If you're having concrete fixtures poured at your home, either outside (like a patio) or inside (like a concrete garage floor that will be covered with tile), you need to consider whether you'll need grout, and if so, what type. Grout helps strengthen floors and walls that have tiles by holding the tiles more firmly in place and preventing moisture from getting to the base material under the tiles. If the concrete is out in the open and not covered by extra tile, placing grout between concrete sections also helps stop water from washing away soil under the concrete.
9 January 2017
It's not every day that you see work crews pouring concrete during the winter. The cold temperatures pose plenty of unique challenges for a successful pour, which is why it's usually best to wait for warmer weather. However, there are times when you can't afford to wait, as doing so could cost you both time and money. To ensure that you get the same quality results as you'd expect in warmer weather, it's important to not only understand these challenges but also how to overcome them.
15 November 2016
Cracked or damaged concrete sidewalk blocks are both unsightly and hazardous. The blocks can be costly to repair as well. Homeowners with a limited household budget may not be able to immediately afford replacing several blocks. Ignoring the problem, however, is not a wise solution. The cracks and imperfections are only going to get worse since cracks are prone to expand with changes in the weather. Thankfully, a combination of do-it-yourself work and proper budgeting can remedy the situation.
26 July 2016
Curb appeal does not simply apply to the front of your house. Your driveway plays an important role as well and should welcome guests to your home. A worn out, pothole-riddled driveway is neither attractive, nor welcoming. Repairing a few details, however, makes your home more appealing to potential buyers and gets your home sold fast. 1. Cracks: Every drive develops cracks with time, particularly in areas with harsh winters or intense summer heat.
26 July 2016
Caring for your driveway is a critical task for ensuring that your property's appearance and value is maintained. Unfortunately, if you are not very informed about the needs of your driveway, this task can be made far more difficult than necessary. Fortunately, if you understand these answers to three common questions about driveway maintenance, you will be better equipped to get the most from this part of your property. How Does Sealing Prevent Cracks From Forming?
5 July 2016
Concrete steps are a great and durable access method for a front porch. But concrete, like any building material, can show some wear over time. If one of your front porch steps starts to crumble, the broken stair poses a safety hazard and takes away from the curb appeal of your home. The problem is particularly noticeable when it's a middle stair flanked by healthy-looking concrete stairs on either side.
4 July 2016
Environmentally-conscious homeowners looking to do renovations on their house face a big problem--interior demolition creates a lot of waste. That's why deconstruction has become so popular recently. During deconstruction, contractors salvage materials such as doors, windows, and carpets and either reuse them or donate them to charity. However, though this process seems friendlier to the environment, it can cost the homeowners much more in time and money. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to deconstruct instead of demolish.
30 June 2016
Working with concrete is hardly rocket science--a fact that tempts many homeowners into installing concrete surfaces all on their own. Those who go into this type of project without the relevant information often find themselves at a marked disadvantage. If you are planning to install a concrete surface, read on. This article will break down three of the most common mistakes people make. Ordering too little concrete Installing a concrete slab undeniably requires a high degree of precision.
28 June 2016
There are a number of costly repairs that homeowners must face. One such repair – that of the foundation – is a less common one, but one that can certainly cause you a whole host of issues and cost you thousands if not addressed immediately. Learn how you can catch the issue early with the three signs below. 1. Doors Begin to Jam or Fail to Close Properly A door that suddenly jams or fails to latch can cause a number of issues, and it can also be caused by a number of factors.
28 June 2016
Concrete is a highly durable material, but after time, it can crack and crumble with changing weather and temperatures. If your concrete is just beginning to crack or looks a little rough, the good news is that it can be repaired and resurfaced. If, however, your concrete is already crumbling and in really bad shape, you may want to think about having a new concrete patio put in for you by a professional concrete contractor.
22 June 2016