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804 E. Hwy, Bldg D
Iowa Park, TX. 76367
804 E. Hwy, Bldg D Iowa Park, TX. 76367

FAQ

GENERAL DECORATIVE CONCRETE FAQ’S:
Do you have to have new concrete poured for decorative concrete?
NO! We stain and overlay or engrave on old concrete too!

Can you overlay or engrave concrete that has glued down carpet, paint, or tile?
Yes, but the cost will be greater due to the extra labor in removing the glue, thin set, or paint.

How does weather affect this kind of work?
The concrete temperature needs to be between 40 and 100 degrees for the staining. The concrete needs to be fairly dry for cutting.

Do we offer a warranty?
All products carry a 1-year manufacturer’s limited warranty against excessive fading, delamination and product failure. In addition, we provide a 1-year workmanship warranty on all of our work. It is strongly recommended that seal be reapplied at least every 2-3 years to provide a long product life and protect the various stains and overlays.

Will my stained concrete appear like the color shown on this website?
Due to the different make up and porous qualities of the concrete, the stain may not exactly match the pictures shown. This fact enables your job to become one-of-a-kind! All concrete takes stain differently. Acid stains react with the minerals in the concrete. And although water based stains are more predictable, we cannot guarantee an exact match.

How many stain colors are there?
There are many colors to choose from depending on the type of stain used. Earth tone colors are available with acid stains and more vibrant bright colors can be achieved with pigment stains or dyes. There are eight Acid stains and over 30 Pigmented stains that can be mixed to produce even more colors to choose from. Just about any color that you would want is available or can be mixed.

Will the colors fade with time?
Sometimes colors may get a little darker with time but overall there will be very little change. The most important thing is to remember to clean your surface periodically and over the course of time a sealer will need to be recoated.

Is the sealer shiny?
INDOOR: Customers may choose a matte, semi-gloss, or high gloss finish.
OUTDOOR: Sealer will be shiny at first, then begin to look like natural stone.

What happens if the my concrete or overlay gets chipped or gouged?
Chips and gouges can be repaired and touched up with stain but will be noticeable.


CONCRETE OVERLAYS:
What is a concrete overlay?
Concrete overlays are an alternative to breaking out and replacing an existing concrete slab, which can be expensive, messy, disruptive, and time-consuming. A concrete overlay is a process used to resurface an existing slab of concrete with a decorative element or is used as part of a restoration project. Overlays offer all the aesthetic benefits of conventional stamped concrete but is applied over existing concrete. Concrete overlays allow you to duplicate the beauty and texture of natural stone, brick, slate, wood, and other materials without having to replace your concrete. Our overlays are a polymer modified cement product.

How does the overlay bond to the concrete?
First the surface is cleaned and ground or acid washed (outdoor) to clean off dirt, remove loose aggregate, thin set, or glue and open the concrete pores. If a design is chosen then patterns are laid out using reinforced tape when the skim coat is dry. A second coat is applied using a drywall hopper in a random spray pattern, or troweled for multi-hued color variations. When this coat is dry, the tape is pulled, revealing the patterns, and 2 coats of solvent or water based cure and seal is applied using a roller. This cure and seal coat penetrates and softens the skim and spray coats and bonds all layers to the concrete. When dry, these two layers become a permanent part of the existing concrete, providing outstanding weather and stain resistant properties.

How long does it take to complete the overlay process?
The concrete transformation process will take several days to complete depending upon the size of the job and weather conditions. Cleaning and preparing the concrete surface is key to the longevity of the finishes. The areas must be kept clean and uncontaminated as they dry. The stain and finish applications must also be protected from contamination and surface contact during the curing process. The concrete substrate should be isolated (roped off) during each operation to ensure proper adhesion of coatings. The areas must be avoided during the processes and should not be used until the coatings are completely cured. Reuse availability times will be dictated by specific weather conditions. Normally a 24 hour waiting period is required after the final finish is applied.

How do overlays stand up against oils, stains, salts, and discoloration?
The majority of stains due to oil and grease, wash off with mild detergent. In addition, because of its unique UV (ultraviolet) additive, it will not discolor due to exposure to sunlight, even in the harshest of conditions. It should be noted however, that periodic cleaning will help to maintain its beauty for many years to come. Texoma Concrete Effects recommends resealing your outdoor concrete every 2-5 years.

Will a concrete overlay wear or chip off?
The systems should not show any abnormal wear provided the sealer is replenished as wear occurs. We estimate this to occur no sooner than every 2-3 years under normal conditions. As long as the sealer is in place, this protective coating should absorb any wear. Any scuff marks, etc. generally disappear with a fresh application of sealer.

What about expansion joints, are they covered up?
Expansion joints or control joints are necessary to prevent cracking of the concrete. Concrete must be allowed to expand and contract with temperature changes. These joints provide a ‘controlled crack’ for this movement. All expansion joints are left in place, we cannot cover them up.

How soon can a concrete overlay be used after an application?
For normal foot traffic, excluding high heels, cleats or spikes – 24 hours
Furniture - 24 hours
Vehicle traffic – 3-5 days.
Timelines reflect warm, dry, normal temperature and weather conditions.

What surfaces can you apply a concrete overlay to?
These products can be applied to any concrete surface, vertical or horizontal, including floors, patios, driveways, entryways, walkways, walls, etc. In some cases, we can overlay a pier and beam floor. We can sometimes go over the existing surface or the homeowner can have hardie backer first.

How much does stained concrete cost?
All staining jobs are different. Costs are determined based on the size of the area to be stained, level of detail, and the condition of the concrete. Contact us with more questions about pricing.

How Thick Is The Decorative Concrete Overlay?
A typical Decorative Concrete Overlay ( DCO ) is applied at 1/8 “ thickness.  However, some applications could be a slight bit thicker.   It varies depending on the method of application and whether the installation is interior or exterior.

How Do I Clean My Decorative Concrete Overlay?
EXTERIOR:
Pressure Washing (low pressure) is the best way to clean the overlay in the spring.  After the initial cleaning, household cleaners such as “Simple Green” or “Windex” are great for spot cleaning of spills and other stains, followed with a good rinsing with a garden hose.

INTERIOR:
It is recommended to use a mild detergent or PH neutral cleaners.  Do not use bleach, Pine Sol, etc.

What If My Concrete Has Existing Cracks?
If the concrete slab has existing cracks, they can mirror up thru the overlay.  If the concrete slab develops a crack due to settling or erosion from water ( moisture ), that will cause the overlay to crack.

How Long Does A Normal Installation Take?
A normal installation usually takes 2 – 3 days to complete depending on the size of the area and the design being installed.  After the installation, you would want to plan on a 24 hour curing time for foot traffic, and 72 hours curing time for vehicular traffic.

How Is Decorative Concrete Priced?
A complete concrete engraving jobs cost is dependent upon concrete condition, total surface area, work area access, pattern style and finish designations. If there is carpet, tile, linoleum, sealer, mastic, or any other bond inhibitors present, there will be and additional charge to remove this from the concrete surface. Texoma Concrete Effects will be glad to quote you a specific contract price. You can find contact information as well as a form to contact us through this site on our contact page.

How durable are overlays?
The durability has more to do with the PSI strength of the material. Our overlays have PSI strength of 6000-7000, which is stronger than your typical concrete poured on pool decks, patios, driveways and entryways with a standard of about 3500 PSI.

Can I apply a cement-based overlay over wood or tile surfaces?
Many cement-based overlays can be placed over vinyl flooring, tile or wood if the surface is prepared properly. In fact, some overlay products are formulated specifically for this purpose.

Can an overlay crack or delaminate?
It can if it’s installed over an unsound surface. Because overlay materials are polymer modified, they are designed to go down thin and still remain strong and wear-resistant. But overlays are only as good as the subbase they are applied to. They are not intended to fix bad concrete. If you put an overlay directly over a cracked surface, the overlay is likely to crack as well. Delamination is caused by excessive moisture rising up through the subbase. Texoma Concrete Effects is not responsible for delimitation due to moisture.

Can a decorative overlay be applied to all existing concrete surfaces?
Not always. It depends on the condition of the existing concrete. The underlying base for an overlay must be sound. If your concrete is heaving, has severe cracks, or resting on unstable soil, an overlay will not fix your problems. If your concrete is simply discolored or has minor stains and cracks, then an overlay is an ideal way to cover up these surface imperfections and give your concrete a complete face lift.

How long does it take to install a concrete overlay?
One of the big benefits of a decorative overlay is that it can restore existing surfaces quickly with minimal downtime. Polymer overlays cure fast, and some systems can support foot traffic within a few hours. However, the total time for overlay installation will vary with each project depending on surface preparation requirements, the decorative treatments used, and curing conditions. Ask your overlay installer to explain what installation involves and the timeframe required to complete the job.

Are different finishes and textures possible with a concrete overlay?
There really is no limit to the finishes you can achieve with a decorative overlay, ranging from ultra-smooth to heavily textured. It all depends on the type of overlay system and the tools used to apply it. A knock-down texture is probably the most popular finish for spray-applied toppings. With micro toppings and skim coats, you can achieve a wide variety of decorative finishes by using tools such as hand trowels, floats, rollers, and rubber squeegees.

How durable and long-lasting is a concrete overlay? Will it wear well under heavy traffic?
When an overlay is applied properly and well-protected by a sealer or coating, it should last indefinitely, even under heavy foot or vehicle traffic. On floors, the use of a floor wax or polish can provide extra protection in high-traffic areas. The key is to reapply the sealer or wax if it begins to show some wear. Otherwise, wear patterns may begin to show, especially in colored surfaces.


CONCRETE SCORING / ENGRAVING:
What is concrete engraving / scoring?
Concrete Engraving is not a topping. It adds nothing to the thickness of the existing concrete. The design is cut into the concrete. The concrete engraving system consists of several combined processes that remodel concrete in order to produce a rejuvenated, beautiful appearance. A penetrating Acid or a Pigmented stain is used to transform the color and then a permanent, precise, deep pattern is engraved (cut) INTO the hard concrete surface with a patented diamond blade engraving machine. This system process is complete by application of a clear top coat to seal the surface area.

What kind of concrete can I use this process on?
Concrete Engraving can be done on existing concrete and recently poured concrete. If the concrete was recently poured it must cure for 30 to 45 days before staining and engraving. Concrete Engraving cannot be used on exposed aggregate concrete. Concrete engraving can be used on concrete driveways, patios, sidewalks, porches, garage floors, and basement floors - anywhere you have existing concrete - inside and outside - home and commercial.

Can concrete with a poor finish be engraved?
Yes, depending on how poor the finish is, it might be easily disguised, or it may require surface grinding for the desired finish.

Am I limited on the design?
Concrete Engraving allows you the freedom to choose the design you want - brick, tile, stone, or any combination of these. You are also given a wide variety of colors to incorporate into your design. Concrete Engraving can also incorporate art designs, patterns, monograms, and logos.

What if my concrete has cracks or stains?
Cracks do not need to limit you from enhancing your concrete. The cracks can be incorporated into the design or filled to minimize their appearance. Existing stains are hidden by the colored stain.

How long does concrete engraving last?
Concrete Engraving is permanent. The engraving is permanent and lasts the life of the concrete. The stain is also permanent if proper maintenance is done and sealers are recoated when needed.

How deep are the cuts?
The cuts are approximately 1/16" to 1/8" deep, enough to simulate a nice uniform mortar joint or grout line, and to give the full effect of the desired look.


MAINTENANCE & CLEANING OF DECORATIVE CONCRETE:
How do I clean stained concrete flooring?
INDOOR:
Here are three common steps to cleaning stained concrete floors.
1. For daily upkeep, simply use a dust mop to keep sand and rocks from scratching the floor.
2. For general cleaning, just simply use water and a soft finish mop should remove any surface dirt.
3. For deeper cleaning, use water with a mild soap, such as Dawn or Fabuloso. For areas where it looks as though the sealer may have been worn through, general cleaning is recommended, and the surface may need to have the sealer reapplied in high traffic areas.

OUTDOOR: Decorative concrete is very low maintenance. Basically all you need to do is wash it down with your garden hose. periodically to keep it clean and free of abrasives and maintain a good sealer every 2-5 years.

How do you properly maintain a concrete overlay?
Although the systems are extremely durable, they are not indestructible. The rule of thumb is this; if it will scratch, chip or damage concrete, chances are it will also damage the decorated surface. Exercise caution when setting heavy things on it. Take care not to drag heavy items that could scratch it. Periodic washing is all you should have to do to maintain the surface. Clean oil spills and the like as quickly as possible to keep it looking new.


PERSONAL DESIGNS & LOGOS:
We can construct a template for any pattern or size you need from a photograph, Google image, line drawings or just an idea.

Is there a limit on the size of the design?
No. Our templates are made to your specifications

Can you add colors to the design?
YES! We can add a color to the overlay material or we can add stain to the design afterwards.


CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS:
Concrete countertops offer versatility in color and design. There are virtually endless ways in which to customize a concrete countertop. If you think concrete should stay in the driveway, think again. Today’s kitchen and bath designs often include a concrete countertop. Some homeowners like concrete for its industrial yet rustic appearance, while others appreciate its customizable options. Of course, like other countertop alternatives, there are positives and negatives to concrete. Read on to decide if concrete countertops might be right for you.

How are concrete countertops made?
Texoma Concrete Effects will build a template from your counters. We will then pour the countertops in our shop. After staining and sealing, we will bring to your home or office for installation.

How thick are countertops?
On average, the thickness of the countertop ranges from 1 inch to 2 inches. While concrete may seem to weigh a lot, it actually doesn’t weigh as much as granite or manufactured quartz at the same thickness. Your cabinetry shouldn’t require any additional structural reinforcement to support a concrete countertop.

What do concrete countertops cost?
Texoma Concrete Effects charges by the square foot depending on the design, sink, edge molding, etc… Please go to our contact page and email us for a quote!

What are the pros of concrete countertops?
With the creativity of TCE and the homeowner, concrete countertops have ability to become any shape and practically any color through the use of various dyes, stains and coatings. And because each countertop is individually handmade, there are endless ways to customize them. With any other solid surface, you’re stuck with whatever slab you get. With concrete you can personalize it and put anything you want into it. The sky is the limit. There are endless possibilities to the edge profile as well. Homeowners can choose smooth or textured with a gloss or matte finish.

What are the cons of concrete countertops?
In order to maintain the look of any natural stone, it’s imperative that homeowners regularly apply a sealer (outdoor). That’s especially true with concrete, as its porous nature and lighter color can easily show blemishes. Every concrete countertop has either a stain or imperfection of some form or another. On indoor countertops, Texoma Concrete Effects uses a food grade sealer. These should not have to be resealed for a very long time if at all. Sealed or not, concrete is more susceptible to staining and etching than almost any countertop material available. Similarly to granite and marble, wipe away spills on a concrete countertop immediately to prevent stains. To retain the integrity of the surface (on outdoor countertops), homeowners need to be diligent in applying the appropriate sealer.