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In its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of paste (Portland cement and water) and aggregates such as gravel, crushed stone, and sand. The key to achieving strong, durable concrete rests in carefully proportioning and mixing the right amount of ingredients. After combining the aggregates, water, and cement, the mixture starts to harden. After it has hardened, the concrete begins to cure, which makes it harder and more durable.
Ready mix concrete accounts for nearly three-fourths of all concrete, and is batched at local plants and delivered in trucks with revolving drums. For same-day ready mix concrete delivery in San Francisco, contact A-1 Ready Mix Concrete at (510) 629-4523. We provide ready mixed concrete for residential and commercial jobs throughout the Bay Area.
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There’s a reason concrete is the most popular material for driveways and sidewalks—it’s incredibly resilient. But while it takes a lot to crack or chip a concrete driveway, it doesn’t take much to stain it. The downside of outdoor concrete surfaces is that they are prone to staining. Fortunately, you can easily clean your concrete and make your home look more attractive. Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining your outdoor concrete surfaces.
What You Will Need
First and foremost, you will need the appropriate safety equipment before attempting to clean your outdoor concrete surfaces. Some cleaning products can be caustic, and a power washer can send small debris flying into the air, so wear safety glasses and gloves when working with concrete. To clean your concrete surfaces, you will need a scrub bush, a broom, laundry bleach and detergent, kitty litter, and a power washer. If you don’t own a power washer, you can rent one from your nearby hardware store.
Removing Oil and Grease Stains
Typically, the easiest way to remove an oil or grease stain is by scrubbing the stain with a mixture of TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) and warm water. You can also try leaving the TSP on the stain for a few days before sweeping it up. For truly stubborn stains, try pouring a 5% solution of muriatic acid (available from hardware and home stores) directly on the stain and scrubbing with an old broom. Rinse with fresh water and then take a power washer to the area to completely remove the stain.
If your outdoor concrete surfaces are beyond repair, contact A-1 Ready Mix Concrete. We provide fast, same-day ready mix concrete delivery so you can quickly replace a concrete driveway, garage, or sidewalk. We provide ready mix concrete throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Contact us online or call us at (510) 629-4523 to schedule concrete delivery today!
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In the past, the use of concrete at home started in the driveway and ended at the front door. However, thanks to easy-to-use ready mix concrete, homeowners are starting to incorporate this durable and inexpensive material inside the home. Whether you live in a city loft or a country home, there are plenty of ways to incorporate concrete inside your home. Here are four great ideas to get you started.
If you want to give your kitchen a sleek, urban makeover, consider replacing the countertops with concrete countertops. After pouring the ready mix concrete and sealing it from water and stains, your new concrete countertops will make your kitchen pop.
Cold concrete and cold water go hand in hand, so where better to incorporate ready mix concrete than in your kitchen or bathroom sinks? A sealant will give your concrete sink a smooth and shiny finish. You can also use colored concrete for an even bolder design statement.
Most people think of concrete floors, but concrete walls are starting to become popular fixtures inside modern homes. A concrete wall treatment would be perfect in a home gym or even a kitchen backsplash.
A unique alternative to traditional natural stone fireplaces, a concrete fireplace can take on almost any feel. In addition to being significantly cheaper than brick or stone depending on the design, concrete can be shaped and colored however you see fit, which gives you more control over the look and feel of your modern fireplace.
No matter how you plan to use concrete inside your home, A-1 Ready Mix Concrete provides the best ready mix product for the lowest price to homeowners and contractors in the Bay Area. We offer fast concrete delivery, so you can turn your design dreams into a reality in no time. For the best ready mix concrete delivery in San Francisco, call A-1 Ready Mix Concrete at (510) 629-4523.
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Concrete stains can be stubborn to remove, but with the right cleaning product and a bit of elbow grease, you can restore the look and feel of your concrete surface. When dealing with a fresh spill, the best method is to sprinkle baking soda or kitty litter over the spill and let it sit for a few days before shoveling it up. For more stubborn spills, you will need to use some sort of cleaning agent that loosens and lifts the spill from the concrete. Dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, over degreaser, toilet bowl cleaner, acetone, and paint thinner are some of the common household cleaning agents that you can use on your concrete surfaces.
For information on how to clean grease, rust, paint, and mildew from concrete, watch this video from About.com. For same-day ready mix concrete delivery in San Francisco, contact A-1 Ready Mix Concrete. Our concrete is custom mixed based on the size and scope of your project, so call us today at (510) 629-4523 to discuss your concrete delivery needs.
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For many homeowners, the kitchen is the most important room of the house. It’s where all the food is stored and prepared, and it’s often a gathering place for guests. If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, you should try to make your kitchen as functional and beautiful as possible. One great way to do that is to install concrete countertops. Here are a few of the advantages.
One of the reasons why concrete is such a popular building material is because it’s extremely strong. As a kitchen counter, concrete can withstand scratches, bumps, extreme heat, and any other kinds of damage. With the right seal, concrete can rebuff stains from wine, tomato sauce, lemons, and other notorious stain causers. If you install concrete countertops in your kitchen, you can be sure that they will remain intact for decades.
Do you have a specific shape or style in mind for your kitchen counters? You should consider concrete countertops. Concrete is reliably easy to manipulate, making it easy to achieve the precise shape and style you’re looking for. Natural stone, on the other hand, is somewhat trickier to shape. Whether you want straight lines and right angles or smooth curves, concrete is the material for you.
When most people think of concrete, they imagine the bland grey material that makes up sidewalks. However, concrete can be so much more. There are numerous colors and finishes you can add to your concrete counters, allowing you to gracefully incorporate them into any design scheme. Given concrete’s malleable nature, it’s easy for homeowners to embed tiles, stones, shells, and other decorative elements into the surface, creating a beautiful and unique counter.
Millions of homeowners agree that concrete makes an excellent surface for countertops. If you’re interested in installing your own concrete countertop, use ready mix concrete from A-1 Ready Mix Concrete of San Francisco. We also provide ready mix concrete for driveways, patios, and many other projects.