Below are some of the most common things our customers are asking about their new (and old!) concrete. For any other questions you might have that aren’t listed here, please contact us.
What Is Stamped Concrete?
Originally designed to resemble real stone, such as slate, cobblestone, or flagstone, concrete can now resemble manmade tiles, bricks, or even wood. Stamped concrete, once poured and textured, gets a high quality sealer applied in a gloss, semi-gloss, or a flat finish depending on your choice. Stamped concrete is popular for patios, driveway replacements, pool decks, and more.
Does Concrete Crack?
Yes. As concrete hardens, or hydrates, it develops internal stresses which may cause random cracks. In the Midwest, with our annual freeze and thaw cycles, your outdoor slab is constantly in motion. If the slab is installed correctly, using high quality concrete, good soil prep, proper rebar installation, proper control joint placement, and correct curing methods, we can limit the possibilities of cracking. We preform everything by the American Concrete Institutes standards to minimalism random cracking. Control joints are sawcut or tooled in to relieve stresses before they form random cracks, so when the slab does crack, it’s in the cut line. Expansion joints are also installed in driveways to allow the concrete to move without jeopardizing the large slabs.
How Soon Before Usable?
Once the sealer is dry, foot traffic can resume in 24 hours, light cars in 7 days, and heavy vehicles in 2 weeks. Moving vans or travel trailers in one month.
Should I Seal My Concrete?
It is very important to seal all outdoor concrete to protect it from annual freeze and thaw cycles and to prevent the penetration of road salts. On drive ways, road salts drip off your car and penetrates the surface, thus resulting in pop outs, chipping and spalling. We recommend a salt guard sealer on driveways to prevent concrete damage.