20 Jul

Popular Concrete Patio Ideas

Popular Concrete Patio IdeasThe 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 design your patio with stylish looks and 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 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?

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

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: 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.

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

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 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

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.

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? Choosing the Right Material for Your 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.

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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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15 Jan

When to Have Your Concrete or Asphalt Drive Inspected

Concrete and asphalt driveways are the most common types of driveways in the area. While both concrete and asphalt are durable and low maintenance as a general rule, there are some instances in which cracks and pits can occur. It is a good idea to have your concrete or asphalt driveway inspected by a professional to determine if repair or replacement is best for your driveway. 

Cracks or Pits

If you have cracks or pits in your concrete or asphalt driveway, they should be repaired as soon as possible. Cracks in concrete are really not a hazard for the most part, although they can be unsightly. However, cracks or pits in asphalt can lead to further potholes in the driveway if left untreated or unrepaired. If you are noticing any kind of cracking or potholes in your driveway, no matter how small, you should have it inspected by a professional to see what, if anything, needs to be done.

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15 Nov

Three Areas of Your Property That Benefit from New Concrete

Step outside and take a look around your property. Notice all the concrete around your house or building. Is it aesthetically pleasing, or are there chips, cracks, or uneven patches? If you don’t like what you see, it may be a great time to get new concrete. Here are three areas that might need some attention.

Driveway

Parking your car on a driveway with bad concrete can be a real hassle. Very large holes can damage the undercarriage of your car and cause excess wear on your tires. Cracks expand and contract as the outside temperature changes, which can lead to even worse cracks. New concrete can help you avoid these problems. And, when the concrete work is done correctly, you won’t have to worry about cracks due to weather. 

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15 Oct

Three Ways to Use Concrete Pavers

Are you looking for an interesting way to make your landscape unique? Instead of replacing broken concrete sidewalks, paths, and driveways with plain concrete, you should consider concrete pavers. Concrete pavers are slabs of concrete that can be one of a range of colors, and they can have designs carved into the surface. Here are three ways you can use these unique concrete pavers.

Patios

Patios are a great way to make use of concrete pavers. You can install them on the walk from your door to the patio or gazebo and place concrete pavers around and in the area. The concrete pavers can make a design, or the colors of the concrete pavers can compliment your home, gazebo, or covered patio.

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