Carvestone surfaces achieve strengths of approximately 6000 PSI, twice as strong as concrete. That’s why driveways applied more than fifteen years ago still look beautiful. Carvestone, in fact, is one of the only overlay products on the market that can withstand vehicular weight at all—let alone for that length of time. While overlay materials can only be as strong as the substrates over which they are applied, you can be confident that Carvestone will be a reliable and long-lasting addition to your home.
With a process and product this flexible it’s impossible to predict where your project will go. But here’s what we know: the beginning phase of any carvestone project will be spent on the most important step for any overlay—preparing your existing surface to bond strongly to our new surface. From that point forward your experience becomes entirely yours, as our craftsmen apply every subsequent layer by hand to accommodate your desires and your hardscape’s demands. A sampleboard will be produced to your specifications and approved before the application of color to your project, ensuring your satisfaction with the final color scheme. A rigorous process of hand-texturing, carving, coloring, and grouting will ensure we achieve the most realistic look possible while drawing in the character of the objects, materials, colors, and textures in your surroundings. Small site-specific details like expansion joints, cracks, height variations and the sealing process will be discussed and handled on site during pre- and post-job walkthroughs with our foremen and project managers, and you can be sure at every step our artisans and their supervisors have the expertise to address them in the most structurally and aesthetically-sound methods available.
Carvestone is such a durable and adaptable material that it can be applied with equal success in high stress and high visibility locations: driveways, patios, pool decks, and even vertical surfaces. Given a strong, stable substrate, we can cover concrete, pea gravel, cool deck, brick pool copings, and more. If you don’t have the surface required for a carvestone application or would like to expand the one you do have, we can pour the concrete to facilitate these changes. Our project consultants have gone through extensive product training and can readily discern the types of surfaces where a carvestone application will be most successful.
We’ve built two layers of defense against slipperiness into our processes. The first is the texture itself: our methods of troweling and sponging the fresh carvestone are specifically designed to open up the material and bring aggregate to the surface. The second is the sealing process: popular sealers tend to create smooth, slippery surfaces, so we blend non-skid agent into our sealer to combat this effect and maximize slip resistance.
Unlike many overlay products, carvestone is flexible enough to coordinate with the existing character of your backyard. The color is selected and blended on site, then applied carefully by hand in an effort to leave visitors with the impression of coherence: that this surface was installed at the same time as the existing elements and facades of your home. Our craftsmen have helped accomplish this for thousands of our clients. But it’s more than just blending in: they will help you select a look that complements your existing space and moves it forward, into the design ideas exciting you today.
Carvestone is cooler than many alternative surfaces including pea gravel, painted concrete, pavers, and stamped concrete. Let’s face it: in the Arizona and Texas heat anything can get warm, but carvestone allows you to enjoy your pool even on the hottest of days. Several important factors contribute to the heat of a surface, so our expertise will be crucial in finding the right surface for your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What maintenance will be required going forward?
We recommend that you re-seal your project every 2 years because a sufficient coat of sealer helps protect the product and preserve its beauty. Sealing helps prevent staining, sun damage, and water and frost penetration; this, in turn, reduces the damage caused by cracks, spills, and other forms of everyday wear and tear. Resealing with the types of industry-standard acrylic sealers we use also reinvigorates the colors of your job. For this reason, our maintenance department will reach out to you after two years and offer this re-sealing service. At that time we will furnish a cost for us to re-seal your carvestone, and detailed instructions should you choose to do it yourself.
Is there a warranty offered?
Yes. We are proud to offer you a seven year (residential) and one year (commercial) limited warranty that covers the bond between the Carvestone and your underlying surface. The warranty protects against chipping and delamination of your Carvestone from the substrate. The warranty does not cover cracking, color or sealer loss, or mastic failure. We confidently warrant against chipping and delamination because Carvestone is exceptionally durable and not particularly susceptible to these problems often seen in other overlays on the market. This warranty expresses that confidence.
What surfaces can Carvestone cover?
Pea gravel, concrete, stamped concrete, cool deck, brick, pool coping.
Is Carvestone slip resistant?
Yes. We trowel Carvestone on by hand and use sponges to give it even more texture.
How thick is the coating?
The main layer of Carvestone is troweled on at varying thicknesses, depending upon variables like substrate type and location, but generally is about 1/4″ thick. The initial bondcoat is very thin, which simply facilitates a strong chemical bond to the surface
Can it withstand the wear and tear of cars on a driveway?
Carvestone has an approximate PSI rating of 5800, which is over twice as strong as concrete. Accounting, of course, for normal wear and tear and problems caused by substrate defects, Carvestone driveways have proven extremely durable. Some have been down more than a decade and still look beautiful.
What can you do about cracks?
If you decide on a random pattern, such as flagstone, we incorporate any cracks into the pattern. With a square pattern the cracks are carefully epoxied for added strength. Carvestone is extremely durable, but we cannot guarantee against future cracking or the recurrence of substrate cracks.
What do you do with expansion joints?
We fill the joints with a color-coded, self-leveling mastic. As it’s curing, we sprinkle sand on it, giving it a natural finish.
Are there any surfaces Carvestone can’t cover?
Wood, pavers, and concrete that’s in very bad shape. However, we can repair or pour concrete to prepare your surface for Carvestone.