Frequently Asked Questions
How do you preserve the life of your driveway?
|• ||Have it resealed every two to five years, depending on the type of sealer use.|
|• ||Avoid gas and oil spills, as they can leave hard-to-remove stains.|
|• ||Rock salt is also very damaging to driveways, especially newer ones, and can lead to cracking.|
|• ||Homeowners often try to seal a drive themselves, but it is better left to an experienced professional. A mistake could be messy and costly to repair.|
Why does concrete crack?
|Concrete, like all other materials, will slightly change in volume when it dries out. In typical concrete this change amounts to about 500 millionths. Translated into dimensions-this is about 1/16 of an inch in 10 feet (.4 cm in 3 meters). The reason that contractors put joints in concrete pavements and floors is to allow the concrete to crack in a neat, straight line at the joint when the volume of the concrete changes due to shrinkage.|
What are the decorative finishes that can be applied to concrete surfaces?
|Color may be added to concrete by adding pigments-before or after concrete is place-and using white cement rather than conventional gray cement, by using chemical stains, or by exposing colorful aggregates at the surface. Textured finishes can vary from a smooth polish to the roughness of gravel. Geometric patterns can be scored, stamped, rolled, or inlaid into the concrete to resemble stone, brick or tile paving. Other interesting patterns are obtained by using divider strips (commonly redwood) to form panels of various sizes and shapes – rectangular, square, circular or diamond. Special techniques are available to make concrete slip-resistant and sparkling.|
What is the difference between cement and concrete?
|Although the terms cement and concrete often are used interchangeably, cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is basically a mixture of aggregates and paste. The aggregates are sand and gravel or crushed stone; the paste is water and portland cement. Concrete gets stronger as it gets older. Portland cement is not a brand name, but the generic term for the type of cement used in virtually all concrete, just as stainless is a type of steel and sterling a type of silver. Cement comprises from 10 to 15 percent of the concrete mix, by volume. Through a process called hydration, the cement and water harden and bind the aggregates into a rocklike mass. This hardening process continues for years meaning that concrete gets stronger as it gets older. So, there is no such thing as a cement sidewalk, or a cement mixer; the proper terms are concrete sidewalk and concrete mixer.|
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