Concrete Heaving

concrete heavingFrost can damage concrete in many ways. Two of the most prominent are, having the frozen ground heave because of ice crystals forming in the soil, and collapsing due to these ice crystals thawing in the spring. When the weather becomes cold in the winter, frost penetrates the ground and freezes water trapped in the pours of the earth. Water flows from wet to dry so water from below th frost line is drawn up. As it reaches the frost line it freezes. This eventually creates a thick layer of ice. The expansion caused by the freezing ice creates a layer that heaves the ground an equal distance of that layer. Finally the pressure below the concrete can no longer sustain its integrity and cracks.

Filling these cracks can leave ugly jagged lines in your concrete drives and walkways. Professionals like Hardscapes Inc. have many methods of repairing just this kind of winter damage and bring you concrete outdoor surfaces back to their original beauty.

Happy Holidays!

One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say thanks and to wish you the very best for the New Year

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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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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.

How to get a great Garage Floor

Ever wonder how to get one of those great custom garage floors. Hardscapes Inc. can answer all you questions and provide a free quote.

This show car garage floor was created using a custom blend of metallic pigments in our polyaspartic coating.
Framed with a solid grey flake broadcast border to tie beautifully into the cabinets. This multi-stage coating is both gorgeous and durable. For more custom seamless flooring options, check out our galleries or gove us a call to set up a consultation to create your dream floor.

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Reflector Floor

Another gorgeous reflector floor created using Elite Crete Systems epoxy and reflector enhancer colouring system. Truly unique seamless flooring solutions make a statement with colours that can be blended to complement any decor. Give us a call to book your project!

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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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Happy Thanksgiving

The team at Hardscapes Inc. wishes everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Writer, Poet, Essayist, Novelist