Frequently Asked Questions about Concrete

Are all concretes the same?

Not all concretes are created equal. There are a variety of mixtures involving cement, aggregates, and other chemical additives. The number of bags of Portland cement is the way to measure cement, so this means it has less mix than a 6-bag mix. It is crucial to get the right combination of the products to ensure its highest quality and strength.

How can concrete be delivered on-site if trucks and heavy equipment can’t access the area?

In this case, motorized buggies or wheelbarrows should be employed. These types of machinery don’t leave marks or cause any damage to the site, and they can fit most fences and gates. For added protection, we will use plywood in the driving areas.

Are you going to backfill when the project is done?

Absolutely. Once the project is done, we will use the dugout materials and other dirt to backfill the site. Rest assured that there will be no disruption to your existing landscape and other parts of your property.

Do you obtain permits, if necessary?

Yes. We will be very happy to assist you in acquiring the necessary permits to get the project started.

How do cement and concrete differ?

Most people use these terms interchangeably, but they are two completely different things. Cement is only an ingredient to make concrete. Concrete is the product of mixing cement, aggregates, and water. Aggregates can be sand, crushed stone, or gravel. It will be added with water, which will be the paste that will hold the ingredients together. The correct way to say it is a concrete sidewalk and not a cement sidewalk.

What is the standard thickness and strength of concrete?

If we’re talking about driveways, the standard thickness is 5 inches. For pool decks, patios, and walkways, we use 4 inches thickness. Concrete strength varies depending on its use. The standard strength is 4,500 psi with fiber and steel reinforcements.

Does concrete crack?

Unfortunately, yes. No matter how strong concrete is, it is still vulnerable to cracks, mainly due to natural factors such as weather and natural phenomenon. To avoid damages, it is essential to use high-quality products and the right application method. This will ensure that the concrete can last for many years without obtaining cracks.

Can concrete damages like cracks be repaired?

The good news is that they can be restored and repaired. We are knowledgeable in the right way to mend cracks and chips in concrete, and we can restore its quality like it is brand new.

Is concrete slippery?

If installed correctly, slipping issues will not be a problem. Some stamped concrete may be slippery in winter, but not if it will be done using the right method. We add non-slip formula to the sealer to minimize slipperiness in concrete.

Will the color fade?

No, if you use color hardeners to keep the color vibrant throughout the years. With proper maintenance, its color can last a lifetime.

How do I maintain concrete?

Concrete is easy to maintain. Aside from regular sweeping of dirt and dust, we suggest having it resealed every two years. This will not cost you much and will ensure the quality of your concrete is top-notch.

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