Frequently Asked Questions
Browse general and system-related frequently asked questions below.
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Q: What is the difference between stainproof and stain resistant?
A stain-resistant sealer or coating will help protect your surface from stains if the stain or spill is removed quickly. If left on the surface for an extended time (8+ hours), it will begin to stain.
A stainproof sealer or coating will stop a sealer from soaking into the surface preventing any stains.
Q: What is the difference between waterproof and water repellent?
A water repelling sealer or coating will protect your surface from water but if left wet for an extended period, the water will eventually breach the water repellence of the product.
Q: I spilled something on my unsealed concrete, how long before it will stain my concrete?
As your concrete has no protection and depending on the spill type, it will usually stain immediately.
Q: I spilled something on my sealed concrete, how long before it will stain my concrete?
Depending on the spill type and sealer and how long the spill is in contact with the surface, it can take up to 8 hours until it begins to stain.
Q: What sealer can I use that is not too slippery?
We recommend a penetrative sealer where a non-slip finish is required. You can also add traction aid when the sealer is being applied for extra grip. You can explore our range of penetrative sealers here.
Q: Will the concrete sealer smell?
Water Based sealers have low to no odour. For our solvent-based sealers, they have an odour which can smell
Q: How much does it cost to seal my driveway?
This depends on the type of sealer used and the condition of your driveway. Please get in contact with us here so we can provide you with an accurate quote.
Full Depth Coloured Concrete
Q: What is full depth coloured concrete?
Plain grey concrete is tinted with our CCS pigments to add colour throughout the concrete for long-lasting, vibrant colour.
Q: What’s the difference between grey concrete and coloured concrete?
The only difference is coloured concrete has pigment to colour it.
Q: What colours are available?
There is a range of colours available that you can explore here. For commercial jobs, custom colours are available.
Q: How do I choose a colour for my driveway?
We recommend viewing our gallery and looking at our CCS Full Depth Coloured Concrete colour card.
Q: Can I choose colours online?
We strongly advise against choosing a colour from your computer, phone or tablet as screen colours vary and aren’t indicative of real life colour.
Q: How long does it take concrete to cure and dry to the final colour?
It takes 28 days for concrete to cure to full strength and the colour to completely establish.
Q: Can I add texture to concrete and does texture effect the colour of concrete?
Yes, texture can be added to freshly laid concrete. There can be more shadows and light reflected but the colour remains the same. View our textures here.
Q: How do I take care of concrete?
Keep it clean and make sure to reseal the concrete every two years. This will prevent any stains and keep the surface looking fresh and attractive all year round.
Q: Why do you seal concrete?
It is essential to seal concrete to protect the surface and prevent any stains from tyre marks, oil and water-based stains. This will help keep the surface looking fresh and attractive all year round.
Q: What sealer or coating should I use on concrete?
This depends on the end-use of the concrete. Get in contact with us here and we will help you choose the right sealer.
Q: When can I walk, drive or park on new concrete?
Usually between 5-7 days after the concrete has been placed.
Q: What is Stylepave Overlay resurfacing?
CCS Stylepave Overlay is a polymer modified high strength, cement-based, coloured mortar that is spray applied over existing concrete by a skilled applicator.
Q: What is a concrete overlay system?
Concrete overlay system is ideal to refresh and renew existing concrete. A cement-based mortar is sprayed onto existing concrete and can be applied in a range of patterns and textures. Explore our concrete overlay system here.
Q: How long does a concrete overlay last?
If the maintenance guide is followed, it can last up to 15 years.
Q: Are there different textures available?
Yes, you can explore our range of textures here.
Q: How do I take care of a concrete overlay system?
Keep it clean and make sure to reseal the surface every two years. You can view our maintenance guide here.
Q: What is polished concrete?
Polished concrete is a specialised multistep treatment process where the top surface of concrete is mechanically ground, treated and polished, transforming both new and existing concrete into a captivating, sleek and contemporary floor.
Q: Can you polish new concrete?
Yes. When choosing a polished concrete floor, we recommend you think about what aggregates go in the mix and if it will be coloured with pigment. You can view our concrete colour card here.
Q: Can you polish existing concrete?
Yes, depending on the condition.
Q: How many different levels of shine can be achieved with polished concrete?
Q: Can I choose what aggregates go into new polished concrete?
Yes, you can choose from a range of different size, shapes and coloured aggregates.
Q: Do I need to seal polished concrete?
No, when it is being polished, our CCS Luxstone System seals and protects the surface so you can enjoy a low maintenance, durable floor.
Q: Is polished concrete slippery?
The slipperiness of the surface depends on the level of polish. A surface with a high gloss finish has been highly polished and has a smooth texture that when wet, becomes slippery.
Q: Can I use polished concrete outside?
Polished concrete is ideal for use indoors but can be used outside. We recommend adding a traction aid as the surface can become slippery when wet.
Q: How long until I can walk, drive or park on newly polished concrete?
Up to 72 hours after completion depending on certain factors.
Q: How many different textures are available in stamped concrete?
You can choose from a range of textures and patterns here.
Q: Is stamped concrete only for freshly laid concrete?
Yes, only freshly laid concrete can be stamped.
Q: Do you need to seal stamped concrete?
Yes, talk to one of our friendly team members and we will hp you choose the right sealer for your project needs.
Q: How do you care for stamped concrete?
Always keep it clean and wipe up any spills other than water.
Q: What colours are available in metallic epoxies?
The colours are limitless as our metallic pigments can be mixed.
Q: Is it a multi-tone or single colour finish?
The finish is multi-tone. View our epoxy floor gallery here.
Q: Is an epoxy floor slippery?
This depends on what finish you choose. For a Galaxy Flake Floor, the floor is slightly textured but it must be sealed, which can add to its slipperiness.
Q: Is an epoxy floor suitable for outdoors?
Epoxy floors are ideal for indoor use only.
Q: How strong is an epoxy floor?
Epoxy floors are extremely durable and are ideal for use in garages, play rooms and laundries.
Q: Do I need to seal an epoxy floor?
No, an Epoxy is a sealer so there is no need to seal again.
Q: How do I care for an epoxy floor?
Sweeping and a damp mop is all that is required.