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How to Take Care of Stamped Concrete in the Winter

January 23rd, 2015

It’s winter here in the Delmarva area, and while we haven’t seen a ton of snow yet, there have been a few accumulations. And with the weather around here, you never know when the next storm system will come through and dump a foot of snow on the region.

With this in mind, it’s important to know how to take care of your stamped concrete when the weather is snowy and icy. Snow and ice, as well as some of the things used to melt them like salt, can be harmful to concrete. But with the proper care, you can ensure the winter weather has a minimal effect on your stamped concrete hardscaping. Learn how to take care of stamped concrete in the winter in this week’s blog.

 

How to Take Care of Stamped Concrete in the Winter

 

  • If it snows, remove snow and ice from your concrete patio or walkway as soon as you can. This is to reduce the amount of expansion and contraction in concrete that naturally occurs as a result of freeze thaw cycles. When the cold ice and snow sits on concrete, the concrete contracts. When it melts on a warm day, the concrete expands. There are joints in the concrete that allow for this expansion and contraction to occur, but removing snow and ice is a preemptive and proactive measure you can take to reduce the effects of freeze thaw cycles.

 

  • If you can, use sand, not salt on snow and ice on your walkway. Sand won’t melt snow and ice, but it will give you better traction. The reason sand is a better choice is because salt can be harmful to concrete over time.

 

  • If you do use salt or another deicer on your concrete, only do so to break the bond between the concrete and the ice. Once this has occurred, use a shovel to remove the snow, ice and remaining deicer from the surface. This prevents refreezing and also gets the salt or chemicals off your concrete.

 

  • If this is the first winter you’ve had a new stamped concrete installation, try to only use sand.

 

  • Always user deicing chemicals according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Better to apply too little than too much. If you see the ingredients ammonium sulfate or ammonium nitrate listed on the package, do not apply it, because these are very bad for concrete.

 

  • If possible, seal the concrete with a protective sealer before the winter.

 

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Is Stamped Concrete Installation a DIY Job?

January 15th, 2015

Have you been thinking about tackling a stamped concrete installation project on your own? Unless you have extensive experience with concrete installation, it’s a good idea to go with a professional for stamped concrete installation. There are plenty of hardscaping projects that you can easily do by yourself, but stamped concrete requires a depth of knowledge that can really only come through experience, and not from articles or video tutorials online. Here are a few reasons why stamped concrete installation is not a DIY job.

Stamped Concrete Installation

Placing Concrete

Placing concrete involves the preparation of a sub base, with 2-4 inches of sub base material that needs to be compacted in the correct fashion.

Forming

After placing, concrete needs to be formed. For this, you need the right form material, as well as knowledge of how the elevations and slope affect forming. Common problems from improper forming include low areas that result in puddling and standing water, which can cause discolorations as well as cracks in concrete.

Concrete Transport

Concrete is heavy and expensive to transport. If you don’t have a concrete truck pumping concrete, you’ll have to mix it by hand in a wheel barrow, a labor intensive process.

Concrete Placement

After the concrete is poured, it needs to be placed and finished. Says Chris Sullivan of concretenetwork.com, “Placing and finishing concrete is as much art as it is technique. It takes years to even get a handle on the basics, let alone get good at it. Take it to the next level and add in stamping, and you just incrased the learning curve by another 3 to 5 years.” Improper placement of concrete causes a number of problems in both the short and long term, and can cause concrete to fail within a year of installation.

Stamping

Stamping is expensive. Even renting a stamp will cost several hundred dollars. If you mess up the pattern, there’s no way to go back and fix it. You’ll also need detail tools to fine tune the pattern and texture of the stamp.

Leave it to the Pros

It might be tempting to take on stamped concrete installation as a DIY job, by the reality is that you run the risk of making a number of errors that cannot be corrected and will result in failure of the concrete. Let a professional stamped concrete contractor handle this hardscaping project for you, and you’ll be happy with the results.

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What Makes Stamped Concrete the Ideal Hardscaping Material?

January 8th, 2015

If you’re thinking about doing some hardscaping in 2015, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is, “What kind of material should I use?” Have you considered stamped concrete? As a hardscaping material, concrete is a lot more versatile than you might think. And not only that, it will help you stretch your budget and even increase the scope of your project. Learn more about what makes stamped concrete the ideal hardscaping material in our blog!

Stamped Concrete: For All Your Hardscaping Needs

Easy on Your Budget

If you do the math on using stone or pavers for your project, you’ll find that the numbers might start getting out of your price range as the scope of the project increases. Stone and pavers are expensive, and there’s really no way around it. Stamped concrete on the other hand is not as expensive, which means it can fit more easily into your budget. You shouldn’t have to make sacrifices on your project, and stamped concrete can make it so you don’t have to.

Versatility

What other hardscaping material out there can imitate the look of practically any material you want it to? Stamped concrete allows you to get the look of any stone, brick, or paver you want at a fraction of the price. With custom stamping, color, and texture options, stamped concrete is one of the most versatile materials out there. Who knew concrete could do so much?

Durability

Concrete is a durable and long-lasting material, which means you’ll get many years of enjoyment from your new stamped concrete patio, walkway, pool deck, or driveway.

Value

To recap, stamped concrete:

  • Allows you to stretch your budget further
  • Can imitate practically any hardscaping material out there
  • Will bring you many years of enjoyment

All in all, you can’t beat the value of stamped concrete!

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Hardscaping with Stamped Concrete in Howard County

January 2nd, 2015

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to make plans for new home improvement projects! If you’re thinking about hardscaping work for your home in Howard County, have you considered stamped concrete? More affordable than stone and much more customizable, stamped concrete is the ideal material for all of your hardscaping needs. Learn more below about stamped concrete and how it can help you with your next hardscaping project!

Hardscaping with Stamped Concrete in Howard County

Hardscaping is a great way to increase the aesthetic appeal of your backyard and is an important component of any outdoor living setup. But hardscaping with stone, brick, or pavers can get expensive fast, especially if you’re planning for a large project. You don’t want to have to cut back on your new patio or walkway just because it’s not in the budget, and with stamped concrete you don’t have to.

Great Value

That’s because stamped concrete gives you a great value for your dollar. It’s more affordable than other hardscaping materials, which means you can stretch your budget and not have to make sacrifices in your project. With stamped concrete, there’s no need for quarrying, transportation, and storage of heavy stone, which cuts down on the costs. These savings are passed on to you!

Customization

With stamped concrete, you can imitate any hardscaping material. Stamps are custom-made to contour the concrete into the shape and texture of whatever you want, whether it’s stone, brick, pavers, or even wood. Plus, with Increte coloring, you get natural looking color that lasts.

Durability

And speaking of things that last, stamped concrete has the durability you need for outdoor hardscaping. You can be confident that your new patio or walkway will bring you many years of enjoyment.

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To learn more about stamped concrete in Howard County, contact Marrocco’s today! Marrocco’s Stamped Concrete is a professional stamped concrete contractor who has been helping homeowners and business owners with their hardscaping needs for more than 20 years. Follow us on our FacebookTwitter, and Google+ pages as well!

Hardscaping with Stamped Concrete in Harford County

December 19th, 2014

Hardscaping projects are popular with homeowners because they’re a great way to add to your outdoor living setup. If you’re looking to do a hardscaping project such as a new patio, walkway, or even driveway, have you considered stamped concrete in Harford County? Stamped concrete is the ideal material for hardscaping and can help you stretch your budget much further than you thought it would go. Learn how you can benefit when you choose stamped concrete in this week’s blog!

Hardscaping with Stamped Concrete in Harford County

Stretch Your Budget

One of the biggest benefits of stamped concrete is that it will help you stretch your budget for whatever hardscaping project you’re working on. This is because concrete is not as expensive as stone to produce. Stone has to be quarried, transported, kept in inventory, which adds to its cost. Concrete on the other hand is mixed and stamped on site.

With the same budget, you can do a lot more with stamped concrete in Harford County than you could with stone. Still set on stone? Don’t worry. You can get the same look of stone with stamped concrete!

Get the Look You Want

Stamped concrete can be customized to look like whatever stone you want. In the mixing process, we add color to match the color of the stone. Then when the concrete is poured, we stamped it using a custom stamp to give it the look and texture of whatever stone you want to imitate.

This brings so many more options into your price range. Wanted slate but couldn’t stomach the price? With stamped concrete, you can get the same look and feel as slate at a price that’s easier on your wallet.

Built to Last

Concrete is built to last, so you can be confident that you’ll get many years of enjoyment from your new patio, driveway, or walkway. Great looks and durability at an affordable price? Now that’s hardscaping done right.

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To learn more about stamped concrete in Harford County, contact Marrocco’s today! Marrocco’s Stamped Concrete is a professional stamped concrete contractor who has been helping homeowners and business owners with their hardscaping needs for more than 20 years. Follow us on our FacebookTwitter, and Google+ pages as well!

 
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