Should I Tear out My Own Concrete or Hire A Professional?

concrete removal services(Clements) driveway project; concrete removal and new pour in Parker, COWhen we are on our concrete appointments, we get asked all the time - "would it save us money if I tore out the exisiting concrete or asphalt myself?"

The answer is short is yes, it would save you money on your project.  What it wont save you is time. 

Most concrete companies charge very little to do the concrete removal to earn your business.  We are able to tear-out, haul away and dispose in a fraction of the time a home owner typically can.  We have all of the equipment needed and we know exactly what needs to be removed so we can set the forms and pour your new concrete.  Often times a homeowner will remove the concrete and we will still need to go in and remove dirt, regrade or other prep work to get the area ready. 

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Stamped Concrete vs Paver Patios

Stamped Textured ConcreteStamped concrete is created to mimic the appearance of many patio paving materials such as bricks, tiles, and stone. The patterns, colors and textures available in this option make it suitable for various applications from concrete driveways, to porches, patios and even walls.

How is stamped concrete created?
The stamping technique is done before freshly poured concrete starts to harden. The large aggregate particles of the concrete are worked down into the concrete while it is still wet. Then, large rubber mats are stamped into the concrete's surface, leaving a pattern or texture behind when the stamps are lifted. Typically, before the concrete is stamped, the surface is dusted with coloring or the color is added to mix. Also, a release powder is distributed across the concrete surface to prevent the stamps from adhering to the concrete. This powder produces an antique effect on the surface further enhancing its look.

The Pros

One of the biggest advantages of stamped concrete is its price!  Typically, stamped concrete costs less than pavers do. Stamped concrete is also less labor intensive unlike installing other pavers that can really take up much time. The best thing about stamped concrete is its extremely versatility. Aside from the wide range of designs that can be done with it, other techniques such as staining and scoring can also be used to enhance its look.

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Tips for Choosing Your Concrete Provider

There are many companies in Denver that offer concrete services, the question is how do you know who to choose.  Here are three great tips to help you choose the right concrete company fory our job.

1) Check for company references.

This rule applies to any and all potential companies that you consider hiring for any type of labor to be performed. Ask for a reference from the company of a project they have worked on similar to yours.  Ask the home owner about their work, professionalism and organization.

2) Look through their previous work

A "portfolio" or photo gallery of previous concrete services is definitely worth the time to look at. By looking at their past work, you'll be better suited to make an informed decision about whether or not they can deliver the quality of work you are looking for in a concrete company. 

3) Get an accurate estimate.

Many times, a home owner will hire strictly on a low bid that ends up climbing way out of control. Concrete jobs are pretty cut and dry when it comes to pricing out.  Make sure you understand the concrete estimate fully and ask questions about any other expenses that could come up with the job.   

If you are looking for a trusted concrete company in the Denver metro, we'd love to give you a bid on your job.  Please give us a call (303) 848-8447 today!

Benefits of Concrete Foundations

When selecting between types of foundation you would like for your new home, you often come across several types of concrete foundations. What's the benefit of choosing one over the other? There are a few aspects one should look into when selecting between different foundations. Poured concrete foundations are typically found in a majority of homes and buildings. Unlike a huge building or structure, the poured concrete is more than enough to serve as the foundation. They offer concrete contractors with stronger, drier, and better material to work with. They also offer better performance that block walls simply can't match at a reasonable price. The lack of needing to repair your foundation leaves room for the homeowner to improve other areas of their home.

Maintenance Free
Virtually no maintenance needs to be performed on poured concrete foundation due to its resistance to rot and decay. They have a longer life-span compared to block. Homeowners do not have to concern themselves with maintenance issues that other types of foundations eventually require. All in all, the homeowner doesn't have to be worried about calling a concrete contractor for any warranty issues.

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