How long does stamped concrete last? It depends on the maintenance and care of it.
Concrete is not only gorgeous and durable but can be manipulated to replicate hardscapes and organic stone. Stamped or decorative concrete that has been patterned to look like a hardscape is more durable and practical than traditional hardscapes. Stamped concrete installed correctly does not heave like comparable hardscapes installations. But what are the "cons" if any of stamped concrete? Is the life of stamped concrete shorter than that of traditional concrete?
Time to take care of your concrete driveway cracks? Is the cracking getting worse? Denver Concrete Inc integral crack repair system is definitely worth checking out.
For small cracks, those that are less than a 1/4" wide our crack repair system addresses the surface issue and structural issue as well. Most concrete crack repair only solve the surface issue, ultimately the repair will need to be performed again in the near future. With our grid reinforcement crack repair, that is now a thing of the past. As a matter of fact the system is so strong that an overlay system can be installed on top of this repair.
Most concrete crack repairs do not fail right away. As a matter of fact it will be months before any kind of crack repair will fail. Even if the product is applied correctly, it will fail. At least that is usually. That's the hassle of that really, isn't it? Having to come back months later and do the same process all over again. Typically a crack in concrete is a "long-term" treat and failure of the concrete. As the concrete continues to move, so does the crack making whatever crack repair you've performed alternately worthless.
If you are a property owner in Denver, you may or may not be familiar with "right of way" permitting. If you are unfamiliar with the process of city sidewalk replacement and repair, you can learn more about this service offered by Denver Concrete Inc.
June 17, 2019 is our start day for the "Zuni St" project we are completing for Forbes Partners. Denver Concrete Inc has hired to remove the current sidewalk. During the construction of the new apartments at the location, the old city sidewalk was severely damaged during the installation of the new foundation for the building.
Typically used in the exterior applications, penetrating concrete sealers actually "penetrate" into the concrete and form a chemical barrier which protects against water, deicing agents as well as moisture. Penetrating concrete sealers usually leave a "natural finish" and do not change the appearance of the surface, most of the penetrating sealers are "breathable" not sealing the concrete which allows vapors to escape. Penetrating concrete sealers are typically used for driveways as most of the sealers have a long lifespan and only require reapplication every 4 to 5 years or so.
Denver Concrete Inc. definitely wants to look at whatever small projects you might have, however we do have a project minimum for all of our concrete projects. Our project minimum is $2500 which means that projects which are below 100 ft.² in area might be better completed as a "do-it-yourself" project. We are more than glad to assist with information for customers that have elected to do their project themselves. We definitely want to give as much guidance and helpful information as we possibly can. So just because you are doing the project yourself does not mean that our team at Denver Concrete Inc. does not want to help!
How To Prevent Concrete From Cracking
Concrete spalling and cracking can occur from a poorly finished concrete pad, solid preparation can help any concrete project succeed.
Concrete is one of the most beautiful hardscapes. New concrete is so appealing, until it cracks.
From the beginning of your concrete installation, you should be taking precautions to end up with the most durable and solid concrete that you can. Once concrete is set, there is not a great deal that you can do to prevent your concrete from cracking.
Taking time to completely prepare and finish the project correctly will reduce the chances that your concrete will crack.
So, let’s start with the beginning… why does concrete even crack to begin with?
This is tough to determine "sight unseen" however; we will do our best to give you some ideas as to what you can expect to see if you are repairing your driveway. The first thing to determine is what kind of repairs are needed. Sounds simple, but the current concrete driveway really needs to be examined for spalling, major cracking and heaving as well as possible water mitigation issues. So, first step is to start with an inspection of the driveway.
Some concrete driveways in Denver are in such bad shape (the actual integrity of the concrete has failed) that there is no other option but to tear out and replace the driveway. If, after your inspection you decide that the concrete is in such bad shape that you will need to replace it, this is definitely a perfect time to consider any kind of improvements you might like to make to the driveway (expand the driveway or add decorative concrete for "curb appeal"). If you are considering hiring a Denver concrete company to complete the project for you, almost all contractors have cheaper pricing for larger projects. This is because the actual cost of having he concrete delivered becomes significantly less with the more that is ordered for the project.
Denver Concrete Inc. offers concrete removal services as a standalone service. Many contractors in the Denver area only offer concrete removal as part of a new installation. Our Denver concrete removal services offer complete concrete tear out and disposal.
Are you considering removing an old concrete patio, driveway, concrete walkway or other type of concrete installation? Add Denver Concrete Inc. to your list of contractors bidding for the project. We want as much concrete removal business as we can get! The pricing for concrete removal depends on access to the project site. Also, how much of the work is completed with equipment versus manual labor.
If there is ever one thing that is common when completing concrete estimates, it is, “Concrete is so expensive” and “isn’t there anything we can do to lessen the cost of this (whichever project)”. Concrete like any other investment in your home is costly and so isn’t it amazing that after installing a new concrete patio or driveway, most homeowners do not do anything to keep the concrete in the best condition possible. As a matter of fact, concrete is completely abused for the most part. We drive our vehicles over the concrete, we spill paint and other chemicals on our driveways, garage floors and basement floors. We drag hard objects over our concrete drives and garage floors without regard to the actual concrete.
Exterior concrete goes untreated by and large for the most part, absorbing all precipitation and daily weathering along with normal wear and tear. Then after years of extreme abuse, we get upset because the concrete starts fading and chipping, failing after all the difficult and harsh treatment. A solid sealer can go a long way to helping protect you concrete, especially if used correctly. There are three main types of concrete sealers, topical, integral as well as penetrating. Most homeowners will use topical and penetrating sealers as integral sealers are added to the concrete mix at the plant.