10 Reasons Why Concrete Is the Best Building Material in Metro Detroit

Concrete is an amazing building material. It's versatile enough to be used on roads, floors and walls and stands the test of time. Here are even more reasons why concrete is one of the best choices for your home or business. 1. Affordable Concrete is lest costly to produce. So despite the fluctuating prices of other building materials, you can expect concrete prices to remain steady. 2. Energy Efficient Producing concrete uses less energy than other building materials. The energy to produce one ton of concrete is 1.4GJ/t compared to 30 GJ/t for steel. 3. Excellent Visibility Concrete reflects light, [...]

2022-09-28T15:48:01-04:00Categories: Concrete|Tags: , , , |

What Causes of Cracks in Michigan Driveways and Sidewalks

Cracks in concrete are a normal occurrence and can be found everywhere, even on beautiful Main Street in Royal Oak, MI. There are many different reasons as to why concrete cracks. Today we're going to go over these reasons with precautions that you can take to ensure you concrete doesn't crack prematurely. Too Much Water Concrete is a mixture of cement, aggregate and water. Not much water is needed in the equation, but some people add too much in order to make installation easier. However, when too much water is added to the mix, the strength of the concrete [...]

2022-09-28T15:51:30-04:00Categories: Concrete|Tags: , |

How to Clean Concrete in Oakland County, MI

When going through your maintenance list for the outside of your home, mowing in the lawn, trimming bushes, etc., you may want to think about cleaning your concrete driveways and sidewalks. It's not something that people tend to think about, but cleaning your concrete periodically can extend its life. Not only that, it can enhance the way your driveway looks which will affect the overall appearance of your home. Since not many people take the time to clean their sidewalks and driveways, you may not be sure how to. Here we'll give you some cleaning tips so that you [...]

2022-09-29T10:35:06-04:00Categories: Concrete|Tags: , |

How to Stain Concrete in Troy, MI

If you've been in your home for a while and are looking to change up the scenery without making big changes you could stain the concrete. This works on driveways, sidewalks and basement floors and is much easier than covering it up with tile or wood. The advantages of staining concrete is that it doesn't fade and can't be scratched or broken. Also it's much cheaper than putting in carpet, tile, or wood. The only drawbacks are that it is difficult to change the color once it's done. So, if you decide that staining your concrete is the way to [...]

2022-09-29T10:36:42-04:00Categories: Concrete|Tags: , |

Sealing Concrete Driveways in Rochester, Michigan

Concrete goes through a lot of wear and tear as it is supposed to be able to withstand tons. This is why it's common for driveways to need to be replaced every 10 years. One thing you can do to make sure your driveway lasts is to seal it. Concrete driveways can be sealed immediately after installation and it's recommended to do this every 3 - 5 years as severe weather can break down the sealant. You can have a concrete professional seal your driveway for you. Of if you prefer to do it yourself, that's also an option as [...]

2022-09-29T10:41:03-04:00Categories: Concrete|Tags: , |

Common Concrete Repairs in Royal Oak and Oakland County

Home maintenance is a necessity since, eventually, everything on and around a house deteriorates. Paint chips, roof shingles dislodge, wood rots. Even something solid like concrete eventually cracks or shifts. This is a common occurrence and we're constantly being asked to repair old driveways and sidewalks in Royal Oak and elsewhere. Since this is such a common occurrence, we want to inform you of the different problems that you could experience with concrete driveways, sidewalks, and stairs, with an overview of possible solutions. Cracked Concrete Small cracks are common and usually stem from everyday wear. The good news is that [...]

2022-09-29T10:42:47-04:00Categories: Concrete|Tags: , |

Choosing the Right Concrete Contractors in Rochester Hills, MI

In the past two weeks, we've taught you how to select the right roofing contractors and the right window contractors. Now, to complete your education, we're going to tell you how to pick the right concrete contractors. Getting the right contractors is important because with concrete you only get one shot. If it's done wrong the first time, you'll end up paying more to get it redone. Check References We can't emphasize this enough. Ask potential contractors for references and actually call them. If you can, set up a time with past customers to go check out the work [...]

2022-09-29T10:45:56-04:00Categories: Concrete|Tags: , |

Difference Between Concrete and Cement – Metro Detroit Area

One of the questions that comes up a lot when we redo a driveway in the Metro Detroit area is the difference between concrete and cement. Today we'd like to give you all a quick education on the two to clear up any confusion you might have. Concrete is a material that binds crushed stone, rock, and sand while Cement is a fine powder made of limestone and minerals. Cement absorbs water and is used in concrete to hold the concrete together. So, concrete is the masonry material and cement is the ingredient in concrete that binds the crushed [...]

2022-09-29T10:47:48-04:00Categories: Concrete|Tags: |

Concrete Driveway Replacement or Repair in Oakland County Michigan

What Can Go Wrong With A Concrete Driveway In Oakland County? When a Michigan concrete driveway starts to show signs of stress and large cracks begin to form, its time to get an inspection from a trained and knowledgeable concrete contractor. You may begin to see large chips of concrete loose or missing. Driveways with cracks are not only unsightly but also can be dangerous in a Michigan winter with the thawing and freezing we all deal with. Large cracks or sharp edges can pose a dangerous trip and fall situation and should be put on the top of your [...]

2022-09-29T10:58:32-04:00Categories: Concrete|Tags: , |