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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a concrete contractor that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified concrete company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated concrete contractor and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

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4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

 

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Contra Costa County – Concrete Contractors CATEGORY

David Figueroa is a lifetime veteran of the construction industry and owner of Kodiak Construction, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 350-6447 or by email.

David Figueroa

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David Figueroa: It’s a Hardscape Life

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

MARTINEZ — After getting an early start in construction, David Figueroa worked in several aspects of the industry before eventually finding his niche as a concrete contractor. “I started doing construction when I was in junior high school, and I’ve been doing it ever since—more than 40 years now,” he says. “I got into concrete work in the early ’80s, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that I had the opportunity to do it exclusively. Since then, our business has continued to grow, and I now work alongside my son, Michael, who is one of our estimators.”

Today, as owner of Kodiak Construction, David explains why he likes working with concrete in particular. “As a guy who likes to move around a lot, I appreciate the fact that concrete work is fairly fast-paced. You don’t have to wait three months to see the final product; you can see it right away and then you’re on to the next job. Also, you can do beautiful things with concrete, with a lot of room for creativity. There’s no mold for it—every project is different.”

Originally from Mexico, David came to the United States at the age of 20 and today resides in Martinez with his wife, Jane. “I really like the Bay Area setting: the weather is good, we’re surrounded by water and we have many different microclimates. For example, when it’s really hot in Martinez, you can go on the other side of the channel to San Francisco and it’s much cooler.”

In his life and career, David espouses the importance of honesty in business. “You have to be honest and straightforward with your customers,” he affirms. “When there’s a problem, you don’t hide from it; you do your best to take care of it. Sometimes, even when you try your hardest, things don’t work out as planned, but at the end of the day, if you’re honest and follow through with what you say you’re going to do, your customers will be satisfied.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, David says he’d do some traveling. “In addition to seeing more of the U.S., I’d like to spend some time in Mexico, just fishing and enjoying the simple life.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Italy. I’ve always wanted to go there.

Q: What kind of food do you like?
A: Mexican—basically, anything with a tortilla.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: An early bird.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
A: I usually don’t eat breakfast, although sometimes I’ll stop for a donut and coffee.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: I collect gold and silver coins.

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Considerations for Concrete Installation

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MARTINEZ — When installing a concrete feature such as a driveway or patio, it’s crucial to follow proper procedure—otherwise, the installation will be susceptible to settling over time. Here are a few important aspects to consider: • Whether it’s plain soil… Read more

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Video: The Importance of Soil Compaction

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MARTINEZ — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re installing a new concrete driveway or patio, don’t overlook the importance of the soil base beneath it. Today we’re… Read more

Charles Lee is owner of California Concrete Pump Pros, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 201-6196 or by email.

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Charles Lee: Concrete Ambition

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

ANTIOCH — In his former career as a restaurateur, Charles Lee made a name for himself by building restaurants from the ground up. What he didn’t realize, however, is that this vocation would later serve as the catalyst for an entirely new livelihood. “Having been involved with several restaurant construction projects, I had seen how a lot of contractors worked and often wasn’t particularly pleased with their services,” he explains. “Finally, I decided to try my own hand at it. I got some commercial real estate property, demolished everything and built it from the ground up, starting with the foundation. I found the process very interesting and I really enjoyed the work, so I decided to put my talents to use and start a concrete company.”

After several years in the concrete business, Charles decided to widen his professional prospects and got his contractor’s license in 2005. Today, as owner of California Concrete – Pump Pros, he says he continues to enjoy the process of creating something out of nothing. “It’s a lot of fun to build something new from the ground up, and it’s very rewarding to see the fruits of my labor when the project is completed.”

Having grown up in San Francisco, Charles says his favorite aspect of life in the Bay Area is the diversity of its populous. “The people make this area what it is. We work from San Jose to as far north as Napa, and the variety of people we have the privilege to meet makes our job that much more pleasurable.”

Charles’ career takes up the bulk of his schedule—“Right now I’m working seven days a week!” he says—so most of his time outside of work is devoted to his three children: Alicia, Kristin and Tyson. “As a single parent, my kids are the love of my life. My oldest is 23 and my youngest is eight, so I have quite a spread.” Charles describes most of the family’s activities as being aquatic in nature. “My kids grew up near the Delta, so they all love the water. If we’re not out on a fishing or boating excursion, you’re likely to find us in the swimming pool at home.”

In his life and career, Charles espouses the importance of attention to detail. “Something I tell my kids is to always take time to do things correctly the first time—that way, you won’t have to come back and revisit it later. This is the same philosophy I apply to my business, and it goes a long way toward keeping customers satisfied with our work.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Charles says he’d take a long-deferred vacation. “I haven’t been on vacation in many, many years. In fact, I have more than a million frequent flyer miles that I don’t have time to use. If I could retire tomorrow, I’d do some traveling with the kids…maybe rent an RV and try some new fishing spots.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Do you have a favorite sports team?
A: The San Francisco Giants and 49ers.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Talk radio.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?
A: House of Prime Rib in San Francisco.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
A: My Big Wheel tricycle. My sisters used to pull me around on it with a rope and whip me around corners like I was water skiing. It was a lot of fun.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
A: Oatmeal.

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How to Protect Your Concrete

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ANTIOCH — Many people don’t realize that even though concrete is a hard, sturdy product, it’s also extremely porous. Because it readily absorbs liquids, concrete areas such as driveways and patios are susceptible to staining by everything from motor oil… Read more

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Hycrete Concrete
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MAPEI Concrete
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Loctite Concrete & Cement
US Concrete
ARDEX Concrete
Cemex Cement & Concrete
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St. Lawrence Cement

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concrete paving
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concrete panels
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Know What You Want
Knowing What to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Concrete Contractor in Contra Costa County in the Cities of San Ramon, Danville, Brentwood, Martinez and Pleasant Hill

After you have done initial research, talk with some local concrete contractors. Compile a list of questions and use that list when talking to concrete contractors. Write down each contractor’s answers. You want to get estimates from only those concrete contractors that meet or exceed your expectations. If they don’t give satisfactory answers to your questions, move on to the next contractor.

You will want to know what you expect from your concrete contractor. Have an idea of your timeline and budget, etc. Here are some questions that you may want to ask:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified concrete company in Contra Costa County that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Contra Costa County concrete contractorto have such as good communication skills, timeliness, honesty, integrity, and reliability?
  • What is my timeline?
  • What is my budget for concrete work?
  • Does the concrete company charges for estimates?
  • Do I need to have any other work done to my house before I have the concrete project started?
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What To Ask In Person
Ask These Questions When Speaking In Person with a Concrete Contractor in Contra Costa County

Once you have narrowed the field to a few of the best Contra Costa County concrete contractors, visit a few of these in person. Questions you might want to ask include these:

  • Do you use subcontractors for any of the work or do you do all of the concrete work yourselves?
  • Do you have workers’ compensation and liability insurance?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • How do I maintain my concrete?
  • Can you give me the names of 10 references in Contra Costa County?
  • Do you take care of getting the permits?
  • Will you give me a written estimate?
  • How long will it take for you to complete getting the permits and completing the concrete work?
  • What kind of warranty do you provide?
  • What does the warranty cover?
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  • What To Ask References
    Learning About Previous Customers' Experiences with a Concrete Contractor in Contra Costa County

    It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified concrete contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a concrete contractor in Contra Costa County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified concrete contractor within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your concrete contractor. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the concrete contractor are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    • Would you recommend this concrete contractor to your friends and family?
    • If you live in a smaller town such as Clyde, Cowell, Crockett and Diablo, did you have to pay extra for their travel expenses to your home?
    • Did they complete your concrete work on time?
    • Did they show up at the designated time?
    • If you need more concrete work done, will you choose this same company?
    • Did the concrete contractor clean up after the work was completed?
    • Did the concrete contractor keep you up to date on the status of your concrete work?
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  • Review Your Options
    Choosing the Right Concrete Contractor in Contra Costa County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Your choice of a concrete contractor in Contra Costa County is an important decision. So before deciding on the concrete contractor in Contra Costa County that is best for you, it’s important to consider the following questions.

    • Is this concrete work estimate in my budget?
    • Does the concrete contract seem knowledgeable about the concrete work and specific needs of my job?
    • What does this concrete contractor offer that is specific to what I need?
    • Can this concrete contractor meet your needs when it comes to scheduling, service and experience?
    • Does this concrete contractor offer a written warranty to back up their work?
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  • How To Work With
    Preparing to Sign a Contract with a Contra Costa County Concrete Contractor

    After you have found a Contra Costa County concrete contractor that you can trust, you can have peace of mind as you get ready for your concrete project. Keep a notebook for all of the information so that you can quickly find what you need.

    First, meet with the concrete contractor. Use the notes that you have taken so you can accurately describe any concerns that you have. Be as detailed as possible and don’t be in a rush. It is as important for you to hear their suggestions and observations as it is for them to hear you. If you don’t understand something, ask for an explanation. You need to completely comprehend the concrete project and what it entails.

    Be sure to get all estimates in writing before any work begins. The estimate should include an itemized list of the cost of supplies and the labor. Don’t ever sign a blank estimate.

    Signing the Contract Now that You Have a Contra Costa County Concrete Contractor You Trust By Signing a Contract

    When you feel satisfied with the information you have received from your Contra Costa County concrete contractor, sign the contract. Be sure that they have a phone number where you can be reached at all times.

    Expect the concrete contractor to stay within the estimate. However, if the actual cost exceeds the original amount of the estimate, they must get your approval before moving ahead.

    Getting Ready for Your Contra Costa County Concrete Contractor
    Professional concrete contractors are able to handle the very small to very large aspects of their work. However, there are some things that you can do to prepare for them and to make their progress in concrete project go more smoothly. Doing these things may even cut down on their labor costs and can keep your home and belongings from being damaged.

    Remove any furniture or movable items from the area. Before they begin work on your concrete job, be sure the space is cleared and ready. It will slow down the project if your concrete contractor has to clear the area for you.

    Provide parking space and room for their work vehicles to maneuver. Concrete contractors have large vehicles that require more space than average. Contact your contractor before they begin building and ask them how many parking spaces they need and how much room they need for oversized vehicles. It is also helpful to walk through the area with your contractor so any hazards or clearance issues can be pointed out before the actual work begins.

    Keep your pets and children away from the area. Your concrete contractor will be focused on your project and should not have to watch out for your pets or children at any time. This not only prevents accidents and injury but also any expense that comes from accidents that may happen because of children and pets being in the way.

    Trim plants and bushes that are in the way of your concrete area. You can save money and time by preparing the area for building by trimming or removing any plants, trees or bushes that are in the way. Ask your contractor what they recommend and the amount of space they require.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Keys to Being a Good Customer When Dealing with Contra Costa Concrete Contractors

    It’s the concrete contractor’s responsibility to put in quality concrete using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your concrete job, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Contra Costa County concrete contractor.

    • Be clear and upfront with the concrete contractor. Let them know what you want from your concrete contractor, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re working on your concrete job. The work will move along more smoothly if your concrete contractor can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the concrete contractor on schedule.
    • Pay for the concrete work promptly.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a concrete contractor in Contra Costa County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the concrete contractor representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local concrete contractor occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your concrete contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Concrete contractors in Contra Costa County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Check the Completed Concrete Work

When your concrete project is complete, most contractors will give you a written invoice that details the completed work. This invoice usually includes:

  • The contractor’s name, physical address and license number.
  • Any applicable warrantees or guarantees provided by the company.
  • A list of all services performed.
  • An itemized list of all the supplies purchased.
  • The total cost for supplies, including the amount due for labor.

It is wise to compare the completed work with the written invoice. Ask your contractor to walk through the concrete project with you and show you the work. Check the work with the invoice. During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your concrete. If you have any questions about the work or materials used for your concrete project, now is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Written Warranties for Your Concrete

Most good concrete contractors will offer some time of warranty on the concrete project. All details of the warranty should be provided to you in writing. This information should include:

  • The contractor’s name and physical address.
  • What products are covered. This should also include whether the contractor will replace or repair your concrete in the event of a product failure.
  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim (i.e., if you have to pay for labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount).
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions on the materials and workmanship.
  • If the warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
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Top 10 Requests
Most Popular Contra Costa County Concrete Contractor Services

The top 10 requests for concrete contractors in Contra Costa County are listed below.

Pouring Concrete Slabs
Pouring concrete slabs involved setting up the forms for the project and getting them ready for the pour, then pouring the concrete slab.

Concrete Basement Pouring
Concrete basement pouring is a popular option not only because basements are a protection from inclement weather but they also extend the living space. Concrete basement pouring is more economical than adding another room or floor onto your home.

Concrete Pouring
Concrete pouring is to pour concrete into a cast.

Concrete Patios
Concrete patios are becoming more popular. They are very durable and require little maintenance. There are many decorative options available for concrete patios.

Concrete Homes
Concrete homes are durable and save money on heating and cooling costs. They can be designed to look like most any other house.

Concrete Paving
Concrete paving is when concrete is poured to make a firm and even surface.

Stamped Concrete |
Stamped concrete is done by pouring a slab and then putting impressions of patterns and/or textures on the concrete before it dries.

Concrete Restoration
Concrete restoration restores your walkways, floors, etc. to like new. It is cheaper and more convenient than complete replacement of concrete.

Concrete Panels
Concrete panels are poured and used in residential housing and businesses.

Concrete Floors
Concrete floors have become a popular option for floors of homes. Concrete floors can be stained, painted and stamped, etc. This allows for an almost limitless choice of flooring looks.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Local Concrete Contractors

abrasive aggregate
Abrasive aggregate is used make the concrete surfaces more abrasive. Sometimes special aggregates are added to poured concrete and cast concrete for decorative purposes.

Also known as: abrasive aggregates

accelerator
Accelerator decreases the setting time of concrete by increasing hydration.

Also known as: accelerators

admixture
Admixture is something other than water that is added to concrete to control properties such as setting and workability.

Also known as: admixtures

aggregate
Aggregate is a combination of crushed rock, sand and gravel that is mixed with cement to make concrete.

binder
Binder is hardened cement paste.

Also known as: cement paste

bleed
Bleed is when water seeps to the top of the cement paste because of the settling.

cement
Cement is inorganic compounds finely powdered which harden when combined with water.

cement-aggregate ratio
Cement-aggregate ratio is the ratio of aggregate to cement and is measured by weight.

cement paste
Cement paste is cement and water which develops in strength until it becomes hardened cement paste.

clay
Clay is a kind of soil that consists of very fine particles.

concrete
Concrete is made from aggregate components and cement and is used for sidewalks and walkways, etc.

concretepavers
Concrete pavers are paving stones made from concrete and are used for walkways, driveways, etc.

Also known as: concrete paving stones

concrete sand
Concrete sand is a sand that is used for aggregate.

crushed rock
Crushed rock is used in concrete as an aggregate.

cure
Cure is keeping the concrete moist while it is initially hardening.

dormancy period
Dormancy period is the time that concrete remains workable.

forms
Forms are holders for concrete where it is allowed to harden.

Also known as: form

gravel
Gravel is fine pieces of rock and can be used as an aggregate.

gypsum
Gypsum is added to cement to regulate its setting.

Also known as: calcium sulfate dihydrate

limestone
Limestone is a rock that is made of the mineral calcium carbonate.

paver
Paver or paving is when cement is poured to make a firm and even surface.

Also known as: paving

pour
Pour is to cast concrete.

Also known as: cast

slump test
Slump test is to test the concrete to determine its workability.

stained concrete
Stained concrete is colored concrete and is can be used in driveways and other areas. Stained concrete is available in vibrant colors and can also be chosen to complement the style and color of your home.

Also known as: stained concrete patterns

stamped concrete
Stamped concrete is often used in place of concrete pavers as it can look like brick, tile or blocks and can be stamped with a pattern. A foundation of concrete is poured and then stamping the pattern while it is still damp.

Also known as: stamped concrete patterns

stenciled concrete
Stenciled concrete is used to mimic other paving materials like brick or tile by using stencils.

Also known as: stenciled concrete patterns

workability
Workability is how easily fresh concrete can be used and molded and put into forms.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions for Concrete Contractors

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified concrete contractor?
A:Diamond Certified helps you choose a concrete contractor with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only concrete contractors rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified concrete contractor.

Q: Are concrete and cement the same thing?
A: They are not the same thing although many use the terms interchangeably. Cement is used to make concrete. Cement is mixed with other things including water and it then turns into a mass that becomes hardened and is called concrete.

Q: What is slump used for?
A: Slump is the amount of water in concrete mix which shows its consistency. The lower the slump the dryer the mix will be. If water is added to the mix past what is specified, it can result in reduced strength and the possibility that the surface will deteriorate.

Q: Is it necessary to take the topsoil before pouring concrete?
A:Topsoil does need to be removed before the concrete is placed. Topsoil and other organic material are too unstable to support slabs of concrete. The subgrade of cement should contain no organic material and this is very important for having a quality concrete slab.

Q: What kind of decorative finishes can I get for concrete?
A:Concrete is available in almost any shape, pattern and color. There are many specialty materials available such as concrete forms, stamps, dyes, texture patterns, and stains, etc. These applications can be used both inside and outside of your home. If you can imagine the decorative finish, it can be done by a skilled concrete contractor.

Q: Do I need a concrete contractor for my project?
A:Concrete work requires knowledge and skill. There are fundamental skills that the average homeowner does not have. Some basic skills that are required are using a hammer, chalk lines, and saws; however, more specialized skills include the use of straightedge, a concrete edger, a hand float and others.

Besides the use of tools, other areas of expertise include site excavation, preparing the subgrade, putting in concrete form. These areas and the work of placing and finishing concrete is very difficult work. Also, concrete is quite heavy and the timing of the finishing of the project is critical. For all of these reasons and more, most homeowners feel that it is necessary to hire a concrete contractor to do their concrete project.

Q: How long does a concrete driveway need to cure?
A: The recommended time can be any time from three to seven days depending on the load that will be on it. Ask your concrete contractor for specific directions on when your driveway can be put back in service.

Q: How often do I need to seal my concrete driveway?
A: Your concrete needs to air dry for 30 days before you apply a sealer. A sealer prevents moisture from entering the concrete which helps keep the concrete from deteriorating during weather cycles of freezing and thawing. Sealers are usually effective for a couple of years but ask your concrete contractor for specific application rates.

Q: Why is curing important for concrete?
A: Curing keeps your concrete at the appropriate moisture content. If the curing is not done correctly, it can cut the strength of your concrete by a large percentage. Proper curing also keeps your concrete from cracking and shrinking.

Q: How do I maintain concrete?
A: Concrete needs to be frequently cleaned with sweeping and hosing it every so often. Keep wet leaves off of concrete as they may stain the concrete.

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