Learning about Concrete Contractors

How to Level a Concrete Floor

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Concrete is a highly durable material, making it a great option for things like patios, floors, and sub-floors. Concrete isn’t indestructible, however, and over time can crack, crumble, and even sink if not installed properly. The good news about concrete is that it can be resurfaced, repaired, and leveled out if need be. See below for instructions on how to level out a concrete floor. Prep Your Floors Begin by removing everything from the area including baseboards, furniture, and any flooring currently on your concrete sub floor. You want a clear space to work with. The concrete leveling material you’ll be using can get messy, so preparation is going to be key. Be sure to use drop cloths around the floor you are leveling to prevent getting any concrete material on other floors in or around your home.  Go around your floor looking for any dips that need to be filled in. Also look for any areas that are higher such as mounds or ridges. These areas may need to be ground down before attempting to level the floors. If you have any areas such as this, think about renting a concrete grinding tool from your local tool rental store. Prime Your Floors Priming your floors is just as important as prepping them. Concrete leveler primer is used to help the leveling agent adhere to your floors better and will help prevent any issues with the existing concrete from ruining the leveling surface. Spread the concrete leveler primer over your floors using a push broom with soft bristles. Be sure to spread it evenly without leaving any puddles or pools of the material. Allow the primer to dry for a few hours before moving onto the next step. Read the manufacturer’s directions for a more accurate time. Level Your Floors Mix the concrete leveling material according to the manufacturer’s directions using a wheel barrow or a 5 gallon bucket and water. Once the mixture is prepared, use a squeegee or long-handled broom to spread the material around to cover your floors. Work from one side of the floor to the other, covering the entire surface. Spread it out evenly to cover and let it work it’s magic. Allow the leveling agent to dry before attempting to walk across it. Read the manufacturer’s directions for drying times, about 4-6 hours is enough time to be able to walk across it, but a longer curing time will be needed to be able to install new flooring, replace furniture, or drive across it. Leveling your concrete floors is not exactly an easy task, but it can be done. Contact a concrete repair company like Crackerjack Mud Jacking Inc. for help with this if you aren’t sure about taking on this job by...

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Concrete Finishes To Give Pavements And Patios An Attractive Finish Around Your Home

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There are a lot of different types of pavements that you may have around your home. You may want them to have a more attractive finish. Things like driveways and paths can have stamped concrete to give your home the look of old cobblestone roads. There are also options like acid staining, which can be used to create custom designs for patios and outdoor living space. Here are some of the options that you may want to consider for custom concrete finishes: 1. Give Your Concrete Colorful Designs With Epoxy Sealants Some of the concrete finishes around your home, you may want to add a colorful finish to. This can be done with an epoxy coating for the concrete around your home. This is a type of coating that can be clear, have colored particles or be a solid color. It can be good for areas like garages, which you want to have a finish that is durable and resistant to stains from things like oil leaks. It can also be a good choice for areas like patios or for a finished concrete floor in the basement of your home. 2. A Custom Stone Or Tile Look With Acid Staining Finishes For Concrete Another type of concrete finish that you may want to have for your home is the look of stone or custom tile materials. Acid staining is a great way to get this effect with concrete inside and outside your home. If you have areas that you want to have a custom finish inside your home, acid stained concrete may be an affordable alternative to materials like stone tiles. It can also be a good choice for finishing the concrete outside of your home. 3. The Look Of Stone And Brick With Concrete Stamping To Finish Concrete If you want to have the look and texture of stone or brick, then you may want to consider a stamped concrete finish. This technique uses concrete forms that have patterns to stamp a textured look into concrete. After the concrete is stamped and cured, a coat of sealant can be added to protect the concrete and add color. These are some of the options that you may want to consider for options for giving your concrete a custom finish. If you need help with adding finishes to your concrete, contact a concrete finishing contractor like Hofmann Concrete Construction LLC and talk with them about some of these options for a finishing the concrete of your...

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Three Tips For Your Concrete Pouring Project

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Concrete can be a remarkably useful material in a range of building projects. The availability of ready mix and quick drying concrete have made it much easier for homeowners to complete these projects on their own. In particular, this is a common material to use when paving patios, driveways or walkways. To help you get the most from this home improvement project, you will want to make sure that you use the following tips. Appreciate The Need For The Concrete To Cure Your concrete will likely harden relatively rapidly. In fact, it can be common for quick drying concrete to appear to be done within hours or a day of being poured. While the concrete may be hard, it should be noted that it may not be ready. This is due to the fact that concrete requires time to fully cure. The curing process involves water from the interior of the driveway gradually evaporating. If this water it not allowed to fully evaporate, it is possible for it to weaken the new concrete, which might make cracks and other issues more likely to form. The exact time required for your newly poured concrete to cure will vary based on the brand and depth, but the curing time will be easily found on the exterior packaging. Protect The Concrete From Water Damage Sadly, there are some homeowners that may make the mistake of failing to properly protect their new concrete from moisture damage. Yet, it is possible for moisture to cause damage to concrete in a couple of different ways. For example, this moisture can seep into the interior of the concrete where it might weaken the concrete by putting pressure on it. Additionally, it is possible for moisture to cause cracks by eroding the soil under the pavement. To combat these issues, you will want to make sure that you apply a coat of sealant to the concrete every year. Also, you may want to consider installing French drains, gutters or gravel around the sides of the driveway to help prevent erosion from occurring. Make Repairs As Soon As They Are Needed Despite taking good care of your pavement, it will still be subjected to intense wear and tear, which may make it inevitable for cracks, chips or other surface damages to occur. When you notice these damages, you will want to make sure that they are repaired as quickly as possible. If you fail to have these damages addressed in a timely manner, moisture will seep through the compromised surface. This can put pressure on the interior of the crack or chip, which can make it more likely to spread. Fortunately, most improvement stores will sell concrete patch kits that will allow you to rapidly correct this type of damage. For more information, contact Jersons Concrete or a similar...

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Make A One-Of-A-Kind Gift For A Loved One Using Concrete

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If you want to give someone special a gift that they can enjoy for the rest of their life, consider creating a one-of-a-kind gift for them using concrete. Concrete is a durable material that can be customized when it is wet to create amazing things that are hard and strong when it dries. The guide below walks you through the process for making a one of a kind handprint and footprint cast for someone special to you. Mix the Concrete The first thing you need to do is to mix the ready-mix concrete in a bucket. You will not need a lot of concrete to complete the project, but you want to be sure that you have enough so it is better to mix a little more than you think you will need just to be sure that you do not run out. On the packaging of the ready-mix concrete (from an outlet such as R Pepin & Sons Inc), there will be directions that will tell you exactly how much water to mix with the concrete based on the amount of concrete you are using. Mix the concrete and water based on the proportions indicated on the packaging. Pour the Concrete Next, you need to find a glass or metal baking pan that has sides that are at least two-inches deep. Lay plastic wrap around the entire interior of the pan, making sure that a few inches come over the edges of the pan so you can pull the piece out of the pan by lifting the plastic wrap after it hardens. Use a cup to scoop the concrete out of the bucket and into the pan, if it is too heavy to lift and pour into the pan. Make the Prints Have your loved one’s child place their hand onto the concrete and then help them press it firmly into place. Be sure to explain to them that they need to keep their fingers still when their hand is being pressed into the concrete so that it doesn’t look smeared when it is finished. Repeat the process with their footprint. The concrete should harden within a few hours. The child can then paint the edges of the concrete to make it even more customized. Having the prints of their child will allow your loved one to look at it when their child is grown and think back to fond memories of when their child was younger. It will be somewhat heavy, so you may have to get a heavy-duty plate display rack to use to display...

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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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