Concrete is the combination of 3 materials
Sand is the fine aggregate. Gravel or crushed stone is the coarse aggregate in most mixes.
Portland cement is a fine powder produced heating limestone and clay minerals in a kiln to form clinker, grinding the clinker, and adding small amounts of other materials. The cement and water form a paste that coats the aggregate and sand in the mix. The paste hardens and binds the aggregates and sand together.
Water is needed to chemically react with the cement (hydration) and too provide workability with the concrete. The amount of water in the mix in pounds compared with the amount of cement is called the water/cement ratio. The lower the w/c ratio, the stronger the concrete. (higher strength, less permeability)
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Looking to spruce up your concrete without ripping it out?
Concrete Overlay is a great technique to enhance existing concrete. Here's how it work:
The Unique Concrete Design Concrete Stamping Process
We meet with the customer to assess the the project. There are 2 colors to chose in the stamping process in the photo above. As you can see there are 2 colors which creates a unique depth and custom look. The integral color and the release color.
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We'll be showcasing products and designs at our booth so stop on by!
A customer that would trust us with a second job is the highest compliment. Check out this comment from Lorraine and see her completed driveway below.
You know what keeps us motivated? You! We love what we do and the best part is to see your smiles when you see the final result of a unique concrete project- whether it's a pool deck, concrete pour, interior floor, or custom concrete design. To celebrate some of our favorite jobs and highlight YOUR feedback we're starting a new blog series, Motivation Mondays- because your satisfaction is our motivation.
Imitation wood flooring, ceramic tile, or carpet are the most common types of flooring used in homes or office spaces, but a new trend is rising. Concrete staining has become one of the more popular alternatives for interior flooring. With this process the concrete actually absorbs the colors in the top layer of concrete giving a vivid translucent effect that is quite distinct from other decorative concrete surfaces.
In terms of maintenance and upkeep for your stained concrete floor basic dusting and mopping is only suggested. With one or more coats of sealer added to prolong life and add shine, you simply need to clean the surface with a dry towel/mop for dust and wet mop occasionally with basic soap and water. The durability and ease of use with these surfaces is visible in large businesses and buildings where traffic is heavy, such as Walmart and Costco.
For colors we prefer using Sherwin Williams H&C colors for our staining jobs. Here's a link to the Sherwin Williams Contractors Catalog which shows the various colors offered on page 166. You can also view the details of the products, including safety specs, and more on their website here at sherwin-williams.com.
With your new concrete stained floor there's no regular frequent maintenance required. We suggest another coat of sealer added in 5 or more years only if you prefer the high shine that is given off when first completed.
With the ease of use, unique look, and low maintenance, there's no wonder why this type of flooring has become so popular.
Fall Special! Let us craft a one-of-a-kind patio with fire pit & stone bench!
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Come visit us this weekend at the Southern Home and Garden Show at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina. This is an event we attend each year and we truly enjoy meeting new and returning customers from throughout the Upstate community.
We'd love to meet you and tell you more about the custom concrete work we can do for you. When you visit our booth, mention this blog and receive $100 off your next job!!
September is here! Whether you're holding on to the last days of Summer or eagerly awaiting the changing colors of Fall, cooler nights are upon us.
Custom fire pits are some of our favorite jobs because we know they will provide opportunities for you to gather friends, family, and neighbors at your home for years to come. Fire pits can provide a central location for your event, or can provide the steady background ambiance to your backyard gathering. We can even design a custom concrete bench for seating your guests!
See some of our favorite examples and let us know your favorite Fall activities in the comments below!
Giving you a behind the scenes look at some of the many jobs that Unique Concrete Design LLP has done