Owner of Southside business Concrete Repair Specialist David Gordon put everything into starting his business, and then the worst happened—Sept. 11, 2001.
His wife and current business partner Sharon Gordon said that, in
addition to the fear most every American citizen felt during the time
following the terrorist attacks, there were worries about the business
"We had never had anything so violent [in our lifetime
said. "[Sept. 11] impact[ed] the stock markets and business and just the
unknown. Starting a business during an unknown situation is very scary.
You've put your life savings into this."
But the business—which offers a range of concrete installations, such as custom patios, driveway and pool decks, and dock and warehouse repairs—made it through the unknown.
David focused on the commercial side of business, such as work at Little Debbie, Sharon said.
The team recently did the floor for Channel 3's station renovation. Now, leading up to summer, the business' focus is on pool decks.
"We are booked up with people who want to open their pool, who want to get something going by Memorial Day," she said.
Many people don't realize that their concrete can be repaired instead
of replaced. It can save up to two-thirds of the cost, Sharon said.
It's also important to have a sealant on the concrete to protect it from weather. Freezes and thaws damage concrete, she said.
Sharon said she and David are giving back to the community and helping support other businesses, and she hopes residents who can support their business will do so.
"We know that in Atlanta and Nashville and even South Carolina there
are concrete people out there that are huge," she said. "It's a lot
cheaper because they have more guys, more equipment, and they will come
down and underbid us. But there is a local source, so if you can support
us, do. We've got the equipment."
Second photo: Two of the employees at Concrete Repair Specialist are a father-son duo. Here, Joe Simmons Jr. is applying a polymer-concrete overlay on the porch floor at Ruby Falls. (Photo: Contributed)
Lower Photo: In this photo, Joe Simmons IV works with the extractor at the 11th
Street police station, where the Concrete Repair Specialist team
refinished the floor. (Photo: Contributed)
Readers in the Chattanooga area might have seen Channel 3’s big reveal of their new studio. The studio remodel was a half-million dollar project that employed several local crews, including Concrete Repair Specialist. The remodel was conducted in part to bring the studio up to the standards of their new HD broadcast. We were hired by Channel 3 to install a beautiful new floor. The design elements of the floor were meant to mimic the sensation of looking down on the ocean from the window of an airplane. The design was chosen to echo the TV3 logo and color scheme, and the results were stunning!
Channel 3's floor before epoxy:
The application of the floor required several complex steps. The preliminary grind prep involved using a planetary grinder to remove the old floor and prepare the surface for the application of the new floor.
Then, the floor was cleaned and the black primer, which provides a richness of color, was applied.
After applying the primer, spike shoes were worn while rolling out “True Blue” HyperREZ FloorGuard thick-bodied Metallic Flake epoxy.
In order to achieve the desired effect, our crew manipulated the epoxy as it dried. The back-rolling technique created the illusion of waves in the surface of the epoxy. The epoxy includes metallic particles that look like glitter, and by stirring it and then applying over the previous coat we were able to simulate a seemingly 3D cloud effect.
A similar epoxy coating could be applied in your home or business in silver, black, medium brown or a rich bronze color.
Concrete Repair Specialist was thrilled to be a part of the TV3 remodel because Channel 3 is a nerve center for the Chattanooga community. We wanted the feeling of walking into the studio to be an experience of entering a place where the magic happens, walking with clouds at your feet. We at Concrete Repair Specialists grew up watching Channel 3, and we were honored to be a part of their move toward the future of television.
Don't forget to tune in to Channel 3 on Monday, April 21st to catch Concrete Repair Specialist, featured on 3 Plus You, Chattanooga's lifestyle show.