Concrete Curing Tips

Stopping freshly poured concrete from drying out too quickly is called curing. If left to dry of its own accord, concrete will not develop the full bond between all of its ingredients. It will be weaker and will crack more, and the surface may not be as hard as it should be.

The following are some useful concrete curing tips:

  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.

–  Spraying water on curing concrete prevents the surface of the concrete slab from drying faster than the bottom. A simple way to consistently keep water spraying onto the slab is with garden sprinklers or hand-held hose pipes.

  Using a plastic shield, which basically is a plastic sheet laid on top of the slab, to stop the evaporation process is one of the most efficient methods of curing concrete.

  Concrete curing oils or curing compounds can encourage fast drying and penetrating and are now available in a variety of types.

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Cracks in your Concrete Porch?

Cracked PorchHave you ever attempted to repair a crack in your concrete porch yourself? You likely discovered that this is not really a DIY situation!

These days most front porches are made with concrete and what starts out as a small crack can quickly become a larger crack if water gets in and freezes.

Depending on how deep the crack is it may have to be filled in with vinyl patching and then capped with a concrete patching material. You might even have to use a metal brush or some other method like stapling or chiseling away some of the edges to make a smoother repair.

Aging concrete can go from bad to worse fairly quickly if not attended too and DIY repairs can be tricky. In fact, the results can vary from just OK to hideous.

Why not let an expert take the struggle out of this type of home repair?

Hardscapes Inc. has all the tools and the know-how to quickly assess any situation and find the immediate answer to your worn concrete issues. Call 403-547-5597 today!

Marble Look For Your Basement Floor

IMG_4875This gorgeous basement floor was created using PT-1 in charcoal pearl with coffee accents. This client was absolutely floored with the results!

With Reflector Enhancer floors there are no two projects the same. Don’t buy the same tiles and carpet that everyone else is getting.

Make your floor unique.

Call us for more information on this and other beautiful concrete floors.

Here’s is a great tip

Instead of waiting until wind, rain, street salt and the effects of winter freezing start to wear away at your outdoor concrete surfaces. Why not hire experts in the field to seal these areas with one of many different products that can keep you sidewalks, porches and driveways from cracking and looking beautiful years longer than they would just left to the elements.

Be proactive, start now to keep your concrete looking new for the future.

Hardscapes Inc. also has a team of professionals that can assess any damage that may have already occurred in these places around your home and have the necessary products to seal them and bring them back to life.

Call now for a free estimate.

Concrete What?

What can be made out of concrete? Well almost anything.

We almost always think of concrete as a building material for homes buildings and other large structures like dams and retaining walls.

Concrete however can be made into almost anything including house hold items and art.

Hardscapes Inc. deals specifically in concrete design and decorative flooring along with restorative repair on drive ways walkways and stair structures.

Anything that has become weather worn or compromised by flooding can be repaired and brought back to its original beauty by our professional team.

Check out some of these other uses of concrete.

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Wear & Tear

This gorgeous watery floor produced with Elite Crete UV1 epoxy and Sky Blue Reflector is a tranquil oasis for this family play area. Hardscapes Inc. flooring is a great way to have both a beautiful floor and a very durable toy, kid, and pet resistant floor in your home!

Hardwood can really take a beating over time, especially in areas like children’s play rooms and mudrooms. Scratching, cracking and water damage can lead to costly repair or restorative work. Concrete can solve the problem of wear and will never have to be replaced.

With virtually unlimited colours and patterns available, we have a solution for every design taste!

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Sink Hole

Driveway RepairOver the years water, snow and ice even city fed runoff from sewer gutters can cause erosion under your driveway surface. This leaves your concrete driveway slab vulnerable to cracking and if not properly repaired it could collapse.

One way of solving this problem is called mud jacking, a process that pumps high pressured grout into the void under the driveway through holes cut in the surface. The process fills the space between the foundation element and the eroding soil.

Once you have corrected the elevation discrepancy you will still be left with cracking and the inevitable patchwork that covers the holes made to apply the process.

Hardscapes Inc. has a number of solutions to repair and rebuild the surface of your concrete drive and bring it back to its previous beauty.

Give us a call to find the solution right for you.

 

Fall Garage Cleanup

Are you getting ready for winter? Are you cleaning out the garage of all the summer toys, yard equipment etc.?

While you’re cleaned out, why not get that ugly floor cleaned up and coated?! A polyaspartic coating will do wonders for your garage. It will be brighter, cleaner, easier to clean, and best of all, protected from all that salt we spoke of last week.

Hardscapes Inc. offers solutions for any budget. Gorgeous flake floors and even mica metallic flakes for those that 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 for your free estimate!

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Polyaspartic Coatings

Concrete SolutionsIntroduced in the 1990s polyaspartic became a new class of coating.

Because polyaspartics can be formulated with slower reaction rates, they can be roller-applied or spray-applied with conventional paint sprayers without the use of solvent. Polyaspartic coatings are also UV and light stable and will not age or yellow.

This format can also be applied with broadcast medias such as quartz and vinyl paint chips.

Hardscapes Inc. often uses these polyaspartics components as well as incorporating metallic pigments to give a long lasting, incredibly durable and easy-to-clean flooring system.

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Wearing Conctete

worn-concteteIf you have lived in your home for a number of years you might have to deal with broken concrete. Constant wear and tear from the environment, road salt and the dropping of heavy objects can cause cracking and pitting as well as permanent staining.

The concrete fixtures of your home are one of the first things guests or the public notice when they come to you pay a visit.

Resurfacing and repairing these surfaces is not something you want to attempt on your own. A professional knows the right formula and surface to apply to your specific needs.

Hardscapes Inc. has all the tools and materials to do the job right. Contact us or request a quote to find out how to solve your aging concrete woes.