04 May

The Best Ways to Maintain Your Concrete Surfaces

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Your Concrete Surfaces

Concrete is one of the most popular materials people choose in landscaping. One of the main reasons is its versatility because you can use it as pavers or just pour it on the surface. Concrete is also durable, and you can customize the color and texture finish depending on your aesthetic goals.

 

However, concrete surfaces get beat up over time, mainly because of exposure to weather elements like any other material. Some of the tips you can use to maintain the new and uniform look of your concrete include:

 

Cleaning

 

This is one of the basic yet essential maintenance practices for your concrete surfaces. Concrete is porous, which makes liquids sip through it, which could easily stain it. Therefore, you should clean your concrete surface immediately after pouring anything on it.

 

Cleaning also helps remove weeds and grass that could be growing along the edge and joints. These make the surface look bad and could also cause cracks because of the root system expansion.

 

For regular cleaning, you only need to use soap and water. For tougher stains, you can use vinegar, baking soda, and bleach, but don’t use harsh chemicals as that could damage the surface. You could also use a pressure washer, but avoid using it along any cracks.

 

Sealing

 

This is the most effective way to keep water from slipping into the concrete, which eventually causes cracks. If you are using concrete pavers, ensure you fill the joints often. This prevents water from sipping into the concrete through the joints.

 

It also prevents dirt from accumulating in them or weeds growing in them, making the pavers lose.

If you are not using pavers, ensure you seal the concrete surface at least once in two years. This helps repel moisture and stains, offers surface resistance against abrasion and UV rays, and makes it dustproof.

 

How often you reseal your concrete surface depends on the type of sealer you use, weather conditions, and traffic on the concrete surface. If you use an acrylic-resin sealer, you need to redo it after around two years. However, if you use a penetrating sealer, you can go for ten years without redoing it.

 

Repair cracks as soon as possible

 

One of the downsides of using concrete in landscaping is its vulnerability to cracks. Even the smallest cracks could cause a lot of damage to the surface because it allows moisture and debris to penetrate the surface.

 

Therefore, it is essential you repair cracks as soon as you see them. You can repair small cracks yourself, but it is best to call the professionals for more significant cracks. To prevent cracks, avoid dropping heavy and sharp objects on the surface.

 

You should also wipe off any fertilizer that falls on the surface as you fertilize the vegetation. That is because the chemicals in the fertilizer affect the concrete, causing cracks and other degeneration forms.

 

Apply a new surface

 

Even with a sealer, your concrete surface might suffer and look old because of the traffic and weather elements. Recoating the surface after around three to five years will keep it looking new and fresh and increase its durability. You can also renew the concrete surface by adding new paint or finish to the new coat.

To ensure that the new coat properly adheres to the old one, it’s important to sweep, pressure wash, or etch the old surface.

 

Use the right deicing products

 

Experts recommend that you don’t use deicing chemicals on your concrete surfaces, especially before they are one year old. Since deicing chemicals work by changing the temperatures, they expose your concrete surface to a freeze and thaw cycle, which could cause cracking.

 

The saline solution, which the chemicals form from the ice and snow, penetrates through the porous concrete surface. They expand and contract as they freeze, inducing more damage.

 

You should also check the chemical composition of the deckers you use. This is because those containing ammonium sulfates and ammonium nitrates chemically attack the concrete. Calcium chloride or sodium chloride don’t affect the concrete too much chemically, but be careful not to use them on the vegetation around.

 

The safest way to deice tour concrete is using sand or scraping and shoveling. However, you should avoid using metal shovels and instead use plastic ones. You should also raise your snow blower’s blades to prevent scratching the surface.

 

Call the professionals

 

Whether you want to repair cracks, reseal, or recoat your concrete surface, the best way to get quality services is by calling the professionals. At Jireh Asphalt and Concrete, we are here to help with all your concrete needs.

 

We guarantee you the best results with our highly trained and experienced employees, state-of-the-art equipment, and high-quality materials.

 

Before starting the job, we will show you a gallery of our past work or inspiration photos and videos to help you choose what you want. Our professionals will work with you in every step of the job, ensuring that you get what you ask for.

 

We also inspect the nature and size of the job before we start, then give you an accurate and well-detailed quote. Call us today for more information or get your free quote.

 

20 Apr

Best Uses for Asphalt and Concrete?

Best Uses for Asphalt and Concrete?

Best Uses for Asphalt and Concrete?

Asphalt and concrete are both great paving materials. Between the two, they offer paving solutions for almost every imaginable situation. However, each material has areas where it excels along with weaknesses, so you should assess each paving project independently to determine which one is best.

In this post, we’ll discuss the best uses for asphalt and concrete as paving materials and factors to consider. Read More

20 Jul

Popular Concrete Patio Ideas

Popular Concrete Patio IdeasPopular Concrete Patio Ideas

The days of a concrete patio being nothing more than a dull gray slab are over. Modern concrete patios come in a variety of textures, colors, and finishes. It is now possible to turn your concrete patio ideas into stylish looks with maximum functionality. Here in Seattle, outdoor patios can look great while still standing up to freezing temps, heavy rain, and wild temperature fluctuations. Check out all the options to turn your concrete patio ideas from drab to fab:

  • Stamping

Stamping is a texturing technique that gives concrete the appearance of stone, brick, tile, or wood. Precise lines are imprinted into the concrete’s surface and then the stain is added to contrast against the color of the raised concrete surface. Raised concrete can be stained in a variety of colors to achieve the desired look. Stamping is often combined with other finishing techniques. Read More

20 Feb

Should I Repair My Concrete?

Repair My Concrete

Should I Repair My Concrete?

Concrete is an excellent tool for a variety of outdoor needs, from driveways and patios to sidewalks, but it doesn’t last forever. Eventually, you may notice that your concrete develops holes or cracks that need to be repaired. Is now the best time to repair your concrete? Here’s what you need to know. 

Repair Your Concrete with Concrete Sealers

The purpose of a sealer is to provide long-term protection to your concrete that also enhances its color. Some sealers can be combined with cures that slow concrete hydration in order to minimize shrinkage and cracking. Other forms are just pure sealers.  Read More

20 Jan

How Patio Pavers Can Improve the Look of Your Home

How Patio Pavers Can Improve the Look of Your Home

How Patio Pavers Can Improve the Look of Your Home

It’s not just your landscaping and home design that influence your curb appeal; it’s your patio and driveway as well! Using beautiful, sophisticated, and durable paver materials is an easy way to instantly boost the aesthetic of your property. If you’re contemplating which pavers you should use to improve the look of your home, consider these excellent options. 

Flagstone with Ground Cover

If you’re looking for patio pavers that make a statement while retaining a classic and natural look, you could opt for flagstone. Flagstone is a flat slab of stone that is rectangular or square. Since it’s natural rock, the color will always vary slightly from piece to piece, lending the patio a unique appearance. Also, as a natural cut stone, flagstone pieces cannot fit perfectly together like other paver options, so ground cover like moss can be used to fill the gaps between each piece.  Read More

20 Oct

Concrete Slabs Vs. Pavers: Best for Project

 

Concrete Slabs Vs. Pavers: How To Decide Which Is Best for Your Project

When you want to spruce up your driveway, backyard paths, or garden paths, you might want to think twice about using concrete slabs. Although they can be cheaper to install, they have some down sides that should be considered. Pavers could be a much better option for your landscaping. Here is what you should consider when making your decision.

Concrete Slabs Vs. Pavers: How To Decide Which Is Best for Your Project

Maintenance over time

Concrete is pretty durable, but it does have some drawbacks. Larger concrete slabs don’t have the ability to shift and move with the earth. With each passing season, each temperature change, each weather event, the earth beneath and around that concrete changes ever so slightly. Over time, that means the concrete can crack and break. 

If you get concrete pavers instead, they are going to be much smaller and fit together in such a way that they can move with the ground instead of cracking.

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10 Sep

Asphalt Vs Concrete: How Paving and Coatings Differ

 

Asphalt Vs Concrete: How Paving and Coatings Differ

It is easy to see that there are big differences between concrete and asphalt, but that doesn’t make it any less confusing to treat your driveway the way you should. Asphalt or concrete, you should consider sealings or coatings for your driveway to protect it and reduce maintenance and repair costs in the future. Here are the differences in the sealers and coatings, what they do, and which should be applied.

Asphalt Vs Concrete: How Paving and Coatings Differ

Asphalt sealants

Asphalt sealants are meant to do more than make your driveway look good. These sealants are used to protect the asphalt and make it last longer. If you want your asphalt driveway to last, you’ll need to get a sealant applied after the first year of installation and periodically after that. These sealants don’t last forever, but they are very important if you don’t want to have to replace or repair your asphalt driveway.

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15 Jul

What’s Best for Your Commercial Property?

Asphalt or Concrete? What’s Best for Your Commercial Property?

If you need a new parking lot for your commercial property, you have a lot of things to consider. You may need to expand the size of your parking lot, or you may need to add some additional parking lot features. One of the things you’ll need to decide is whether to have a concrete or asphalt parking lot installed. Here are the pros and cons of both.

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Asphalt

Asphalt is the most popular choice for commercial parking. This is because asphalt is very durable and is designed to hold up against heavy traffic. That’s why this is the preferred option for most roadways as well.

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15 Jun

Asphalt or Concrete? Right Material for Driveway

Are you installing a new driveway after renovations or replacing your old, worn, and stained driveway? You have a lot of options these days to personalize your driveway to your own tastes, style, and needs. Here are some things to consider when choosing between asphalt or concrete for your driveway.

Right Material for Your Driveway

Compare installation costs.

Asphalt is typically much less expensive to install. You can often get an asphalt driveway for less than $5 per square foot. On the other hand, concrete driveways can run up to over $15 per square foot, depending on the options and finish you choose.

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