Concrete Contractor Tips & Articles

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]

Decorative Concrete Acid Staining Inspirations | Restore All Concrete

Decorative concrete acid staining is an inexpensive yet beautiful way to refinish an existing concrete floor. In the past, we’ve written about how to acid stain your concrete floors yourself. For this article, however, we wanted to give you a few ideas of what decorative acid staining concrete can look like to help inspire your next project.

Acid Stain Colours

Acid Stains come in a variety of different colours. The chart below shows you the various different hues commonly used in acid staining and what the finished product will look like depending on the finish of your concrete. [Read more]

The Best Way to Fix Basement Leaks

Water damage is every homeowner's nightmare and the basement is the most common place to find water because it's the lowest point in your home. If the water’s not dealt with the right away, it can be very costly to both your health, in the form of mold and other infections and respiratory issues, and to your bank account. The key is to find, assess the damage, and fix the problem as quickly as possible. Our job is to fix leaky basements in Calgary. Basement leaks can come from many different sources and all have their various fixes and price tags. In this article, we’ll discuss how to trace, assess and fix common water problems stemming from your foundation, eavestroughs, pipes, and sewers.


Foundation repair is inevitable. Especially in a climate like ours where the temperature goes from one extreme to the other. It doesn’t matter if your house is three... [Read more]

The Best Way to Prevent a Leaking Basement

It’s that time of year again, when the weather becomes warmer, the trees begin to leaf, and the snow begins to melt. With the melting snow comes water - and lots of it. With over half of North American homeowners having some degree of moisture in their basement, taking the proper precautions to avoid a flooded basement is not only a great idea, it could save you a lot of money in the future.

Assessing The Costs

Taking preventative measures, as well as fixing most leaking basement situations (as long as there are no cracks or structural damages to the foundation), can be fixed in a few hours and cost no more than a couple hundred dollars. If you discover hairline fractures in the cinder blocks where water is beginning to seep in, don’t panic, they can be fixed relatively easily and cost an additional $50 or so over the cost of the preventative measures. If while ... [Read more]

Top 5 Things Household Owners Must Know About Foundation Repair

For many homeowners, the words “foundation repair” can elicit feelings of alarm, and even terror. Images of excavators and back hoes ripping up carefully cultivated gardens or homes collapsing at the corners come to mind--and always alongside astronomical invoices. Leaky basements and cracked walls often lead to these woeful words “foundation repair,” causing much worry and concern. However, in many cases addressing the need for the repairs need not be a cause for alarm. By arming yourself with some helpful information on the subject you will not only ward off frightful feelings you can be sure to avoid those hefty invoices, too. In this article we address some common questions like

  • How common are foundation cracks?
  • How often should you have to repair a foundation?
  • How to know when your foundation is in need of repair?
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Restore Your Ugly Concrete Pathway with Gorgeous Stamped Concrete

You roll into your Calgary suburban neighbourhood one day, and you notice your neighbour has just redone the walkway to their home with beautiful stonework and it looks amazing. “It’s not stone,” they say, “It’s stamped concrete.” You look toward your own front door. The dull grey pathway crashing into those ugly cracked steps is blotchy and stained. You are an avid DIYer and have been meaning to research concrete restoration or build a new path when you got around to it. But now you HAVE to. You’re intrigued.

What is stamped concrete and how do you get your pathway and porch to look so beautiful?

Concrete stamping can be used to make your pathway look like flagstone, slate, bricks, or a combination of these stones. It comes in a variety of[Read more]

How to Clean and Prepare Concrete

How to Clean and Prepare Concrete

Every concrete repair or restoration project starts with a thorough cleaning. Prepping the concrete surface before doing any restoration project is critical and can save you a lot of time and money. If a concrete surface isn’t cleaned properly, any overlays, concrete levelling compound, or paints won’t grip and fuse to the existing concrete floor. This process is even more critical when it comes to acid staining concrete. If the floor isn’t cleaned properly, the stain won’t sink into the floor and react properly with the limestone, ca... [Read more]

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