Concrete can be so beautiful when done right!

But…preparing concrete is much harder than it looks. Hiring a professional in the field is always a smart idea.

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, crack more, and not be as hard as it should be.

The form work itself, if left in place or underneath a suspended slab, stops the concrete drying out too quickly and can be a curing agent. Water is then sprayed onto the formation. A plastic sheet is laid on top of the slab to stop the evaporation process. This is one of the most efficient methods of curing concrete.

 Hardscapes offers a wide variety of concrete resurfacing and overlay systems. For more information contact us at 403-547-5597.

 

Patio time’s just around the corner!

It’s that time of year again — time to consider your yard and outdoor space and ways to make it especially enjoyable this summer.

If you’re considering a concrete patio project, now is the time to put your plan into action. Concrete is one of the most popular and attractive forms of decorative finishes. It creates a textured, natural surface adding dimension and depth.

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.

Get in touch at 403-547-5597. Our versatile solutions will meet the specific needs of any exterior concrete project. We will not only ensure it looks fantastic, but that it will last a lifetime.

A concrete overlay can add years to the life of your floor

As we head into 2021 and Covid-19 still dictates our health guidelines and protocols, here at Hardscapes our business remains operational to serve you. We continue to be proactive about the actions we take to prevent the spread of the virus and are committed to providing services during these challenging times in a modified, safe and socially distant way.

Concrete flooring systems are a practical choice for just about any commercial or industrial flooring project as they create an environment that is safe, clean, easy to maintain. A concrete overlay can make all the difference. This type of overlay can add years to the life of your floor and create a specific ambiance designed especially for your business.

A few things to consider when contemplating a concrete overlay:

  1. the conditions, wear and tear your floors will be exposed to
  2. high traffic areas may require a darker colour to give the floor a longer life and keep maintenance to a minimum
  3. certain polished surfaces might not be appropriate for wet conditions
  4. this type of surface when coated with a sealer, is stain-resistant to dirt and grease
  5. installation costs average between $3 – $10/sq ft depending on installation specifics

Call Hardscapes today at 403-547-5597 to discuss how we can bring new life back to your floors. We look forward to discussing your project and offering tips and solutions to get you started.

Tired old floors need a facelift?

Old floors can definitely be brought back to life! Give your office, retail shop, plant or warehouse a fresh new look.

A concrete overlay can make all the difference. This type of overlay can add years to the life of your floor and create a specific ambiance designed especially for your unique environment.

Here are some things to consider when considering a concrete overlay:

  • The conditions, wear and tear that your floors will be exposed to
  • Certain polished surfaces might not be appropriate for wet conditions
  • High traffic areas may require a darker colour to give the floor a longer life and keep maintenance to a minimum

How much maintenance is required?

This type of surface, when coated with a sealer, is stain-resistant to dirt and grease. All that’s required is routine cleaning and maintenance.

What is the installation cost?

Costs average between $3 – $10 a square foot depending on installation specifics. Please note that more elaborate finishes can cost more.

Questions? Need more information?

Have a fall project you’d like to discuss? Get in touch today at 403-547-5597.