Sealing Your Concrete

Textured ConcreteIf you recently had concrete work done outdoors like a stamped or textured driveway or sidewalk but didn’t get a chance to have it sealed before the weather turned cold, what should you do?

With unsealed concrete there is always a chance of freeze or thaw damage in colder weather. If the mix was correct you shouldn’t have any problems.

If you get a couple of warmer days it is advisable to get the concrete sealed but the concrete has to be dry for 24 hours before you seal it.

If the temperature remains cold you will have to leave it unsealed until the weather warms and allows for it to be properly sealed.

The Home Gym

We recently completed this home gym for a great client of ours! Using polyaspartic coatings with a custom flake broadcast then coated with the lines and a final clear coat to lock it all down. The best part of this one? The flakes glow in the dark!
Hardscapes has the solutions for your custom flooring projects. Call us today, and let’s bring your floors to life!

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Company Logo

Have you been wondering what is going to finish off that new company space. There is something missing but you can’ t quite put your finger on it.

What about your company logo embedded in the concrete floor in your reception or service area?

This is something that not only looks great but really shows off the corporate seal. It’s also something that needs to be done professionally. If not done right your company logo can become faded and worn if in a high traffic area.

Hardscapes Inc. specializes in logo-ed floors. Check out some of these awesome designs.

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Epoxy Floor

Metallic epoxy flooring is growing in popularity for its beautiful effects. It has deep, rich mottled colours. We can create various looks using different colours and techniques to give you a durable floor that is unique to your project.
Call Hardscapes Inc. for your next project.

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Too Much Water

Pitted DrivewayAdding too much water weakens your concrete. When that happens your aggregate or rock that is in the concrete begins to sink lower in the poured area. That leaves the lighter weight cement and sand at the top. This can lead to very quick pitting and damage to your poured area especially things like concrete driveways.

Today there are is a great number of additives you can use to improve the strength of your concrete. Plastisizers, hardeners, helps it set quicker, fiberglass strands which add strength.

Hardscapes Inc. has all the answers to the question of how to create great solid concrete. Why not give us a call.

Custom Flooring

Custom flooring is one of Hardscapes Inc’s specialties!

We just completed this little project for Calbridge Homes new sales center in Mahogany. It was done in their company colours with reflector/enhancer for the dark center and a custom orange to mimic their logo.
We have done many floors tailored to clients specific needs. Make your floor your own with corporate logos, company colours, or your favorite team or car logo, like the one below we installed in a show car trailer.

Hardscaped Inc. can configure any concrete or cement surface to meet your commercial or domestic needs.

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It Won’t Last Forever

Pitted ConcreteModern 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 street 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 to every concrete restoration need and years of experience to make a repair that is beautiful and long lasting.

Incredible Basement Floor

Concrete Basement FloorThis gorgeous basement floor was created by engraving the existing concrete and applying an acid stain over the entire floor. We then went back over the floor with an accent colour to highlight the pattern. The satin finish makes for very natural looking and easy care floor.

Concrete Tips

How to cure concrete.

Stopping freshly poured concrete from drying out too quickly is called curing. If left to dry out of 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 the experts and can help you with all your concrete ideas.