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THE CONCRETE SURGERY

Advice and guidance from Dr. Concrete

Built on 30 years experience in pattern imprinted concrete

At PICS we’re committed to the success of our customers. As well as investing in continual product development and offering a range of training options, our very own Dr. Concrete is on hand to provide advice and guidance here at the Concrete Surgery. If there is a question that you’s like answered that doesn’t feature here then please let us know and we’ll be sure to add it to the list.

Is Pattern Imprinted Concrete Slippery?

Is Pattern Imprinted Concrete Slippery?

No. Imprinted concrete is used repeatedly in areas of high footfall by the likes of McDonalds, KFC, Butlins, Pontins, all the theme parks throughout the UK, virtually every single zoo has some decorative concrete, public areas, and domestic driveways and patios. This would not be the case if imprinted concrete had a poor skid resistance value.

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Does Pattern Imprinted Concrete Require Maintenance?

Does Pattern Imprinted Concrete Require Maintenance?

Pattern Imprinted Concrete, properly installed, requires very little upkeep. Good quality, well-laid plain grey concrete can be down for years and still maintain an excellent condition, the same is true for properly installed pattern imprinted concrete. 

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Does Salt Damage Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveways?

Does Salt Damage Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveways?

While it is fair to say that concrete doesn’t like salt, nor does it like freeze thaw cycles, if the correct concrete is used then neither putting salt on it nor freeze thaw cycles will damage it. If concrete wasn’t suitable to be used in areas where salt may be put it on it, then it wouldn’t be used in the construction of bridges, roads, sea defenses, and so on.

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Polythene – Uses & Benefits

Polythene – Uses & Benefits

The polythene that PICS sell is far more cost effective than other polythene in terms of cost per square metre, because it is thin.

For covering up freshly laid concrete, thin polythene is far better to use than thick polythene. This is because when unfolded, thin polythene does not retain the fold lines, whereas thick polythene when unfolded, does retain the fold lines and these fold lines can mark the unhardened concrete surface with straight lines.

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What mix? CEM1 or CEM2 or CEM3?

What mix? CEM1 or CEM2 or CEM3?

Well guys, this hot weather is continuing (no rain, great eh!), so I thought I’d continue down the hot weather tips. We’ve done the shades and the polythene, so let’s go onto a BRIEF bit on concrete, or more precisely, the cement in concrete.

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How much colour surface hardener is it best to use?

How much colour surface hardener is it best to use?

I know many of you guys know (and over the years have learnt!!!) the answer to this question. Nonetheless Dr Concrete often gets asked how much CSH should be used on an installation and the reasons why. So, I apologise in advance that this Dr Concrete may seem a little bit long winded.

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Adapt your concrete mix for the winter

Adapt your concrete mix for the winter

Now that the temperatures are dropping the pressure is off. It’s a different game. There’s little chance of the concrete “getting away” from you. In fact, as many of you will know, it’s quite the opposite. You’ve laid the concrete and then it’s a waiting game. And it can be a VERY boring waiting game.

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Concrete and freeze thaw cycles and de-icing salts

Concrete and freeze thaw cycles and de-icing salts

This cold climate and freeze thaw issue has been around for as long as I’ve been involved in the industry (25 years) and as each year passes, I realise that when the job is undertaken to the correct standard, (as indeed the majority are) the concrete is not damaged by these conditions, whether that is in Iceland, Czech Republic or the UK.

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