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How to Care For Your Decorative Concrete this Winter

Winter can really wreak havoc on decorative concrete in Bloomington. Not only is the weather itself a hazard, but harsh chemical de-icers can damage concrete, plants and so much more. If you have decorative concrete at your home, it is important to protect your investment so you and your family can enjoy it for as long as possible. Here are a few suggestions on how to best care for your decorative concrete this winter.

  • Make sure you go out on a weekly basis and sweep and wash off the surface of your decorative concrete. While the sealer we put on the concrete will help prevent stains, an occasional clean-up is beneficial to help avoid dirt build-up.
  • When there is an ice or snow storm, you should avoid using de-icing salts, especially during the first winter after you have had your decorative concrete installed. While de-icer is not detrimental to the sealer on the decorative concrete, the de-icer and the water from the melted ice can get in and around the sealer. The water will continue to expand and contract as it freezes and unfreezes and that can damage your concrete.
  • Make sure your decorative concrete is sealed and resealed on a regular basis. When we come to install decorative concrete, we will definitely seal it. If it needs to be resealed after a few years, give us a call and we can come back out and help with that. Your decorative concrete needs sealer for a few reasons: it helps it continue to look nice and it helps prevent damage from salt, ice and other outdoor elements.
  • After it snows, be sure to shovel the snow off of your decorative concrete as soon as it is safe to do so. As mentioned, if water is continually allowed to thaw and freeze on your concrete, that can damage it. Take some time to shovel your concrete to keep it in good shape for as long as possible. (Not to mention, clearing the concrete around your house makes it safer and easier to get in and out of your home!)

These are just a handful of general guidelines about caring for decorative concrete in the winter. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call.

Would you like more information on having decorative concrete installed at your Bloomington home? Call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610, or you can contact us and get a Free Quote.


Three Benefits of Concrete Driveways

Concrete is one of the most popular building materials out there: and with good reason! It is incredibly strong and durable and makes an ideal load bearing material. So it stands to reason that concrete driveways will last for quite some time and can withstand a lot of weight and pressure. We specialize in installing concrete driveways in Plymouth and the surrounding areas, and here are a few reasons you should consider concrete when having a new driveway installed at your home.

Enhance your home’s curb appeal

Concrete driveways can now be installed in just about any color. Gone are the days where your only options were gray or white! You can have a driveway of just about any color installed, and that can make your new driveway one of the more eye-catching features of your home.

Concrete driveways also come in a variety of textures and finishes too and that means you have plenty of design options. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to your new driveway, and a professional concrete company like Wohlwend Concrete will work with you to make sure you get the driveway you want.

Long lasting

Concrete driveways can last you for several decades. You will not need to worry about having one put in again for quite some time, even if you use it on a daily basis. Just be sure you care for it, maintain it and use the right type of de-icer during the winter. The de-icer should be one that is safe to use on concrete driveways, so be sure to read the label thoroughly to make sure it is okay to use.

If you want a new concrete driveway, you should definitely call in a professional to take care of this for you. When installed properly, concrete driveways can add to a home’s overall look and appeal and, in some cases, it can even add financial value to a home too.

With the proper care and maintenance, concrete driveways are an excellent investment. Just be sure to have it professionally poured and installed, and be sure to give us a call if you have any questions about your new driveway and how to care for it.

If you would like more information on concrete driveways in Plymouth and how to have one installed at your home, call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610, or you can contact us to get a Free Quote.


The Beauty of Decorative Concrete

Concrete is functional, but did you know it can also be beautiful too? Decorative concrete sidewalks are becoming more and more popular these days as more homeowners realize just how much curb appeal these sidewalks can add. A company like Wohlwend Concrete can install concrete sidewalks at your St Paul home, and we can jazz them up if you want us to. Here are a few ways we can make your concrete sidewalks as lovely as they are practical.

Stamped concrete is a great way to add some beauty to your concrete sidewalks. They can be stamped so they resemble bricks or wood, or they can be stamped with a custom design. Your sidewalks can reflect your own unique personality and they can match the exterior of your home. They are far more interesting to look at than plain concrete, and they can really give your house that added “wow” factor that can set it apart from every other home on the block.

Concrete sidewalks can also be chemically acid stained. This is when water, hydrochloric acid and acid-soluble metallic salts are combined and then applied to the concrete. The mixture reacts with the hydrated lime that is already in the concrete and becomes a permanent part of the concrete. There are also water-based stains that can be used that come in a wide variety of colors. This is a great way to get the exact look and feel you want for your new decorative concrete sidewalks at your home.

These are just a few examples of the type of decorative concrete sidewalks you can have installed at your home. When you hire a professional concrete contractor like Wohlwend Concrete, we can talk to you about the decorative concrete services that we offer. We can advise you on the best type of decorative concrete for your home, your wants and your needs. We can even walk you through the entire process so you know exactly what to expect when we come out to install your new decorative concrete sidewalks.

Get in contact with us to get on our schedule or to learn even more about decorative concrete sidewalks and how to have them installed.

If you are interested in learning more about concrete sidewalks in St Paul and how to get decorative concrete installed too, call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.


FAQs about Concrete Steps

Wohlwend Concrete installs concrete steps in the Minneapolis and St Paul areas, and we are often asked the same questions about them before, during and after the installation process. So we thought we would take the time to go over the ones we hear the most.

Q: How long do concrete steps last?

A: When installed properly and with basic care and maintenance, your concrete steps could last several decades. They will need some regular care and maintenance, but these tasks are generally easy to take care of. Just make sure they are swept on a regular basis. You should also hose them down with water and use a concrete cleaner on them.

Q: How long should I wait to walk on my new concrete steps?

A: The time it takes for your new concrete steps to cure will mostly depend on weather conditions. But most of the time we recommend that you wait at least 24 hours or more before you walk on them. However, we will tell you how long to wait after we are done installing them.

Q: Why should I avoid using de-icers and salt on my concrete steps, and how should I de-ice them instead?

A: The best type of de-icer to use on your concrete steps is calcium chloride. It works quickly to melt the ice off of your concrete steps, but it will not destroy the steps either. Plus, calcium chloride is more eco-friendly than just about any other de-icer on the market today. After the de-icer is on your concrete steps, be sure to remove all of the slushy ice from them. This can help extend the life of your concrete steps. You can also use plain sand to make your concrete steps safe to walk on.

Q: What sets you apart from the competition when it comes to installing concrete steps?

A: We take great care to pay attention to the smallest of details when we install your concrete steps. We keep our prices fair and reasonable, and we treat all of our clients with the utmost respect and courtesy.

We hope you found the answers to the questions you have about concrete steps, but if you have one that wasn’t covered here, please feel free to call us!

For more information on concrete steps in Minneapolis and St Paul, call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610 or you can get a Free Quote.


How to Clean and Care for Concrete

How often do you clean the concrete at your home? You might spend some time cleaning your decorative concrete by sweeping it every week and removing leaves and other debris, but did you know you should keep your concrete clean no matter what purpose it serves? We are a concrete contractor in Minnetonka and the surrounding areas, and we have a few suggestions on how to keep your concrete looking great!

You can clean standard concrete using a push broom, hose and a cleaner. Clear out the room or area that you are cleaning and sweep all of the dirt and debris off of the floor. Then, using a hose (or a power washer if you so choose), spray the entire floor with water. Start at the rear of the concrete area and work your way forward. Be sure to pay attention to corners, cracks and crevasses. Then spread the cleaner over the concrete. Use the push broom to scrub the cleaner into the floor and then rinse it again with the hose or power washer.

Cleaning decorative concrete uses a slightly different method. You will need a broom, a dust mop, a wet mop, a bucket, warm water and a mild cleaner. Simply sweep the floor with a broom to remove all of the loose dirt and debris. Using your dust mop, try to remove as many of the finer particles of dirt and dust. Then fill your bucket with warm water and a bit of a mild cleaner, like dish soap. You should not use any cleaners that are ammonia-based or that contain vinegar since these could damage the decorative concrete’s finish.

Make sure you wring out the mop as much as possible. Then use the mop to clean the floor in small sections. Rinse the mop and wring it out thoroughly. Then be sure to fill the bucket again with clean warm water and rinse away the remaining soap residue.

You should try to give your concrete a deep cleaning at least once a year. And, of course, if you have any questions about your concrete, you should call a concrete contractor like us for help! We can answer any questions you have.

Do you want more information about hiring us as your concrete contractor in Minnetonka? Call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610, or you can contact us and get a Free Quote.