Plain or Colored Concrete Driveways, Patios, Sidewalks, Porches, and Curbs
We have been installing concrete for 48 years. If you have currently concrete that is spalling or coming apart, it’s either very old or was not installed or finished properly. Finishing concrete at the proper time is extremely important: finishing too soon does not give the concrete enough time to bleed out, resulting in delamination. Waiting too long to finish the concrete will leave the finish rough or with darker spots called burning. Over rubbing the concrete with the trowels can also cause this problem and will leave the concrete in several different shades of gray. Also the concrete will be more susceptible to cracking. Special chemicals and timing are needed to finish concrete properly and skill with a finishing trowel.
Exposed Aggregate Concrete
Exposed aggregate concrete is made with a colored stone of your choice. The stone is specially mixed in to the concrete and poured on to your project. We finish the concrete and then at the proper time we wash the surface exposing the colored aggregate. Once completely dry, we then apply a concrete sealer to the surface, leaving a permanent sheen that makes the aggregate glisten.
Just like regular concrete, exposed aggregate can last for 40 to 50 years when installed properly.
Stamped Concrete vs. Pavers
I’m not a big fan of stamped concrete in the North East, although if installed correctly it can be beautiful. The problem that I have with stamped concrete is that the concrete needs to be mixed with more sand than regular concrete, resulting in a weaker strength of concrete. Once the concrete is almost set, stamps are beat into the concrete, which can damage the base and center without being able to see it until it is too late. Once the concrete has cracked, the stamped concrete is ruined. You can have repairs made to it, however, the repairs may be visible or re crack again. My professional recommendation is to invest your money wisely by choosing concrete pavers or real stone instead.
Driveways • Patios • Curb • Exposed Aggregate • Concrete Resurfacing • Repairs • Patching