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Frequently Asked Questions About Masonry Construction

As experts in masonry construction serving Orono and all of the surrounding areas, we are often called to homes or businesses that are experiencing problems with their masonry. Or, when they want a new patio, walkway or retaining wall installed. No matter what kind of masonry work you need to have done, we can help. And, we can even help if you’ve got questions about masonry construction! As experts in the field, we receive quite a few questions about it. That’s why we’ve compiled a list a few of them here. And, if you have any additional questions about masonry construction, don’t hesitate to give us call and we can tell you more about it.

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Q: What kinds of projects can masonry construction cover?

A: Masonry projects can scale from simple mortar replacement to structural reinforcement or even full wall builds. At Wohlwend Concrete we can handle an array of masonry construction projects, including brick work, block work, additions, kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits, garden paths, walkways, benches, chimneys, tuck pointing and much more!

Q: What is the difference between brick and concrete?

A: Bricks are made out of a mixture of either clay or shale. Concrete pavers are made out of specially formulated mixture of cement. Concrete pavers have a very high compressive strength which makes them excellent for driveways, walkways, patios and more.

Q: Can masonry construction help with my broken chimney?

A: Yes. Contact us immediately if your chimney is broken. No matter what happened or where it’s broken, it’s extremely unsafe to use. We can even fix your chimney crown. The chimney crown is the top, flat part of the chimney covered with cement. It’s sloped usually to shed water, while protecting and holding together the chimney top.

Q: Should the masonry contractor I hire be licensed?

A: Absolutely. Mason contractors are just like any other contractors and should hold all necessary state licenses and certifications that pertain to their trade: masonry construction.

Q: What is considered masonry construction?

A: Conventional masonry materials include brick, concrete block, natural and cut stone, and traditional stucco that is applied over a concrete masonry base.

Q: Why should I choose masonry construction?

A: There are many benefits to masonry construction. For one, it can help increase the value of your home or business. It also offers structural soundness and a variety of other benefits. Contact the experts here at Wohlwend Concrete and we can tell you even more!

We understand that masonry construction 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 construction for your Orono home or business.

Trends in Decorative Concrete

With decades of history, decorative concrete has transformed over the years, including many products and methods that seem to continually improve over time. The trends in decorative concrete that we are seeing now are no exception to the rule and include a variety of beautiful designs suited for both commercial and residential applications. As experts in decorative concrete for Minneapolis, we would like to tell you more about the current trends in concrete and help you find the perfect look for your unique home or business.

A variety of these different trends in concrete produce eye-catching results. And, decorative concrete won’t sacrifice the sustainability and resilience you require. They are durable as they are beautiful!


This has been for some time, and continues to be, a huge trend in concrete. Stamped concrete offers a variety of surfaces and styles that have a finished yet natural charm. Stamped concrete can offer the look of cobblestone without the major expense and strenuous upkeep. Stamped concrete can even offer the look of weathered wood and English Yorkstone among others. Match your stamped decorative concrete easily with the style of your home; from classic to modern. Have a French-inspired cottage? Cobblestone is the way to go. Have a more modern estate? A wood look may be the choice for you.

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For about a decade, stained concrete has made a huge impact on the design scene. Stained concrete offers a unique, high end look for both outdoor and indoor applications and offers a variety of options for homeowners and business owners alike.


As more and more homeowners are incorporating outdoor living spaces into their residential design, stamped concrete installers are starting to offer expanded services to create multifunctional outdoor living spaces that include kitchen floors, countertops, walls and more.


Hands down, polished concrete is one of the fastest-growing styles of decorative concrete out there, especially in the commercial realm. It lends itself well to modern, minimalist design and offers, unsurprisingly, a polished finish to a space. Polished decorative concrete also melds well with many current design trends. And, since polished concrete is reflective, it can diminish the need for an abundance of artificial light.

Sealing your decorative concrete can also will make it pop. Colors will be intensified and the overall design will be far more pleasing to any eyes laid up it. You can also add sheen to the surface of the concrete. The sheens range from satin to high gloss and everything in between.

Interested in decorative concrete for your Minneapolis area home? Call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610 or you can contact us for a Free Quote.

The Benefits of Replacing Your Old Front Steps

Whether you’re looking to sell your home, just bought a new property or anything in between, everyone wants their home or business to have great curb appeal. One of the first things neighbors and visitors notice as they’re walking up to the door is the look and stability of the steps they climb. Cracked, crumbling steps can even prevent or delay the sale of a home. That is why it is so essential to repair or replace old, outdated or poorly constructed steps as soon as you notice wear.

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Looking for an inexpensive and practical way to add intrigue to the outdoor area on your property; front or back? Then think about having concrete steps put in. As the trusted professionals installing concrete steps for Eden Prairie and the surrounding areas, we’d like to tell you more about the many benefits of having new, beautiful concrete steps installed.

If you are looking for a material for your steps that looks great and is also easy to maintain, then concrete is the best option for you. Steps need to be tough and able to stand up to regular foot traffic and concrete offers that durability. Concrete is a tough material and you’ll find it offers some of the most durable steps possible. Concrete steps will also hold up for years to come, even after being exposed to the elements.

If your property has old, crumbling steps like those made of brick, it is important to replace them as soon as possible. And, when you’re looking for great looks at an affordable price; concrete is the answer. Concrete steps can not only offer an impressive finish, but they are also more affordable than those made from other materials used in steps construction, making them a budget-friendly choice.

And, one of the things that many property owners love about concrete steps is their ability to 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 home or business’ exterior.

At Wohlwend Concrete we install concrete steps for both residential and commercial clients and are dedicated to supplying the best possible workmanship and reliability.

Are you interested in getting some more information about concrete steps on your Eden Prairie property? Give Wohlwend Concrete a call at 651-426-2610 or Click Here to Request a Free Quote.

Spruce Things Up this Spring with a New Concrete Driveway

It’s that time of year again! Time for spring cleaning, landscaping and home renovations. And, one of the best things you can do for your home’s curb appeal is to install a new concrete driveway. At Wohlwend Concrete we specialize in concrete driveways for Edina and the surrounding areas. And, we would love to tell you more about them and what makes them a great choice for your next home or business renovation.

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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. Concrete driveways will last for quite some time and can withstand a lot of weight and pressure.

Great Looks

Concrete driveways add fantastic curb appeal. And, gone are the days where your only options were gray or white. Nowadays, you can have just about any color installed, and that can make your new driveway one of the more eye-catching features of your home.


Concrete driveways can last you for several decades even if you use them on a daily basis. With a concrete driveway you won’t need to worry about having one put in again for quite some time.
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.

Ease of Maintenance

Concrete is a great alternative to other driveway paving materials for many reasons and ease of maintenance is definitely one of them. Why? With concrete driveways you don’t need to worry about resealing like with blacktop driveways. All you need to do is clean it or power wash 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.

When installed properly, concrete driveways can add to a home’s charm and even increase its value when it’s time to sell.
For more information about concrete driveways in Edina 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.

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