Bella Concrete, Inc.: This post is in reply to Steve's comments regarding not wanting his driveway to become a "maintenance nightmare" and some posts that were questioning why the sidewalk/patio did not see as much damage as the driveway. I will also address posts made that pavers are easy to repair, possibly stating that there is less maintenance with pavers? As Steve stated in his opening comments the concrete used on his driveway contained "chert" that is allowed by ASTM standards. All concrete mixes contain a specified allowable amount of chert, and the mix used on Steve's driveway contained the allowable amount of chert according to ASTM standards. His statement that his mix contained "more than typical of a good quality concrete mix" is not correct and slanderous.. My previous posts discuss briefly "chert" standards in this industry. Because this is an allowable industry standard, concrete contractors cannot order concrete from redi-mix suppliers with no "chert". Because of this most concrete contractors will tell the homeowners to re-seal their concrete every 2-5 years, as was stated to Steve by his concrete contractor. There are so many inaccurate statements made by Steve that I couldn't possible address all of them. His statement that with each freeze thaw cycle the soft aggregate containing chert is pushed to the surface, is incorrect. Aggregate containing chert is not "soft" it is termed “porous” by ASTM standards. This aggregate is lighter in weight actually containing more “air space” than the other aggregates within the concrete, and therefore -AT THE TIME OF INSTALLING THE WET CONCRETE-the lighter weight aggregate comes to the surface. This process does not continue years after the concrete has hardened, this is an immediate occurrence during initial placement of the concrete. The chert is present at the surface of the concrete the very day the new concrete is installed. My previous posts have also discussed Sealer. What does continue to happen after the concrete has hardened is that sealer wears off of the surface unevenly and progressively. Areas with higher more constant traffic volume cause the sealer to wear more quickly, the reason that Steve’s driveway developed faster chert pops and sealer wear than the sidewalk and patio. If Steve was to never re-seal his patio and walkway, they both would also see the same sealer wear and chert pops that the driveway has developed. This is the reason that Steve’s concrete contractor recommended that he re-seal his stamped concrete every 2-5 years depending on the wear. Driveways typically need every 2 years, patios and walks could possibly favor the 5 year cycle, all depending on the clearly seen evidence as Steve showed on his video, that sealer is wearing off of the surface of his concrete progressively, as it does and has with every driveway ever installed in the world. Nothing that has occurred with Steve’s driveway is not normal. For chert pop outs to occur moisture must make it past the surface of the concrete, be absorbed by the aggregate- and then freeze, causing the stone to fracture which pops off the surface cement paste that is covered over the aggregate. Sealer regularly applied prevents this process, by not allowing the chert aggregate to absorb moisture and freeze in the winter months. This required maintenance work is not a “maintenance nightmare” but a required maintenance when installing a higher grade type of concrete like stamped concrete. According to Steve’s admission in his video the need to do this maintenance every 2-5 years was stated to him by his concrete contractor. In my previous posts I also discussed buying higher quality items and in doing so expecting to pay more for possible repair parts or maintenance. (Volkswagen verses Mercedes) This is accepted when purchasing any other material/item in the world but for some reason some customers think this rule does not apply to concrete. Finally regarding a post alluding to the fact that pavers are easily fixed? That statement in itself explains the need for maintenance on pavers as well. Proper research on pavers will allow homeowners to find out exactly what maintenance issues there are with pavers, but I will say that while the type of maintenance is different, costs and regularity are exactly the same as they are with decorative concrete.
contrapunktapus: i'm a concrete contractor in North Dakota, stamped driveways where in the Northern USA where we get snow is a bit of a gamble, due to the surface. Depending on how you remove snow, a plow truck is likely to scrape the surface. The big problem being is that powdered coloring agent only goes 1/8 to 1/4" into the top of the concrete, not to mention did they put a hardener on it and sealer? that can affect that as well. it's always a bummer to see a poorly placed slab. pouring during freeze thaw is a really big gamble, it can also lead to concrete crazing if not covered with concrete blankets. stamping in colder weather is not suggested.
Ray Thomas: Do concrete pavers get popouts?
TheFloridaPappy: I only got through a few minutes. Sure seems like you're gearing up for a lawsuit. But then again, for $24k you do deserve better.
L Bandara: In my country, we simply don't use most construction methods they do in America. They are very unreliable and not durable at all. I think countries like UK, Poland, Czech etc has good architecture as well as construction methods that are durable and almost very low maintenance. Thanks for your video.
unseethed: Note to self, don't do jobs for people who tuck in their golf shirts.
Susan MinhTrang Nguyen: Thank you for the awesome advice!
Carlos Saez: I had the same done in my house, same problems occurred, but after a lot of research i found out that the color they add is the problem. So my next stamping was done without color , with release agent powder only, it's perfect now. The color is supposed to be a hardening agent but it really does the opposite.
bob joe: this guy is a freaking loser. get over it you idiot.
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.