Complete Concrete Surface Preparation

concrete cleaningSurface preparation is an important and sometimes overlooked part of a concrete construction project. It is especially important if applying overlays, staining the surface, or even sealing a slab; but proper cleaning and surface preparation is critical for the desired results with concrete coatings and treatments . Without it, stains will not absorb, overlays will not adhere, and sealers will peel. Often, a light etching and cleaning is all that is required, but more intensive grinding or scaring may be required for tough projects. That is why it is especially important in Utah, to use a skilled and experienced contractor, like Ryan Kartchner Concrete Construction.

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Artistic Concrete Design: Stamping textures and patterns

stamped concrete patioWhen looking for superior concrete design ideas along the Wasatch Front such as stamped concrete, concrete coatings and treatments you will also want an experienced artistic concrete contractor like Ryan Kartchner Concrete Construction. Stamped concrete has become a popular choice for many homeowners in Utah because it offers a variety of options for concrete pattern and concrete colors. Stamped concrete, often called textured or imprinted concrete—is concrete that imitates other surfaces and textures; like slate and flagstone, tile, brick and even wood.

Another factor contributing to stamped concrete’s popularity is its price. The cost of stamped or imprinted concrete is often much lower than other decking and design materials. Concrete is the perfect canvas for creating a cost-effective replica of more expensive materials, without giving up the natural outdoor look.

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Concrete Construction: News and technology

solar cementConcrete is one of the world’s most versatile and widely used materials for any kind of construction. It provides a durable, resilient and sustainable end products that has seemed almost indestructible. With most concrete projects the average person will need professional help for lasting design lasting design and durability.

If you find that your concrete in the Salt Lake City or Provo area needs repairs, such as: concrete lifting, deck and driveway repair, trip hazard repair or removal, void filling, sinking concrete or concrete tear out, give Ryan Kartchner Concrete Construction a call. He will provide a bid for your concrete work.

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The Elements of Concrete: Concrete is NOT Cement

ElementsHave you ever had an occasion to wonder, just what is concrete? It is everywhere, found in almost every construction project, so we probably don't really think about it. These days the technology of concrete is actually changing all the time but there are some basic ingredients that you should know about and some specialty options. For the best choice in Utah for concrete construction contact Ryan Kartchner Concrete Construction.

When I was in Alaska we traveled past a limestone quarry on our tour. I mistakenly said that limestone is one of the most important elements used in construction because it is needed in the making of “cement.” One of my passengers familiar with construction corrected me. Now I know that concrete and cement are not interchangeable names. Concrete is NOT cement!

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Top 5 Deicers: Salt Causes Damaged Pitted Concrete

salt vs snowLet’s face it, deicers used to melt the snow and ice every winter in Utah, may damage your perfect concrete. First, the use of de-icing chemicals actually increases the amount of freeze-thaw cycles of your concrete sidewalks and driveway. Also, deicing chemicals cause damage to concrete that has not been formulated, mixed, installed and/or finished by a professional company like Ryan Kartchner Concrete Construction.

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