9 Common Mistakes People Make When Applying Concrete Overlays

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While concrete overlays are something you can try to DIY, this is a job best left to trainer professionals. If you’re looking to hire a contractor to do concrete overlays for your commercial or residential property, you want to ensure that they are properly trained and have good experience under their belts, so that you don’t have to worry about the common mistakes people make when applying concrete overlays.

Concrete overlays are an investment, and one that you want to ensure is done correctly. Here is what you need to know about some common mistakes people can make when applying concrete overlays and what can be done to correct them.

#1. Troweling Down

This pulls material off of vertical surfaces. You will want to trowel either up or sideways instead.

#2. Not Using A Release Agent

Release agents keep stamps from sticking to the overlay mix, allowing for easy application and customization. Failing to use a release agent can result in the stamp sticking to the mix, pulling material off of the wall when trying to free the mix, and other such headaches.

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#3. Not Using The Right Shoes

Here at Stone Edge Surfaces, we promote the use of flat, no spike shoe-ins for the application of concrete overlay, as well as ones with spikes. You can also use another shoe-in type that has texture mats attached to it. These help both with evening out weight distribution, as well as adding texture while stamping. 

#4. Attempting To DIY Instead Of Hiring An Experienced Professional

If you have a commercial property, you probably won’t be DIYing, but homeowners might be, in an attempt to cut down on costs. However, DIYing can actually be far more costly than just hiring a professional to do the job for you.

This is for a variety of reasons. 

  • First off, your time is very valuable. You should dedicate it to where it’s needed, rather than frustrating yourself trying to figure out how to do something that you can just hire someone to do for you. 
  • Secondly, if you make mistakes, these will cost you even more money to repair, which can end up costing you more in the long run than if you’d just hired a professional in the first place.
  • Third, when you hire a professional, you can rest assured that the job will be completed properly and match your precise specifications.
  • Fourth, when you work with a professional, you can rest assured that the job will actually improve the aesthetics and value of your property, while a marred DIY job could actually have the opposite effect.

#5. Not Using The Job Estimator Pro App

For the pros out there, the Job Estimator Pro app lets you know whether or not you need to adjust your bid in order to be able to profit off of a job. It also estimates labor and material costs, in addition to overall profitability. This can help you succeed in your business immensely.

To learn more about the Job Estimator Pro app, head on over to http://www.jobestimatorpro.com/.

#6. Not Mixing Thoroughly

This is to ensure consistent coloration throughout the surface.

#7. Not Allowing The Mix To False Set

This is necessary in order to provide both more time for workability and to achieve proper viscosity.

#8. Cleaning Stamps With Water Before Use

While you can clean your stamps with water after a job with no problem, if you do this before you use them with the mindset that it will keep the stamps from sticking to the mix… Using water before a job can actually cause the mix to stick to the stamps. In order to prevent the mix from sticking to the stamps, you will want to use a release agent.

9 Common Mistakes People Make When Applying Concrete Overlays

#9. Using Too Much Release Agent

Just like not using a release agent causes problems, using too much of it can too. Too much release agent can backfire, causing your stamps to stick to the material instead of releasing nicely. It can also cause the material to slurry. You only want to use a light mist of the release agent.

Avoid Mistakes: Learn How To Apply Concrete Overlays Correctly

Stone Edge Surfaces provides factory trainings in order to teach contractors how to properly apply concrete overlays. In these trainings, you’ll get an in-depth understanding of all the tips and tricks needed to ensure a job well done, common mistakes people make when applying concrete overlays, and what you can do to avoid them.

Contact us today to learn more about our products or our factory trainings.

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