Closed for winter, why?

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Occasionally we are asked why we close for winter.

The primary reason we close is most people choose to do something about their settled concrete as part of a home improvement plan, since most home improvements are done in the spring and fall, by the first cold snap people are preparing for a long cold winter, not exterior remodeling.

Second, but perhaps more important, exterior concrete begins to freeze to the topsoil making concrete raising difficult and more prone to damage during the raising process.

We we often work into November if the weather holds out, but in the markets we serve that have sub freezing weather we typically open mid February and close mid November Interior work is a different thing, if you have a basement slab or heated garage floor those can be raised year round. While we typically winterize our equipment we can raise concrete if there is an emergency such as a requirement for a home sale or something similar.

As you consider home improvement projects for next year don’t forget the improvement in aesthetics and safety leveling your interior and exterior concrete slabs can make.

When you are ready, call the concrete raising professionals, 1-855-752-2522

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Slabjack Geotechnical – D.I.Y. Concrete staining

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Have you seen some of the stained concrete out there? Works of art!

Concrete staining is a great way to freshen up your entry your walks and patio or even your driveway at a fraction the cost of new.

This last summer my wife, after much cajoling convinced me to stain our entry. Let me tell you about the process.

The first step is to choose the color(s) you would like. I chose a dark brown and a lighter beige, but you can use a single color or as many as you wish. I think three would have been the best. A mocha, the beige and perhaps a terra cotta to blend the two extremes.

Start with a good power wash and allow the slab to dry. Once dry apply the first color, you can use a brush, sprayer or roller. I used a sprayer but quickly switched to the roller. After the base color is down and tack free, about two hours, you are ready for the next color. This is where a garden sprayer is magic. Just pump up the sprayer and spritz it over the base coat, don’t go too heavy, about 30% coverage is all you want. Wait about two hours, again until tack free and fill the garden sprayer with the third color, again spraying for about 30% coverage. You are looking for a mottled look that is well blended with a uniformity of mottling. Allow to dry for several hours or overnight at which point two coats of sealer should be applied over the stain.

Concrete staining really wakes up old dingy concrete and even  does a decent job of concealing thin cracks. For wider cracks a good concrete epoxy crack filler with silica sand should be used first in order to achieve the best results just remember the patch won’t accept stain very well.

OK, cost. Assuming you have paint supplies, a pressure washer and a garden sprayer, the cost for a gallon of stain is about $40 times three plus sealer. Under $200 will cover about a hundred square feet, maybe more. So call it two dollars a square foot and a day’s labor with plenty of time to drink lemonade between coats.

If my experience was indicative of what to expect, you will get rave reviews from your wife and be considered to have achieved the pinnacle of manliness, if not permanently, temporarily and that’s not too bad either.

All the big home improvement stores and specialty paint stores carry the products you’ll need and are happy to provide helpful tips along with YouTube videos we have all come to count on for repairs of any kind.

So, if your concrete has seen better days get it leveled up then stain away!

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Frost heave

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It’s winter and I just got back from the mail box and noticed one of my driveway slabs has heaved. This in addition to a sidewalk section that has moved too. I noticed this last year about this time, so what gives?

Frost heave. The differential in moisture content in the soil as it freezes causes the sections to raise at differing rates.  The same thing can happen in the summer if you have expansive soils like clay. As they uptake moisture they expand as much as ten percent!

I’m kicking myself, I noticed the expansion joint needed to be caulked this fall but didn’t get around to it. Most of the time the slab will settle back down just fine but occasionally as that section is heaved additional material works itself under the slab and it doesn’t drop.

Caulking joints, using a concrete sealer and controlling water runoff are preventive steps that can and should be taken to minimize slab heaving.

If your concrete is not how you would like it call the concrete raising and leveling professionals today,

1-855-752-2522

www.SlabjackGeotechnical.com

Superior technology, Superior polymers, Superior results.