I have a concrete contractor currently redoing my driveway. I had
showed him a picture from a concrete technique website which I liked.
It showed a driveway using stamped colored concrete. The driveway
consisted of different sized squares and rectangles of various
When the contractor started the project, I did not anticipate having
anything separating the various square and rectangular forms other
than grooves. The contractor used cedar wood strips to construct a
matrix of squares and rectangles. He said the reason this was
necessary was because since each form would be a different color, you
needed to individually color each form (using a sprinkle on powder).
The issue now is that alot of the cedar wood now looks black (from
water) and or stained with concrete residue or rutted (from power
washing that the contractor did to clean the driveway) and the
driveway has not even been completed yet. I have let the contractor
know that I am not happy with the project (in addition to the wood
form problem, there were other problems in that the concrete hardened
before stamps could even be done; some of the forms were not even
colored; but lets tackle one problem at a time).
The contractor has addressed how he will deal with some of the
problems, but has not suggested any solution for the discolored and
rutted wood forms.
Any thoughts on whether wood was appropriate to use in the first
place, and what can be done to help fix the problem.