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Ever considered concrete countertops?

Concrete CountertopYep, the cold weather’s arrived and outdoor projects will cease over the winter months. Time to turn our attention to interior updates and renos again!

Have you been thinking of giving your kitchen a little facelift? You’ve likely heard time after time that one of the home improvements with the best return on investment is actually the kitchen. After all, the kitchen is the heart of any home – one of the rooms where most families spend a ton of their time.

Remodels these days centre around the type of stone you’re going to select for your countertops. From granite, quartz, and corian, to slate, engineered stone and ceramic tile – such a variety of hues, tones, and colours from which to choose!

But wait a minute, don’t discount concrete as an option.
It’s such a unique & versatile material!

Most people dismiss concrete because it sounds like something you’d only use in an outdoor setting – for a driveway, walkway or patio for example. But concrete can make one of the most beautiful and long-lasting countertops. Concrete’s reputation as being not quite perfect as a countertop material has truly evolved. With new resins and colour options, concrete now has a polished, lustrous finish that rivals any of the other options.

So if you’re considering a kitchen makeover, but haven’t yet made your countertop material decision, get in touch with us here at Hardscapes. Call 403-547-5597 and we’ll provide you with all the details you need to know about concrete countertops and we’ll explain why it’s such an excellent option for any kitchen!

Heated Concrete Reflector Floor

This reflector floor was installed on all 2200′ of this Airdrie basement. It is a gorgeous seamless flooring solution that is durable and easy to maintain.
More and more people are moving to hard surface floors for their basements, particularly when they are heated concrete floors.
Give us a call to get your estimate scheduled.

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Without them there would be no freedom

On Friday November 11, 2016 we pay tribute and remember those members
of the armed forces – some who selflessly sacrificed their own precious lives in the
line of duty — who have served their nation in war, in armed conflict, and in the
effort of sustaining world peace.

Past, present and future we salute those who have served and those who continue
to serve at home and overseas. Without them there would be no freedom.

As the saying goes, spring forward, fall back…

Winter is only weeks away and freezing cold nights aren’t the only major change winter brings. Sunrise and sunset will be an hour earlier so that there’s more light in the morning.

Daylight savings time will end with a “fall back” to standard time on
Sunday November 6, at 2 a.m.

“Daylight Savings Time” is a way of making better use of the daylight in the evenings by setting the clocks forward one hour during the longer days of summer, and back again in the fall.

So, don’t forget to turn back your clocks this weekend and enjoy that extra hour of sleep Saturday night!

Salt can sneak into small pores and tiny cracks in your concrete

Concrete is incredibly more porous than you would think. Though it seems rock hard, it is actually full of millions of tiny cracks and pores.

Concrete can be damaged in any number of ways, but the most common damage occurs from the de-icing salts used by city snow plowing services and freeze/thaw cycles which occur quite often in Calgary during fall freeze-up and spring warming.

When this happens, salt can sneak into the small pores and tiny cracks in your concrete creating an acid-like reaction. Eventually larger and larger pockets are created that hold greater and greater amounts of water. It is the water that eventually causes all the damage.

Water expands up to 9X when frozen. The pressure from this expansion grows with each freeze and thaw until eventually it pops the surface of the concrete creating even larger cracks and the pitting you so often see in sidewalks and driveways.

Hardscapes Inc. has a number of solutions to this problem. Call 403-547-5597 or email sales@concretecanada.com for a FREE quote or for more information.

 

Is radiant heated flooring for you?

Did you know that radiant heated concrete flooring is even an option?

You may not be building a new home, but if you are thinking of resurfacing your existing concrete basement floors, radiant heating may be an idea you want to explore.

Radiant heated concrete floors can provide both beauty and warmth under foot, resulting in a more comfortable living environment. In fact, concrete floor radiant heating consumes less energy to achieve the same level of comfort, ultimately lowering utility costs.

Radiant floor heating is available in most situations. For newer floors or complete renos, cable forms are installed in the concrete slab when it’s poured, but for but already existing concrete floors, mat form can be embedded with a quick and easy installation in thin-set cement.

Have questions or need more information?

Give Hardscapes Inc. a call at 403-547-5597 to discover how radiant heated concrete can be installed anywhere in your home or garage.

Radiant Heated Concrete Flooring

It's in the Details

To get a great looking garage floor you need to take particular care with the details. All the nooks, crannies and cracks need to be filled and all the dust and small particulates left over from the top coat need to vacuumed and disposed of before the final coat is applied. Watch the video for an inside look at the details and give us a call to get your new garage floor appraisal.

Watch the Video

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Thinking of coating your garage floor before winter?

Yep, it’s that time again – time to get ready for winter. Have you started organizing and cleaning out your garage of all the summer toys, deck furniture and yard equipment, to name a few of the things that fill up and clutter our garage space?

While you’re cleaned out, why not get that ugly old worn out garage floor cleaned up and coated?! A polyaspartic coating will do wonders. It will be brighter, cleaner, easier to clean, and best of all, protected from all that winter salt that’s just ahead.

Hardscapes Inc. offers solutions for any budget. Gorgeous flake floors and even mica metallic flakes for those who like to eat, sleep and play in their garage, as well as solid color for those with more of a utilitarian need. These coatings are 100% UV stable, extremely abrasion resistant, and highly chemical resistant.

Many garage floors can be done start to finish in just ONE DAY!

Contact us today 403-547-5597 at for your free estimate!

Have you ever thought about finishing your kitchen floor with concrete?

concretekitchenfloorThink about it. It’s the one place that you are constantly wiping and cleaning. Sharp objects are frequently dropped leaving nicks and gouges and chipping in whatever flooring you have in place. It’s just constant maintenance.

Now concrete on the other hand, can be made to look like any surface you want. With new advances in concrete finishes your floor can look exactly like any tile you ever wanted or even a wood finish.

The difference…no maintenance. Period.

Concrete is low-maintenance and resistant to staining when it is sealed properly.

Concrete is virtually indestructible. The life span of your floor is infinite. Concrete is so durable it can last for 50-100 years!

If you get tired of the look or colour, a quick surface renewal and you can have a brand now look without the inconvenience of tearing up the old floor and laying down the new. Concrete offers almost unlimited design options for colour, texture and polishing.

For information on concrete floors and installations for your home give the experts a call at 403-547-5597.

Engraving & Staining Applications

As the weather gets colder and your outdoor projects are either done for the year or on hold until the spring, why not focus on some indoor endeavours like engraving or staining that old basement floor.

Attractive, durable and easy to clean flooring solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Check out these Engraving and Staining samples we’ve done for some of our clients.

 

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