Concrete Spalling

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by ttw4454, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. ttw4454

    ttw4454 New Member

    Jun 16, 2006
    I have a section of concrete in my drive that has some significant spalling. Less than 2 yrs old and contractor or cement company won't cover it. Has anyone had any experience in using concrete resurfacing products. I.E. Quikcrete Concrete Resurfacer? Do these products eventually look as bad as the original spalling (assuming it is applied correctly). Thanks
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Why is it deteriorating? Are you in a freeze area? Did you put salt on it?
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  4. ttw4454

    ttw4454 New Member

    Jun 16, 2006
    We are in Michigan and I did not put any salt down on the slab. I didn't even park on the area that is in question so it couldn't be road salt either. I don't know why it flaked so badly but now I want to either patch the area or resurface the area. Either way it will not blend in with the other parts of the slab. I did not seal this yet and plan to do this this summer. Do you recommend any cement sealer? Thanks,
  5. Dunbar Plumbing

    Dunbar Plumbing Master Plumber

    Apr 18, 2005
    Service Plumber, Outdoor Temperature Relief Owner
    Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Area
    Here's a couple possible reasons:

    If they poured in cold weather, they should of covered it by the second and definitely the third day from freezing. The first day concrete is poured it generates it's own heat.

    If they poured in warm weather........most likely in all cases.....they added water to the surface or raised the slump to put it down easier and didn't work the finish down enough. This will cause it to do what you are stating.

    Concrete companies will never take the blame for bad's always somebody elses fault to them.

    3 rules of concrete

    Turns white
    Gets hard

    I would tear it out and replace it or have someone come in and add a stamp texture to it......starting at $10-30/square foot. :eek:

    They use epoxy and it stays permanent. Any of those magic in a bottle items usually don't hold for long.......especially in climates where you are at subjected to road salt on occaision. Just driving the roads and the car sitting on those pads is enough to cause salt damage.
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