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Winter is Coming. Are You and Your Home Ready?

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Old Man Winter is nearly here, and it’s a good idea to take a few hours and make sure your home is prepared for the upcoming cold months. Plus, with the holiday season fast approaching, you might not have the time to do much more prep work before winter arrives. Get your last minute concrete projects on the schedule now! Wohlwend Concrete has a few tips about one of the most over-looked chores: tuck-pointing.

Tuck-pointing is the process of repairing mortar joints in stone or brick walls.  An experienced masonry contractor, like Wohlwend Concrete, can do this task for you. First, we will determine if tuck-pointing is needed. And then we will grind or rake out the old mortar and refill it with new mortar. Why is this a good idea? Tuck-pointing can keep moisture out of the wall and keep moisture problems from developing. It can extend the life of the wall and possibly keep you from having to deal with more costly repairs later on down the road because if the wall deteriorates, the only way to fix it is to tear it down and build a new one.

So be sure to look at any brick or stone work you have at your house. And then be sure to give us here at Wohlwend Concrete at call at (651) 426-2610 or visit our website and get a free quote.

The Basics About Concrete

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Today, we’re going to take a step back, and provide you with some basic information about concrete. How much do you really know about the finest building material on the market? If you live anywhere around the Twin Cities, like Minneapolis, concrete driveways are a solid choice for your home improvement project. Due to its ability to stand up to fluctuating temperatures and unmatched lifespan, it will be the perfect addition to your property.

What’s the Difference Between Cement & Concrete?

Many people use the terms “cement” and “concrete” interchangeably. You may be surprised to find out cement is actually an ingredient in concrete. Cement is a binding substance that can harden independently or be used to join other materials together. Some cement will harden underwater, while others react with the carbon dioxide in the air. It is an incredibly strong substance, which makes it good for mortar in masonry projects and as a key ingredient in concrete. Many construction projects today benefit greatly from the use of cement.

What is Concrete Made Of?

Concrete is a mixture of products. The two main components of concrete are aggregates and a binding substance. Some examples of aggregates include sand, crushed stone, gravel and other ground up materials. This mixed with cement, which binds the aggregates together, results in a sturdy building material that has been used since primitive times. Other admixtures can be added throughout the process to affect color, hydration time and shrink rate. When expertly blended, concrete makes the ideal building material.

What is Concrete Used For?

Concrete has many modern functions. It is used for everything from concrete driveways to the Hoover Dam. At Wohlwend Concrete, we use concrete for the following applications:

  • Concrete Steps
  • Concrete Driveways
  • Concrete Sidewalks
  • Concrete Walkways
  • Concrete Patios

Need concrete installed on your Minneapolis property? Give us a call today at 651-426-2610 or request a free quote online.

Fall Concrete Projects

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We know it’s hard to believe with all the hot weather recently, but fall is quickly approaching. If you still have things leftover on your summer home improvement list, we don’t blame you. Summer always passes in the blink of an eye. If you need to install concrete this year, it’s important you get the project started soon. If you live anywhere around the Twin Cities, concrete steps, sidewalks and driveways can add curb appeal to your home. We can understand the desire for concrete elements; we just need to get started on your project before it’s too late!

Concrete at Low Temperatures

It is important to have your concrete projects completed while temperatures are still moderate. We recommend you schedule an appointment as soon as possible to have your concrete laid before fall ends. Cold temperatures have a variety of negative effects on a mixture of concrete.

It is possible, if you lay concrete when the temperature is too cold, for the mixture to freeze. This will cause the concrete to not set properly, thus weakening it. Overall, cold weather causes the concrete to harden slower and leaves it in a weakened state.

It is impossible to install concrete when the ground is frozen. When concrete is poured onto a frozen patch of earth, the earth it will eventually thaw and settle. This causes the concrete to shift and it will most likely crack. For guaranteed results, it’s best to wait until the ground is thawed.

Install Concrete Now

Concrete is a beautiful addition to any Twin Cities homes. It’s durable and long lasting. If you’ve been thinking about installing concrete at your home, now is the time. If you want your home in pristine condition for the holiday season, call today. You can wow the family with a whole new stairs, sidewalks and a drive way. Your home’s exterior will never look better.

Ready to install concrete stairs at your Twin Cities home? Give us a call today at 651-426-2610 or request a free quote online.

Famous Concrete Structures

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Concrete is all around you. Some of your neighbors probably have concrete driveways and most sidewalks are made of concrete. But, did you know there are many famous structures standing today are made of concrete? Some of them are ancient, while others stand up to major stressors each day. Our team of Twin Cities concrete contractors would have loved to be a part of creating of either of these structures. We take that same passion and apply it to our customers all around the Twin Cities. In this blog, we’re going to cover just a couple of the most notable famous concrete structures.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon that stands today was built in Rome around 126 AD. It was created as a temple to the all the gods of ancient Rome. Today, the oldest, unreinforced concrete dome sits atop this historic structure. Talk about durability! The concrete on the Pantheon has stood the test of time. In this day and age, modern concrete contractors have many more tools at their disposal to expertly install concrete fixtures. You shouldn’t settle for anything less than concrete for your new driveway, stairs or walkway.

 

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Hoover Dam

Fast forward to 1936 when the Hoover Dam was completed. It was built on the boarder of Arizona and Nevada to provide power, flood control, water storage and more to the surrounding states. While you probably don’t have several gallons of water passing through your property every second, concrete is a practical building material. Think about it: if it can stand up to the stresses of the Hoover Dam, it will serve you well for many years.

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If you need durable, long-lasting concrete installed on your property, give our team of concrete contractors a call today at 651-426-2610 or request a free estimate online.

Proper Concrete Cleaning Techniques

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For those living around the Twin Cities, concrete sidewalks, driveways and stairs can be the perfect addition to your property. Maintaining concrete is not very time or labor intensive. Concrete is durable and can last for many years with some simple, routine cleaning. In this blog, we’re going to cover some of the basics about caring for concrete.

Sealing Concrete

Sealing your concrete is an especially important step for all those with exposed concrete on their property. For example, concrete sidewalks, driveways and steps should all be sealed. By sealing your concrete, you are protecting its color and shielding it from the elements. You are making it easier to clean and more stain resistant.

Routine Cleaning

You should routinely clean your concrete sidewalks and other products with soap and water. By using a scrub brush, some detergent and a hose, you will be able to remove any grime on the surface. For a more thorough cleaning, a power washer will be required. Concrete is a durable material, so feel free to scrub to your heart’s content. You should routinely clean your concrete about twice a year or as you feel necessary.

Cleaning Stains

Removing oil and grease stains from your concrete will require a little more work. Clean up any stains as quickly as possible for the best results. You will have to be extremely careful in using muriatic acid to bust through stains. Wear proper clothing, gloves and protective eyewear. Pour some acid on the stain, scrub and then rinse away with a hose. This should take care of any challenging stains.

In need of a concrete sidewalk, driveway or stairs? Call Wohlwend Concrete today at 651-426-2610 or Request a Free Quote.

3 Concrete Reasons to Choose Concrete over Asphalt

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Are you installing a new driveway or walkway at your Twin Cities home? If so, you’re may be doing some research into concrete and asphalt. There are a couple of major things you’ll want to take into consideration with these two materials. As your local Twin Cities concrete contractors, we’ll cover the reasons why concrete is an optimal paving material.

1. Climate Considerations

Since we live in the Twin Cities, an area that is no stranger to fluctuations in temperature, concrete is the superior option. In areas that have warm summers, asphalt has a tendency to become soft and sticky. This can lead to deformations, in some cases. Also, in winter, snow, ice and salt can melt into divots in your driveway or walkway, creating an unwanted splotchy look. Concrete is able to stand up to conditions in both summer and winter.

2. Routine Maintenance

Concrete requires little routine maintenance. Once the concrete is poured by our concrete contractors, it can last for decades. Concrete driveways and walkways can be sealed by our concrete contractors for added protection, but it does not need to be resealed as often as asphalt does. Asphalt needs to be resealed about one year after it is installed and then about every 2- 5 years after that. With proper maintenance by you or concrete contractors, concrete driveways and walkways have a longer life than asphalt.

3. Beauty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we thing you’d probably agree with us on this one: Techniques can be performed on concrete to make it more aesthetically pleasing. You can choose a pattern to be stamped into your concrete, as well as have it dyed. These embellishments are impossible to create on an asphalt driveway or walkway. Concrete’s unique look is unmatchable.

With concrete’s ability to handle the weather, low annual maintenance and unparalleled beauty, it’s the clear choice for your next project.

To have our team of Twin Cities concrete contractors install concrete on your property, call us today at 651-426-2610 or Request a Quote.

Affordable and Reliable Concrete Driveways

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What’s reliable, sturdy and eye catching? Concrete driveways! Concrete provides a superior alternative to other traditional driveway paving materials. You probably use your driveway almost every day, so lay down a driveway your car would be proud to be seen with. If you live anywhere around the Twin Cities, including Minneapolis, concrete driveways are an option you should strongly consider.

Concrete Driveways

As we covered before, concrete driveways are unmatched in their durability. If properly maintained, they can last upwards of 30 years! This should be exciting news for any homeowner. Concrete can stand up to the elements, making it a viable driveway option. They are extremely resistant to abrasion and deterioration over time. This is a benefit because your driveway is a surface routinely utilized.

Stamp & Color

Want your driveway to really stand out? Beautify it with a stained and stamped concrete option. We can bet your neighbor(s) doesn’t have a driveway that looks cobblestone, stone or brick. This type of embellishment can add visual appeal to the exterior of your home. Your driveway doesn’t have to be drab anymore. Make it just as visually appealing as the rest of your home’s exterior.

Maintenance

One of the best features about a concrete driveway is that there is not much required maintenance. If there are any stains, leaks or spills, it is recommended they be cleaned right away. This will help them from setting in and becoming permanent. It is also easy to clean concrete, if that should be necessary. Some good scrubbing can restore the beauty of your driveway in no time. Sealing your concrete driveway annually can prevent any wear and tear taking its toll on your investment.

Want to get started installing a concrete driveway? Call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610 today or Request a Free Quote.

Decorative Concrete Techniques

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Decorative concrete is a term used to describe concrete that has undergone any number of alterations to change its appearance. At Wohlwend Concrete, we’re sure you know how reliable concrete is, but did you know that it could also be beautiful? In some cases, dull gray concrete just won’t cut it. As your local to St Louis Park decorative concrete installers, we can add a touch of class to your concrete project. In this blog, we explore some different techniques to creating a decorative concrete effect.

Staining

Staining is one approach to give concrete a more decorative appeal. The process requires taking a cured concrete slab and treating it with a stain suitable for concrete. Concrete can be colored with acid stains, water-based stains or acrylic stains. Each method produces a different result, but the overall outcome is the same. Stained concrete can add a desirable addition of color to any project.

Stamping

Stamping concrete can give your project a unique look and feel. At Wohlwend Concrete, we have an extensive selection of patterns to choose from. To have a decorative pattern stamped into your concrete, we’ll have to do it while the concrete is still wet. It is possible to go back and add stamping later, but it is a more time-intensive project. You can also combine the staining and stamping processes, so your project can have a distinct pattern and color.

Sealing

Sealing concrete is the finishing touch that any decorative concrete project needs. This process will help the concrete retain its color and durability. Concrete should be regularly resealed to maintain its beauty. You should have your decorative concrete resealed by us, your local to St Louis Park decorative concrete experts. Sealing concrete can prolong your project’s life.

Have concrete installed by calling 651-426-2610 or Request an Estimate today.

Questions to Ask Your Potential Concrete Contractor

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Choosing a Minneapolis, St Paul or Roseville concrete contractor may seem overwhelming, but if you know what questions to ask, the answer will easily become clear. Wohlwend Concrete is your choice for a reliable, local concrete contractor, with the experience and dedication to professionally complete your project. In this blog, we review some of the questions you should be asking any potential concrete contractors.

1. How long have you been in business? You need to find out how long they’ve been in business, for obvious reasons. With time comes experience, and you have a higher likelihood of receiving a quality job from a concrete contractor with more experience.

2. Who will oversee my project? Find out if there will be anyone doing a quality assurance check on your project. Inquire if there is a site supervisor or more experienced team member that will be assigned to your project.

3. Do you have any previous projects or previous customer testimonials I could browse? They say word of mouth is still the best method of recommendation, and that is a lot easier today with the Internet. Find out if the concrete contractor you’re looking to hire has anything available from previous customers. Their feedback could provide a lot of insight.

4. Do you give free estimates? Make sure you get an estimate before you jump into a project. You will quickly learn we have fair and honest pricing.

How We Stack Up

  1. Wohlwend Concrete has been in business since 1985. That’s over 25 years of service to the Twin Cities. We are established in our field and we can tackle any concrete project.
  2. Scott Wohlwend, owner of Wohlwend Concrete, will personally check every project to make sure it is going smoothly.
  3. We have a Photo Gallery and Testimonials available for review. We are proud of the work we do and are happy to share with you previous jobs.
  4. We do offer Free Quotes. We have reasonable costs, sure to fit your budget.

Call us today to get started on your next concrete project at 651-426-2610.

The benefits of concrete steps for your St Paul property

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Looking for an inexpensive and practical way to add steps or a stairway to the outdoor area on your St Paul property? Then think about having concrete steps created, as concrete continues to become a popular material for steps. For properties in St Paul, concrete steps offer the following benefits:

Cost-friendly

You’ll find concrete steps give you quality at an affordable price. Concrete is more affordable than other materials used in steps construction, making it a budget-friendly choice.

Low maintenance

Since your concrete steps will have a nice, smooth finish, you won’t need to worry too much about maintenance. If you’re concerned about wear and tear, you can apply sealant to the steps, which helps to keep the finish protected, while making sure you have little to do through the years.

Durable

Concrete is a tough material, and you’ll find out first hand with having some of the most durable steps possible. Concrete steps will hold up for years to come, even after being exposed to the elements. Steps need to be tough and able to stand up to regular foot traffic, but that isn’t a problem for concrete steps.

Sound/vibration absorption

Some of the most common materials used to make steps can result in noises or vibrations when stepped on, but that doesn’t happen with concrete steps. Concrete’s thickness and density helps to absorb vibrations and sounds, so you won’t need to be worried about excessive noise and other distractions.

Easy to customize

One of things that many of our St Paul and other customers love is concrete steps can be easily customized. Concrete can be molded into different, interesting textures, giving personality to the area. You’ll find that there are various designs available, so you can choose steps that will go with the current design of your space.

Want more information about concrete steps on your St Paul property? Give Wohlwend Concrete a call at 651-426-2610 or Click Here to Request a Free Quote.