May 092010
 
pebble epoxy flooring

Everstone Pebble Flooring

Everstone is basically a brand name of a surface known as Pebble Epoxy Flooring, an Epoxy-Mixed Resin of decorative stones which is used for surfacing patios, porches, driveways or any other type of floors in, or outside of a home or office.  While I was in the market for having my cement driveway re-surfaced I came upon a pebble epoxy driveway while taking a walk. It looked good and it seemed durable. I looked it up and made a call to a local Everstone dealer and installer. He recommended against using this surface for a driveway as he said the turning of car tires would eventually wear grooves in the surface. He did say however, that Everstone would be great for my porch and recommended the Elite Crete (reviewed here) for the driveway. I appreciated his honesty and ended up hiring him for both the Elite Crete driveway and the pebble epoxy porch by Everstone. Everstone is a very durable surface which is resistant to freezing, ice and extreme weather. It seemed perfect for my north-facing front porch which is extremely hard to keep dry and safe to walk-on during the winter months. Also, you can use salt and magnesium chloride on the pebble surface without worrying about damaging it.

Everstone Surface Properties

Because the epoxy-resin mixture of pebbles is approximately 3/4″ thick, it is elastic and unlikely to develop cracks and other structural problems. It is also cheaper than flagstone, tile and other decorative flooring. Everstone comes in a variety of pebble colors. The one I chose (pictured left) best matched the brick on my home.

In less than a day and for about $1,200, the Everstone Installer had completed my pebble epoxy Porch. The surface takes a good 24-hours to dry, cure and solidify. Because my porch face north and it was fairly cold, the surface still seemed rather soft after 12 hours. I was careful and waited 2-days before walking on it or allowing my pets near it.  The staining gives the pebbles a an attractive shiny surface. The surface literally looks wet under the porch lights at night. When I looked out my door the first evening after it was finished, I was certain that it had rained. They recommend having outdoor Everstone Pebble Flooring re-stained every 2-3 years. This will definitely be something I do as I don’t want to mess with crumbling, peeling surfaces on my Driveway and Porch ever again. Epoxy Flooring satisfied two purposes:

  • Fixed my crumbled, messy looking cement porch
  • Upgraded the appearance of the front view of my home

Other Uses for Epoxy

Everstone also makes an attractive, slip-resistant deck for swimming pools and backyard patios. The pebbles are offered in a variety of colors, so you can really spiff up a dull, drab beige or cement colored patio or pool deck, using the Everstone Product. Looks great, right? Well before you decide on an Epoxy surface, you might want to read a little bit more.

Everstone Pebble Porch

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Epoxy Flooring Then and Now

Then

As you can see by the photo to the left, the pebble stone surface was quite smooth, even and shiny immediately after installation. It definitely added a unique, classy look to the front of our home. Pebble epoxy flooring requires a stain treatment every couple of years or so to keep the surface looking brilliant and shiny. Most of us would have no problem doing this type of work ourselves and my Everstone installer even offered to train me on what stain to use and how to do it. This seems like a reasonable maintenance expense to keep the front porch looking nice so I was completely onboard with the idea of having to do this. However, before proceeding with this installation there were a couple of other issues I wish I had considered. The Now photos below will describe this better than I can in words.

Now

My Everstone Pebble Epoxy Flooring installer insists that this type of surface is more forgiving when it comes to cracks and settling of the foundation underneath than traditional surfaces such as concrete. These pictures might suggest otherwise. My pebble stone surface has split and cracked. Unlike a concrete driveway, the cosmetic appearance looks extremely conspicuous and this is not something I could easily fix with my own Concrete Crack Repair product.

The first photo above, left is how my front porch looked just days after it was installed. As you can see everything is just great. The photos to the right, below, 4 years later, show just how unsightly pebble epoxy flooring after four years of surface movement. The diagonal crack in the first picture continues to widen over time. Isn’t it scary just how quickly your surface can move.  There were not any cracks nearly this big when I had cement there. The second picture shows how deep the movement is as you can see how the surface has sunk a good two inches from the first step. Obviously, not all surface areas are prone to the same amount of movement as my front porch. It is very likely that some homeowners will have no problems with this at all. However, as you can see by the photos, comments and responses to this article, pebble epoxy flooring can be a gamble. In fairness to my Everstone installer, he has done everything that was asked of him and said that this surface can be repaired. Either I will have to pay him to repair it for me, or I will be looking up some good articles on how to repair Pebble Epoxy Flooring. Cracked Epoxy Flooring sunken pebble epoxy flooring

 

  14 Responses to “Pebble Epoxy Flooring”

  1. It’s only been 5 months, but I want to insert a brief update here. My Everstone Front Porch job is beginning to exhibit some problems. The surface is sinking on one side, revealing the cement underneath the front step. There is also some strange buckling of the pebbles around the exterior of the brick. I’ve mentioned this to my installer, but he has yet to get back to me. I will be posting an updated article with pictures, so stay tuned!

    Rob

  2. Just wondering what ever happened? How is it holding up? I am considering this product for my pool area. Thank you. Dave

    • Dave,

      After 1 year, I can honestly recommend Everstone Pebble Flooring 110%. The Everstone surface on my porch has held up perfectly well and still looks glossy and brand new.
      My only trouble had to do with the ground underneath shifting and causing the surface to sink. It had nothing to do with the material and workmanship. I highly recommend Everstone Pebble Flooring.

  3. Hi guys, we purchased our home with Everstone in our garage, sidewalk and small porch with steps. After three years of living here I am HATING it! Granted, we live in Upstate NY. Have put salt and what on it. The garage is as beautiful as ever. The side walk however is like walking on the beach. And don’t bother walking barefoot! It is all coming up! And it its SLIPPERY! I am searching on for a repair person to with take it all off or fix it. It is constantly in my my house!

  4. I don not recommend this product at all! We have had nothing but problems with it chipping and cracking off. It requires so much maintenance and recoat- A very poor product.

    • Sadly, I am beginning to reach the same conclusion as you about Everstone Pebble refinishing. It is not the fault of my installer that my ground continues to settle and the Everstone is showing cracks, but I don’t like the fact that I cannot repair it myself. It was a flat slab of concrete, I could do a convenient cement repair.
      Concrete Crack Repair

  5. . I used a pebble epoxy system on my 1,000 SF swimming pool deck. $7,000. Within two months all the shine was gone and the stone began to crack off. Distributor here in Pittsburgh said it was the sun UV rays that caused the epoxy coating to disappear. Recoating every year is the solution! Cost of ownership of this product is going to be about $600 a year in product, plus labor. Can’t get the installing company to back its warranty or even provide remediation. Not easy to find other service providers. Epoxy pebble systems are NOT practical for outdoor pool decks…. Of course, if you have no sun shining on your pool deck, you could be happy.

  6. I cannot imagine anything worse to put around a pool. Would definitely not recommend Everstone to anyone.

  7. This is the worst product ever. Installed in May 2010 and it is crumbling to the point I will have to pay someone to remove this junk. Large holes (two+ inches wide) with one inch of edges failing – don’t buy this.

    • More and more, I’m having to agree with the critical comments on Everstone Pebble Flooring. I think my installer did a decent job and I do blame the majority of my problems on the earth settling, but the product is impossible to repair and very unsightly when it begins to crumble. It’s not worth it. Use Concrete or something else, don’t go this route.

  8. Hello, sory for my english. I readed Your problems with stone carpets. I can recommend following:

    problems we can divited into 2 parts>

    1.problems with unsuitable epoxy resin
    2. problems with concrete

    1. problems with resin: problems based on resin are: A: yellowing, chalking and in real it means, that stones are crumbling out from your stone carpet. Solution is to use correct epoxy resin. It is error of your stone carpet contractor. Better is to use non yellowing resins. Are more expensive than non UV stable.

    B: Next problem with epoxy resin is: bad mixing ratio between resin and stones. When contractor wanna profit more money, give less epoxy into stones.

    2. problems with concrete:
    problems based on concrete are> cracks and destruction of surface.

    A: High level of humudity in your concrete. If Your concrete contractor fails to comply with labor practices, result is, that Your concrete contains high rising humidity. Epoxy resin is not permeable and humidity gets under epoxy and in winter humudity freezing and destroys concrete and ctone carpet too.

    B: Next problem with humidity is, that concrete if there is no insulation. In this moment in winter a part of concrete goes up and in summer a part of concrete is “sitting” down.

    In all this cases we can see on the top of concrete cracks and next stone carpet is destroyed…..

    C: and third problem with concrete is cement milk on the top of concrete.

    Slippery> all epoxy resins are very hardness and smoothness. The best solution is to use resins more elasticall. They are not so slippery than epoxy resin.

    Summary:

    Stone carpet is very beautiful, but we cannot apply this surface to almost any concrete surfaces. Never put stone carpet to concrete which is withouth insulation under concrete.

    Top of concrete must be prepared by contractor before applying stone carpet (itmeans cement milk) and the best solution all around the world is : to use dump permeable and UV stable resins. Using this one we are able to eliminate a lot of problems.

    In the end we can see, that a lot of problems with stone carpets are not problems with surface, but with concrete which is under stone carpet.
    Very interesting is, that in century, we are able to go to Mars, we are not able to do good concrete. But 4500years ago, in egypt they know this one.

  9. JUST INSTALLED EVERSTONE ON MY PATIO/PORCH.THE PROBLEM IS ONE IS COVERED AND ONE IS NOT, BUT THEY ABUT EACH OTHER.NOW THEY DON’T MATCH BECAUSE ONE IS NOW MILKY.
    HOW DO YOU GET OLD RESIN OFF AND START AGAIN?

    • problem is maybe:

      1. epoxy and polyurethan resin are sensitive to humidity in time, when they cures.result is, that this resin which has been subject to moisture is milky.

      2. next some epoxy resins are sensitive on high temperature. If temperature is too high, it causing, that resins softening and becomes abbot more sensitive for humidiy foe example in night, in time when they cool and solidify.

      how to solve problem: cut off milky part and make this one again with resin which is modified for high temperatures and low sensitivity to humidity.

      be carefull and cover porch when is good weather. No rain or fog.

  10. I HATE THIS PRODUCT! MY PORCHES LOOK ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. HOW CAN I GET THIS OFF!

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