What to do with 30 year old untreated block foundation?

Old 11-22-04, 07:22 AM
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What to do with 30 year old untreated block foundation?

My house has a block foundation that has never been treated or painted. On the backside of the house, the whole lower level of the house and the garage is just bare block and looks unfinished. What is the best option for adding color. Painting or stucco? I was considering priming and painting it to compliment the color of the house. Can I put a layer of quikrete on to fill in the mortar lines around the block, or while it chip off over time?
Old 11-22-04, 08:20 AM
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My opinion. I would just check all the mortar joints and repair if necessary. Get a good quality masonary paint and paint it. Not sure if the Quikcrete would stay or not. Good luck with your project.
Old 11-22-04, 11:39 AM
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Have you thought of texture panels?

I was curious if you had thought of texture panels? I would check to make sure any areas which need sealing are sealed properly then I would look at texture panels. These things are awesome, I will provide a link below for you to look at them. You can apply them with an adhesive to any textured surface, it is what you see used on those decorative store fronts today to make it look like someone spent a fortune insalling stone after stone to get a total stone front look and now they come in many, many different shapes, textures and sizes not just stone look but brick, and castlerock, shale just about any type you can imagine. It is one easy way to get a uniform look around the base of a house that was either simply left as exposed concrete block or for those who get tired of looking at the stucko look. Here is the link,
once the page opens up, click on the architectural products side of the screen, once that opens scroll down to texture plus panels and click to open, once that opens you will see 4 of their panels with a brief description of just some of the surfaces they can be used on but if you click on that picture it opens up to display 20 types they have and if you click on one of the types it shows a few of their products on finished surfaces to give you some ideas of how you might want to use it. There are other companies that sell this so check out all your options there may be more places that sell similar or different types all together you might be interested in. This is the only one I have a link to show pictures from though but if you look I know you will find more, I came across tons when I was looking for texture panels.

Hope this helped sorry it was so long winded.

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