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.

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.

History of Concrete

Concrete is one of the oldest building materials and will likely remain so as we find replacements for building materials in the future.

The earliest users of concrete were the ancient Romans. The Colosseum in Rome was built largely of concrete, and the concrete dome of the Pantheon is the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

A method for producing Portland cement was patented by Joseph Aspdin on 1824. Reinforced concrete was invented in 1849 by Joseph Monier. In 1889 the first large concrete dams were built in 1936.

Since then methods for re-surfacing concrete have become popular giving the medium the ability to be used as a decorative feature as in logo-ed floors and high finished heated floors for restaurants and homes.

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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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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Pizza Gets an Update

Pizza Gets an Update

Pizza Place Floor UpdateWe just refinished this floor at a NW Calgary pizza place. Hardscapes has done lots of restaurant and coffee shop floors. Concrete coatings are a great finish for these high traffic floors as they stand up well, clean up well, and are easy to maintain.

Best of all they are affordable! If you have a project for easy care floors that look great, give us a call!

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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.

Custom Logo Floors

Make your floor your own by adding a custom logo! Throw some flare into your man cave! Custom seamless flooring is what we’re all about at Hardscapes.
Unlimited colours and design options. From laying in decals to designing logos out of our products. Engraving patterns of all sorts.
Your truly custom flooring project starts with a call to Hardscapes!

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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.