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Damages to Concrete Steps in Winter

During winter, salts and de-icing products hurt walkways, driveways, steps and even tread their way onto floors. Snow-blowers, plows and shovels scrape concrete steps and walkways at our homes and places of business. With all of this winter activity, cracks, chips and crumbling are far too common occurrences to see as the snow melts. As the trusted name in concrete steps for Golden Valley and the surrounding areas, we would like to provide some of the primary culprits and attack and weaken concrete in winter. 

Cracking

The below freezing temperatures, ice and snow of winter can all wreak havoc on exterior concrete and concrete steps. The most popular explanation for the concrete cracking is the freeze-thaw cycle in the winter. Because concrete can be porous, water from rain or snow can seep below the surface, freeze, expand, and then contract when water thaws. This expansion and contraction over the fall and winter will cause the concrete to flake or even crack. 

The proper installation of your concrete steps by trusted rofessionals like those at Wohlwend Concrete can help prevent cracks and damage. While there is no way to guarantee concrete won’t crack, there are measures that can be taken such as contraction joints, sealing and more.

Scaling 

Scaling is the world’s single-most common form of damage that affects exterior concrete slabs and concrete steps.  It is the delamination of a thin layer of the concrete’s surface.  At times, this can look like peeling of thin sheets or small scales. 

Salt Damage

Salt can contribute to both the cracking and scaling of concrete steps and walkways. So, when it’s time to de-ice your concrete steps, you want to make sure you don’t use the old stand-bys like rock salt or sodium chloride. Rock salt itself won’t damage your concrete steps, but the rapid heating and then refreezing can. 

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Some alternatives to salt include sand or calcium chloride. It will quickly melt the ice off of your steps without destroying the concrete itself, and it’s actually more environmentally-friendly than sodium chloride, so Mother Earth will thank you too.

The most important thing to remember when de-icing your concrete steps is that once you put the de-icer on, you should take the time to completely remove all of the slushy ice. Taking a few minutes to shovel your concrete steps and fully clear them of slush and ice could save you a world of hassle and money in the long run. This important step can help to preserve your concrete steps and extend their life span.

When you need repairs or information on concrete steps in the Golden Valley area, call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610 or contact us for a Free Quote Request.


Masonry Repair & Installation In 2020

Cold weather has arrived and you may have noticed some areas of your old masonry construction that could use some work. Or, you may be dreaming of beautiful interior or exterior masonry projects to enhance your home. But with cold weather, it also becomes more and more difficult to work with masonry. Working on masonry projects during the winter is still possible, but there are more considerations to keep in mind. So now is a great time start imagining or begin planning exciting masonry repair or installation projects for 2020! As the expert masonry contractor for Oakdale and the surrounding areas, we would like to discuss some projects to consider in the New Year.

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Due to its durability and availability, masonry has been used in homes for centuries. From early times till now, masonry has been an integral element of the construction scene and it will likely stick around for centuries more. As one of the most dependable construction materials available, masonry is also a versatile choice that can be crafted to work for a variety of home styes and applications. Some great ideas in masonry that will be popular in the next decade include:

  • Chimneys, exterior fire pits and fireplaces. Masonry goes hand-in-hand with fireplaces and fire pits and fits perfectly with the warm ambiance that sitting around a fire creates.
  • Stonework Patios. One of the more traditional ways in which masonry is used, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting than the other options.  Each patio can have a completely different feel due to the materials used
  • Additions. For those who are looking for the ultimate outdoor living space, masonry is beautiful and on-trend choice that will last! From adding on a complete home addition to adding a bar or outdoor kitchen, masonry really makes an impact!
  • Walls. Masonry to create retaining walls for your landscaping or around your patio can really add a stunning practical, but visual element
  • Columns. Columns built of stone or other sturdy masonry materials can pair nicely with other elements such as patios or walkways.
  • And more.

Notice some masonry on your property that is in need of repair? Tuck pointing is the process of repairing mortar joints in stone or brick walls.  An experienced masonry contractor, like Wohlwend Concrete, can perform 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.

Ready to get started planning your masonry construction project for 2020? Contact our masonry contractor for your Oakdale home or business today! Call us at Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610, or you can contact us and set up a Free Estimate.


The Most Popular Types of Residential Concrete

Planning a concrete construction project for your home? There are a multitude of types of residential concrete available to consumers. In addition to choosing a type of concrete and concrete project you want, you’ll also be given a wide variety of choices in concrete finishes such as stains and sealers. You may also be making decisions regarding which contractor or contractors to hire and then making decisions with them as they work with you on the project. As the trusted experts in residential concrete for St Louis Park and the surrounding areas, we would like to tell you more about your choices. And, when you’re ready to start your next concrete construction project, contact the professionals your neighbors depend on; Wohlwend Concrete. 

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The first decision is deciding what type of concrete works best for your project. Our experienced professionals can help you choose the right one for your unique project. Long lasting and beautiful, concrete is the perfect material for many projects. As one of the most durable products available, concrete is especially good for applications like:

  • Driveways – Durable and low maintenance and can last for many years. They can stand up to fluctuating temperatures of the Twin Cities’ fickle seasons; and they look fantastic too.
  • Floors – Concrete floors are becoming more and more popular and offer a wide variety of styles that work with any décor from classic to contemporary.
  • Steps – Beautiful concrete steps, from traditional to the stamped variety, can all create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for your guests.
  • Sidewalks and Curbs  –  As one of the most durable products available, concrete is especially good for sidewalks and curbs.
  • Poured walls and Patios
  • And more

We specialize in masonry work also. From building projects, to masonry repair, we’ve got you covered. Then, there’s decorative concrete! With modern technology, Wohlwend Concrete can stamp a pattern into your driveway or sidewalk. We offer a variety of decorative concrete services including:

  • Stamping
  • Staining
  • Sealing

Each offer your residential concrete project a unique look from cobblestone to sandstone and more.  And, these are just some of the wonderful options when it comes to residential concrete! 

Ready to get started? If you are interested in learning more about residential concrete for your St Louis Park home, call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.


The Unmatched Style & Strength of Masonry Construction

Why should you choose masonry for your upcoming construction project? If you want a new or renovated structure that will bring lasting beauty, economic savings, and an enhancement to aesthetics of your property, then masonry construction is your answer. Masonry comes from the earth so it offers a natural look as well as unmatched strength and durability. No other materials leave as lasting an impression of strength as brick, block and stone. The impression a masonry structure gives is one of excellence and permanence. As the expert masonry contractor for Golden Valley and the surrounding areas, we’d like to tell you more about masonry and how it can benefit your project. 

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First a little bit about it from our masonry contractor. Masonry consists of assembling a building by laying individual masonry units (brick, concrete, stone, etc). These units are typically laid with mortar, binding them to create the structure. Masonry construction, in addition to helping structurally, can add aesthetic appeal to a home at reasonable prices. Not dissimilar to concrete, masonry tends towards being high in compressive (a material’s resistance to breaking under compression) but is low in tensile strength (a material’s resistance to breaking under tension).

Masonry projects can scale from simple mortar replacement to structural reinforcement or even full wall builds. Whatever it is you need, chances are our masonry contractor can help. Wohlwend Concrete can help with:

  • Stonework
  • Additions
  • Brick and block work for walls
  • Tuck pointing
  • Chimneys
  • Trash enclosures
  • And more

Just tell us what you need done and we can send a masonry contractor to your home or business to help. From repair work to new masonry installation, we are the masonry contractor for you.

Masonry has been the material of choice for shelter for thousands of years for a number of reasons from sustainability to weather resistance to durability to fire resistance. And, masonry projects go up with fewer errors. Because a masonry contractor gets on the job and stays, they are able to make minor adjustments without delays.

Masonry also provides lasting beauty and requires less maintenance than many other building materials. Masonry can even 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.

So don’t put off your exciting masonry construction project any longer! Ready to learn more about hiring our masonry contractor for your Golden Valley home or business? Call us at Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610, or you can contact us and set up a Free Estimate.


The Many Benefits of Stamped Concrete

As you likely already know, concrete provides a durable surface as well sleek and manicured look for both homes and businesses alike. But are you aware of the many benefits of choosing stamped concrete? Stamped concrete offers a unique look for sidewalks, driveways, patios and much more. There are several benefits of stamped concrete and as the experts in stamped concrete for Oakdale, we would like you to consider these key point to help you decide whether it’s something you’d like to add to your property. 

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For one, it’s long-lasting. Stamped concrete is less prone to wear and tear which makes it easier for homeowners to maintain it. There are other surface materials such as pavers that become loose causing cracks. This would be a costly project to have to repave your driveway every year. With stamped concrete, you will not have to repave it every year since it is incredibly durable. In fact, stamped concrete is one of the most durable paving materials out there. If installed correctly, it can last longer than other paving materials. However, if it is not installed correctly, the stamped concrete will not last very long so it would be wise to consult with one of our stamped concrete experts beforehand. That is why it is essential that you have your stamped concrete installed by seasoned professionals like those at Wohlwend Concrete. Wohlwend Concrete has been the trusted name in stamped concrete, decorative concrete, masonry and more since 1985. Our years of experience has provided us with the expertise we need and the ability to seek out top-of-the-line processes for creating the most beautiful looks in stamped concrete out there.

Stamped concrete is also easy to install. When it comes to stamped concrete, installation is one its key benefits. Because it is concrete, it is easy to do. This relatively quick process looks as good as stone but takes far less time and manpower to install. 

Stamped concrete also adds instant curb appeal and aesthetic value to a property. You can maximize the return on your investment by choosing stamped concrete for your home or business. 

Ready to get started? If you are interested in learning more about stamped concrete for your Oakdale home or business 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.