Stamped Concrete in Chicago
Who doesn't want great looking flooring? If you are aiming for a dramatic impression on your drives, patios, pool decks, sidewalks, or interior flooring - a stamped concrete floor is the way to go. This flooring material is good for accentuating your house or building without spending a lot.
Various Designs of Stamped Concrete in Chicago
Stamped concrete starts with pouring slab concrete for driveways, walkways, patios, etc., and then impressing the concrete with patterns and textures before it is fully dry. Stamped concrete uses textures that duplicate many different surfaces such as cobblestones, brick, pavers, wood, seashells, and more. Pigment is usually added to stamped concrete to further duplicate the look of the pattern. Some advantages to stamped concrete are no weeds can grow through the “cracks” since the cracks are only impressions in the concrete, also stamped concrete is not susceptible to heaving and uneven surfaces like bricks and pavers are since there are no real joints. We will take into consideration the surrounding areas or your dwelling so that we can come up with the most cohesive design. Of course, the last say is up to you - so we will provide you with several options that you can choose from.
Minimal Maintenance Cost for Stamped Concrete
Our Team uses only the best standards or procedures to ensure excellent results that will last for a long time. The color hardeners used in stamped concrete are or high quality and highly resistant to the frequent climate changes. Just make sure that you have your stamped concrete sealed every 2 years to extend its pristine condition.
Getting your flooring made or stamped concrete will save you the hassle or pulling out of those pesky weeds that commonly grow on cracks or cobblestones, bricks, and pavers. This is possible because a stamped concrete starts with a slab or concrete - leaving a continuous and solid surface that is free of cracks. through the soil.
How We Stamp Concrete
Stamped concrete is the type of project that some ambitious homeowners feel they can take on themselves. However, it’s usually a better idea to leave this to experienced professionals. Designing and installing a successful stamped concrete project requires both an eye for artistry and technical ability to pour quality concrete. Our team can provide valuable inspiration if you don’t know how to best complement your home’s architecture or landscape.
When stamping concrete, time is of the essence. The entire process needs to be completed before the fresh concrete sets. This is another reason why you want an experienced and well-prepared contractor in charge of your project.
First, we will apply two layers of color hardener and a powdered or liquid release agent to prep the concrete for the stamping. We will test the concrete to make sure it has reached the right stage of plasticity and is ready to be stamped. We will pre-texture along the perimeter of the concrete slab, and then place the first row of stamps. We work row by row from the starting point to the end point.
Our team may use a tool like a hand chisel or roller to perform detailing work. We will also touch up minor surface imperfections for a flawless finish. We will remove the residual release agent and apply the curing compound to retain moisture in the concrete, and then install joints. Finally, we will apply sealer to the concrete.
Why Chicago Concrete Services?
There are special tools that are used in executing stamped concrete, and the stamping of designs requires meticulous skill and an eye for art. A normal setup normally requires four people to complete the floor work.
Do not worry because we have been in the concrete business for a long time. You will never spend every single cent or penny because we only strive for excellence and quality work.
Although there are dozens of ways to cut corners and save money while doing the job from start to finish, we only use the highest quality materials and techniques to ensure you the highest quality job.
We only use the highest quality color hardener on the market today, which provides a hard, long wearing, abrasion resistant surface. Color hardener also allows us to use a variety of colors for a more realistic look versus one solid color, this also makes it easier to make any changes or repairs in the future.
Some companies make their control joints asymmetrical with the concrete’s pattern making the overall appearance unattractive. We have a specific method of making our control joints. This ensures the control joints do not sacrifice appearance.
We only use the highest quality sealer, while other companies might use a cheap water/latex based sealer that won’t protect or last as long as a high quality sealer does. We also apply the sealer with a special sprayer versus a roller. This ensures a nice thin coat is applied avoiding excess build up that can cause flaking, yellowing, etc. and that no roller marks are ever found in the future. We can also make our stamped concrete slip resistant using a special additive that we always include in our sealer.
This is the most important part of any concrete job. This is the skeleton of your new concrete and is what holds everything together for nearly forever. Have you ever walked on an old city sidewalk and noticed the slabs were uneven? This is because there is no rebar holding it all together and as the ground underneath shifts and settles so do the slabs. Rebar ensures that all the slabs settle evenly and you never have this problem.
Some companies may try to tell you that wire mesh is better because it covers more area. This is not true, even though it may seem like more area is covered, the wire mesh is much thinner therefore more fragile and won’t last nearly as long as rebar, not to mention in many cases the wire is also left practically under the concrete and not strategically centered like our rebar.
This is the strength of the concrete mix itself. Many companies might use 3000 PSI concrete mix to save money, but we only use concrete with a minimum of 4000+ PSI providing a much stronger mix and avoiding potential problems in the future.
Many companies will not use this or may even try to replace rebar with it to save money. Fiber mesh is a secondary reinforcement that we use to increase concrete strength and minimize the chances of cracking resulting in further long-term durability.
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