Originally Posted by mmmon13
we hired a contractor to resurface our pool decking, it looked bad from the start, discolored in several different variations, cracks, etc. they did pour the concrete during a temp. of 25degrees? That was a year ago, since then it has turned into a hideous site. it cracks when you walk on it. attachede are some photos, please give me any information.; from the research ive done, i have come to the conclusion it was a bad batch of "aggregate", but the contractor hasn't agreed to do a thing. what are my options? thank you.
25 degrees, hm? I'm going to assume you mean Fahrenheit. ;-)
What you see there is concrete "spalling" -- and an incredibly bad case of it, at that. It happens like this:
When your concrete slab was poured, the contractor probably "creamed" the surface to give it a professional, polished look. Unfortunately, as the concrete was curing during these freezing conditions, water seeped underneath this delicate 'creamed' surface and froze there. Water expands as it freezes, and it caused the surface to "pop" off, which is what you see there.
I am 99% sure that's what happened here. If it is, then it would definitely be the contractor's fault.
If the contractor won't help you, your next step would probably be the Better Business Bureau, or some similar consumer protection agency. Also, it won't get you any money back, but you could tell your story on review sites like Google's Business listing to help warn other homeowners away from bad contractors.
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