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Fall Concrete Projects

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 whole new stairs, sidewalks and a driveway. 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

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 that 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 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 all the gods of ancient Rome. Today, the oldest, not reinforced 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.

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.

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 contact us.


Proper Concrete Cleaning Techniques

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

Are you installing a new driveway or walkway at your Twin Cities home? If so, you 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 think 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 Wohlwend Concrete today at 651-426-2610 or Request a Quote.


Affordable and Reliable Concrete Driveways

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 neighbors don’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.