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Epoxy V. Paint for Concrete Garage Floors

Epoxy V. Paint for Concrete Garage Floors

Concrete garage floors are for more than parking cars and storing lawn care equipment. Garage floors have many jobs to do.  They need to stand up to salt, ice, dirt, gasoline, de-icer, antifreeze, motor oil, and other contaminants.  Also, most garages are not heated so the freeze and thaw cycles affect them.

A garage floor installed by Brosco Concrete is carefully planned, installed, and cured and should have no issues providing years of performance without cracking.  It will stand up to the toughest conditions in any climate.  That being said upon install or even down the road having Brosco Concrete apply a floor covering can add many benefits and years of life to your garage floor.

Epoxy Coated Garage Floors

We recommend investing the extra money and surfacing your garage floor with epoxy.  Epoxy provides a showroom-like floor finish and a great amount of protection. A smooth, seamless, and waterproof surface. It is the way to go with an application after an initial install to prevent any environmental or use damage from ever occurring.  It also revives old floors tremendously.

Durability

Epoxy doesn’t need reapplication for many, many years.  You can’t match epoxy’s durability to resist daily wear.

Attractive

Epoxy offers a beautiful glossy finish. In addition, there are endless possibilities in augmenting its potential using decorative patterns, flakes or glitters.

Maintenance

Epoxy floor coverings are super easy to clean.  The surface is non-porous allowing grease, dirt, and dust to be sprayed or wiped off easily.

Tough

Epoxy floors do not soak up chemicals making them an excellent choice for anyone who might be doing mechanical work in their garage.  Leaky cars or spilling accidents should not be a concern.

Safety

Epoxy’s glossy coating improves the light visibility in your garage.  The coating is also resistant to impact, heat, and fire.

Painted Concrete Garage Floors

If you want a transformation on a budget paint is the way to go.  It will improve the overall look and provide moderate protection but as you might guess this coating will not last very long.  Paint is susceptible to both heat and chipping.  So plan on painting at least once a year.  Paint is one of the oldest and still very popular ways of brightening up a garage and giving it an appearance you can be proud of.

While the frequent painting is a downfall there are benefits. There are countless colour varieties to choose from providing personalization to your home.  In addition, adding anti-skid media can help out with our wet and snowy climate concerns.  Concrete creates dust and so do workbenches, and a paint coating will make your floor dustless.  No more tracking dust into the home from the garage.

There is No Wrong Choice

There are so many advantages to adding a coating to your concrete garage floor.  Think about which product would be best for you and consult Brosco Concrete about all your concrete garage coating options.  Whatever your choice, you will be getting an attractive floor that is easier to clean, prevents dust, and adds extra attractiveness to your home.

Amazing Concrete Driveway

5 Ways You Can Have an Amazing Concrete Driveway

One of the best feelings in the world is coming come, finally pulling into our driveways after a full day of hard work.  Why not cherish this moment in style?

There are so many classy and unique styles concrete driveways can take on.  You owe it to yourself to take a look at what is out there.  Discuss the multitude of options with professionals like Brosco Concrete.  Take the time to consider design, installation, and payment options. You deserve to come home to an elegant inviting driveway.

Check out the choices below.  There is a style and a budget for everyone.  Once you have an idea of what you want call Brosco Concrete because they know how to install a driveway that will catch the eyes of everyone who visits your home.

Stencilled Patterns

Whether you are working with an existing driveway or desire a new one stencils are an option that offers plenty of diversification.  There are many patterns to choose from and those patterns can be combined to create new ones.  Also, stenciling offers the opportunity to use several colours.  So many ways to make your driveway truly unique.   Stencils can also be used to create the look of pavers or stone.

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete can be added on top of well-maintained older driveways or be the focus of your new driveway.  You can duplicate the beauty and texture of slate, tile, brick, cobblestone, wood, and other materials.  In addition, combining stamped concrete with stenciling can add even more depth to the surface.  From the street, it can be hard to tell the difference between your stamped driveway and natural stone pavers.  That being said your full pocketbook will definitely know the difference.

Pebbled Concrete

Pebbled concrete is more well- known in the industry as exposed aggregate.  This technique has been perfected and used for quite a while and is still a popular choice.  It can be used for a full driveway or combined with other techniques for a variety of decorative effects. You can choose a single colour or opt for mixing colors to create an attractive driveway.

Stained Concrete

Stained concrete offers a dramatic but economical change to concrete driveways.  A large variety of colours are available that offer a deep long-lasting colour.   While not as textural as many concrete decor options staining can transform your driveway to the look of natural stone.  The look of marble and granite can also be created by swirling the stains.

Painted Concrete

The easiest and most inexpensive way to add style to your concrete driveway is to paint it.  Painting is also an option to add uniqueness to stenciling and stamping projects.  The great thing about paint is there is no limit to the available colours.  Whether you are using natural or vibrant tones paint will give you a spectacular end result.

Can I Upgrade My Existing Concrete Patio to a Stamped Concrete Patio?

Can I Upgrade My Existing Concrete Patio to a Stamped Concrete Patio?

Did you know you can upgrade an existing concrete patio to a stamped concrete patio?

Concrete patios have their own attractiveness but nothing matches the aesthetic of a beautiful stamped concrete patio.  Stamped overlays can convert regular concrete slabs that are in good condition to look the same as conventional stamped concrete. You can duplicate the beauty and texture of slate, tile, brick, cobblestone, wood, and other materials without having to replace your concrete.

Stamped Concrete Overlays Go Beyond Patios

Concrete overlays are so versatile they can be used on new or existing concrete for both interior and exterior surfaces.  They can even be applied to walls and other vertical surfaces.  So you may have started out thinking you wanted your patio done but soon realize you might rather upgrade the appearance of plain concrete driveways, walkways, pool decks, interior floors, and even retaining walls.

Do Not Attempt To Do It Yourself

In order to get aesthetically pleasing, long-lasting results, concrete work should be left to the professionals.  When stamping concrete is there is a limited time to work as the concrete dries.  Brosco is capable of finishing the job on time without mistakes, producing a finish you will be proud of.

Stamped Concrete Adds Years of Durability When Maintained

Not only does adding a stamped concrete overlay update your look it adds strength to the existing surface making it extra durable.  To maintain the look and protect it from damage coat with a penetrating sealer every two to three years.  Maintain regularly by simply sweeping and washing with water.

Stamped Concrete is Not Always the Best Option For Existing Concrete

Not all concrete surfaces meet the requirements for a concrete overlay.  Older concrete slabs in bad condition with large cracks or severe settlement are not a viable option for stamped overlays.  But that doesn’t mean there is not still room for improvement.  Settlement can always be taken care of, it is one of Brosco Concretes areas of expertise.  Brosco Concrete can repair damage adding years of life and looks to your concrete surroundings.

Help My Concrete is Uneven!

Help My Concrete is Uneven!

There Are Many Reasons You Can't Leave Concrete Unlevelled

It is nearly inevitable as concrete surfaces get older that they will begin to sink, become unlevelled or crack.  Sometimes with poor installation, this can happen to newer slabs too.  This is disappointing because we install concrete to improve our homes.  Uneven concrete is unsightly and can give the impression that a home is run down or not maintained.  But concrete settling may or may not have anything to do with how well you maintain your property.  Most often it has nothing to do with you at all.

That being said uneven concrete poses a tripping hazard for you, your family, and your guests.  Take action on these concrete faults to avoid accidents. Repairs are essential to the well-being of your loved ones.

It Will Only Get Worse So Fix It Professionally

Once concrete becomes unlevelled, the damage only worsens until you correct the problem. Since it can cost too much to pour a whole new driveway, or paved area an inexpensive way to make repairs is concrete leveling.  Using this fix means the entire concrete area does not need to be replaced.  With concrete leveling, you will have a surface you can be proud of once more.

Call in the professionals, Brosco Concrete.  Projects like these should be left to the experts because specialized equipment, quality products not sold in hardware stores, and skilled knowledge is required for quality results. Brosco Concrete is the oldest and longest-running concrete slab lifting company in the area.

This Is What Must Be Done

At Brosco Concrete we use PolyLevel concrete lifting which consists of a polyurethane expanding foam injection that raises your concrete to the proper elevation for a permanent solution to your settling concrete problems. This method works for both exterior and interior concrete slabs.  Our team starts by drilling small 5/8’’ holes through the settled slab. Next using environmentally friendly expanding foam, our team will inject to repair the failing subgrade. Polyurethane then expands, once the void beneath the slab is filled, operators then accurately and with control, lift the settled slab to its proper elevation.

Help My Concrete is Uneven!
Help My Concrete is Uneven!

We are aware that with unsettling comes cracks.  Once leveled we want to ensure your concrete is restored to its prior beauty.  We take the time to effectively seal and repair concrete cracks, joints, and holes with the ultra-flexible NexusPro.  After the process is complete, faults are detailed with a thin layer of native sand to give a finished, smooth appearance.  You are left with aesthetically pleasing, property enhancing concrete.

You Get More Than A Restored Concrete Surface

There are also some great benefits that come from having leveled your concrete.  Your concrete slab is now impervious to water and moisture beneath it and resistant to freeze and thaw.  You fixed your concrete with minimal landscape disruption and at a small fraction of the cost of replacement.  Concrete leveling also comes with a great warranty.

Leveling is Not Just for Driveways

Many people only consider the driveway when it comes to concrete leveling.  However, there are so many places you can use it.  Some suggestions:  pool deck repair, interior concrete slab leveling, concrete steps repair, your garage slab, and porch/patio repair. At Brosco Concrete we believe you should have beautiful and safe concrete surfaces wherever they are and we have what it takes to provide them to you.

Concrete Pool Deck

Where Should I Put My Concrete Pool Deck?

There are benefits to placing your concrete pool patio in the right spot and downfalls if you don’t.  Here are some guidelines to help you make the best decision on the placement of your concrete pool patio.

Views

Take time to think about the position of the windows in your house and what you see from them.  You likely want a view of the pool to keep an eye on it.  You might just want to be able to admire your pool area from indoors from the best angle possible.

Outside you will want to consider what you see from your concrete pool deck.  You could face the house or face the yard.   Sometimes when people have their back to the house the only view is a backyard fence or a neighbour’s house.  Orientating the patio to look towards the front of the house may be better in such cases.  If you have natural views of trees or lakes or sunsets towards the back definitely accentuate what nature has given you.

Proximity to the House

If you are thinking of putting the concrete pool deck close to the house think about where entrances and exits to the yard and house are located.  On smaller properties the pool deck often adjoins the house.  As such make sure the colours and designs compliment the house and surrounding landscape.  Keep in mind that when a pool deck is close to the house it is great for watching children but may be a bit of a noise disruption in the house.

Concrete Pool Deck

On a larger property a pool may be placed further away from the house.  As a separate identity the concrete pool deck should be more defined to ensure the pool is making a statement.  The distance gives you more choices of design as it is optional as to whether the area needs to match the house.  Freeform designs appear more natural than rectangular surrounds.  Keep in mind it is best if the pool is still visible from the house.

Wind Direction

While wind does not always blow in one direction there is usually a prevailing direction the wind will blow in your yard.  Because it will change over the course of the year ensure you check during prime swim season.  It is best to place the concrete pool deck in an area where a house or other structure is blocking the deck from this wind.

Concrete Pool Deck

Patterns of Sun and Shade

Watch your yard for shade and sun angles.  You don’t want your pool in an area that gets deep shade.  A good rule of thumb is to put the concrete pool deck at the pools northeast or northwest corner (based on what area of the country you are in) to get the most afternoon sunlight.

Pathways

Why You Need a Concrete Walkway (and 14 Places to Add One)

Walkways are Classy

A sure way to add some class to your property is to add a concrete walkway.  Walkways and garden paths add value to your property and they never go out of style.  They enhance a home’s landscape and complement its exterior features.  Even the most discerning homeowners agree that adding a pathway adds luxury.

Pathways are Landscaping Art

With so many colours, textures and patterns available each walkway truly is landscaping art constructed with master craftsmanship.  Especially when you hire Brosco Concrete to do it. Your choice of concrete options allows freedom of artistic expression creating a path that is uniquely your own.

Walkways Create an Experience

Your walkway becomes an experience instead of just a way to get where you are going.  You and your guests will no doubt linger a while longer as you stroll down your artisanal path.  You will enjoy its curves and sway along them. You will spend more time taking in the beauty around you. When you decide to put in a walkway, know you are creating an experience of your own worth savoring.

Pathways are Practical

Let’s be real.  Pathways prevent you from walking on mud, wet grass, stones and other outdoor debris that can make us dirty.  They also protect those same elements.  If you have a lot of foot traffic across your lawn your landscaping is getting torn up.  It is like your yard is asking for a pathway there. Walkways are especially practical in the winter.  Shoveling them can give you access to parts of your yard you would not have without them.  Walkways truly are a year-round pleasure and a life-long joy.

Walkways Can Go So Many Places

That path from the driveway to the house with or without landscaping.

A walk straight walk up the middle of the yard from the sidewalk is classic.

It is beautiful to have a path running alongside well-tended gardens.

Create rooms outdoors by connecting patio to patio.

Divide up your yard with paths in multiple directions.

Lose the mess with a walkway to the shed or garage.

Feature your pond or playground with a landscaped scroll there.

Protect those bare feet with a path to the pool.

Put in a lighted path for those late-night walks to the house from the fire pit.

Create walkways in an annual vegetable garden.

Put stairs in a path to go up and down-hills.

A walkway leading to a gate really has a mystical feel to it.

There really are so many ways walkways can enhance your yard and your life.

Concrete Slab Foundation Problems and Defects

Concrete Slab Foundation Problems and Defects

Unless you have problems your concrete slab foundation is something you probably don’t really think about.  However taking some time to give it a look over even when there are no major issues could save you in the long run.  Small defects can lead to serious problems.  It is best to catch these issues before they become a nuisance and money drainers.  It is essential to know just how important a concrete slab really is.  Remember that it is responsible for stabilizing your entire home.  Issues with concrete slab foundation should be dealt with as soon as possible.

Don’t get me wrong concrete slabs are quite durable.  They are very strong and do not need much maintenance.  Also note, that some cracking may not be a big deal.  But there are other cases where small fractures can lead to major problems later.  Some situations require that things are dealt with as soon as they are identified.  Here are some common defects and descriptions of what is going on when you see them.

Cracking

Concrete slab foundations are known to have three main types of cracks: shrinkage cracks, settlement cracks, and frost heave cracks.

Shrinkage Cracks

Shrinkage cracks are a result of a change of moisture in the concrete slab.  Concrete is by nature porous and therefore contains small empty spaces.  These spaces expand when they absorb moisture and shrink when the moisture dries.  Shrinkage cracks occur when the concrete dries.  These cracks are not that serious because they do not indicate structural damage.  However, these void spaces can sometimes be an entryway for radon and water entry.

Settlement Cracks

Settlement cracks are a result of inadequate site preparation when the concrete was poured.  Small cracks may appear along expansion points and may be relatively harmless.  In worse case scenarios soil settlement under the ground can hollow out space under the floor causing the collapse of the floor structure.  Because the severity of these cracks differs dramatically it is important to get them looked at to determine the size of the problem.

Frost Heaves

Frost heaves are the most destructive cracks.  They cause uneven and cracked flooring as a result of soil expansion pushing part of the floor up while the rest of the floor down is left down.  They put the whole house’s foundation at risk and need attention as soon as possible.

Blisters

Blisters happen when air gets trapped underneath an already sealed slab surface.  They are typically fixed during installation but some blisters may still be found after.  Blisters are more of a harmless defect than a problem.  They do not cause any structural problems so nothing to worry about with this kind of defect.

Curling

Curling happens when the corners of your concrete slab foundation rise up.  This occurs because the top dries out and shrinks faster than the bottom wetter part.  Installers will typically deal with this problem before it becomes a defect during the drying of the foundation.  While a quality contractor like Brosco Concrete would never allow such a defect to occur during construction the same cannot be said for all installers.  If you find curling on your concrete slab call us.  Left unchecked curling can lead to significant cracking over the years.

Surface Scaling

Scaling is when the surface of the concrete degrades taking of 1.5mm to 10mm of depth off of its surface. This is usually due to poor surface strength.  However there is no clear reason for the cause.  The blame game ensues, it was the homeowner, it was the contractor, it was the redi-mix company, or it was the finishers.  The main issue with scaling is that if left unchecked coarse aggregate can eventually become exposed and could start falling out in chunks.  There are methods to both prevent and repair scaling and these treatments are highly recommended.

Investigate Your Concrete Slab Foundation’s Problems and Defects

Because defects and their severity are not always easy to identify it is always best to call in a professional when you see anything abnormal in your foundation.  What may appear minor could quickly grow into a much larger issue and there is no telling how long of short that time-line may be.   Address your issues and call in Brosco Concrete for an inspection as soon as possible.

 

 

How to Remove Oil Stains from a Concrete Driveway

How to Remove Oil Stains from a Concrete Driveway

A driveway is the first thing a person sees when arriving at your home.  Unfortunately, it gets dirtier faster than just about any part off your homes exterior.  Today we will focus on one kid of grime, oil stains.  As maintained as we can keep our own vehicles we cannot always count on others and accidents do happen.  Here is a quick fix for those leaks you catch right away and a more comprehensive fix for oil that has had time to sit and sink in.

For a quick fix turn too kitty litter.  This is for when oil spills are found relatively quickly.  Simply cover the exposed area with litter, leave overnight and clean up the litter the next morning.  Proceed to rinse with water.  Spills caught early make for a relatively easy clean up.

Moved a car after winter and found that some oil that has been sitting a few months? We’ve got it.  It is fairly easy and doable to remove it.  The best way to remove oil from concrete is to dissolve it and then draw it out.  For this project we recommend cornstarch and liquid TSP.  The cornstarch is used to draw the oil out, the TSP will break down the oil solvent compounds. Mix the cornstarch and TSP into a paste.  Spread the paste over the oil pool.  Use a stiff bristle nylon brush and scrub the mixture over the infected area ensuring the mixture is penetrating the surface of the driveway.  Once a fair amount had absorbed in, leave a layer of the paste covering the surface.  Let dry completely, usually a couple of hours.  Remove the paste with a putty knife the rinse area with a hose or power washer.  Deep stains may take more applications.

Enrich your Spring with a Concrete Patio

Enrich Your Spring With A Concrete Patio

If you are thinking about adding a patio you will be making quite the upgrade to your outdoor life. There are just so many ways to enjoy a patio.  A patio is sure to rally friends, families and neighbours to connect for good times.  You can use it for dinner parties, barbecuing up some shish-ka-bobs and eating to your heart’s content.  One can sit, relax and have a few drinks after work or during a late-night with your friends. Gardeners can get some containers and surround yourself in a colourful garden or even a culinary one.  You can lay yourself out and bask in the sun or spend the evening there watching the sunset.  A patio really enhances the quality of life in your backyard.

There are lots of reasons your life would be better with a patio, here are the top 3 reasons it should be a concrete one.

Style Options

Wooden decks can only be laid out in so many ways, not too much versatility of style there.  Same with gravel or crushed limestone.  But concrete has thousands of options for style and finish.  Finishing techniques like stamping that can reproduce brick, stone and tile looks.  Geometric designs can be scored into concrete.  Patios can be stained in solid or blended patterns.  For a little more money complete faux finishes of concrete can be made to emulate a variety of natural stones.  It is easy to create a patio that is entirely uniquely your own.

Enrich your Spring with a Concrete Patio
Enrich your Spring with a Concrete Patio

Initial Investment

Concrete will cost you far less than a wood deck or paving stones which can run almost double.  Wood in the short term, stones in the long term.  Remember to keep curb appeal in mind. Your patio style and colours should match the surroundings aesthetics of your house and backyard .  This will improve the value of your home.

Long-lasting Savings

Compared to wooden decks concrete patios have lower maintenance costs and less frequent repurposing is required.  Both do require being power-scrubbed annually but concrete only needs to be resealed every 2-3 years where as wood needs to be re-stained and resealed yearly at a much higher cost.

Compared to pavers concrete stands up way better to the elements.  Concrete won’t shift over time or give way to the dirt or weather predicaments the way pavers do.  Concrete lasts way longer before replacement is necessary.

Enrich your Spring with a Concrete Patio
Why Spring Brings Basement Leaks

Why Spring Brings Basement Leaks

Even a small amount of snow melting can result in gallons and gallons of water pooling, inevitably looking to seep into the ground.  Spring thaw water has to go somewhere and unfortunately some of the time that’s in your basement.

What’s the attraction?

When snow melts rapidly in the spring the water is limited in where it can go because the ground is still frozen and it cannot permeate below.  There are two main reasons your foundation is waters primary target.  One, foundations are warm.  Two, the soil around your house is not compacted.

Why Spring Brings Basement Leaks

Foundation Temperature

Your house throws off heat.  Unfortunately, the foundation of your house causes the soil around it to warm up so it thaws more quickly than the rest of the soil in your backyard. The result is the soil next to your house unfreezes first inviting pooling water to percolate into the ground and lay next to your foundation.

Low Soil Density

Another invitation to let water gather next to the foundation is the soil density.  When a house was built the ground around it was untouched for perhaps even millennia.  It was super compact ground.  So when a hole is dug for foundation air pockets are added and the soil becomes much less dense.  Water can move into these pockets and loose soil much more easily than the compact ground of the rest of your yard again making your foundation a likely target for the spring thaw.

Why Spring Brings Basement Leaks

Water in Basements is Not Uncommon

Given the increased chances of water gravitating towards your foundation it is not surprising to find water in basements.  If the slightest grading problem or foundation problem exists then water, finding the path of least resistance, will make its way into your house.

Water can come in in many ways, sometimes serious sometimes not.  Worst case scenario large volumes of water underground can push through around the footings of your house requiring excavation.  But often your issue might be as simple as a crack in the foundation or seepage through the pores of the concrete.  It might be your foundation settling, pressure from tree roots or issues with the seams of poured foundation walls.

Get Professional Help

Whether you want to take preventative measures, require excavation or waterproofing, or even just an inspection when it comes to basement leakage don’t mess around.  Call in the professionals at Brosco Concrete.  Your house is too big of an investment to risk.