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Thank You and Happy Holidays from Wohlwend Concrete

With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful clients for their support. Since 1985, we have been providing the Twin Cities area with quality concrete construction. We could not be in business this long without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for choosing Wohlwend Concrete, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us with all your future concrete and masonry needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

The Many Benefits of Masonry Construction

Building with masonry is a timeless art form that goes back many centuries. Masonry has always been the choice for enduring, natural beauty. Nowadays, masonry construction is choice for Golden Valley and surrounding area residents because of its strength, style and durability.

masonry construction

Masonry consists of assembling a feature or building by laying individual masonry units of concrete. Masonry construction, in addition to helping structurally, can add aesthetic appeal to a home at reasonable prices. Not dissimilar to concrete construction, masonry construction tends towards being resistant to breaking under compression.

We are often called to homes or businesses that are experiencing problems with some type of brick or stone work or they want a new patio, walkway or retaining wall installed. Masonry construction is ideal for replacing these types of applications. But no matter what kind of masonry work you need, we can help.

Building with masonry construction offers a number or benefits for the homeowner including low maintenance, protection and value. Here are a few of the great benefits masonry construction can offer:

  • Weather Resistance. Exterior walls of masonry construction can hold up to heavy storms, heat and cold.
  • Protection from termites, rotting, mold and fungus.
  • Maintenance free. Masonry provides lasting beauty and requires less maintenance than many other building materials.
  • Value. Masonry construction can add insulation, lowering your utility bills and also increase your home’s resale appeal. Masonry homes offer a greater resale value than other forms of construction. Why? It not only looks great but is known for its high quality and low maintenance.

And, these are just a few of the reasons to choose masonry construction! We realize that not everyone is familiar with masonry and all it entails, so we will take the time to talk to you about what is going on with your particular project. Our owner will personally inspect all job sites, so you also get that additional peace of mind.

Masonry and what goes into it can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be, especially when you hire a masonry contractor from Wohlwend Concrete. Contact us today to learn more about masonry and all we can do for you and your home or business.

If you would like to learn more about masonry construction in Golden Valley and the surrounding areas, call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610, or you can contact us and set up a Free Estimate.


Put a Stamp On Your Style with Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete is the best way to add a unique and beautiful touch to your concrete sidewalks and to the exterior of your home. Concrete can be stamped so that it resembles bricks or wood, or they can be stamped with a custom design. Your sidewalks, driveways and walkways can reflect your own unique personal style or even match the style of your home’s exterior. Decorative concrete is perfect for all of your outdoor areas including leads to decks and patios. Stamped concrete for your Eden Prairie home will offer an interesting look and really give your house that impressive style that sets it apart from every other home on the block. We have put together a few ideas to up the elegance of your residence with stamped concrete. Our stamped concrete comes in a variety of patterns to give your home a new look including:

 

  • Weathered wood
  • Random Cobblestone
  • Random Boardwalk
  • English Yorkstone
  • European Fan
  • Flaming Sun
  • And more

Finishes and Sealing

Sealing your stamped concrete will also make it really pop as well as protect it from the elements. Colors will be intensified and the overall design will be far more pleasing to the eye with stunning staining and sealing. You can also add sheen to the surface of the concrete. The sheens range from satin to high gloss and everything in between.

When you enlist Wohlwend Concrete for your next stamped concrete project, we will be able to help you pick out the pattern or stain that will look the best with your yard. Certain shapes and textures look better with particular yards, and with over two decades of concrete experience, we will be able to assist you with this and help you find the right one for you.

Whichever style of stamped concrete you choose, you will be giving your home a brand new look with added elegance and a finished appearance. With stamped concrete it’s easy to turn a drab sidewalk leading to your front door into a beautiful cobblestone walkway.

If you would like more information on stamped concrete in Eden Prairie or the surrounding areas, call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610, or you can contact us and set up a Free Estimate.


Caring for Your Concrete: 101

Concrete is one of the best looking, lowest maintenance and most durable materials for driveway construction out there. Due to its unparalleled beauty, it is also important to correct any issues before they turn into major ones, causing sooner than anticipated replacement. As experts in residential concrete for St Paul and the surrounding areas, we would like to provide you with a few tips to help care for your concrete driveways, sidewalks and steps to keep them looking their best.

Rain can seep underneath your driveway and cause the ground to shift, leading to cracking and crumbling. Take a walk around your house. Note where any of your concrete is cracked or is in need of repair, then give Wohlwend Concrete a call. We can come to your home and perform the necessary repair work so your residential concrete will look as good as the day it was installed!

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Avoid using harsh chemicals at all costs. Even if you notice stains on your residential concrete, do not treat them with harsh chemicals as these can cause more harm than good. Find out what caused the stain and then use a cleaner specifically designed to remove that type of stain. But first, test a small area before you apply it to the entire stain. Not totally comfortable removing the stain yourself? Give us a call at Wohlwend Concrete and we can expertly treat your residential concrete.

Also, when using fertilizers, make sure they do not get on your driveway or steps. These types of chemicals could damage your residential concrete which may require another call to the experts.

Avoid Scratches and Rust

Watch out for any furniture you have out. Uncapped metal chair legs can scrape up against your residential concrete and damage it. Rusty metal furniture, hoses or planters can create rust stains that can be difficult to remove.

Have Your Concrete Resealed

Your residential concrete should be resealed by professionals like us. Your concrete will of course be sealed during the installation process, but it is important to have it resealed every couple years to help it look its best for as long as possible.

There are so many steps you can take to ensure your beautiful residential concrete lasts for years to come. If you have any additional questions about your concrete driveway, sidewalk or steps; contact the experts at Wohlwend Concrete.

Are you ready to learn more about residential concrete for your St Paul home? Give Wohlwend Concrete a call at 651-426-2610.


Get Ready for Some Spring Concreting! Concrete Construction & Repairs

With spring finally here, it is more important than ever to make sure all of the concrete at your home is looking and functioning its best. With warmer weather brings increased foot traffic as people start to get out and do the things they’ve been putting off all winter. So, don’t put off concrete construction at your Roseville residence or business any longer! After all, you don’t want someone to fall and hurt themselves because your concrete steps or sidewalk is in less than great shape. Not only is it a liability, but it is a preventable accident that doesn’t have to happen. Now that the harsh winter weather is behind us and all of the harsh salt and destructive ice has gone with it; make spring the time to look into concrete construction.

Whether it’s building concrete steps, a sidewalk or driveway, tackling brickwork or adding stamped concrete to a patio or walkway, we always put our 32+ years of experience to work. Wohlwend Concrete specializes in concrete construction and we can think of several types of construction and repairs we do on concrete this time of year.

Gaps & Cracks

The expanding and contracting water that comes along with winter ice can cause concrete to crack and break, which could then present a hazard this spring. Repairs to concrete this time of year range from smaller ones, like repairing cracks in the concrete using a grinding and calking technique to some larger problems, like gaps that form between where your residential concrete meets brick or a similar type of material.

Sidewalks

If your concrete steps or sidewalk is in really bad shape, you should definitely call us as soon as possible to get them fully replaced. You don’t want anyone to be walking in or out of your home or business, step on them and have them give away.

New Concrete Construction

Concrete is the perfect material for a variety of projects and is especially great for outdoor applications. As the weather warms up, it increasingly becomes a great time of year to install long lasting, beautiful concrete. We offer a variety of concrete construction services including:

  • Patios (Get ready for summer BBQs with a new, beautiful concrete construction patio!)
  • Steps
  • Pool decks (More summer fun!)
  • Driveways
  • Sidewalks
  • Curbs
  • Poured Walls
  • And more!

If you would like more information on concrete construction in Roseville, call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610 or contact us to set up a Free Estimate.