It’s concrete. Won’t it crack?

Decorative concrete will absolutely crack! But with rare exceptions, only where we “tell” it to. Simply put, concrete is a mixture of sand, cement and aggregate that is made workable by the addition of water. As the concrete cures and this water hydrates from the concrete, it tends to build up considerable stress. This stress […]

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I’ve heard that the colors just fade out over time. Is this true?

Although you can lose some surface color in extreme wearing situations, all of the iron oxide pigments used in these processes are UV resistant and should not fade. Additionally, the color hardeners that are used to color the surface create a finished surface that is substantially harder than normal concrete and will not wear as […]

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So why should I use decorative concrete, rather than natural stone or pavers on my project?

Durability. Properly installed concrete has a design life of 30-50 years. When you add the myriad products that are used in decorative concrete – fiber reinforcing, color hardeners, high-quality sealers, etc. – the surface is even less prone to wear and deterioration, and, in theory, should have a substantially extended life. In natural stone and […]

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Does it really look like stone or brick?

There are many different processes and pattern styles used to replicate these natural materials. Some color and pattern combinations are more effective than others, but the point in using these materials is not so much to fool someone on an up-close inspection, but to provide a more durable surface that is, in the long-term, more […]

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There are several other companies advertising decorative concrete. Why should we use your company to do the work?

The decorative concrete business provides extreme challenges to the most capable concrete contractors – not only in regards to general concrete knowledge, but in the numerous additional steps of coloring, staining, finishing, texturing, cleaning and sealing, and, most importantly, troubleshooting the inevitable problem. The problems one can experience are virtually unlimited. Knowing how to avoid […]

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What sort of warranty do you provide?

We provide a one-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

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I was told that decorative concrete was much cheaper than real stone. Is that true?

On an average patio (600 square feet), the cost may be 40-60% less than mortared stone, brick, or pavers. However, every project has specific issues to consider when determining job costs – project size, location, accessibility, existing hardscapes or other obstacles, slope of the terrain, etc. – and the installation cost can vary accordingly. In […]

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