Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Enjoy some of our videos featuring Jared (Partner/Production), responding to some of our most commonly asked questions.

Jared Knows Concrete Coatings

What are your coatings made of?

1. Cementious mixes with acrylic modifiers can be sprayed, troweled, or stamped onto the existing concrete surface.
2. Polyaspartic Polyurea is a two-part mixture up to 4x more potent than epoxy with more abrasion and chemical resistance and does not yellow, fade, or moisture blush like epoxies. Epoxy also hardens and shrinks for the product's life and thus becomes brittle and cracks. The polyaspartic coating changes in the first seven days is static for the rest of its life and is 98% more flexible than epoxy.

How do you prepare the surface?

Polyaspartics: All coatings are only as good as the surface preparation. We use vacuum grinders with some of the finest diamond grits to open the surface pores and create a scratch pattern.
Cementious:  Either the same grinding process or power washing with acid etching.

How long does installation take?

Polyaspartic floors can typically be installed in one day. Cementitious coatings usually take between 1-3 days. The amount of time depends on the square footage and weather conditions.

When can the floor be returned to service?

Polyaspartic floors can resume foot traffic in 1-4 hours and drive traffic in 24-48 hours. Cement floors can be walked upon after 24 hours and driven on after 48 hours. Cold and humidity can lengthen these times.

How long do the coatings last?

These coatings can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. There are 40-year-old floors still going strong.
All of our coatings are UV stable and do not yellow or fade. With Cementious layers, the top two coats are high solid sealers that last up to 10 years. Polyaspartic coatings typically last 15-20 years but can be roughed up and top-coated to extend their life.

Are the coatings slippery?

The application process's very nature and the added materials' texture allow us to make your decorative concrete surface as slip-resistant as you desire.

How do the coatings hold up to WI winters?

There are 20+-year-old coatings still going in Canada and Alaska. These coatings mechanically and chemically become one with your concrete and naturally heave or contract with your concrete. Cold and heat do not affect the surface. These surfaces can be salted without damage to your decorative concrete.You cannot plow these surfaces. We recommend using plastic shovels and snow blowers fitted with hard composite angle brackets and scraper blades.

 Can you repair pitting, pop-outs, and cracks?

The truth regarding these problems is that we use some of the most robust repair products available. They can be applied and ready for grinding in 5-15 minutes. They are stronger than epoxies and your concrete. We guarantee that pitting and pop-outs won't return. Cracks can return no matter what you hear, who says it, or what product is used. Because our products are so strong, if your concrete goes through the same process that initially caused the crack, your concrete may crack next to our repair with no failure. It has been our experience, over millions of square feet of resurfacing, that cracks on a good foundation (garages, basements, porches) tend not to return. Still, cracks on an unstable foundation, such as driveways, tend to return and usually quickly. Stable cracks tend not to return, but there is no guarantee that a crack will not return.

What maintenance is required?

All coatings should be cleaned at least once a year after chemical spills. Protect the layers from sharp metal edges. If you use plastic edges, the surfaces will look great for many years. All coatings can be power washed, and cleaners like Simple Green and Dawn can be used.

Exterior Cementious coatings should be resealed every 4-6 years for optimal performance, but our sealers can last up to 10 years. Leaves should not be piled on the surface for long periods. Tannic acid can darken the coating. Polyaspartic coatings can be roughed and top coated if they become dim from surface wear. Do not use citrus cleaners which can dim their surface prematurely.

What is your warranty?

We offer a residential ten-year warranty. A copy can be obtained from your representative.

How do we differ from our competition?

Not all coatings are created equal. Epoxies are cheaper than polyaspartic, and some companies will use epoxy for the undercoatings. Some companies only apply two coats of the product; We use a four-coat system for our polyaspartic flooring, including two clear top coats for added protection and durability. Our coatings are all UV stable and will not yellow or fade over time like epoxies. The quality of polyaspartic is in the additives and solids. Some companies use solids as low as 60%. We use high solids from 72-90%, depending on what is needed for each surface. We offer a trustworthy, professional service and stand behind our products and quality.