Tips & Advice
What is pavement resurfacing?
Resurfacing, where a contractor removes and replaces the top layer of concrete, is a middle ground between multiple patch jobs and a complete replacement.
Why do I need a certified concrete contractor?
Homeowners should work with a concrete contractor who is either certified by or a member of one or more trade organizations for high-quality results. These individuals adhere to professional guidelines and are versed in industry and safety standards. Such organizations include: American Concrete Institute (ACI) American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA).
What should I ask when hiring a concrete contractor?
- Are you licensed?
- Are you insured?
- Are you bonded?
- What is your warranty?
- How long will the job take?
Can concrete be dangerous?
Wet concrete can irritate the skin or cause first-, second-, or third-degree chemical burns. Cement dust contains silica, which damages the lungs and can lead to cancer or silicosis. Many concrete mixtures contain cement, so homeowners should be careful if contractors create the concrete on site. Anyone who touches wet concrete or dust should wash their skin with soap and cold water.
What is colored concrete?
Colored concrete is created by blending liquid, granular or powdered iron oxide pigments with natural concrete. These pigments are either mined directly from the earth or manufactured in a chemical plant.
What is stamped concrete?
Stamped concrete is textured to replicate other materials, such as stone, slate, brick, tile, and even wood. Stamping is generally preferable to using these other materials because it provides the same look as stone and brick at a much cheaper cost. In addition, stamped concrete is more durable than other options, especially wood. Prices range between $8 and $18 per square foot.
How much does an interior concrete floor cost to build?
The cost between $10 and $20 per square foot.
What are the advantages or disadvantages of interior concrete floors?
They require minimal maintenance, are easy to clean, and resist scratches from pets. They're also odor resistant. Because concrete absorbs heat, the floors can even reduce heating bills. They're uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time, however, and they can create an echo. While concrete floors last longer than carpet or laminate, areas with heavy traffic are known to develop hairline cracks.
How much does a concrete countertop cost to build?
The material runs between $65 and $135 per square foot. Installation costs approximately $40 to $50 per hour. Most of their cost comes from the design process itself.
What are the advantages or disadvantages of concrete countertops?
Concrete countertops are custom designed and handcrafted by a designer or architect. Traditionally, concrete countertops are viewed on the same level as luxurious materials like marble and granite. They provide a seamless, long-lasting surface and can take any form or edge design, making them more customizable than other options.