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F.A.Q.

Do you have a question about Artevia™?

The answer may be here!  We have listed a few of our most frequently asked questions, if your question is not here why not contact us at a local office or our Artevia™ Colour Centre on 0870 336 8256 

Questions

FAQ 1 : What makes Artevia Concrete different from regular concrete?

Artevia is a decorative concrete particularly designed to enhance your indoor and outdoor space, including pool decks, patios, sidewalks, driveways, living-rooms, kitchens, stairways, etc. Indoors, consider the sophistication of Artevia Color and Artevia Polish; outdoors, opt for Artevia Exposed, Artevia Stamped or Artevia Color.

 

The wide range of Artevia concrete products are recognized for their economical appeal, toughness, durability and easy maintenance. Artevia concrete is best placed by a PRO Artevia Network applicatior who partners with Lafarge working to deliver the highest quality on every project.


FAQ 2 : Is decorative concrete a new product?

Decorative concrete has seen increasing popularity as an indoor and outdoor design material. Previously more common in large-scale projects, concrete has become an essential decorative element in the last few years. An ideal way to accent your living spaces, including patios, driveways, pool decks and living-rooms, Artevia decorative concrete is at once aesthetic, durable and economical. Moreover, its elegant look is adaptable to regional materials, and its finish, an exclusive Lafarge process, is skilfully applied by our PRO Artevia applicators.


FAQ 3 : What is the PRO Artevia network?

The PRO Artevia network of applicators assembles professionals trained by and partnered with Lafarge Concrete. Working directly with you, PRO Artevia applicators are highly skilled and trained artisans that make your project a success.  Through training courses organized by Lafarge Concrete, these applicators learn all the technical aspects (guidelines, mixing, etc.) needed to join the PRO Artevia network. Thanks to theoretical and practical training, these professionals are true experts in the application of all Artevia products. Lafarge instructors accompany and guide them on their first projects to ensure the highest quality work. The network also ensures the continued quality of all applicators.

 


FAQ 4 : Can I use Artevia concrete both indoors and outdoors?

Yes. The Artevia product line is designed for both indoor and outdoor use. The concrete is designed to withstand the different elements of indoor and outdoor use.  Different textures can be used for specific applications where slip resistance is a concern.


FAQ 5 : How can I obtain Artevia decorative concrete?

Please refer to the "List of contacts" under the section "Get your project done" .


FAQ 6 : A product I like isn’t available for my region, can I still use it?

The Artevia product line varies according to region. Its textures and tints thus depend on the origin of the aggregate, one of the raw materials in our concrete.

If the texture you wish to use isn't available in your region, we recommend that you contact your local representative to discuss the feasibility of your project.

 


FAQ 7 : Can I ask for an estimate?

To receive an estimate, you can contact a consultant in one of your regional agencies.


FAQ 8 : How is Artevia concrete placed? Should I call a professional for my project?

Our concrete is placed following strict guidelines. It involves technical knowledge and skills that only a professional can acquire. We recommend that you contact a professional applicator from the PRO Artevia Network. These professionals are experienced artisans with a commitment to quality.


FAQ 9 : How do I maintain Artevia surfaces?

Indoors and outdoors, the Artevia product line is particularly easy to maintain. No special products are required: a simple mop will suffice indoors, a hose or pressure-washer outdoors.

Artevia surfaces are also highly durable and resistant to temperature variations. We recommend the application of a protective sealant every one to three years depending on usage to preserve the original sheen of your surfaces and enhance the color.


FAQ 10 : Is decorative concrete environmentally friendly?

Because of its versatility, concrete is used in many green building applications.  The pigments used in Artevia colors are primarily made of recycled iron oxides.  Furthermore, most of the Artevia colors exceed the SRI requirement in the LEED Rating System.  A high SRI is essential to combating the "Urban Heat Island Effect."

 

Artevia contains recyclable materials, is locally produced and contains no VOCs.  For these reasons and more, Artevia is a sustainable material.

 

Lafarge is committed to sustainable construction and favors products and processes that respect the environment (organic products, waste management, etc.).

 


FAQ 11 : I’ve often heard that concrete is susceptible to cracks, is this true?

Despite all precautions, slight cracking may appear even in high quality work.  Concrete and control joints placed according to ACI guidelines on a well prepared subgrade will minimize the risk of cracking. Artevia products firmly belong to the category of concretes that are highly resistant to wear, heat and freeze/thaw cycles. 


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