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Three things are certain in life: death, taxes and … cracks in concrete. Luckily, repairing unsightly or dangerous cracks in concrete is inexpensive and easy. And mending concrete fissures does more than improve the appearance of cementitious structures. Closing the door on water’s ability to penetrate driveways, walkways and patios improves their lifespan. Concrete repair […]

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Outdoor concrete is subject to harsh conditions throughout the entire year. Water from rain, extreme heat, stain damage from organic debris and the freeze-thaw cycle can all wreak havoc on driveways, patios and sidewalks. When you utilize outdoor concrete sealer, you provide an added layer of protection that can keep your concrete looking good and […]

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Once marginalized as an unsightly but necessary building material, concealed by flooring, drywall, or any other façade as quickly as possible, concrete has finally found its day in the sun with designers and homebuilders. It’s not uncommon to see exposed concrete floors and walls in modern homes and offices alike. In fact, some interior designers […]

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There was a time when interior concrete just meant the hard material buried under layers of basement carpet. Now, concrete is being celebrated as the durable, affordable, practical and, even, beautiful product it is. Indeed, concrete has made its way to the center stage of interior design. Just do a quick Internet search and you’ll […]

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  As the days of summer are now upon us, there is nothing as satisfying as walking with a pair of flip flops and pitcher of fresh beverages ready to serve a crew of eager friends as the tiki torches burn. That old concrete floor that you are walking across can kind of give off […]

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Only three things are certain in life: death, taxes and cracks in concrete. We can’t help you with the first two, but, fortunately, there are some steps you can take to postpone the inevitable cracks in concrete. First, make sure to properly prepare the subgrade before pouring concrete. While it’s drying, concrete contracts and shrinks—which […]

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  Stamped concrete is an easy and quick way to create beautiful, multi-dimensional walkways and patios that look similar to their more expensive counterparts, such as bricks, stones or pavers. But how long can you expect a stamped concrete surface to last? The short answer? Provided it’s installed correctly and adequately maintained, stamped concrete will […]

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Whether it’s for a shed, stair landing, dog kennel or hot tub, a small concrete pad is an easy and inexpensive home improvement project. Turn that section of matted grass into a functional and practical surface with a little elbow grease and this know-how. First, a disclosure: This guide isn’t meant to be a concrete-project […]

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2,500 PSI. 3,000 PSI. 4,000 PSI. 5,000 PSI. Is your head spinning yet? What do all the numbers on a bag of concrete mix mean? And, more importantly, how do they influence your next concrete project? The strength of concrete is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) and is a measurement of the concrete’s […]

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