Q&A

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Thickness

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Q: How thick should the concrete be? Darrick: While every situation is unique, we recommend pouring concrete driveways, patios and walkways 5″ thick and pool decks and other landscaping features 4″ thick. If we pour a thinner layer of concrete, it will crack easily. Pouring a thicker layer concrete is not usually required and is more costly. Once we’ve discussed your concrete landscaping vision with you, we can help ensure the best approach possible.

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Resealing

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Q: Is it necessary to reseal my concrete driveway, patio and walkways each year? Darrick: Sealing your concrete is a protection of the initial investment you made in your property. Sealing your concrete is like waxing your car or wearing sunscreen. It improves the concrete’s appearance by bringing out the colour, prevents fading caused by UV rays and protects it from stains and harmful chemicals caused by chlorine, salt, leaves, dirt, fertilizer and even pet and neighbourhood wildlife urine. Living in our cold Canadian winters is another...

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Cost effectiveness

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Q: Is concrete landscaping really expensive? Darrick: While it is true that stamped concrete is more expensive than asphalt, it is much more competitive than using natural stone, brick or precast pavers. The cost of stamped concrete depends on a number of factors including the size of the area you are looking at having done, the amount of detail and complexity the project requires and the number of colours you are looking to include. There are lots of ways that we can chat about to help your project fit your budget. For instance, you can...

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Do-it-yourself concerns

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Q: It seems that stamping concreting is a fairly easy process. I’m handy; aren’t there kits available for do-it-yourselfers? Darrick: A stamped concrete project gone wrong happens more often than you think. I’ve been called out to fix more of these situations that I honestly wish existed and it’s never an easy conversation to have. Whether it was a job by a do-it-yourselfer or another less experienced contractor, the process of stamped concrete is often underestimated. Stamps need to be aligned perfectly, the pattern...

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Curing

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Q: How long does it take concrete to cure? And what does that mean? Darrick: It takes concrete 28 days to cure or completely finish processing. In 7-10 days, concrete reaches about 80% of its strength. Concrete gains strength as it hydrates. Hydration initially appears to be a rapid process, but hydration slows down as time goes on. To measure the ultimate strength of a concrete project you would have to wait several years.

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Let’s do this!

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Q: How do we work together? Darrick: We start by having a quick telephone conversation about your vision and we set a time for me to come and meet with you so that I can see your property and better understand what you are thinking. I then prepare a quote for you that will outline our discussion and timing. Once you agree to move forward with the job, I will have you sign a contract and provide a 25% deposit. No job will proceed without your signature and without the deposit. We will then discuss in more detail the finishing of your project...

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Sealers and finishes

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Q: Is sealed concrete slippery? Darrick: There are different levels of gloss sealers, no-gloss to high-gloss available, each adding a slightly different texture to the finished concrete. You can also add an anti-slip agent to the sealer.

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Benefits of stamped concrete

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Q: What are the benefits of using stamped concrete in my landscaping plans? Darrick: When compared to other materials used in outdoor landscaping projects (asphalt, paver stones, natural stone) stamped concrete offers performance, longevity and design options that the others don’t. Stamped concrete offers design versatility, allowing for countless colour combinations, and hundreds of patterns. You can customize it with logos, crests and any other ideas for personalization that you can come up with. It’s able to stand up to our...

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