Repairs & Recolor

Henderson Sculptural Arts – Repairs and Recolors

“An old cement contractor once said when I was just starting out, “one things for sure, concrete cracks”.  I’d always thought that concrete was really strong and hard.  And so it is.  But when physical forces through project settling or temperature changes are applied to this material something’s got to give.   And if artificial rockwork isn’t built correctly cracks and other problems are just about guaranteed.  Now when it comes to the color of rockwork there’s been an ongoing battle to provide quality projects at a reasonable price.  Getting the correct color of stone has led to the use of exterior paints and stains.  One could used nothing but colored cements to achieve the correct look which would never fade but the time and cost to use this technique would drive costs up beyond what most folks could afford.  Thus occasionally projects need to be “tuned up” every 8 to 10yrs by recoloring them.   The following video gives you a quick example of how NOT to build an artificial rock project structurally.   And what measures are needed to bring it back to life…  Enjoy.”
Dave Henderson, CEO
Henderson Sculptural Arts, Inc.  (see more photos of this at:

All recolor projects that HSA does use the highest quality paints and stains which are included in our fees.  To reduce project costs clients are also free to assist in the taping and masking of all hardscape areas adjacent to the rockwork to be recolored themselves or can have others handle this.  In addition, repairs are done at the level our clients prefer.  Radical reconstruction, as noted above, or just simple crack filling with the later approach not usually being a long term fix.

Here is another example of repair/recolor work.   IMG_1359A very large repair and recolor this project required considerable measures to complete.  This included the construction of a scaffold system and pool surface protection liner and plywood “floor”.  This was a project built with light weight cement rock castings which are taken from molds of real rocks.

This technique offers wonderful rock textures matching the “real thing” perfectly.  However they tend to settle and shift over time and then crack.   Add large vigorous plant growth and the problem is exacerbated.

After breaking off all failing rockwork, cleaning or removing rusted rebar, we epoxied new steel where needed and applied new concrete.  Finishing this out with a texture coat and a new recolor it was hopefully good to go for another decade or so, (if the plants behave…)                                                                                                          IMG_1459

For a complete photo history on the project below please visit the Facebook album at:  There is also a video showing the completed repair at:

A beutiful repair project many parts of the rockwork had to be completely redone.

A beautiful repair project many parts of the rock-work had to be completely redone.