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MPA | Expansion Joints | Stamped Concrete

Things to know about concrete - Concrete is strong and durable when it is properly installed. It is also a versatile material having many uses. The strength of concrete used by Solocrete is 32 MPA. It is important to note that it is reinforced with steel and wire mesh. This is to ensure its durability especially with the effects of weather on it. To ensure the highest quality standard; Solocrete uses a higher than recommended strength of concrete (4 to 6 inches in depth) on top of stone base (4 to 6 inches in depth). Expansion joints are also used to join one new surface to an existing surface.

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To ensure the highest quality standard; Solocrete uses a higher than recommended strength of concrete (5 to 6 inches in depth) on top of a stone base (5 to 6 inches in depth). As well as reinforces it with steel and wire mesh. Saw cuts are strategically placed to ensure minimal or no cracks. Concrete will usually crack within the first year of completion. This is why a one year warranty is important.

Stamped Concrete

The rise in popularity of stamped concrete may be attributed to three key factors. Firstly, the evolution of stamping tools, the development of a wide variety of colours and customer awareness. There are three basic types of systems to produce stamped concrete. The stamping mat forms create a textured surface. This aids in a non slip surface. When the stamping mats are used to create the impression, a release agent is applied to prevent the concrete from sticking to the stamp form and to enhance colour ascent.

Stamped concrete is a two week process involving the following steps: Excavation, forming, add gravel and wire mesh/steel as needed, pouring concrete, adding colour agent and release agent, stamping concrete, parging, power washing and final step is sealing the concrete. All of these steps are weather dependent.

Maintenance

Plain concrete requires no maintenance. It basically is white in colour and gradually it will become gray. As part of Purchaser's maintenance, stamp concrete requires you to have it sealed periodically depending on how high a traffic area it is. During the winter months it is very important to remember to never use salt or ice melters on concrete. Do not use, even if the label states, "safe to use on concrete". Our experience has shown that using sand and plastic shovelling (not steel) after a snowfall is the best treatment. Never leave snow or ices accumulate on the concrete because this can cause damage to the concrete such as pitting.


Solocrete looks forward to continuing its reputation and success in the field of architectural concrete finishes for many years to come. Let us add appeal to your property.

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