Monday, May 25, 2015

Photos of stamped concrete

Where is the best place to find photos of stamped concrete?
Try the photo gallery on www.salzanoconcrete.com

Also try galleries on these websites that specialize in decorative concrete:

Concrete Network
http://www.concretenetwork.com

Deco-Crete Supply
www.deco-cretesupply.com

Stampcrete
http://www.stampcrete.com/Photos.aspx

Brickform
www.brickform.com





Salzano Custom Concrete
703-929-9299
www.salzanoconcrete.com

Reseal Stamped concrete

** Maintenance tips for stamped concrete **

Some questions you might have about maintenance for your stamped concrete.


Should I reseal my stamped concrete?

My stamped concrete appears to be fading. Is it fading, or is this something to do with the sealer?

I resealed my stamped concrete with a sealer for masonry that I bought at Home Depot, is that ok?

I decided to reseal my stamped concrete. Just after I finshed, it started raining, is that ok?

How do I know if I should use solvent-based sealer or water-based sealer?

Some articles I read about resealing stamped concrete say it it better to spray it on and some say it is better to roll it on. Which is better?

I resealed my stamped concrete, and not it is slippery when it is wet. Did I do something wrong?

I resealed my stamped concrete, and within a few minutes after I was finished bubbles began to appear. What's going on? Did I do something wrong? Can this be fixed?

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Some answers for you about resealing your stamped concrete.

Stamped concrete generally should be resealed each 2-4 years depending on sun exposure and use patterns, etc. Old sealer does not have to be removed first before new sealer is applied.



The best indications that you need new sealer is that when your stamped concrete appears to be faded, chalky,  light color, etc... If you have these symptoms, but your stamped concrete is less than a year old, you may have other problems, ie just a reseal may not solve.

Apply solvent based sealer if your stamped concrete was originally sealed with solvent based sealer and likewise, water based if water bases was used previously. If you mix, you could have unusual chemical reaction.

Many owners of stamped concrete think that color also needs to be added to stamped concrete to get the original look back again. Clear sealer itself will bring the original color back 99% of the time. To test this, just use the clear sealer on a very small area. Most often, just clear sealer application is all that is needed.

Best to do the reseal application in the morning when the temperature is cooler, ie not in direct sunlight on a hot day.

To prep the area, powerwash to clean thoroughly. Keep the power washer nozzle a foot or so away from the concrete so that you don't cause damage to the concrete by the power washer. Dry the concrete completely, ie us a leaf blower to help accellerate the drying process. Again, be sure the stamped concrete is completely dry before applying  new sealer. If you apply sealer before the concrete is dry, the moisture can get trapped into the sealer and create other problems. This is more difficult in colder months since the concrete will take longer to dry.

Be sure to purchase and mix in a grit additive. This is a special material that looks a bit like super fine sugar, that should be mixed into the sealer according to manufacturers instructions. When the sealer is applied and dries, the sealer will have a gritty feel to the that sealer is not slippery when wet.

Follow all manufacturers instructions for sealer, grit and all tools that you are using. Be sure do wear gloves, safety glasses, and breathing protection to stay safe.

Dip your paint roller into the sealer and bring a small "puddle" of sealer onto the concrete. Push the puddle around to be sure the sealer gets into the texture of the concrete, and into the grout lines. Be sure to spread the sealer around to apply a thin coat.



If you apply sealer when the temperature is too hot, or in direct sunlight, the sealer can bubble upon application with the hot concrete, or can get like "cotton candy", ie stringy upon contact with the hot concrete.

If you get bubbles, or if the sealer gets wet before it dries and sealer turns white, hazy, wait until the sealer dries, next day, use xylene to correct most sealer problems. Brush on xylene, or spray on out of a small trigger sprayer. Keep it wet with xylene for at least 3-4 minutes, moving it around with a small brush. This will correct many solvent-base sealer problems.

Some generic articles about resealing stamped concrete

Maintaining and Resealing Stamped Concrete:
http://www.concretedecor.net/decorativeconcretearticles/vol-12-no-3-april-2012/trowel-error-maintaining-and-resealing-stamped-concrete/

How to reseal stamped concrete
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-QNrR8qRWE

How to do reseal maintenance for stamped concrete
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjQExJCQ7D0

D.I.Y. – Re-Sealing Stamped Concrete
http://www.rollandcement.com/diy-resealing-stamped-concrete.php



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Hope you found this information helpful.

Salzano Custom Concrete
www.salzanoconcrete.com
703-929-9299

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Concrete Patios website

See our website for lots of photos in our gallery of our stamped concrete patio project.


www.salzanoconcrete.com

Salzano Custom Concrete
703-929-9299

Firepit or Fireplace

Which would you prefer on your patio, a fireplace or a firepit?

What is the difference?

A firepit is essentially a hole in the patio with a small "ring" around the pit with stone facing. The fire in a firepit is "open air" with flames visible. Most firepits are for burning wood logs. A firepit can also be configured to burn natural gas, ie a fire table. (one photo below is such a firepit). Inside the firepit, the base / floor is typically a foot or so below the patio level and the inside area is filled with gravel and stone. Some customers like to put an iron rack inside to hold the burning logs.

On the other hand, a fireplace is a much larger structure where the fire is contained inside. Fireplaces are typically 6-feet to 8-feet high and 4-feet or so across. A fireplace is much larger and will typically be a feature element on the patio, ie a focal point.

As for cost, a fireplace is much more expensive, and can be $6,000 and up. Not uncommon that a large fireplace can be over $10,000.  Whereas, a firepit is a much simpler structure and is typically between $1,000 and $2,000.

Here are photos of each.
Enjoy.






New patio construction in Woodbridge, Virginia

Here are a few photos of a new project, a new stamped concrete patio finished recently in Woodbridge, Virginia.

At Salzano Custom Concrete, we install stamped concrete patios with either our tradition 2-color process or our unique multi-color service.

This particular job is using our traditional 2-color process. This is the patio style of choice for many customers, as this is a traditional stamped concrete style and has a lower price.

This patio is an olive sage color with a Large Random Flagstone stamp pattern.

Hope you enjoy these photos.




Salzano Custom Concrete
www.salzanoconcrete.com
703-929-9299

Some of our partner companies
www.brickform.com

www.deco-cretesupply.com

www.concretenetwork.com



Friday, March 20, 2015

Patio Shapes

Backyard patios come in many shapes and sizes.

Which is your favorite patio shape?
Which patio shape is most common among homeowners?
Most customers think that concrete can only be installed as a square or rectangle .. this is not true. Concrete can be poured in most any shape.

Most common is the kidney shape.
Large sweeping curves are popular as well.

Which is your favorite?

Call today for free patio design
Salzano Custom Concrete


What is efflorescence?

  1. What is that ugly white salty deposit on my brick or stone?
    Efflorescence is often caused by moisture with salt deposits coming up from the ground and passing through the bricks or stone, then dries and leaves the white material on the surface. The groundwater is often the source which moves
    the salts to the surface, which dries and turns that ugly white color that you see.
  2. This white deposit can be crusty or powdery and is often described as white chalky material on the surface of bricks or stone. It can appear on bricks or stones that are vertical or laying flat.
  3. Research has shown that efflorescence is nearly impossible to prevent. Cleaning efflorescence can be done relatively easily, however cleaning only clears the symptom, but the white deposit will typically come back again.
  4. There are many, many cleaners available specifically designed to remove efflorescence. If you are search for such a cleaner, try Amazon and search "efflorescence cleaners" or "efflorescence removers". These cleaners can also be purchased at your local stone supplier and sometimes at your local hardware depot stores.
  5. Remember, as always when using such cleaners:  - read and follow all instructions.
      - wear safety glasses and gloves and face mask to avoid breathing in fumes
      - test the cleaning products in a small area to be sure they are not causing other problems such as surface deterioration or discoloration.
  6. Hope this information has helped with any efflorescence issues.
  7. Salzano Custom Concrete

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Building new Stamped Concrete in the winter

Pouring stamped concrete in winter months can be tricky. We typically wait until we have about 40 degrees before pouring new concrete.

If the temps are too cold, sometimes particularly in January and February, we just have to wait it out, put the crews on hold and wait for warmer weather.

Depending on our schedule and the needs and desires of our customers, sometimes we can get preparation work started, basic excavation, grading, etc. then if the temps are too cold, wait it out for warmer weather.

If a customer is in a hurry and we can't wait for warmer weather, we can still pour concrete in colder temps, but tenting, heaters, blankets and the like must be used so that the cold temperatures are held out and the new concrete is warm.

Hope this helps.
Feel free to call us anytime to discuss.

Salzano Custom Concrete
703-929-9299

Friday, February 6, 2015

Beautiful Custom Concrete Colors

Salzano Custom Concrete

It won’t be too much longer, and the warm days of summer will be here. Are you dreaming of outdoor barbecues and backyard picnics but don’t have anywhere to host them? Now is the perfect time to think about adding a patio, deck or outdoor kitchen area to your home just in time for your 4th of July party.

SalzanoCustom Concrete specializes in many designer styles of stamped concrete, including patterns that look like wood, brick or cobblestones. You can choose a color and finish that blends with your exterior design, or let us come up with a custom color created just for you.

Concrete Colors and Stains

Are you worried about your new outdoor seating area blending in with the rest of your home? There’s no need to worry, as there are many colors of concrete to choose from. Concrete dyes will generally produce a more vibrant color, than the more natural look of a color stain.

Just say no to boring, regular gray concrete. Besides in-stock basic colors, we can come up with a custom concrete and custom grout color for your design.

Outdoor concrete projects lend themselves to natural looking stone colors that mimic the look of red brick, buff cobblestone or blue-gray flagstone. You can also decide if you want a matt or polished look when seal the surface of the concrete Take a look at some of our current projects to get an idea of what your finished project will look like.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Get a New Patio for the New Year

Custom Concrete Patio
Add a Patio to Your Home

Are you looking forward to the warmer days of spring and summer? I know my family doesn’t like being cooped up indoors all the time during the cold winter months. Our kids love playing outdoors and hanging out with friends and family and munching on a grilled hot dog for lunch with a couple of roasted marshmallows for dessert.

We can’t wait until the warmer weather gets here so we can get back to hanging out in our yard for family picnics, and cookouts with the neighbors. Does your yard lack a patio or deck, or is your existing outdoor space looking a bit dull?

Now is the perfect time to start planning repairs to your existing outdoor spaces. At Salzano Custom Concrete, we specialize in concrete repairs, concrete overlays and stamped concrete structures for you interior and exterior spaces.

Revamp Your Exterior Space

Besides patios, we can design and install a custom deck, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit or pool area for your home. A concrete patio doesn’t mean you have to live with an ugly looking slab of gray cement.

Decorative stamped patterns and colors imitate the look of cobblestone, brick, flagstone or even wood. Think about revamping your current patio area with a blue-gray flagstone design with a red brick border and be the envy of all your neighbors!

Concrete patios are gaining in popularity over wood decks. Concrete is affordable, very durable and easy to maintain. So the next time you are thinking about upgrading your backyard, think about adding stamped concrete instead of wood.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Add a Concrete Deck to Your Pool

Custom Concrete Pool Deck
If you’ve always dreamed of stepping into the inviting and refreshingly cool water of your own pool, then an in-ground pool is the perfect solution. We were thinking about adding a larger deck around our existing pool, but were worried that concrete might be a bit slippery. Salzano Custom Concrete let us know that an abrasive, non-skid additive is added to their stamped concrete projects, which provides a durable a non-slip surface.

Landscaping Around the Pool

The concrete company also mentioned that they’ve partnered with local landscaping companies to offer their customers a complete solution to their outdoor entertaining needs. After our stamped concrete deck installation was complete, the landscape team came in and replanted the gardens around the pool, turning our backyard into a beautiful outdoor oasis.

Cool Blue Pool

The concrete can be stamped into any pattern you want, including the hand-hewn looking slate tiles shown this photo of our pool installation. Concrete color is permanent, it won’t flake off and a final seal coat locks in the color for many years to come.


There’s no need to worry if the surface starts to look dull or chalky. This just means you need to reseal the surface with a fresh coat of sealer. Concrete sealers are available in low, medium or high-gloss depending on how you want the final project to look. A matt surface is great for patio areas around the grill, but you can also choose a high-gloss finish, which makes the concrete look wet even when dry.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stamped Concrete Designs


Multi-Level Patio by Salzano Concrete
Designer Concrete Installations

Take a look at our photo, which showcases an addition to our backyard by Salzano Custom Concrete. We asked for a multi-level patio, with built-in seating and custom landscape lighting. We wanted to be able to setup our gas grill away from the area where our family and guests would be sitting.

The stamped concrete company came up with the perfect solution. The final project gave us a large area for our patio furniture, which features a seating wall in the back and columns for our lights, which will be installed at a later date. The wall and columns are made from neutral colored river stones topped with gray slate. The flooring of our multi-level deck features buff colored flagstone with a red brick border.

Do you want to know what the most amazing thing is about this project? It’s entirely made out of colored, stamped concrete! Concrete is durable, economically priced and easy to maintain. We simply sweep everything clean using a broom, or for a more thorough cleaning we use or power washer.

Multi-Surface Design with Stamped Concrete

Salzano has many patterns of stamped concrete to choose from. Your concrete can be any color you want, choose from in-stock colors or ask your contractor about custom concrete and grout colors. The most popular pattern designs include brick, cobblestone, flagstone and wood.

We were very intrigued by the look of the wood pattern. Many homeowners are adding a wood-flooring look in areas subject to moisture, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements. So the next time you are planning a home improvement project, why not think about a adding a custom concrete installation to your backyard!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Add a Concrete Floor to Your Bathroom


Concrete "Wood" Floor.
We’re thinking about remodeling our small half bathroom, and want to get rid of the old, chipped tile floor. We like the look of wood, but that’s not really a good option for an area that is continually damp.

Faux Wood Concrete Floors

After doing a bit of research on the Internet, we found the Salzano Custom Concrete Facebook page and were happy to see many photos of their client’s projects. They recently installed a new floor as part of a basement remodel. At first glance it looked like the new flooring was made out of wood, but we were surprised when it turned out to be stamped concrete!

There are many patterns and colors available so you can have a floor that mimics the look of wood, brick, flagstones or whatever you want. Concrete floors are durable, easy to install and don’t require a lot of maintenance.

Low Maintenance Concrete Flooring

Did you know that concrete flooring is the perfect option for areas subject to high humidity and moisture, such as a bathroom, laundry room or utility room? Concrete floors are economically priced, easy to keep up and when properly sealed, resistant to moisture.

We learned that the only possible downside to this kind of flooring is that you’ll have to occasionally reseal the surface. Clean up is a breeze as you simply use a broom, vacuum or damp mop to remove any dirt or grime.

A properly sealed concrete floor will give you many years of use, resist staining and is resilient to both mold and mildew. We are more than likely adding a concrete “wood” floor to our powder room redesign.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Add a Fire Pit to Your Backyard

Custom concrete planters, fire pit and seating area.
Have you ever thought about adding an outdoor fire pit to your backyard but don’t want a tacky looking metal contraption that starts to rust after only a year or two?

Fire Fire Burning Bright

At Salzano Custom Concrete we specialize in concrete restorations, concrete additions and concrete overlays. Stamped concrete patios, which include a fire pit, are just one of our many specialties.

Fire pits are the perfect addition to your outdoor oasis and provide a warm and comfy environment for hanging out when the temperature starts to cool off. Let the kids get in on the fun too. There’s nothing like an outdoor fire, for everyone to gather around, and enjoy some sweet and gooey s’mores.

Concrete Home Improvement Project

Look at the photo of a recent fire pit we installed for one of our customers. We recreated the looked of flagstones using one of our popular concrete stamp patterns along with custom coloring. The sunken patio area includes a concrete wall seating area flanked by two columns, which are topped with urns planted with sago palms.

You would never know that this is project is not the real deal, we bet your friends and neighbors would never guess that your fire pit and patio are actually made from concrete, and not expensive river stone.

Gather around your wood burning fire pit, created entirely from durable concrete, and enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family. We have many years experience installing and repairing decorative and economically priced concrete patios, walkways, sidewalks and driveways. 

The next time you’re thinking of an outdoor home improvement project, let us be your go-to resource for a stamped concrete patio with fire pit, privacy walls or an outdoor kitchen area.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Restore Your Cracked and Crumbling Driveway

Concrete driveway by Salzano Custom Concrete.
Is there no end in sight for this cold and dreary winter? If you live up north it seems like the cold and snow will last all year-long. But in reality, when the spring thaw finally comes along, you could see many signs of winter damage affecting your home or business.

Custom Concrete Repairs

Is your driveway starting to crack and crumble? While you could run out to your local home improvement store and buy a bucket of that asphalt repair goo, that’s probably not the most aesthetically pleasing solution.

Did you know that Salzano Custom Concrete offers premium repair of cracks and breaks in concrete driveways, sidewalks and patio floors? We can replace or repair anything made of concrete, with the know-how to keep you happy, at the lowest price around. 

Driveway repairs are one of our specialties and we can add a stamped pattern and custom colors to the final layer. Take a look at a recent job we completed for a customer, where we made their driveway look like gray flagstone lined with red brick. But guess what? The entire project is made out of colored, stamped concrete!

Driveway Repairs Add Home Value

When my Aunt Julia complains about the ceaseless cold up in New Jersey, I remind her that summer will come soon and a good patio is an essential ingredient for pleasant outdoor barbecues and parties.

Don't let an ugly, cracked or beaten patio, lanai, or basement get you down. A cosmetic concrete repair will add valuable curb appeal and restore the beauty of your home.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Wood Styled Concrete Flooring

Concrete wood style floor by Salzano Custom Concrete.
Faux wood floors, made of concrete, are one of the latest trends in the interior design industry. The Lushome website mentions that “polished concrete flooring is ideal for contemporary home interiors that your want to look simple and neat. Polished concrete floors are easy to clean, as these flooring ideas create less porous surfaces.”

Different Styles of Stamped Concrete

Why would you want to choose a stamped concrete floor over more traditional flooring? Wood or tile floors are more difficult to keep up, can scratch or chip and are susceptible to damage if installed in a damp area, such as a basement or outdoor patio. Unless you get up close and carefully inspect our projects, it’s almost impossible to tell that the floor is made from stamped concrete and not real cobblestones or wood floorboards.

Don’t settle for boring old concrete floors anymore. Did you know you can choose from many different patterns of stamped concrete from our company, Salzano Custom Concrete? Ask to see photos of our current installations, including a basement floor we made look like a wood floor.

Low Maintenance Concrete Flooring

This popular flooring trend allows home owners to get the look of wood in areas not usually recommended for a wood floor installation such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. There’s no need to worry about pet accidents or spilled milk on a concrete floor as they are nearly impervious to moisture and clean up quickly with a damp mop.

There are many styles of concrete flooring to choose from including a stamped concrete pattern, which mimics the look of brick. We add custom colors and stains to the flooring before applying a final finish to seal and protect the surface of the concrete. So the next time you’re planning a remodeling project, consider adding a stylish concrete floor to the design.