Concrete Driveways | Triad Basement Waterproofing

Concrete Driveways

Concrete has come a long way from its inception. What started as a basic sand and water mixture has evolved into an art form. Necessity has become an accessory. Concrete has also risen above the floor to countertops and walls, mimicking the look of pricey natural stone. There is even a house in Las Vegas partially constructed from concrete that used recycled glass bottles instead of ordinary mixing sand.

Concrete Driveways

Concrete driveways are the norm in residential construction. They are relatively easy to install with long-lasting results. Given the right weather conditions, concrete driveways can be poured and cured in a few days, and will last for years barring any extreme circumstances. But, that step beyond the norm is where homeowners can get creative with their driveways.

These days concrete can take the shape of stacked stone, tile, cobbles, or even brick. The creators of concrete stamps must have been those kids who put their shoe print or initials in every section of wet concrete they could find. Ordinary just isn’t good enough, and homeowners looking to stand out are the benefactors.

If you fall into the extraordinary homeowner category, we can help you create the hardscape of your dreams through concrete alteration. We can work together to create a completely customized scheme that matches the style of your home, or your personal style. Choose anything from bold argyle patterns to subtle slate replications; the preference is yours.

This transformation can take place on your existing concrete driveway. If you have an aggregate drive, the kind with exposed pebbles, and want a smooth surface, we can make that happen. Cracked, or worn, stained, tire marks, all can be eliminated for a refreshed look. We love a challenge, so no matter what condition your driveway is in, give us a call and we will figure out an action plan.

Concrete Repair

Over the years of basement crack repair, we have collected a substantial amount of information related to concrete cracking. Sometimes with a crack, a quick fix is possible, other times the solution is more complex. In either scenario, determining the cause is critical for lasting solutions. When we address concrete fissures in basements, our initial step in repairing the split is determining the cause. Otherwise, you’re paying for a Band-Aid, not a long-lasting result

Contributors to damaged concrete include some of the following:

As residents of the East Coast, we know years where Ole Man Winter makes a beeline for our zip code, then takes a scenic route the next year. Snow or heavy downpours can accelerate damage to concrete, as well as multiple days of icy conditions. It’s the rapid temperature changes that accompany frosty days that stimulate structural damage to concrete. When surface water on concrete freezes, it expands, exacting pressure on the pores.

It’s comparable to when you leave an unopened soft drink can in the freezer overnight. The pressure caused by the expanding fluid pushes against the sides of the can until something gives. That’s always a fun gift to discover in your freezer the next day.

For concrete surfaces, the damage presents in the form of divots, scales, cracks, or holes in the veneer. These minor blemishes are relatively easy to fix, given that there is no damage below the top level. We are happy to evaluate the extent of the breakage for you. Our preferred approach is to set up a time where we can examine the area in person.

Concrete Resurfacing

Clients and potential clients frequently ask us when they should resurface their concrete. We encourage the resurfacing route over tearing out the entire driveway and pouring a new one. Our answer is anytime you see the following issues getting worse:

Concrete resurfacing can restore strength to your slab or driveway. It is as much a restoration process as decorative. Conventional resurfacing involves cleaning and maybe sanding the problem areas, or the entire stretch of path. The next step is to apply a bonding agent to secure the overlay to the existing forms. An exception to this step is in situations where there is a lot of grease or oil on the floor/pad. In cases like that, where a substance has saturated the surface pores, we will use another approach.

The last step is to apply the overlay. This step is where the fun begins. So many options exist for concrete overlays with colors, stamps, or patterns. We work with you to design and construct your ideal facade or color scheme. Options like stains for a marbled effect stencils to replicate bricks or stamps for large, impactful patterns make overlays a fun way to go from damaged to dynamic in a hurry.

In addition to decorative benefits, concrete overlays can also add texture. If you want to eliminate slick spots on a portion of your concrete pad, we can apply a gritty overlay to add traction to the space. The result is similar to the areas around swimming pools, where the surface is rough to reduce slipping.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, we can also install an overlay that is waterproof. Epoxy systems, applied over the treated or stained concrete, create seamless barriers between the outside elements and the pad. Our experience with waterproofing basements has proven time and time again that epoxy sealants can extend the life of slabs of any size or shape. Water in any form will eventually damage concrete. Epoxy isn’t foolproof, but it is one way to keep water from collecting in the pores of the concrete.

Caring for Concrete Inside and Out

Our experience with concrete benefits you from the basement to the driveway. Call us today to see how we can improve and extend the life of your concrete.