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Though concrete is a durable material, it is prone to cracking over time. Since concrete shrinks as it dries, minor cracks may form soon after installation. More substantial cracks form when faced with erosion, such as a shifting home foundation or plants growing up through the sidewalk. Once you notice an unsightly crack, you should repair it before water and insects have a chance to get through.
One easy way to seal a concrete crack is to use hydraulic cement or a similar patching product. First, chisel the edges of the crack so the edges of the crack are roughly parallel. Then, clean the crack as best you can, mix the hydraulic cement, and apply it onto the crack. This allows for a fairly quick and easy means of crack repair, though the results may be short-lived if the concrete continues to move.
Epoxy Crack Sealer
For a more permanent fix, you might want to go with epoxy crack sealer. With this method, you’ll need to plot out your injection ports, mix the epoxy crack sealer, and apply it to the crack. Using a caulk gun, you should then inject the LCR epoxy into one of the injection ports. Once you’ve repeated the process with each injection port, wait a few days for the epoxy to cure and cut off the plastic injection ports.
Future Crack Prevention
Unfortunately, there’s no aesthetically pleasing way to fix a concrete crack. You’re best off preventing cracks altogether by selecting the right kind of concrete to begin with. During the batching process, it helps to add a product called stealth fibers. These stealth fibers work to reduce the cracking that occurs as the concrete dries.
A-1 Ready Mix Concrete is happy to answer any questions regarding concrete installation and repair. Before you begin your next concrete project, ask us what you can do to reduce the chances of cracking later on. Call our San Francisco-area office at (510) 629-4523 to learn more about our driveway concrete.
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In one form or another, concrete has been used in construction projects for thousands of years. Today, concrete mix comes in bags, and virtually anyone can build strong concrete surfaces—all you need to do is add water. That said, it’s easy to make mistakes if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here’s a brief look at how best to prepare concrete mix:
What You’ll Need
For small concrete projects, experts recommend a study wheelbarrow, a bucket, and a garden hoe or some other mixing tool. You’ll do the actual mixing in the wheelbarrow, while the bucket will make it easier to add a measured amount of water. You can mix the concrete in a plastic tub or other container, though the concrete is much easier to move and pour if you use a wheelbarrow. For larger concrete projects, you should consider having a professional bring ready mix concrete to you.
Getting the Right Consistency
Once you have all your supplies handy, you can slice open the concrete bag and dump the contents into your wheelbarrow. You should keep some of the concrete mix in the bag in case you need to thicken your mixture. Mix the concrete and water together until you get just the right consistency, which you can judge by digging a trench in your concrete mix. If the walls of the trench stay rigid, and there doesn’t appear to be any excess crumbs or moisture, you have the right consistency.
It’s important to clean all of your equipment immediately after you apply the concrete, or else it will be caked with solid concrete and therefore ruined. During the mixing process, you should protect your eyes, hands, and lungs with goggles, a mask, and gloves. If you’d rather not endure all this hassle, have a professional deliver ready mix concrete to your project site.
If you call (510) 629-4523, A-1 Ready Mix Concrete will do all the concrete mixing for you, making it easier for you to focus on other aspects of your project. Visit our website to find out why contractors and homeowners throughout the San Francisco area consider us one of the most trustworthy ready mix concrete providers.
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Concrete is a strong and versatile material with numerous applications, making it a great choice for your home improvement projects. However, concrete in its most basic form may not create the aesthetic you’re looking for.
In this video, concrete staining expert John Kubrock demonstrates how to apply an acid stain to a concrete surface. He suggests staining the surface all at once to make sure it doesn’t dry in stages, creating an uneven appearance. After applying the stain, be recommends using ammonia to neutralize the acid, then covering the whole surface with a special seal.
If you have any questions about staining your concrete surface, call A-1 Ready Mix Concrete at (510) 629-4523. We’re proud to provide ready mix concrete to homeowners and contractors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Your home’s entryway plays an important role in forming your home’s appearance. When poorly maintained, your home’s entryway can negatively impact your home’s curb appeal and give guests a poor impression. On the other hand, a renovated concrete entryway can make your home more attractive and even increase its resale value. Here are some ideas for concrete entryways that will be sure to enhance your home’s curb appeal.
A concrete walkway is a simple yet elegant way to enhance your home’s entryway. Concrete walkways can be imbued with a variety of patterns and textures to ensure that your home’s entryway creates a good first impression. For an even more unique look, consider opting for a curved concrete pathway rather than a straight one.
If you want to create a grand entryway that in front of your home, consider accenting your concrete walkway with steps. Ornate steps can be colored and textured in a number of ways to match your home’s exterior décor.
Concrete’s versatility makes it ideal for a number of different applications. In addition to being the perfect material for a walkway, concrete can also be used to create decorative columns and a number of other features. Adding columns to your walkway can increase its elegance and give your entryway a distinguished appearance.
If you are considering undertaking a renovation project for your home, consider installing a concrete entryway. A new entryway can transform your home’s appearance and make it more attractive to prospective buyers. If you want to learn more about how a concrete entryway can transform your home, call A-1 Ready Mix Concrete at (510) 629-4523. As a family-owned ready mix concrete business, we pride ourselves on providing both residential and commercial clients with high quality ready mix concrete.
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A-1 Ready Mix Concrete prides itself on ensuring that its clients have the supplies they need to make their projects successful. Having ready mix concrete delivered to your jobsite rather than dealing with the mixing on your own has a number of benefits. For example, ready mix concrete can be supplied in any quantity and, because it is mixed according to the correct ratio, you do not have to worry about an inferior batch compromising your project. As a family owned business, we take customer service and loyalty very seriously. When you choose to hire A-1 Ready Mix Concrete for your next job, you can rest assured that you will be in good hands.
If you want to learn more about what A-1 Ready Mix Concrete can do for you, call us at (888) 429-0767. Our expert staff would be happy to consult with you on your next project and explain how we can help you succeed.