves off the patio, or washing off algae on the siding.

There are many ways to enhance the curb appeal of a home. One of the most beneficial things you can do is stain and seal the exterior surfaces of your siding, deck, and fences. It is a great way to increase your curb appeal and make everything easier to clean. Here are more benefits to exterior staining and sealing.

  • Superior protection for exterior siding, decks, and fences
  • Easier exterior cleaning
  • Adds mildew resistant properties
  • Reduces scuffs and scratches
  • Increases UV ray resistance
  • Adds waterproofing protection
  • Beautifies wood, concrete, paving stones, siding

Beautifying Your Deck With Stain & Seal

You would not believe how different your deck will look after staining and sealing. Wood has a tendency to fade and turn gray after it has weathered for a time. The beautiful deck you installed will eventually need to be refinished. With new stain and sealant, the beauty of the wood will be renewed. You can also always change the stain color to something richer if you prefer.

Deck sealing should be done about every year. However, it depends on the strength of the sealant. For instance, the industrial strength sealant product that our San Diego concrete restoration experts use lasts about three times longer. Staining should be redone as the pigment fades or anytime you want a change.

Concrete Staining & Sealing For Incredible Curb Appeal

You would be amazed what concrete staining and sealing can do for your curb appeal. Imagine having a driveway that looks exactly like you brought in antique brick and installed it piece by piece. A concrete staining and sealing artist can create any type of design for you including a driveway or sidewalks that look like slate. You’ll save a lot with concrete staining and sealing because it doesn’t cost near the same as installing the real material.
It will be easier to clean and maintain any exterior surface that has been sealed. The surface is waterproofed and it becomes resistant to scuffing, algae, mildew, chemicals, spills, and grime. It will be far easier to keep the siding, driveway, or fences clear of debris as well.

 

If you are looking for a San Diego Concrete Restoration then please call (858) 750-5098 or complete our online request form.

3 Tips On Cement Sealing In San Diego

October 4, 2016 at 6:50 pm | Category: Concrete Restoration

Road Worker Resurfacing Street with Hot Tar.

When it comes to concrete beautification and restoration in San Diego, nobody does it better than Goonst Hardscapes. We know all about cement sealing, so we wanted to give you a few tips.When your cement driveway, sidewalks, patio, garage floor, and entryway was constructed new, the builder sealed the cement after it cured. But this sealant doesn’t last forever.

How long has it been since the cement was sealed at your home? Most won’t know, so you’re not alone if you don’t.

Cement Sealing To Protect Your Investment

There are many things that can damage concrete if it is not protected with a good sealant. Over time, the weather will wear off the seal. Once it’s gone, the concrete is vulnerable to damage. It needs to be sealed at all times to protect the surface from moisture, scratching, and stains.

A cement surface will last much longer if protected by sealant. Concrete is porous. If you look at it under a microscope, you’ll see jagged edged pores everywhere. The cement will start to degrade unless it stays sealed. Your driveway, walkways, and other structures are an investment. Make them last as long as possible with cement sealing.

You Have Choices -Decorative Cement Sealing

Don’t think that your concrete has to be left as is with a clear sealant. The surface can be restored if there are any cracks, scratches, or chips. A decorative cement sealant can be used instead of leaving it gray.

It can also be stamped or stained with a unique pattern. It can be transformed to look like stone, granite or marble. Metallic color can be applied for an upscale, contemporary look. Your concrete surfaces are a blank canvas waiting for new color and design!

Always Seal After Cleaning

Sometimes the concrete is cleaned by those who don’t know how to use the proper techniques. Damaging chemical solutions are used to remove grease, oil, rust stains, and general surface grime.

Often, concrete cleaning will remove the sealant if it hasn’t already worn off. It’s important to reseal the cement after it’s been cleaned. Call Goonst Hardscapes and ask us about our San Diego cement sealing service. We can take a look at your concrete structures and go over the options with you.

If you are looking for a San Diego Concrete Restoration service, please call (858) 750-5098 or complete our online request form.

San Diego Decorative Concrete Resurfacing

September 28, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Category: Concrete Restoration

Using decorative concrete resurfacing is a wonderful way to make your house more attractive and sophisticated looking, without incurring much expense at all. In fact, San Diego decorative concrete resurfacing is an extremely affordable way to spruce up your home, and many of the decorative concrete resurfacing options available today are so nice that most people can’t even tell the design was done with concrete. Some San Diego decorative concrete resurfacing is designed to specifically mimic some other natural stone form. You can use decorative concrete resurfacing on your driveway for instance, to make it appear as if it’s made of a pretty brick design. Decorative concrete resurfacing is also used to create designs which look like old castle stone, or cobble stones too. Decorative concrete resurfacing is also used indoors quite often, because it can be used to create the look of marble for instance. Decorative concrete resurfacing can even be used as a way to create expensive looking tile designs too, all made out of concrete. Another type of San Diego decorative concrete resurfacing is done just by using colored tints in the concrete. If for instance, you want to resurface the concrete of the walkway to your home, but you don’t want the drab gray color that’s usually seen with concrete, you could use a colored tint in your concrete such as blue, white, green, mauve, or whatever you’d like. The decorative concrete resurfacing could match your primary house color if you’d like, or it could match the grass yard, or match the decorative paint trim color on your house instead. Using tinted decorative concrete resurfacing is a versatile, easy, and affordable decorating option for almost any concrete surface need. Some people like decorative concrete surfacing that’s simply a texture instead of a specific color or design. Around your swimming pool for instance, you might decide to have a decorative textured concrete resurface done to both beautify the pool and make it safer too. Since the decorative concrete resurfacing will be rough in texture, it will make the area much less slippery when wet. Some people love to use decorative concrete resurfacing inside the kitchen particularly, because it allows them to create extremely strong, sturdy kitchen counter tops which are very beautiful looking. Decorative concrete surfacing in the kitchen can end up looking like you have solid wood block counters, solid marble counters, or almost anything else you’d like. Another way to use decorative concrete surfacing is on the floor inside your home too. Since the decorative concrete surfacing techniques can make the surface look like almost anything you desire, such as cobblestone, expensive tiles, mosaics and even murals, you can end up with a beautiful and unique floor inside your home that will stand the wear of time. Surfaces created with decorative San Diego concrete resurfacing techniques can be treated in various ways too. If you had decorative concrete resurfacing done on the floors of your home in a mosaic tile design for instance, you should have a nice glossy finish coat put on the design to both help the floor stay looking new longer, and to help the floor look even more decorative too. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/590182

If you are looking for a San Diego Concrete Resurfacing then please call (858) 750-5098 or complete our online request form.

Benefits of Hardscaping Your San Diego Home

July 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Category: Uncategorized

Hardscaping is everything incorporated into your San Diego landscape besides the living greenery. This can include things like walkways, gazebos, walls, fences and fountains. Hardscaping in San Diego allows property owners to add functional features to a landscape while creating a visually appealing area that is low maintenance. The Advantage of Hardscaping Since hardscape require little care after installation, they provide a means of increasing property value of the property without requiring the level of care that a lawn requires. This makes hardscaping ideal for San Diego home owners who have busy schedules, those who live in arid regions, or those who wish to have nice yards, but were not exactly blessed with a green thumb. Hardscape Features Hardscape features such as ornate benches or gazebos can be incorporated into any landscaping scenario to provide functionality. Fountains and pools can create a more calming and serene atmosphere, also helping to drown out noise pollution and attract local fauna. Stone or brick walkways can be functional and also be used to mask problem areas where grasses and other plants are slow to take hold. Fences and rock walls can provide wind barriers and improve privacy. Hardscaping also allows for the vertical building of flower beds to add visual interest to any landscaping design. Hardscaping provides aspects of functionality and beauty to any San Diego yard. It creates a visually appealing area for recreation and relaxation, and significantly increases the value of a homeowner’s property. Using a respectable and qualified San Diego landscape designer can help to assure that the overall effect of the landscape is a success, providing years of use and enjoyment to the homeowner.

If you are looking for a San Diego Concrete Restoration then please call (858) 750-5098 or complete our online request form.

Why You Want San Diego Decorative Concrete

January 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Category: Textured Concrete

San Diego Decorative Concrete


Concrete surfaces are generally considered to be grey and dull. But that general opinion is set to change. Research and development of new concepts in coloring and texturing of concrete surfaces has led to the concrete virtually taking any color, texture, and shape, lately which has multiplied consumer options of using San Diego decorative concrete for interior flooring and walling.

Transform Your Concrete

What was once driveway and foot path material has made a grand entry indoors in the shape of concrete. The affordability of concrete is the primary reason for it turning out to be a viable option for builders, decorators and buyers, though the looks, feel and effect of using concrete can no way bring one to think about it as being cheap. San Diego decorative concrete is gaining ground in every arena, and is not limited to just outdoor choices.

The option of creating unlimited colors and textures in concrete makes it the preferred choice of decorators who are innovative and would like to experiment with floor colors and wall finishes to the extent of concrete resembling luxurious sculptured stones. This translates into unlimited range of designs that can be sculpted, imprinted or embossed on the floor as well as the walls.

Consult a Professional Concrete Contractor

An expert or a professional mixer of concrete will be able to produce the exact and realistic textures with good amount of detailing. The good thing about concrete is that any color, shade or texture that comes to your mind can be developed through a few processes using San Diego decorative concrete. Texturing is created by adding compounds and mixtures to the original concrete mixture. It is always advisable to consult a professional designer or an expert to bring out the best and the most realistic designs in concrete flooring.

As San Diego decorative concrete is many times cheaper than the natural stones that we use for flooring, it is a low cost alternative that can guarantee beautiful natural finishes. Another major advantage of decorative concrete is that it can be applied to any solid surface within your home and also outdoors, while enjoying all the good benefits of an all weather durable material. The cumulative benefits of saving on material cost and labor could be substantial in any construction that uses decorative concrete solutions for their floors and walls in stylish and trendy colors, textures and finishes.

The Many Options Of Decorative Concrete

A prototype of the desired design should be tried on a small surface area before you go for a complete overlay, so that you could have a clear and definite picture of what color or texture would look like when it is done. Like most other concrete surfaces the effort and cost required to maintain decorative concrete surface is minimal.

San Diego decorative concrete is s cost efficient customer solution for homes and offices that look stylish and modern. San Diego Decorative concrete products are available in standard and customized shapes, colors and designs. As decorative concrete is a versatile building solution it can be stamped, imprinted, stained, stenciled and can be made into any shape that the customer may require.

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If you are looking for Patterned & Textured Concrete In San Diego then please call (858) 750-5098 or complete our online request form.

Does Your San Diego Concrete Need To Be Sealed?

January 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Category: Concrete Sealing

Although concrete is a solid matter, it is a porous material which means it absorbs liquids just like a sponge. Different liquid substances can seep into concrete from water to vehicle oil, greases and grime.

Once the concrete has absorbed these liquids, it would be very hard to remove them. Sealing your San Diego concrete prevents liquid substances to penetrate its pores, ultimately prolonging the life of the concrete surface.

How do concrete sealers work as a protective barrier?

A San Diego concrete sealer changes the qualities of the concrete’s surface so that when water comes into contact with it, the water molecules form tiny blobs on the surface instead of penetrating it. Then, the water droplets just roll away from the surface. Sealing gives concrete the same protection against oils and grease so even these normally hard-to-remove stains become easy to clean.

It also protects against de-icing salts so sealing is especially important on exterior San Diego concrete surfaces that go through freeze-thaw cycles. It also eliminates the problem of mildew penetrating the cement, which can leave black stains on the surface over time.

How does it affect the concrete’s appearance?

Sealers usually impart sheen to concrete surfaces drawing out the rich colours of decorative concrete. Any decorative San Diego concrete finish will look much better when sealed. Exposed aggregate concrete will definitely benefit from sealing because it enhances the beauty of the decorative aggregates (i.e. pebbles and small stones) in the concrete.

A tinted sealer can be applied to a plain gray slab or San Diego decorative concrete to add colour. Regular application of a quality concrete sealer will make your concrete more resistant to fading and wear.

How often should concrete sealing be done?

There is no exact rule to this because several factors are involved, mainly the type and quality of the product you used, the location of the area and the conditions the concrete is exposed to. A sealer, depending on the exact product, may last from 1 to 3 years.

Basically, you should seal your concrete as soon as you notice the coating is starting to wear away. You should also reseal coloured concrete as soon as you see the need for it because delaying the work may result to a slight fading of colour.

You should consider traffic and weather factors. Naturally, concrete surfaces that get a lot of vehicle traffic and is exposed to sunlight will wear faster than, say, a covered concrete area with moderate foot traffic. This is why San Diego concrete driveways are normally sealed more frequently than patios or sidewalks.

Recommendations:

  • Seal San Diego concrete driveways once a year, ideally during fall to prepare it for winter conditions.
  • It is ideal to re-apply clear seal on coloured concrete that get heavy traffic or is exposed to harsh winter conditions every 1 to 2 years.
  • Seal other exterior concrete surfaces (plain or coloured) that do not get vehicle traffic every 2 to 3 years.
  • For interior concrete floors, it’s okay to seal them once but apply wax coating periodically.
    • With periodic concrete sealing, the next coatings only need quick and thin applications.

Should my concrete be sealed?

While the benefits of sealing are obvious here, some people still do not seal their San Diego concrete. Some say it’s not necessary if you live in a place that has a mild climate or don’t get much rain.

But the truth is sealing improves the overall appearance and life of all types of concrete regardless of the location. So, if you want to protect your investment, there’s no question to it – you should seal your San Diego concrete.

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If you are looking for a San Diego Concrete Sealer Contractor then please call (858) 750-5098 or complete our online request form.

San Diego Concrete Resurfacing, Texturing & Coating

December 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Category: Concrete Restoration

San Diego Concrete is a durable surface. It is made with natural materials and withstands many years of wear and tear of hard use. The Romans made it 2,000 years ago and used it to build their extensive road system using sand, aggregate, lime, water and animal blood.

Although San Diego concrete is durable, it does over time, show erosion and degeneration. However, it does not necessarily need to be removed and replaced. It can be resurfaced.

How San Diego Concrete Resurfacing Can Save You Money

Thin resurfacing can make an old damaged San Diego concrete look almost new without having to tear the surface out and re-pour. This is a real savings in labor and materials, especially when it comes to repairing roads. The citizens enjoy a new road surface in much less time and using fewer tax dollars than if the road were to be replaced.

The homeowner will often find that a patio, basement floor or garage floor need resurfacing. Recent developments in resurfacing materials now offer a truly durable, stain resistant, crack filling resurfacing mix of epoxies and aggregate. The surface dries very quickly and is ready to use in a fraction of the time traditional mix is ready. In a high traffic area this is a big asset.

Enhance Your Concrete With San Diego Concrete Resurfacing

Resurfacing San Diego concrete rather than removing or replacing it can often offer the opportunity to enhance the existing floor with an exciting new decorative San Diego concrete finish. It can be stamped, colored and stained and polished to look like marble, terra cotta stone and even stenciled.

As with most things, going with a San Diego concrete resurfacing professional is the best way to go. Getting a local San Diego concrete resurfacing company to do the work for you saves time, headaches, and money. Not to mention that they get the job done quick and done right. Contact your local company and get started on making your concrete look amazing.

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If you are looking for San Diego Concrete Resurfacing, Texturing & Coating then please call
(858) 750-5098 or complete our online request form.

What You Need To Know About San Diego Concrete Paint

November 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Category: Concrete Restoration

San Diego Concrete repair, restoration, and general maintenance, is typically more cost effective than complete concrete replacement, as you are probably aware. Below you’ll find some general tips and considerations in the event that you are looking for a commercial concrete repair restoration contractor.

What is San Diego Concrete Repair, Restoration? 
Simply put, it’s the practice of fixing broken concrete, as well as cleaning and applying a sealant for future protection.  Depending on the level of damage, some cracks can be filled with epoxy.  If the damage is deep, the concrete might need to be removed and re-surfaced.

Why does your San Diego Concrete need Repair? 
Other than the obvious visually displeasing aspect of broken concrete, cracked concrete can also be very dangerous to structures as a whole.  For instance, imagine a parking garage where cars are driving on cracked concrete.  Over time, that crack will get larger and larger, forming either an annoying pothole for your customers, or even worse, putting them in danger.

The most important reason for San Diego concrete repair and restoration in the MD/DC/VA area is what any waterproofing contractor will tell you – moisture is the most damaging force to concrete.  If you have cracked or damaged concrete, it is much easier for water to seep through and cause further damage.

How to Perform San Diego Concrete Repair, Restoration 
There are do-it-yourself methods, but we do not recommend wasting your time with those.  Not only are they relatively expensive, but are also time consuming and difficult to perform properly. It would be cheaper and faster to go with a professional San Diego Concrete Restoration contractor

There is no simple fix for damaged, dirty, or cracked concrete – every job is different.  Some cracks can be easily repaired with epoxy injection, and some stains can be removed by power washing with chemicals and sealant.  But sometimes, the fix will come from facade re-anchoring, especially in stadiums, balconies, and parking decks.

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If you are looking for Concrete Paint Restoration Services In San Diego then please call (858) 750-5098 or complete our online request form.

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