DEFFECTS?

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WE AT HARDER CONCRETE INC. ARE CONFIDENT IN THE OUTSTANDING QUALITY OF OUR PRODUCTS. NEW CONCRETE MATERIAL AND WORKMANSHIP ARE BACKED BY A TWO-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY.

DEFECTS IN CONCRETE NEEDING REPAIR ARE DEFINED AS CRACKS IN THE CONCRETE THAT ARE ¼” OR GREATER IN SEPARATION OR HEIGHT DIFFERENCE; AND/OR POPPED OR CHIPPED CONCRETE TAKING UP 30% OR GREATER PER SECTION. ONLY THE DEFECTED SECTIONS WILL BE ENTITLED TO REPAIR UNDER WARRANTY.

WARRANTY ISSUES CAN ONLY BE ADDRESSED DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. IF FOR ANY REASON (I.E. WEATHER, AVAILABILITY, ETC.) WE ARE UNABLE TO SERVICE AT THE TIME THAT THE CLAIM IS SUBMITTED, HARDER CONCRETE INC. WILL COMMENCE WARRANTY REPAIRS THE FOLLOWING YEAR PROVIDED THAT THE CLAIM WAS MADE PRIOR TO THE WARRANTY'S EXPIRY.

HARDER CONCRETE INC. WILL APPLY TWO COATS OF HIGH GLOSS, HIGH SOLIDS CURE & SEAL SEALANT TO THE CONCRETE AFTER THE EXPANSION CUTS AND AS SOON AS THE WEATHER PERMITS.  ON THE SAME DAY AS THE CUTS WE WILL DO THE INITIAL WASH OF THE CONCRETE DECK REMOVING APPROXIMATELY 80% OF THE RELEASE AGENT.  THIS IS THE MINIMUM AMOUNT WE REQUIRE TO BE REMOVED TO APPLY SEALER AND HAVE IT BOND TO THE CONCRETE SURFACE PROPERLY.  FROM THERE WE CAN REMOVE MORE TO ACHIEVE THE CUSTOMERS’ DESIRED LOOK.  

 

THE SEALER PROVIDES A HIGH GLOSS FINISH AND ALLOWS THE CONCRETE TO PROPERLY CURE.  OUR SEALER WORKS AS A CURING COMPOUND BY SLOWING DOWN MOISTURE EVAPORATION ON FRESHLY PLACED CONCRETE.  THIS ENSURES PROPER STRENGTH DEVELOPMENT AND MINIMIZES SHRINKAGE CRACKING.  WE ADD AN ANTI-SLIP GRIP PRODUCT TO THE SEALER WHICH IS A SILICA SAND BASED PRODUCT. 

 

THE SEALER WILL SLOWLY LOSE ITS GLOSS OVER THE FIRST 2 WEEKS BUT WILL CONTINUE TO PROTECT YOUR CONCRETE.  THE GLOSSY LOOK WILL LAST MUCH LONGER ON FUTURE RE-COATS.  WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND RESEALING YOUR CONCRETE EVERY 1-3 YEARS TO KEEP IT PROTECTED AND LOOKING NEW.

 

NOTE:  UNTIL THE INITIAL SEALER IS APPLIED IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ONCE THE CUTS AND INITIAL WASH ARE DONE, THE CUSTOMER APPLIES WATER TO THE DECK A MINIMUM OF 2X DAILY UNTIL SEALED.  DOING SO WILL ALLOW THE CONCRETE TO ABSORB MOISTURE AND HELP PREVENT EARLY SHRINKAGE CRACKS UNTIL THE SEALER IS APPLIED.  

 

DURING THE WINTER MONTHS PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY SORT OF ICE MELT OR SALT ON YOUR CONCRETE & USE PLASTIC SHOVELS ONLY.  HARDER CONCRETE INC. WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGED CONCRETE THAT IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO ANY OF THE ABOVE. 

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AFTER CARE

TO KEEP YOUR CONCRETE LOOKING NEW AND TO PROMOTE THE LONGEVITY OF THE SEALER, PRESSURE WASH AND CLEAN YOUR CONCRETE AT REGULAR INTERVALS.

 

NEVER USE METAL SHOVELS OR SALTS DURING THE WINTER MONTHS AS THEY WILL WEAR AND BREAK DOWN THE SURFACE OF YOUR NEW CONCRETE WHICH IS NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY. 

 

DEPENDING ON WEAR IN HIGH-TRAFFIC AREAS, WE RECOMMEND APPLYING EITHER ONE COAT OF SEALER EVERY SPRING OR TWO COATS OF SEALER EVERY TWO TO THREE YEARS.

STEP 1

PREPARE THE CONCRETE

  1. ENSURE THERE IS NO RAIN IN THE FORECAST FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS.

  2. PRESSURE WASH THE CONCRETE AND CLEAN OFF ANY DEBRIS WHERE NEEDED. THE CONCRETE MUST BE THOROUGHLY CLEANED AND DRY BEFORE APPLYING THE SEALER.

  3. IF THE CONCRETE IS TOO HOT WHEN APPLYING THE SEALER, IT WILL CURE TOO FAST AND WILL NOT BOND PROPERLY TO THE CONCRETE. IN HOT WEATHER (25-30 DEGREES), IT IS BEST TO WASH IN THE EVENING AND SEAL FIRST THING THE NEXT MORNING.

STEP 2

PREPARE THE SEALER

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 METAL PAINT TRAY

  • 1 10MM NAP WHITE ROLLER

  • 1 STANDARD PAINT BRUSH

  1. THE SEALER PRODUCT IS CALLED DECRA-SEAL AND COMES IN 5-GALLON PAILS. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE PAIL OF SEALER TO CALCULATE THE AMOUNT NEEDED FOR APPLICATION. 

  2. A SILICA SAND PRODUCT IS ALSO ADDED TO THE SEALER FOR GRIP. THIS GRIP COMPONENT IS ADDED DIRECTLY INTO THE PAIL OF SEALER BEFORE APPLICATION.

  3. ADD ROUGHLY 1/3 TO 1/2 OF A CONTAINER OF GRIP TO A 5-GALLON PAIL OF SEALER.

  4. MIX WELL UNTIL FULLY INCORPORATED AND POUR AS NEEDED INTO YOUR METAL PAINT TRAY.

  5. MIX AGAIN EVERY TIME BEFORE RE-FILLING YOUR TRAY TO KEEP THE GRIP SUSPENDED IN THE SEALER.

STEP 3

APPLY THE SEALER

  1. USING THE 10MM NAP WHITE ROLLER FOR LARGE SURFACES AND THE PAINT BRUSH FOR EDGES AND CORNERS, APPLY THE SEALER IN A THIN AND EVEN COAT, ENSURING NO DRIPS OR PUDDLES ARE LEFT BEHIND.

  2. IF THE SEALER IS APPLIED TOO THICK OR OVER DAMP AREAS, IT WILL TURN WHITE. IN THIS CASE, ROLL OUT FURTHER TO BLEND OUT.

  3. BE CAREFUL NOT TO GET THE SEALER ON ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE CONCRETE SURFACE. ONCE THE SEALER IS APPLIED, IT IS NOT EASY TO REMOVE.

  4. IF APPLYING A SECOND COAT, WAIT AT LEAST 1 HOUR AFTER COMPLETING THE FIRST COAT.

OF COURSE, IF YOU NEED HELP AT ANY TIME,

PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS.

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