Monthly Archives: October 2014

These pools are less expensive than built in pools, and need to be taken down or covered every fall

If you choose a built in pool, then you will need pool decking. Stamped Decorative Concrete can be made to look like tile, brick, pavers and various other sizes and shapes. You may want to consider hiring a contractor to do the work. If you own a construction company, this may be an easy task for you. Your concrete might… (more…)

Just how often you do it will depend on the weather in your area and how much use the driveway gets

In general if you live in colder climate you will want to seal your driveway more often. Remember that before you seal your driveway the first time after it has just been built you need to make sure that you wait at least twenty one days for the concrete to cure. You will ruin the seal if you get it… (more…)

Ripping out old concrete is quite costly and an extremely tiresome and messy process

For example, if ripping out an old concrete pool deck, the crew must be able to navigate around plumbing and electrical work underground, all the while protecting the pool itself. Furthermore, massive, heavy chunks of old concrete must be transported and disposed of. Decorative concrete overlays utilize cement based polymer mixes that are applied to a properly prepared existing concrete… (more…)

Exposed concrete can almost be compared to a piece of granite or marble transformed by staining

And many of today’s contractors are finding creative ways to take exposed aggregate to the next level. How to Prepare Floor to Stain your Concrete?Spill a little water on the surface in several locationsSpill a little water on the surface in several different locations to see if the concrete absorbs water. You must remove all possible grease stains, oils stains,… (more…)

Because of its relatively inexpensive price-tag, along with its durability and versatility, concrete is fast-become a very popular choice indeed

People are discovering that with concrete they can achieve a variety of effects, including the look of outdoor tiles and other patterns. The result is an array of colours that mingle and blend to create a natural stone look or a more vibrant and colourful design-the choice is yours! The colours from acid stained concrete will never fade and remain… (more…)

The main difference between now and then is that today the home or business owner has many more choices to choose from

Most concrete contractors know that utilizing this type of concrete is a great way to satisfy the customer without breaking the bank. With the amount of driveways, walkways, and patios out there, I am sure that the use of this style of concrete will maintain its growth pattern. The smoother the surface the better the result when compared to older… (more…)

Decorative concrete made from ready mix concrete consists of sand, gravel, Portland cement, water and other additives

Stamped concrete uses specialty molds and other techniques to create concrete surfaces that resemble flagstone, cobblestone, brick and even hardwood floors. It is also more comfortable to have a very flat and even surface for your patio furniture, and this can be easily accomplished though the used of beautiful stamped concrete. Stamped concrete is a very heavy material with which… (more…)

At the time, there was a variety called Roman concrete, which was made from quicklime, pozzolana, and pumice

Roman concrete is perhaps one of the strongest in the world. Proof of the strength of the material can be found in Ancient Roman architecture still standing today. Amazingly, the products have withstood the test of time. What exactly is concrete made of?Many people underestimate the science that goes into concrete production. Most people think that cement and concrete are… (more…)

Both stamped and stenciled concrete decorative techniques are similar, using patterns for it to resemble natural materials like stone, bricks or cobblestones

They differ in the pattern material used. Stamped concrete uses rubber design mats while stenciled concrete uses disposable paper stencils. Using stencils also produces more distinctive grout lines since color is added after the stencil is placed on the concrete. There are different types of sealers used for both types of external surfaces. Breathable coats protect the concrete from the… (more…)

Then, large rubber mats are stamped into the concrete’s surface, leaving a pattern or texture behind when the stamps are lifted

Typically, before the concrete is stamped, the surface is dusted with coloring or the color is added to mix. In general, stamped concrete costs less than pavers. Also, stamping concrete is typically less labor intensive unlike installing other pavers that can really take up much time. Aside from the wide range of designs that can be done with it, other… (more…)