Steve Kennedy: Carlos & Dan,
It is obvious you don't know your ass from page one. Try getting an education and learn something of value. Is you IQ even in double digits?
Dan Lambert: what a loser this guy is. if all home owners were like him there would be no stamped concrete poured. EVER! my advice to this dip is do your reasearch before diving into something that costly. if you did that you would see what the rate is of failures on these type jobs over the years. suck it up buttercup and maintain your crap properly.
Ahmed Mr: this wii be nice
carlos gonzalez: your such a loser steve. would hate to have u as a neighbor
Prosoundgear: I think you are exaggerating to much for a couples o Pop ups, nothing last forever
Ernest G: retired person with too much time on his hands...concrete is not supposed last forever
eddie garner: Thats a great stamped concrete work you got there, you sir are a ridiculous idiot with too much time on its hands, you are obssesed with your freaking driveway, the work is great and looks great. Dumbass
WATCHTOWER386: if u wanted perfect concrete pal u should have got em to make it a perfectly controled factory some where differences in temp humidity wind speed all changes from mtr to mtr crap shadows affect concrete it looks like a nice job get over it .
Oz Tallent: $25000 for concrete. Ouch. No wonder you're pissed. Did you get an estimate for pavers? Brick drives can be ea$ily repaired.
_ Remi _: To all companies or owners of concrete companies that say the owner is wrong, I have this to say. Stop covering shady business practices and businesses that do not take responsibility for their mistakes. Owners sidewalk has not developed any serious issues vs driveway and by this simple fact owner will win in this case in court. Owner of this concrete company should have remedy this situation with the owner and find a compromise to avoid bad publicity. I guess they never had such a issue before and they were not ready or even knew how to deal with it. I guess they will learn eventually when they will have to hire and pay for a lawyer to defend them yet ultimately they will be ordered to refund money to the owner plus pay him for his all associated expenses. I feel really sorry for the owner for all the pain and heartache he had to go through and wish him well on his next project.
benpearson11: Looks like an expensive spread you got there. Probably all good, honest, hard earned money built that place up. Or did you sue somebody for some other bullcrap 'Merican reason. I see some bimbos are on your side here. They watched the video, they're probably the Mike Holmes of stamped concrete now too. They're not using you in any advertisements now because they have nicer ones. That, and they want nothing to do with you because you're a loose cannon.
wack jones: ths guy is a complete joke
Phil D: This is why, as a business owner (general), I do not install pattern concrete.
But l must also express that, if a customer asked for all those stipulations, I'd walk away. IMO I think most concrete contractors would just say to themselves, after hearing this from a customer, that this job is going to be a headache. Dealing with perfectionistic customer is suicide; most contractors would think to themselves the hell with this, why bother. I don't care how much l need the coin. People offer suggestions to what ought to be put in place before signing but try to actually get a contractor to agree to those terms, never. It's unrealistic as there's too many variables with Mother Nature that can go wrong that has noting to do with the quality of concrete.
Id just walk away from a deal like that and let the other contractor not answer the phone when called to repair a installation.
Joseph Torres: So truly the homeowner is correct...BUT to a point...there will be defects...of course....quite a few...yes ...EVERYONE DOES THEM...but NOT that many...!!!! So he is right...that's the bottom line
Joseph Torres: I do concrete for a living.... Just like a lot of people who watch this video... And I'd have to say the homeowner is correct.... If you really pay attention to what he says... You will notice that no "chert" popped out on the sidewalk/walkway... But the driveway popped Out all over the next two seasons 180 spots.. Anyone who knows Concrete.... Knows what kind of weather conditions they have in their area... So a true professional practices what he needs specifically in his area... Four instance large score marks in Arizona... Lots more reinforcement in California.... Surface retarder's in Hawaii.... And water reducers in freeze/thaw states back east...
Bella Concrete, Inc.: Steve I also wanted to mention for you and for any who have viewed your videos, that as you mentioned Hilltop delivered concrete to your jobsite that was determined within industry "standards". My previous comments describe the problem in our industry that determines those standards. By openly stating that Hilltop delivered "bad" concrete to your project, you and anyone else that decides to do what you have done, could be open to a lawsuit against you from these Red-mix suppliers, who have very deep pockets. Hilltop delivered concrete to your job site that was within industry standards-not "bad" concrete.
Those of us who are professionals in this industry know how to prevent both the sealer and "chert" issues that you've had on your driveway. We know how to work with the materials that are available to us and make the necessary adjustments. There are extra steps needed during installation, as well as additional materials that we use to compensate for standard concrete mixes that are available today. 4,500 p.s.i. verses a 5,000 p.s.i. concrete mix design has very little to do with controlling or preventing either of the problems you experienced, and in fact using a 5,000 p.s.i. mix could easily cause other issues especially regarding cracking.
Your dissatisfaction with your driveway has led you to take a crash course on decorative concrete, and you can not possibly become an expert in this trade or be qualified to offer advise, or any type of guidance without field experience in our trade. It would be no different if you did the same thing after a brain surgery where you felt you didn't fully recover the way that you should have, and blamed the surgeon. You could file a lawsuit and do all the research you wanted on brain surgery, but a wise person would never view you as an expert on brain surgery or take any advise from you on how to go about selecting a surgeon, or performing the actual surgery.
Because you are not a professional in our industry, you should be careful not to guide homeowners or suggest that they do things a certain way, or specify certain materials be used when installing their decorative concrete, their future problems based on your suggestions, could become your problems as well.
I personally have 30 field experience installing decorative concrete, and I am a professional in this industry. If homeowners want a quality decorative concrete job, they need to contact a professional in the industry, with similar experience who can guide them to make good decisions.
Bella Concrete, Inc.: Hi Steve, I'm sorry to hear that you are unsatisfied with your driveway. I just now found your second video. I wish I had seen this post years ago I may have been able to save you allot of money in legal fees that you could have used to patch and re-seal the driveway. Sealer applied to colored/stamped concrete does have a 2-5 year re-application schedule depending on the homeowners preference. The important thing to remember is that sealer wears progressively throughout that time period, it does not just all instantly disappear at 2 years or 5 years. During this process the appearance may not look uniform. You will notice some areas where the sealer is gone next to areas where there is still sealer. Because the look is not uniform we do have customers that re-seal every year. We also have customers that let all of the seal wear off and never re-seal. Once the sealer completely wears off the appearance is again uniform. It is a different look, but it still looks nice. This re-sealing issue comes down to homeowner preference.
Concerning the "chert" issue, this one is far more complex. First I am sure you know by now that the ASTM standard for the amount of allowable "chert" in your concrete mix is 5%. What you probably did not know but have learned through this process, is that 5% refers to "surface area". Believe it or not, that means the concrete mix can meet this standard and you can have a total of 5 pop-outs within every 1 square foot of surface area of your driveway. From what you have described you are no where near that total amount of pop-outs.
If your contractor had agreed to using an State Highway concrete mix design on your driveway project, that allowable chert amount would have been cut down to 2%, however that still means 2 pop-outs allowed for every 1 square foot of surface area. These 2% highway mixes are predominately limestone mixes, however specifying limestone does not eliminate the chance for pop-outs. Unfortunately those highway mix designs are rarely used in residential construction.
As concrete contractors we are at the mercy of the raw materials available to us. Unfortunately the available aggregate that the Redi-Mix concrete plants use contains more and more chert the deeper the mines get as the years go on. That is the reason the ASTM standards are what they are. Opening up new mining locations rarely happens because these decorative issues are as of yet not a concern of the large Redi-Mix suppliers, or those who continue to make huge profits in our industry. Synthetic aggregates would also solve this issue, but again cost is a large factor. If either of the changes were to be made in our industry today, redi-mixed concrete would probably not be available/affordable for residential construction projects.
You are unfortunately involved with an issue that many of us professional experienced decorative concrete contractors are very passionate about. We would all like to see these changes made in our industry, but realize that "big business" and "greed" will probably never allow the proper changes to be made.
From what I can see from your video RKC was a quality contractor, and did a nice job on your project. What is unfortunate is that you have become another victim of our industry "standards". Changes to these industry standards will most likely not happen in your or my lifetime, and until they do lawyers are the only ones who will benefit from these "issues".
Also I have found from my own personal experience, hiring concrete contractors from Angies List recommendations in no way gaurantees that they are at all knowledgeable about these issues, or know how to prevent them. In fact most concrete contractors do not know about these issues until they find themselves involved in a lawsuit.
Andrew: You should have company name in title so search engines can pick it up better. But this would seriously hurt their business when people research company name.
Maggie Stokes: Thank you for this useful information. I imagine it has your contractor squirming. We are building a house and are considering stamped concrete for various outdoor areas. Your video has given us a valuable road map if, indeed, we go in that direction.
jammin jimmy: I am sorry you are having the problems you are. I do overlay work, and would recommend you stay on top of any areas that become porous, as any water penetration will change concrete chemistry, and if it freezes once in, the pops will be more apparent. Try to find an installer of acrylic overlay in your area or order acrylic resin, and decking for patch work on the internet. Where you live is definitely a more aggressive winter wise than where I reside (Phoenix, AZ.) But I do work in freeze thaw areas (Prescott & Sedona) and have seen this problem addressed by keeping the water OUT as best you can. It will require that you learn and stay diligent on the application of sealer, but this will be your best assurance of attaining the longest life of your product. I would purchase a 2500 PSI pressure washer (minimum) and have a good coat of solvent based sealer applied to a clean very dry warm surface prior to going into the cold snowy season. Your home is very beautiful, I can tell you are the type of owner that takes great pride in your home. Best of luck with your driveway, JIM
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