Concrete Texturing: Mistakes to Avoid Concrete Texturing: Mistakes to Avoid
Concrete texturing is creating shapes, patterns and textures on the surface of wet concrete, to achieve a different look and feel from smooth finishing. People have discovered the amazing effect a textured surface can have on the look of a building. Here are some of the don’ts, as a far as concrete texturing is concerned:
Using Poor Sub-grade
Due to carelessness or ignorance, freestanding water is often left on the sub-grade, or it has muddy spots before concrete is laid. The sub-grade has great influence on how well you can texture concrete after it is laid. Good sub-grade is thoroughly drained, moist, frost-free and uniform.
Using Improper Aggregates and Concrete Mix
Do not use less than 6 sacks of cement, per cubic yard on which to apply concrete texturing. Ensure whatever aggregates to be used for texturing are not reactive, and that the rough ones are under ¾ of an inch, in order to not hamper the use of texture mat tools.
Leaving Water when Coloring
If color is to be applied to the concrete textured surface, the proper guidelines should be followed. Water MUST NOT be applied to the surface in any way. It is recommended to apply color by dusting, but don’t leave the surface wet. Use color hardener to eliminate excess moisture.
If you are doing it yourself, follow these guidelines for concrete texturing, and do it the right way for an attractive finish.