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Customizable Ideas for Your Concrete Driveway

Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Customizable Ideas for Your Concrete Driveway

In the past, paving your driveway offered a simple choice in materials – concrete or asphalt. Those are still your main options; however, concrete is a very versatile material. Not only can contractors dye, stain and stamp the concrete, they can also lay concrete pavers or lattices. This means more customization choices for your driveway. Utilize the versatility of concrete to create a driveway unique to your home. Stamped and Stained Concrete Contractors can stamp and stain concrete to resemble almost any paving material. For example, say you fancy a brick driveway but don’t want the cost and upkeep associated with the material. You can have the concrete slabs stamped with any of the common patterns associated with brickwork, such as herringbone or basket. From there, contractors use a staining process to give the slab the natural colour variations of brick. Choose from red or gray brick, or select a variegated staining typical of old bricks. Decorative Borders The stamping and staining process can also be used to create borders around a plain slab of concrete. For example, start with a pour of plain-coloured or dyed concrete, and complement it with a decorative border. For example, have the contractors pour sand-coloured concrete as the main driveway slab, and have them stamp the edges to resemble red bricks. This effect especially complements a driveway with a natural curve because it enhances the shape. Environmentally Friendly Driveway A common consideration these days is how to stay environmentally conscious. Concrete driveways naturally utilize renewable materials and abundant resources, such as limestone. Likewise, as the Concrete Network points out, contractors can include recycled materials in the mix. For example, industrial processes, such as power plants, produce silica fume, fly ash and ground blast furnace slag. Rather than have them end up in a river, contractors commonly mix these byproducts into the cement powder. Ask for an environmentally friendly mix when consulting with concrete contractors, such as Pyramid Concrete & Consulting Ltd. Lattice Pavers Pavers are another customization option for your driveway. While it’s possible to have the contractors lay the pavers similar to natural stones or bricks, they can also install a lattice pattern. For this driveway design, contractors start with a bed of sand. They then lay the pavers in a lattice design. The gaps can be filled with soil and planted with turf. Alternatively, have them filled with pea gravel for a permeable driveway that omits runoff. As a bonus, the lattice driveway is decorative, so it adds curb appeal. Whether you choose recycled materials or creative designs, utilize concrete for a custom...

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5 Reasons To Use Precast Concrete

Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Reasons To Use Precast Concrete

Site-cast concrete is prepared, poured and cured at a construction site. However, there are instances in which it is better to precast concrete. Precast concrete is molded and cured before being sent to a construction site, so it arrives ready for use. Here are a few benefits of precasting concrete: Total Control Precast concrete is prepared in a controlled environment. Thus, contaminants at the construction site cannot invade the wet concrete mixture and affect its durability or form. In addition, the concrete form should turn out just as intended without as many variable factors, such as temperature changes, humidity, and floating debris. Strength Precast concrete can be cured at a higher temperature to help ensure that the strength and durability of the concrete is maximized. For supporting structures, such as bridge beams, adequate strength is imperative. Less Workers Construction sites are often populated by paid workers. Specialized concrete workers are needed to pour and prepare site-cast concrete. However, precast concrete is prepared by workers at a casting facility offsite, and the labor involved in the preparation of the concrete is already included in the cost of the concrete form. Readily Available Concrete takes time to dry, and when wet concrete is poured into a form onsite, it can delay subsequent steps in the construction process. However, precast concrete is already dry and ready for installation. It can be moved into place quickly. Contractors may choose precast forms for a variety of applications, such as foundation walls, pipes and septic tanks.  Consistency If you need several of the same concrete forms prepared for a project, using precast concrete can help ensure that there is no variability in the pieces. Multiple identical concrete forms can be prepared so that the pieces can be used interchangeably and increase the quality and aesthetic appeal of your construction project. This is especially important when precast concrete is used for decorative purposes, such as bathtubs, kitchen or bathroom sinks, counter tops or large planters. In addition, if you damage a precast concrete form, it can be easily replaced with an exact replica. If you are working on a project that requires a concrete form, it may be best to use precast concrete. The forms can be used for decorative or general construction purposes, and many precast concrete dealers offer a wide range of available forms. Contact a precast concrete dealer in your area to review available products and associated prices. For precast concrete, contact a company such as Moose Creek Cement Products 2006...

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