We have compiled a few of the frequently asked questions by our customers and placed the answers below to help you choose your next concrete contractor.
Does concrete crack?
Concrete is a very durable product and rarely cracks when installed correctly. There is always a chance of it cracking although we take every precaution to prevent this from happening. This included putting a stone base under the concrete, reinforcing the concrete with wire mesh or rebar, pouring concrete at the correct slump, and cutting control joints in the concrete at proper intervals.
Should I choose stamped concrete, paver stones or wood?
Stamped concrete has many advantages over pavers and wood. Stamped concrete will not have weeds growing up through it as pavers do. Concrete will not accumulate moss growth and will not rot. Although sealing is recommended every few years for stamped concrete this is minimal maintenance compared to staining a deck or pulling all of the weeds from pavers. Stamped concrete is fully customizable, long lasting, and a more cost effective choice.
Should I hire someone of do it myself?
We strongly discourage stamped concrete as a DIY project. The process may look easy but there are many steps that need to be done at just the time. You really only get one chance to get it right and it is permanent.
Who should I hire?
It is very important that you pick a qualified contractor for the job. Most contractors should be around the same price range. If they are not, you can bet someone is taking a shortcut. Ask questions such as will you put a stone base down? How thick are you pouring the concrete? How strong of a psi is the concrete you use? Are you placing wire mesh or rebar in the concrete? Do you use a solvent base decorative grade sealer? Are you insured? Also be sure to ask for references of previous jobs.
Is it slippery?
Due to the sealers being used stamped concrete can become slippery. There are certain patterns that have more texture than others. If you are concerned about it being slippery feel free to ask your contractor which sealer they are using so they can create additional traction.