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What is Acrylic Texture?
Acrylic Texture is a mixture of Portland cement, fine aggregate, and liquid acrylic resin. Portland cement is made from a combination of aluminum, calcium and silicon. The Portland cement is made by heating limestone and sand or clay and grinding the products together. The resulting powder, when mixed with water, will become a hydrated solid over time. Instead of just adding water as most cement products have, we add an acrylic resin. The acrylic resin is a binder that holds together more securely than water alone can do. It is basically a clear plastic that is flexible, waterproof, and tough. The aggregate adds strength and is also added at different amounts to thicken the acrylic texture. Together these ingredients create a cementious product that is tough, flexible, and easy to work with.
What is Acrylic Sealer?
There are a couple types of sealer we use for acrylic texture and pavers. Clear acrylic sealer is a non-yellowing solution that is a protective coating for the acrylic texture surface and pavers. Solid color acrylic sealer is a coating with best properties of an epoxy paint and concrete stain. The first application penetrates like a stain to ensure it bonds well to the concrete or acrylic surface. The second coat bonds to the first coat and leaves a sealed surface that is waterproof, mildew proof, and easy to clean like an epoxy paint. Why use a sealer instead of a stain and paint? A stain will do just that stain up as it’s surface can be penetrated. It does penetrate the surface of concrete better than a paint though. Just as a stain penetrates and colors concrete, the sealer does so in it’s first coat. A paint has a surface that is protective against stains but, it sometimes will peel. Again taking the best property of the paint with it’s protective coat and negating the possible peeling, the sealer is the ultimate coating for concrete and acrylic texture.
What are Pavers?
Concrete pavers are created by combining white or gray portland cement, several types of aggregates, and coloring dyes. They are made in factory controlled conditions and compressed at pressures as high as 8000 PSI and then vibrating to compact . The result is a high strength concrete blocks that are much stronger than ordinary concrete. These blocks are molded into many shapes and colors to allow for many designs and combinations to make each job unique.
Should I use Pavers or Acrylic Texture on my pool/driveway/patio?
If you have an existing concrete surface you can install thin pavers or an acrylic texture over it. Acrylic texture can be installed on concrete in any condition. Concrete that has aggregate from inside showing can be capped. No matter what kind of stain or imperfection on the concrete it can all be fixed with an application of acrylic texture. Even if cracks are present, they can be used and hidden in the pattern that we create. If you have an area you wish to install on that is grass, dirt, sand or any non-concrete surface then a thick paver is what is recommended.
Should I use thick or thin Pavers?
A paver comes in different thicknesses. A 2” thick paver is used on areas where there isn’t existing concrete to work on. The 1” thin paver is used on areas where there is an existing concrete slab to work over. The 1” thin paver can also be used over areas that don’t have existing concrete, but it can only be used where no vehicle traffic will go. You may have an area that already has a concrete slab down. By using 1”thin pavers you can go over that concrete and add more area without having to tear out the concrete to install 2” thick pavers.
What will happen to existing concrete that has settling or sinkhole cracks?
Cracks in concrete are inevitable and cannot be prevented by any means. Even the highest P.S.I. concrete with additives to increase strength and even rebar will crack so these expansion joints must be added. If the finisher of a concrete slab has cut enough expansion joints in the concrete the cracks may be hidden inside the cut. If you are lucky the cracks will run along these cuts, but very few concrete slabs are without random cracks eventually. When applying acrylic texture over concrete that has expansion joints and cracks, careful attention must be used in not covering the expansion joints and cracks as they will pull through the acrylic texture and be visible once again. Expansion joints are left open and even sometimes used within a pattern. Cracks are cut out and formed into new expansion joints. The new cuts are then formed into a stone like pattern that will hide any further cracking. New expansion joints can also be cut if future cracks appear making this technique always one step ahead of cracking concrete. Look here to see some examples of this method. If you decide on a paver then your worries are over as far as cracking concrete is concerned. A thin paver will hide any existing cracks and future cracks will show no more. A thick paver like a thin paver is basically like setting many small concrete pads down. The smaller the concrete pad the less chance of cracking which is why pavers are the ultimate choice for function.
Can Acrylic Texture be applied over chipping/peeling/worn surfaces?
When applying acrylic texture over concrete that is coming up a cap is applied that is either troweled on or sprayed. This cap ensures that what is applied will stay down along with helping keep the old surface from coming up any further. Acrylic texture can also be applied over Chattahoochee river rock or River rock as it’s commonly known as. As long as the installer feels the rocks can have the application without fear of future problems arising with the rock coming up any further a cap can be applied over it. In some cases the River rock may be in such disrepair that it will have to be removed before any further work can be done.
What maintenance is involved in Acrylic surfaces and Pavers?
Acrylic sealers are oil, mildew, rust and even acid resistant. Although the coatings are durable, they are not indestructible. The rule of thumb is this; if it will scratch, chip or damage concrete, chances are it will damage the acrylic surface also. Exercise caution when setting heavy things on it. Take care not to drag heavy items that could scratch it. Periodic washing is all you should have to do to maintain the surface. Clean oil spills and the like as quickly as possible to keep it looking new. Pavers like acrylic are also susceptible to damage. The same caution should be applied to pavers. A paver does not require a clear sealer to be applied but, it is recommended by the manufacturer and Surface Creations. This sealer will keep oils, rust , and mildew from penetrating it’s surface. Again think of the paver as a bunch of small concrete pads, anything that will harm concrete will also do so to the paver.
What holds the Paver down and together?
Pavers are set in either a bed of sand, crushed limestone, or crushed concrete. In between the pavers, sand is applied to lock the pavers together. After the sand is in place the paver is locked against the pavers surrounding it. To remove a paver is no easy task as it is either removed with a special tool or shimmied out with small prying tools. Many people find it hard to believe that they are just “sitting there” but, they are not going any where unless you want them too. The outside edges although are mortared down similar in how a ceramic tile is to lock the pavers in place.
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