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While small cracks don’t indicate any structural problems with concrete, it is best to fix the issue as soon as possible. Once a small cracks appears, wear and tear will inevitably cause it to expand. ‘Minor’ usually refers to cracks that are 0.5 inches or less deep and 0.25 inches or less wide. Here is a quick 5 step process to repair minor cracks and get your concrete ready for resurfacing: 1. Clean the cracks with a wire brush. Get...

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You should look upon concrete resurfacing as cosmetic finishes rather than products for concrete repair. Ultimately, there is no point embarking on a concrete resurfacing project unless you have addressed all structural problems. In simple terms, don’t continue with the project if there are chunks of concrete that have broken away, lifted or sunk. It isn’t hard to determine whether there is a structural problem as the signs are...

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Although modern epoxy resin is safer than previous products, you can still become sensitized to its components. Some resins may cause a significant primary skin irritation, and occasionally solid epoxy resins have been known to cause skin rashes. Nonetheless, new epoxy resin formulas are a lot less likely to cause adverse reactions than common liquid epoxy resins. If your eyes come into contact with epoxy resin, you should only suffer...

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This is perfectly acceptable, as a chemical bond is not possible once the epoxy has cured. Therefore, a “mechanical” bond is required, which means the cured epoxy should be sanded lightly before you apply the next coat. The first coat needs to have a surface that is almost white. It’s a good idea to use 80- to 120-grit sandpaper; do not use finer paper. If a blush or bloom has developed on the first coat, it is crucial that you remove...

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Although it ultimately depends on the level of traffic and usage your floor will be subjected to, all epoxy flooring needs to be touched up or recoated occasionally. With a simple maintenance routine, you can enjoy your epoxy flooring for a very long time. We recommend sweeping your floor on a daily basis, as that removes foreign objects and safety hazards. A mechanized sweeper or soft-bristled broom should be used. You should also...

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Amine blush occurs when the epoxy releases a blush to the surface and creates a wax-like film that sits on the cured epoxy resin surface. It is a relatively rare occurrence and seems to happen during a strange mix of humidity and temperature that is not easy to isolate. Fortunately, it is a minor inconvenience and can quickly and easily be removed from the surface. It is common for people to think the epoxy has not cured when amine...

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As long as the epoxy is warm, this is okay. When laying epoxy in cold weather conditions, in an unheated garage, for example, make sure it is kept off the cold concrete floor or placed over mild heat. Once you have finished the job for the day, place the bottles in a box and store them in a warm place; an airing cupboard or boiler room would be ideal. If the weather is extremely cold and you are working in a shed with no heating, for...

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For the best possible results, it is best to hire a professional to install and seal your pavers. The majority of the work lies in preparing the paving stone floor, and when it comes to sealing, you need a high-quality pressure washing machine. You need to clear the area of dirt and debris, and prepare the base material and sand bedding before laying the pavers down in the desired pattern. Then it is necessary to sweep sand over the...

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Interlocking pavers are favored because they create a strong, durable surface that can withstand prolonged exposure to inclement weather and heavy loads. It is possible to remove individual pavers if they are damaged, and no mortar is required when installing them. As interlocking pavers are also extremely decorative and versatile, they are well worth considering when looking to install pavers. Continue reading about driveway and...

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This depends on the type of sealer used. Certain sealers are great for allowing the pavers to cure and breathe, while others trap lime and salts on the surface of the pavers because they are not breathable. You should be looking to seal the pavers when they are new, because the whole purpose of sealing is to preserve the “new” look of the pavers on your yard or driveway. Continue reading about driveway and paving...

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One possible issue is weeds growing between the paver joints, but you can prevent this by filling up the joints with sand and adding a sealant. Otherwise, you’ll have to keep a close eye on your paving surface and kill any weeds that appear. There are various cleaning solutions you can apply to get rid of skid marks, algae, oil, and grime. You may see a whitish haze, known as efflorescence, on the surface of the paving stones, but you...

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