Polished Concrete Floors

Treating concrete with a chemical densifier and then grinding it with progressively finer grinding tools can create beautiful basement and garage floors. Progressively finer grits of diamond polishing pads are used to achieve a slick polished surface. Often the surface is either stained or dyed but branding and logos can also be added along with scoring, borders and other design features to make a concrete floor come to life.

Hardscapes Inc. specializes in these types of floors and can make any concrete surface become a focal point at home, work or garage.

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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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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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Decorative Concrete

What’s new in concrete trends?

concretepooldeckConcrete is no longer just a boring gray surface accentuated by some larger aggregate stone or angular concave lines to let water run off.

Now concrete can be used in many applications with patios, pool decks, basement floors and counter tops.

More and more home owners, designers and contractors are turning to concrete to create incredible stone looking patios that are not only weather resistant but beautiful.

With new concrete concepts you can decide the look and feel of your concrete project. Whether it’s a kitchen island or a wraparound pool deck it’s up to you to call the colour and finish.

Why not give Hardscapes Inc. a call to find out how concrete can change the look of your home or back yard.

Radiant Heated Concrete

radiantheatHave you ever thought about installing heated concrete floors in your home? Maybe you’re not building a new home but are thinking of resurfacing your existing concrete basement.

If you want the beauty and look of concrete and warmth under foot, radiant heating is available in cable form giving greater flexibility or mat form, which helps with quick and easy installation under concrete slab floors.

Give Hardscapes Inc. a call to find out how radiant heated concrete can be installed anywhere in your home or garage.

Hardscapes Inc. Floor Concrete Repair

This Reflector/Enhancer floor was completed in the flood area of Elbow Park in Calgary. Using Elite Crete E100-UV 1 and a blend of reflector enhancer colours, Hardscapes Inc. created this one of a kind basement floor finish.
These homeowners are very happy to be back in their home and have a dry basement this year!

If last years flooding left your basement floors cracked and heaved or just discoloured, give us a call to see how we can bring your floors back to life.

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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.

Concrete Art

Popular home, garden and construction suppliers would like to make you think that concrete repair is easy and needs no special skills other than a few tools and a strong back.

They like to tell you how satisfied you’ll be doing a concrete repair yourself.

They don’t tell you how unsatisfied you’ll be when you discover that even though you followed all the instructions on the packaging the patch didn’t dry the same colour as the rest of the concrete around it. They also didn’t mention that the repair only lasted for six months before weather and ground shifting pulled the repair apart and left a bigger mess of cracked and broken concrete.

Save time and money. Hire an expert.

Coloring, mixing and implementing a concrete repair is an art.

Hardscapes Inc. is all about the art.