Almost 2 weeks later, does this look like a normal concrete pour?

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So it's a sealer, I get that. But it looks so splattery! The contractor says this is part of the curing process and it should take a few weeks to get better. It's not. It looks exactly the same as the first day they poured it. It was PERFECT until they sprayed this stuff on it. Should we wait a few more weeks or do something?

q almost 2 weeks later does this look like a normal concrete pour
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  • I would call the contractor back again to have a look.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Oct 21, 2021

    I agree I would also call the contractor back to double check it. Maybe they can do another layer of sealer and that would take care of the streaks.

  • Tricia Hoy Tricia Hoy on Oct 21, 2021

    I'm bummed. I asked, and he said oh that's normal and I just have to let it cure. I can't make him do anything, and I have no idea how to fix it. In just about a month we are having our families over for Thanksgiving and this is the walkway in front of our house. My husband thinks we can lay our own sealant with a paint roller, but I'm afraid of messing it up even more.

  • William William on Oct 21, 2021

    Call the contractor and ask what kind of sealer he used. Could be the wrong type of sealer and/or it was too soon.


    https://www.foundationarmor.com/articles/how-long-do-you-have-to-wait-to-seal-concrete/


    https://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/maintaining/sealingplain.htm

  • Janice Janice on Oct 21, 2021

    Hi Tricia, its difficult to assess the issue from your picture but I did locate an article that might be of interest to you. It may help you deal with the contractor who needs to remedy or address your disatisfaction with the result of their work.

    https://www.euclidchemical.com/company/blog/archive/diagnosing-5-common-concrete-sealer-problems/

  • Annie Annie on Oct 21, 2021

    Did he say how long it will take for it to be cured? I wonder too if they used an incorrect type of sealer on there

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 21, 2021

    Like Annie I would also like to know how long the contractor said this would take to cure. Just to be positive I goggled it and found it should cure (minus the sealer) within 7 days but is doesn't reach its full strength until almost 4 weeks.

    How long ago was this poured?


  • Tricia Hoy Tricia Hoy on Oct 21, 2021

    Hi, so the contractor is now unresponsive. He said it'd take a few weeks to cure when I last spoke with him. He laid it 2 weeks ago. This guy has clearly been doing this for quite some time given all the reviews. I'm really surprised at how he's acting now. I'd be surprised to hear he used the wrong kind or too soon as he does concrete all the time (a ton of reviews). So I just don't know.

  • William William on Oct 21, 2021

    You could get another concrete contractor and see if they can check out the job or even look at your photos and maybe suggest a remedy or solution. They should be able to do this for free.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 21, 2021

    Bring over other professional contractors and pick their brains, the more opinions the better, document your findings.

  • Tricia Hoy Tricia Hoy on Oct 21, 2021

    Ok, I'll try to do that. I'm upset about it but can't expend more energy on it now.

  • Maura White Maura White on Oct 21, 2021

    How humid is it where you are? If it's still pretty humid, it may take longer to cure and dry. I would keep asking the contractor direct questions on how long it takes. Also research concrete pours in this DIY forum b/c I feel like I've seen a similar question pop up.

  • Tricia Hoy Tricia Hoy on Oct 21, 2021

    Hi everyone. The contractor called me back. I guess I'm just impatient. He said that they used max cure, a cure/seal combo. He also said it takes 28 days to clear up and that the concrete color would clear up. I live in Colorado, so it's cold one day, hot the next. Seriously, we had 80 degree days and then today high of 50. So temps are up and down and it's really dry here.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Oct 21, 2021

    ITs hard to see, it looks even to me.

  • Tricia Hoy Tricia Hoy on Oct 21, 2021

    Yeah, it's not the evenness of the concrete but the splatter pattern of the sealant they laid.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 22, 2021

    Hi Tricia: I'd give it a few more weeks as the weather has been weird. I'd text them so that you have a written copy of what was said, in case you have to go to small claims court. Send them a text soon and restate your question to them and, hopefully, get an answer back. Take pictures of it every 5 or 6 days, same place, to show any improvement or lack of.


    Good luck

  • Tricia Hoy Tricia Hoy on Oct 22, 2021

    Hello, great suggestion! I've texted, and do have responses. I'll take a picture every few days.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 22, 2021

    It appears the sealant is capturing moisture inside the concrete. It seems to me that it was applied to early and should have been after the concrete had complete cured. I would definitely have an issue with this.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 22, 2021

    Call the folk back that laid the drive and tell them your concerns.

  • Tricia Hoy Tricia Hoy on Oct 22, 2021

    Hi, you guys might have missed my update. Repasting it below. Also, strange but the sealant is definitely changing, it's like the splatter is no longer splatter. Strange. I'll post a pic in a day or two:

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    Hi everyone. The contractor called me back. I guess I'm just impatient. He said that they used max cure, a cure/seal combo. He also said it takes 28 days to clear up and that the concrete color would clear up. I live in Colorado, so it's cold one day, hot the next. Seriously, we had 80 degree days and then today high of 50. So temps are up and down and it's really dry here.




  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 23, 2021


    Folks, Please read the entire thread before commenting, as the poster has since added updated information.


  • Dee Dee on Oct 23, 2021

    Well hopefully your contractor knows what he is doing and used the proper product. Thanks for the updates, I hope it works out for you.

  • Tricia Hoy Tricia Hoy on Oct 23, 2021

    Thank you Dee. I'm hopeful, I really am.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 24, 2021

    Sure hope your distressing situation self resolves.

    Glad your contractor is communicating!

    Going through situations like this can give you headaches and ulcers…I know this from personal experience…..fingers crossed for positive outcome!

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    • Tricia Hoy Tricia Hoy on Nov 04, 2021

      Hey thanks Vimarhonor! We had some minor snow and rain and it does seem to be sort of spreading out.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Oct 24, 2021

    I think it will stay like that

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Oct 31, 2021

    i would for sure contact those that poured it