MPA | Expansion Joints | Stamped Concrete | Coloured 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. Solocrete pours 5 to 6 inches of concrete on top of 5 to 6 inches of stone. Expansion joints are also used to join one new surface to an existing surface.
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.
The rise in popularity of coloured and 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.
There are two ways to add colour to concrete. The integral method is done by mixing the colour in the ready mix truck. The look is less dramatic. Our method of stamping is the dry shake on method of colouring concrete, in which the colouring agent is applied on top of the concrete. It is troweled into the concrete, than stamped on. This results in a more vibrant colour.
Plain concrete requires no maintenance. It basically is white in colour and gradually it will become gray. Stamped 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 or a plastic shoveling (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. When quality and experience matter; call 905-812-3000 for a free quotation.