Learning about Concrete Contractors

Making Driveways Safer

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Your concrete driveway serves you well at home or at your business. In general, these driveways are low maintenance and last for decades. Of course, safety is always an issue with driveways, both for drivers and pedestrians. Your current driveway may need some improvements to make it less dangerous. Fortunately, you can work with a contractor to make your driveway safe for pedestrians. Sidewalks Any sidewalk that crosses your driveway should remain at the same height as the walkway on either side of the entrance. The driveway pavement should never overlap the sidewalk, either. If the sidewalk is slightly higher than the driveway’s surface, drivers will be more aware that of them and be more aware of pedestrians. Since children are particularly vulnerable to injury in driveways, a safe crossing area is vital. According to experts, sidewalks across driveways should be three feet wide with no more than a two percent “side slope.”  All of these measures help protect pedestrians crossing your home or business driveway. Medians Adding medians to commercial driveways has been shown to improve driveway safety. These medians enforce a safe distance between vehicles that are entering and leaving parking lots. A driver’s attention is better focused as they pull into or out of a driveway. These medians have been found to help reduce the number of crashes when they are present, so they are an excellent addition to a business. Fewer crashes mean less exposure to lawsuits for you and your company. Repairs Both private and commercial driveways are safer when they are promptly and correctly repaired. Ruts, potholes, and other surface irregularities can cause pedestrians to fall in the vicinity of a moving vehicle and potentially receive serious injuries. In addition, rough surfaces can cause drivers to lose control of their cars, endangering them, other drivers, and pedestrians. This problem is easy to ignore if you have stamped concrete because irregularities are often hidden by the pattern. Fortunately, you can either have rough areas repaired individually or even have the driveway resurfaced instead of totally replaced. To keep everyone safe, you need to have these repairs done several times a year. Your driveway needs to be a safe place for you, your vehicle, and pedestrians. You can increase the safety of your pavement by contacting a professional for a safety evaluation. They can tell you if the sidewalk crossing your driveway is safe, and they can give you an estimate on necessary repairs. Do not take your driveway for granted. Consider making it less dangerous for everyone who uses...

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Patch Your Asphalt Holes To Perfect The Appearance Of Your Driveway

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Prior to having your asphalt driveway sealed for the year, you should take the time to fix the holes and cracks that the winter weather has caused. Here, you will learn how to do just that. To repair your asphalt driveway you will need: Chisel or old flat-head screwdriver Hammer Shovel Broom Coarse gravel Plywood Cold asphalt patch material Plan the Day To get the best results, choose a work day that is clear and comfortable to work. You don’t want to be scraping ice and snow away to do the work, so wait until the driveway is clear of ice and snow and when there isn’t snow or rain predicted for a day or two. Clear the Area Clear away all of the debris on the driveway. Use the broom to sweep away salt, dirt and other debris that could be hiding cracks and holes. Get your hammer and chisel and clean the edges of the holes. Taking the time to shape the edges will help you make the patch work much easier. If you have a saw with a concrete blade, you could use it to cut the asphalt to make this step a little easier, but be careful in doing so – the asphalt chips can become airborne and cause injuries. Always wear the proper safety gear, such as good work gloves and eye protection. Sweep away the debris and continue to the next step. Add Gravel If the hole is deeper than two inches, you must add a bit of gravel to the hole. This provides a good foundation for the patch and will help to prevent the patch from sinking and needing further repair. Compact the gravel in the hole and continue to the next step. Patch the Hole Now, pour some of the patch material into the hole. Spread it evenly into the hole, tapping it to close up any air pockets underneath the surface. Continue adding the material until the patch is slightly heaping over the surface of the driveway. Compress the Patch Lay a sheet of plywood over the patch and drive over it with your car a few times. This will help to press the patch into the hole and relieve any air pockets hidden under the surface. After all of the patches are in place, wait a few days for the material to cure completely. Then, return with a coat of sealant on the patches or coat your entire driveway with a fresh coat of sealant to hide the patches and perfect the appearance. If you need a professional to fill the crack for you, visit Home...

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How To Keep Broken Concrete Out Of The Landfill

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Concrete is a highly durable and useful building material, and you can find it in everything from sidewalks and driveways to buildings. One of the downsides of concrete is that it’s extremely heavy and difficult to get rid of once it has been broken up due to a construction project. If you’ve recently had some work done, such as a new driveway installed or a sidewalk that has been re-done and there is broken concrete lying around, here are some tips to reuse it so that it doesn’t end up in a landfill. Repurpose It Since concrete is very durable and heavy duty, it can be used for all kinds of different purposes. If you happen to have some broken up slabs lying around, consider using them as fun garden paving stones. Place them in a row in your backyard and use them to provide a nice pathway. Or, you can even put some broken concrete pieces together to make a cool, sturdy planter for the garden. If you stack the pieces up, it can also make an interesting outdoor feature wall for gardens and patios. Donate It Many landscaping companies are more than willing to take broken concrete off your hands. You can also ask if any local small businesses or builders might be able to use your old concrete. They may have access to machines that can grind it up for recycling and use it again. This is a much better option than throwing it out, and you will be helping the businesses out as well. Most companies are willing to come remove the concrete for free since they’re getting it from you at no charge. Do some research and find out who may be able to reuse the concrete for a new project. Advertise It If all else fails, use the Internet and try to put out an ad to let people know you have concrete to give away. You may be surprised at how many people respond to your offer. Since concrete is such a versatile material, a lot of artists use it as well as landscape companies. There may also be some non-profit organizations in your area who can use it for a variety of different applications. No matter what you do, giving away those broken pieces of concrete to someone who can use them is always a better option than dumping them in your local landfill.  For more information, contact a concrete breaking...

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Four Ways You Can Give Grey Concrete A Colorful Custom Finish

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There are many areas of your home where you may have plain grey concrete. This can be in basements, a patio, garage or driveway. You do not have to leave that concrete with a dull, grey finish. There are concrete finishing techniques that can be used to give your concrete color and an attractive custom finish. Here are some techniques that can be used to give concrete color and a unique look: 1. Adding An Epoxy Coating For An Easy-To-Clean Surface Epoxy can be a great material to use for surfaces that are prone to messes. These are finishes that are painted on to seal the concrete. They can be solid colors and include textures. Epoxy can be great for garages, basements and game rooms where you want a floor that is easy to clean. If you want a custom look, you can combine different colors and textures for your epoxy finish. 2. Using Acid Stain For Colors And Custom Look Of Tile Or Stone Using acid stains can be another way to give your concrete a custom look. This can be good if you want to make the concrete finish look like natural stone. If you are installing in-floor heating, lightweight concrete and acid staining can give your floors a custom finish. The staining can be done to give floors patterns can custom designs. 3. Stamped Concrete Finishing To Give A Texture Outdoor Surface For Concrete Stamped concrete finishing can be another great solution for concrete outdoors. If you have a drive or patio that has dull grey concrete, you may want to consider a stamped process to give it a custom look. The stamped concrete finishes can resemble many different materials, such as stone or brickwork. 4. Adding Color And Protecting Concrete With A Seal Coating Finish If you want to add color and protect concrete from cracks and erosion, seal coating is another finish you may want to consider. This is a process of applying a sealant to the concrete to prevent water from seeping into it. Seal coating can give concrete color, as well as a durable finish that will last. This is a great solution for long driveways with erosion problems. These are some techniques that can be used to give your concrete more color and a custom finish. If you are ready to change the look of your concrete, contact a paving contractor to get help with tasks, such as stamped pavements and seal coating processes.   For concrete contractors, contact a company such as Bill Mariotti Site Development Co...

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How To Use Concrete To Make Your Country Playscape Unique

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Have you decided that you want to raise your children out in the country? If so, you may be wanting to create a playscape that will help to provide outdoor adventures for your children. Think about contacting a professional who specializes in concrete work. Consider having some ideas to present to the commercial concrete contractor so he or she will better understand what you have in mind. Here are some ideas that might inspire you to create something unique and fun.  For example, concrete contractors to pour a hardscape path that winds around your property will give your kids access to fun bike rides and a place to do some fancy roller blading. Another fun idea is to have the contractor design a concrete play pod in an unusual shape like a huge flower, a geometric shape like an octagon or a hexagon, or even in the shape of the state in which you reside. That area would be great for skating, tricycle play, and even for simple fun like hop scotch, Tic-Tack-Toe games, and drawing with sidewalk chalk. Consider asking the contractor to do a square section apart from the main area that can be set up for a huge game of chess or checkers. Think about hiring gifted artisans who specialize in faux painting to do your game designs for you.  It would also be good to have a separate area that would contain a table and chairs so the kids can have picnics and tea parties. The same artisans can make the concrete look like wooden flooring, bricks, or almost anything else your mind can imagine. Think about covering this part of the playscape so there will be protection from rain and the rays of the sun. If you have the space, think about including a concrete court that will be used for games like tennis, volleyball or badminton. Finally, think about asking the contractor to create a separate a space that will be designated for grass or another ground cover that lends itself to games like dodge ball, tag and other activities where a soft landing is good if somebody takes a fall. The great part about using concrete in your playscape plans is that it’s very affordable and it will last for a very long time. In addition, it’s easy to care for, as all you have to do is spray it with a garden hose to clean it. The kids will think that’s just part of the...

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Dressing Up Your Driveway With Stamped Concrete

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If you are looking for a way to change the appearance of a drab looking driveway, you may have considered using concrete as a medium. Concrete is extremely durable and has a pleasing look that many desire in a driveway setting. Adding imprints to the concrete as it is placed can give the aesthetics a whole new look. Here are some basic instructions on how to add decorative stamping to a concrete driveway to make the surface one that is unique from everyone else’s in your neighborhood. Enlist Some Help You will need to enlist help from a concrete contractor to create your driveway as making your own concrete is too difficult and expensive for a large project like this. Calling a driveway paving service is another alternative if you wish to have someone else place the stamping pattern in your driveway for you as part of the process.  Select A Design Concrete stamps come in a variety of patterns. Many people like the look of rock, brick, or cobblestone on a driveway. Using stamps in concrete allows you to have the look of a more expensive medium without having to pay steep prices. Stamps come in sets so you can place more than one down at a time, alternating patterns and directions of the tools in the process so you have a unique look as a result. Prepare The Area Before concrete can be poured, a mold should be placed on each side of your existing driveway. This can be constructed of wooden boards. These will help contain the concrete so it does not spill out into portions of your yard, leaving you with crisp, straight edges instead. Brush some vegetable oil on the interior portions of the boards so they can be easily removed after the concrete has cured. Add The Impressions Stamping equipment can be rented at a tool rental service. Lay the stamps out in the pattern you desire so you can work quickly to make the impressions. Sprinkle a powdered releasing agent on the concrete to help keep the tools from sticking when you pull them back out of the concrete. Press each on down into the concrete, working your way from one side of the driveway to the other.  Start a new row and continue until all tools are placed. Go back to the first one you had placed and remove it from the concrete. Set it down on the ground and follow suit with the remaining stampers until your pattern is laid out in front of you once again. Continue imprinting and removing the stamps until you reach the end of your driveway. After the concrete hardens, you can paint the driveway if desired. To learn more, contact a residential paving company like Asphalt Industries...

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Repairing A Poured Concrete Foundation Crack With Epoxy

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Poured concrete foundations can become cracked as the house settles into the ground. When the concrete cracks, water from rain, and snow melt can leak through the openings and flood the basement. To prevent this type of flooding, you need to seal the crack to keep the water out. Here is how you can seal cracks in poured concrete foundations. You Will Need: Concrete Crack Sealing Kit Wire Brush Injection Ports Caulk Gun Hair Dryer Hacksaw Hammer Nails Utility Knife Putty Knife Prepare Cracks Step 1: Clean out the crack to remove any debris that could interfere with the ability of the epoxy to cling to the foundation walls. Run a trowel up and down the crack to scrap away the broken pieces of concrete.   Step 2: After you scrap the crack clean, use a wire brush to smooth the exterior surface of the crack. Step 3: If you see moisture in the crack, you’ll need to dry the crack before you apply the epoxy. You can use a hair dryer to dry the crack. Step 4: Place small nails about a foot apart from each other into the crack. The nails should be thin and long enough to slip the injector ports over them. The injector ports are hollow pieces of plastic that come with the concrete crack sealing kit. and you’ll shoot epoxy though them to fill the inside of the crack using a tube of epoxy and a caulk gun.  Apply Epoxy to the Surface Before you apply epoxy, slip the injection ports over the nails you put in the crack.  Apply epoxy to the surface of the crack. You want to push the epoxy into the crack for about a half an inch to an inch to get a good seal. Spread the epoxy over the base of the injection ports. Remove the nail once the base of the port is secured to the crack. Spread the epoxy so it covers the entire length of the crack. You also want the epoxy to extend about an inch on both sides of the crack. Use a paint brush dipped in mineral spirits to smooth the crack and feather out the edges. Wait until the epoxy on the surface dries before you inject epoxy into the crack (about a day). Applying Epoxy into the Crack Place a tube of epoxy into a caulk gun. Cut the tip of the tube with a utility knife. The tip should be cut flat so it fits over the injection port. Start at the bottom of the crack. Remove the nail in injector port, slide the epoxy tube over the injection port, and squeeze the handle on the caulk gun. Stop squeezing the handle when you see epoxy start to come out of the injection port above the one you are working on. Plug the injection port with a plastic cap that come with the ports. Move to the injection port above the one you just filled and repeat the process. Keep on repeating the process until you get to the top of the crack. Cut the injection ports off with a hacksaw after the epoxy dries. The drying time takes about a week. For assistance with foundation crack repair, talk to a...

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Finishing Your Basement: What To Expect

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If you have an unfinished basement, the world is your oyster when it comes to refinishing. While the work may be extensive, there are many benefits to being able to utilize this square footage to the fullest. Learn what to expect when you finish your basement so you can be prepared for the process. Concrete cutting If you want your basement to have an exit door so you can walk outside from this living space, you will have to hire a concrete contractor to do the job. A concrete contractor uses special concrete cutting tools to remove your concrete walls so you can put in steps to lead you up from your underground living space to the outside via a patio or basic door. They then lay a concrete pad or steps outside your door so you can have outdoor space to utilize when you step outside. Part of the concrete cutting process is making precision cuts along your concrete pad to help prevent stress fractures in your cement. This process can cost anywhere between $2,500 to $5,500, and makes your basement more efficient and safe in having an exit to the outside of your home. Sheetrock and painting Exposed beams and pipes can make your basement less desirable to be in. Simply installing sheet rock and decorative paint can make a world of difference. A contractor will install sheetrock for you, and place insulation between your home’s structure and the sheet rock to help keep heat in and cold and moisture out of your basement. If you have exposed cement walls, you can choose to sheetrock this area as well to make the area more comfortable. Carpeting Carpeting can be tricky in a basement. You want carpet that is comfortable to walk on, but also functional in style. Since your basement is an area that is prone to flooding, especially if your main sewer pipes are housed in your basement, you want to make sure you choose carpet that is easy to clean and care for. Commercial carpeting is often a wise choice for basements, and comes in a variety of stylish patterns and colors. You may want to leave a wash room or storage area free of carpeting and paint your concrete with slick-proof paint in these areas instead to help prevent stains and other types of damage in these high-traffic areas. When finishing your basement, you want to make sure you are ready for all the renovations that will need to be done to make this space more livable. From choosing the right carpeting to hiring a concrete contractor to cut out a doorway for you, your basement will require a lot of work to make it ideal for living in. The results will be worth it and you can enjoy all the square footage of your home once the project is...

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Three Brick Road Patterns You Can Achieve With A Brick Layer Machine

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It used to take concrete contractors weeks to lay down individual bricks and have them interlace in complex patterns to create patios, driveways, walkways and even brick roads. A recent bit of modern engineering, a brick layer machine, takes bricks of all sizes and colors and interlaces them before slowly laying down and entire grid of bricks in a wet concrete base. The machine can be programmed to make three different patterns, all of which your concrete contractor can program the machine to do. If you are interested in shortening the time necessary to lay this type of interlaced brick driveway or walkway, ask your concrete contractor if he or she has such a machine. Then choose from one of the following three patterns. The Chevron Bricks of your color choice are fed into the Tiger Stone paving machine, where the crew lays a row of bricks across the top and continues to feed rows of bricks into the machine. As the paving machine slowly backs up, a long, slanted shovel in front lays down the bricks that were interlaced inside the machine and now form the chevron pattern. All of the bricks, except those on the outside edges, are laced end to end and side to side. Triangular bricks fill the holes along the straight edges where the chevron pattern meets the edges and leaves the large triangular holes. The L-Shape Rectangles and Columns This simplified but very decorative pattern involves several straight lines of bricks, which can be a different color from the rest of the bricks used to create a very dynamic and colorful paved surface. In between these straight rows of bricks, the paving machine weaves a slightly more complex pattern that creates capital L-shaped patterns in rectangular columns. It is a very nice way to create bike lanes or walking paths, and in the same time that the paving machine would lay any of the other two patterns it can be programmed to create and lay. The Classic Brick Wall Look–Horizontally The final pattern that this modern marvel of concrete construction creates is the classic brick wall look. Just like the chevron and L-shape rectangle patterns, bricks are fed into the top of the machine, row by row, by the concrete contractor’s crew. As the machine backs up, the bricks are pulled into the machine, laid on top of each other, and then gently expelled downward into a horizontal wall on the ground. It is the simplest of all three patterns, although the paving machine makes any of the patterns look like child’s play. Contact a company like Planit Dirt, Inc. for more...

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4 Tips For Creating A Memory Garden For Your Loved One

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If you have lost a loved one, you can make a beautiful garden at your home in their memory. This not only gives you a beautiful area of your yard, but gives you a place to go to feel close to that person, and to think on all the wonderful memories you have of them. To create a memory garden, follow the four tips below. Get the Garden Ready Choose an area of your yard that gets sun most of the day, as many flowers require this. You may want to consider placing the flower garden in an area of your yard where you can be alone. Once you decide on the place, you need to determine how large you want the flower garden to be, and then build it. Building a new flower garden is a lot of hard work, so consider asking friends and family members of the person that passed away to help you. Plant Flowers Visit your local garden center to find flowers for your memory garden, and then plant them. Purchase flowers your loved one would have liked, or choose flowers by their favorite colors. Plant a mixture of perennials and annuals. Perennial flowers come back each year on their own, and annual flowers die at the end of each season. Invite friends of your loved one to bring a start from the flowers in their flower gardens to include in the memory garden. If your loved one had a garden of their own, transplant a few of their flowers to your memory garden. Build a Garden Pathway Build a pathway that you can use to walk to your memory garden. This could be something as simple as decorative stone chips. Add a large stone edging on each side of the pathway to keep the stone chips in place. You could use concrete pavers to make a unique walkway. You can find concrete pavers in almost any color you could want because pigments and color dyes can be added to the concrete while it is being manufactured. If you have a small pathway, you can purchase ready mix concrete at any home improvement store that you can add color to and make your own pavers. No matter what type you use, you should use a color sealant on the colored concrete to keep the color from fading. Add a Cement Stepping Stone Add a cement stepping stone in the garden with a quote dedicated to your loved one. You can purchase these stepping stones at most home improvement stores. You can also purchase kits that allow you to create your own cement stone and personalize it yourself. To make your memory garden eve more peaceful, add a bird bath or a garden bench. Consider adding a small statue, or you could add a statue water...

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