Why Choose Concrete?
Poured Concrete Services
Poured concrete installation generally requires a subgrade (the soil the pavement is built on), a subbase (the materials between the subgrade and the pavement), or a base course and steel reinforcement when necessary. The concrete may be 4” thick, which is standard for normal wear and tear, while commercial or heavy-duty use requires 5-6” thickness.
It’s worth noting, though, that the basics can change quickly. Your contractor should know whether the project calls for 3,000-5,000 PSI or frost footing, recognize whether a ¼ or ⅛ slope is ideal, and be well-versed in the relevant ADA codes and complex blueprints. Make sure they have carefully reviewed the engineering specs, and that they can pinpoint potential contradictions in architectural plans before the project begins.
Again, this is where CCFC comes in. We’re experts in this field and can be relied on for concrete installations, repairs, sealing applications, and stamped concrete. We’ll also go to bat for you, each and every time.
Standard Poured Concrete Installation
We offer a seamless poured concrete installation process. First, we measure the area receiving the concrete. (Excavation may or may not be required beforehand.) Next, we level the area and slope if needed. We then frame the area and ensure it’s ready to receive fresh concrete.
Note that your concrete is installed over a solid, well-drained base and topped off with a brushed or smooth finish. It is during this time that control joints may be added—within 24 hours, before completing any finish troweling or saw cuts—in order to mitigate cracking. Lastly, a curing sealer is applied.
A word of caution: while at this point your concrete is set and may appear hard, it is NOT yet cured and still susceptible to cracking, shrinkage, and underdeveloped strength or durability. You may walk on it during this time, but that is all.
In 7 days, the concrete will be partially cured and ready for light use. Your new concrete surface will be fully cured in 28 days. This means it will be strong, durable, and equipped to handle normal use.
Concrete Repair Services
Even the most durable poured concrete is subject to long-term wear and tear. Specifically, poured concrete can be damaged over time by negligence, improper handling and maintenance, incorrect installation methods, eroded subgrade, tree root damage, and more.
Rather than installing new concrete, we can repair the cracks and crevices in your existing structure. Our concrete repair service is excellent and aimed at rejuvenating, transforming, and elongating the lifespan of the concrete, saving you time and money as a result.
And, in the event that all or part of your concrete has been weakened beyond repair, we can also facilitate its removal and prepare the ground for reinstallation. We require an in-person consultation in these cases, as we need to assess the damage and consider all the factors at play before offering a quote.
Stamped Concrete Services
Stamped concrete is an embossed concrete texture or pattern that replicates natural building products like slate, stone, tile, wood, or flagstone. Often used in hardscape projects and architectural design, it is easy to maintain and can increase the value of your home by approximately 15%.
This service also requires an in-person consultation to discuss your vision, patterns, textures, and colors. Options for cost-effective solutions may be offered at the customer’s request. On our end, we will study your property and deliver a bespoke result that will stand the test of time.
Patios, porches, sidewalks, slabs, and driveways are some of the most popular surfaces for receiving this application. We also install slabs of different sizes with the utmost accuracy and precision, which makes for a perfect finish.
The Installation Process
This installation process is intensive and requires patience. Stamped concrete is installed in a similar way to standard poured concrete, with the exception of a few minor adjustments and additional steps.
The subgrade is prepared using CA-6 or CA-7 gravel and lightly dampened with water. Poured concrete is then installed with added pigment dye that colors the entire volume of the concrete. A color hardener is applied in the following step and troweled into the concrete. The stamping process begins in this stage by
placing impressions into the concrete surface (by using a powder or liquid release that prevents the pads from adhering to the top layer of the freshly-poured concrete).
This is where your vision or design starts to take shape. 24 hours after the installation, your concrete surface will receive a saw cut, a light washing, and the application of an accent color to enhance the texture and overall hue. Once the accent color has hardened, curing sealer is applied per manufacturer instructions.
28-30 days later, the concrete surface will receive a beautifying sealer, which includes the customer’s preferred gloss. At this point, the colors and dyes appear in their final, polished state and are protected from
the elements. You may now begin enjoying your new decorative stamped concrete.
Concrete Resealing Services
We offer resealing as a maintenance service for durability and preserving the life of your concrete surface. Specifically, we recommend having your stamped concrete surface resealed every 1-2 years as a preventive measure to avoid color fading from harmful UV rays, heavy use, and exposure to the elements.
Not unlike our concrete repair service, our concrete resealing service is designed to save you the cost of engaging in an entirely new project. The fee for the process starts at $150, with the exact price dependent on the scale of the concrete surface and whether or not sealer needs to be removed.
Upon request, a non-slip additive can be included for a small nominal fee. Please inquire before the sealer is reapplied.
Re-Sealer Application Process
This service includes a comprehensive inspection of the concrete surface, with the aim of determining whether sealer deterioration or residue is present.
If reapplying the sealer is recommended, the customer must remove all furnishings and personal artifacts before the service begins. The concrete slab will then receive a pressure wash treatment to ensure all chemicals and contaminants are removed.
Lastly, a commercial-grade penetrating re-sealer will be applied. Normal use of the concrete surface may begin within 24 hours.
Have a project in mind? Give us a call — we’d love to learn more about it.
Pavers Vs. Stamped Concrete
Should you use pavers or stamped concrete for your patio or driveway? The answer depends fully on the nature of your project, your budget, and what you are hoping to achieve. This section describes both options in more detail and will help you navigate the best solution for your needs.
There is truly no limit to what you can do!
Customers who are interested in adding intricate detailing and aesthetics to their project should consider stamped concrete. There is truly no limit to what you can do!
Paver joints, meanwhile, need to be re-grouted with polymeric or river-washed sand. Weed and moss are often intrusive and protrude though the joints over time, which may lead to increased wear or even crumbling. Constant rain may also drain the materials between the joints and under the pavers, leaving the pavers subject to color fading.
The subgrade and the subbase of stamped concrete only needs to be completed once before installation. Pavers, however, MUST be installed on a completely leveled, even surface. If they do not meet the relevant criteria, the customer may be subject to a significant cost increase. Achieving the level surface requires activities like excavation, grading, fiber installation, base prep, and more. The total cost incorporates a longer construction cycle and materials than that of stamped concrete installation.