Concrete Contractor Tips & Articles

Top 3 Basement Waterproofing Methods for this Spring

Is Your Basement Waterproof?

As the last big winter storms make their way through Calgary, they often like to leave a parting gift. Are you dealing with a wet basement or suffering from the big defrost? There are really only two options available to solve wet basement problems: interior or exterior. Interior work uses drainage inside your basement to control the water that is entering and directs it to a sump pump. This method is not technically waterproofing, it is a method of water control. Water control systems allow the water in, in order to pump it back out. True basement waterproofing is accomplished only by exterior excavation to the bottom of the foundation, installing proper drainage and treating the walls to prevent water from entering. Let the water into your basement and pump it out, or keep it out altogether. This is t... [Read more]

Common Questions About Concrete Resurfacing and Refinishing

In the past, repairing your driveway has been an arduous task that involves tearing up the surface with jackhammers and towing away the refuse. With new concrete resurfacing options this doesn't have to be the case.

Can You Resurface a Concrete Driveway? 

If your driveway has minor cracks and salt damage, concrete resurfacing is a practical, simple, and cost-effective option that will breathe new life into your existing surface. Resurfacing your concrete driveway can save you money and time because the work can be completed quietly (no jackhammer or disposal required), and efficiently, often taking only an afternoon. The resurfacing material is a composite of Portland Cement and polymer materials that are flexible, and adhere closely. Concrete resurfacing can include a stain,... [Read more]

Stamped Concrete for a Creative Pool Oasis

Planning a backyard pool makeover? Consider using the ultimate design flexibility of stamped concrete. In the past, we’ve talked about using stamped concrete in your home, your patio or your driveway, but another excellent place to use it is around your pool. Stamped concrete offers a wide variety of design possibilities at a low-cost. Don’t just stand at your window staring into the snow like Clark Griswold, [Read more]

Garage Flooring Cracks: When to Repair, When to Replace

How often do you think about your garage flooring? Unless you’re building, repairing or remodeling, you likely don’t give it much thought. Nevertheless, it’s there in the background doing its job – supporting the weight of your vehicles, shrinking and expanding with the temperature, and dealing with the odd paint or oil spill. Over time, however, all these activities can cause cracks and crumbling in your concrete flooring. Although you might be tempted to repair these cracks with commercial DIY products such as epoxy, they tend to recur. Here’s why:

Concrete Driveway Resurfacing & Other Spring Repairs

The weather is warming up quickly, but along with the start of a beautiful summer season comes the not-so-beautiful home repairs. You’ve spent a good portion of the winter months clearing snow off your driveway, but now that you can see it clearly you might notice it needs some TLC. Winter can be very damaging to driveways in Canada with ice, salt, plows, and the freeze-thaw cycle all taking a toll. It’s important to address these driveway issues when you notice them and do some simple repairs before they get any worse.

Concrete Crack Repair

Hairline cracks in your concrete driveway are inevitable and fixing them is just a part of maintaining a large concrete surface. The key is to take care of them as they appear to help prevent them from widening and creating worse problems down the ro... [Read more]

Why Repairing Your Cracked and Crumbling Precast Steps Shouldn’t Wait

You only get one first impression, and if your house is sitting at the top of cracked and crumbling precast steps - it probably isn’t a good one. Viewing your home from the fresh perspective of a potential buyer or new neighbor can give you an idea of where to make some changes. Winter can be especially tough on your front steps, with salt, ice and shoveling taking its toll each year. Tackling the challenge of your front steps or porch doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you know how straightforward it can be. Starting your spring house maintenance with this task is made easier with help from the professionals at RestoreAll.

Crumbling Precast Steps Make Your Home Look Older

Before online house shopping, prospective buyers would do a walk or drive by of your house before booking a showing with... [Read more]

Get the Look: Modern, Rustic, Vintage and Traditional with Concrete Finishing Options

No matter what your personal style is, you can get the look you love with concrete finishing options. Concrete is durable and less expensive than many of the typical materials used for modern, rustic, vintage and traditional home designs. Because concrete is adaptable to a variety of finish options, you can use stamps, colour, aggregates, stains, stencils and more for an incredible array of applications.

Concrete can be useful both indoors and out, so you can produce unique architectural details and landscaping structures. With custom concrete forms, moulds can be used to create more than home foundations. Concrete is ideal for a whole host of other a... [Read more]

The Important First Step in Foundation Crack Repair – Find the ‘Root Cause’

It’s a scenario that causes stressed-out homeowners: a leaky basement.  This should be avoided at all costs because it can lead to extensive damage and create the perfect environment for a mould problem. Mould can be tricky to eliminate, it causes an unpleasant odour and it can even make you sick. To prevent this, you’ll need to ensure foundation cracks are repaired promptly. There are many causes of foundation cracks, though trees are usually blamed as the culprit. It’s usually more a case of poor drainage in the area around the foundation, not a direct result of growing tree roots.  A good foundation contractor can usually isolate the cause, and this is as important to address as the problem itself.  

Ground Settling – The Type of Soil Matters

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How to Use Epoxy Concrete Coating for a Beautiful and Durable Floor

Epoxy Concrete Coating is a great choice to decorate your floors. There are a variety of colours that add flawless, smooth and elegant shine or it can be arranged in traditional or personalized patterns and designs. Concrete finishers are an economical way to upgrade plain concrete and improve the ambience of a room. Epoxy Concrete Coating is a popular choice in industrial or institutional facilities, high traffic facilities (like malls), hospitals, restaurants, garages and homes. Its popularity is in part due to the colour and design versatility and in part due to its durability, longevity and minimal maintenance. Epoxy is also hot tire resistant and chemical resistant, making it the perfect choice for garages.

Why Install Epoxy Concrete Coating Floors?

  • Durability
  • Longevity
  • Minimal Maintenance
  • ... [Read more]

Increase Your Curb Appeal with Driveway Concrete Stamping

Is your driveway ready for an overhaul? You can fix and increase curb appeal and the durability of your driveway with decorative driveway concrete stamping.

What is Concrete Stamping?

Concrete Stamping is concrete that has been patterned, textured or embossed with a stamp to look like various textures. It can be made to look like flagstone, slate, wood, tile, stone bricks or a combination of these. Decorative concrete stamping can be done in a variety of coatings, colours, sealer sheens and an assortment of stamps making it highly versatile and customizable. Due to its realistic and durable nature, you can find decorative concrete in patios, sidewalks, driveways, pool decks or in houses as a replacement for tiles. Driveway concrete stamping is an easy and economical way to increase the curb appeal and durabili... [Read more]

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