How to Cure Concrete

Helpful Tips

Stopping freshly poured concrete from drying out too quickly is called curing. If left to dry on its own accord, concrete will not develop the full bond between all of its ingredients. It will be weaker and crack mill crack more. The surface might not be as hard as it should be.

+ The form work itself, if left in place, or on the underneath of a suspended slab, stops the concrete drying out too quickly, and can be a curing agent.

+ Spray water onto the formation. A simpler way is to just keep water sprayed onto the slab with garden sprinklers or hand held hose pipes.

+ Use a plastic shield, which basically is a plastic sheet laid on top of the slab to stop the evaporation process. This is one of the most efficient methods of curing concrete.

+ Use concrete curing oils or curing compounds. These compounds and oils now come in a variety of types.

Preparing concrete is harder than it looks. A professional in the field is always a good idea. Hardscapes Inc. has experts who will be happy to help you with all your concrete ideas. Just give us a call at 403-547-5597.

Thinking of adding curb appeal to your front entrance?

This front entrance was remodelled in just two days. We widened it a foot by using a fast cure TF structural concrete mortar. We then beautified it using our TF polyaspartic river rock topping. This new product outperforms traditional epoxy stone products by offering 100% UV stability and no need for annual re-coats.

Hardscapes Inc. has a solution for all your concrete restoration and development needs.

For a free quote or more information on how we can bring your concrete to life contact us or fill out our request form.

Has the NFL draft got you excited for the upcoming season?

Show your pride and get your favourite team logo on your garage, basement or office floor!

Hardscapes has done many custom logos for companies and individuals. From favourite teams to favourite cars, or your corporate brand in your showroom or office! Show everyone a little piece of yourself with a custom floor today!

 

 

Does your driveway have oil or transmission fluid stains?

Ever wonder what stains your driveway more, oil or transmission fluid?

Quite honestly it doesn’t really matter. Either one will leave a nasty stain. If you leave it too long or you have a chronic problem with your vehicle it may be embedded in the cement permanently.

These two fluids left unattended can also lead to pitting in the concrete. Small divots that will let water sit and will eventually crack the surface.

If your driveway sounds like the one above you might consider re-surfacing. Hardscapes Inc. has a surface solution for every driveway situation. Fast and professional, get your driveway looking brand new in no time.

Get in touch today at 403-547-5597.

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring (at least we hope!)

Spring’s the perfect time to plan a reno. If you’re considering something unique that really stands out, what about architectural concrete?!

Hardscapes Inc. has been installing architectural concrete finishes since 1996. We specialize in decorative concrete overlays, engraved and stained concrete floors, garage floor coatings, and industrial/commercial floor coatings in a variety of finishes in colour and texture.

Architectural concrete has been used more and more in residential homes providing unique design aesthetics that are beautiful and unforgettable. And, architectural concrete is versatile, durable and economical.

With over 20 years experience combined with our attention to detail and high level of customer service, we take pride in every project we undertake, no matter the size.

Transform the look & feel of your interior or exterior this spring by adding attractive concrete features! Request a quote today at 403-547-5597.

Throwback Thursday!

Here’s a look back at a gorgeous polyaspartic garage floor we completed a little over a year ago.

The extra design touches can really make your garage stand out from the franchise garage floors! With over 20 years experience in concrete coatings in Calgary, Hardscapes has the design experience and technical know-how to create a garage floor that stands the test of time.

If you’re wondering what it would take to have a garage floor that stands out from the pack give us a call for a FREE estimate.

 

Beautifying your exterior

Spring’s arrived and it’s time to start thinking about the exterior of your home again!

Just like the interior floors in your home exterior concrete can have as many different looks and finishes. Coloured and stamped concrete can add beauty and design. There are now so many different coloured finishes that you would need to use a colour chart to decide which would be appropriate for your project.

Whatever your concrete project for this spring and summer season, now’s the time to put your plan into action.

Get in touch at 403-547-5597. We will provide all the information you need for your new outdoor concrete project, and will not only ensure it looks great, but that it will last a lifetime.

Perfect Preparation

Hardscapes Icc.At Hardscapes Inc. it’s the preparation that makes the end product beautiful. If you have a large surface like an industrial warehouse floor the clean up of the existing floor is critical

Floor demo is just another service that we offer at Hardscapes.  We knocked out 18000 square feet of VCT (tile) in two days with our ride-on scraper.