Concrete Restoration Solutions

Modern concrete is designed to last 60 to 120 years, but lack of maintenance and environmental conditions can greatly reduce those numbers.

Many city practices like salting city streets in the winter can lead to pitted and stained concrete driveways. As snow plows push the snow from the streets onto sidewalks and driveways it also sends any vehicle waste like oils and engine fluids that have made their way to the street along with city particulates like salt and or grass control chemicals along with it.

Any or all of these waste products can have an effect on your sidewalks and driveways leaving them even more susceptible to the wear and tear of extreme weather and the fluctuations in temperature that cause cracking and flaking.

Hardscapes Inc. has solutions for every concrete restoration need and years of experience to make a repair that is beautiful and long-lasting. If your driveway is already stained and pitted from the harsh winter elements and you’re considering a driveway re-surfacing in the near future, give us a call to arrange an appointment for a free no-obligation quote or even just to meet for a chat to have all your questions and concerns addressed. We’re Continue reading

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 for a FREE quote or for more information.