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The Many Benefits of Masonry Construction

Building with masonry is a timeless art form that goes back many centuries. Masonry has always been the choice for enduring, natural beauty. Nowadays, masonry construction is choice for Golden Valley and surrounding area residents because of its strength, style and durability.

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Masonry consists of assembling a feature or building by laying individual masonry units of concrete. Masonry construction, in addition to helping structurally, can add aesthetic appeal to a home at reasonable prices. Not dissimilar to concrete construction, masonry construction tends towards being resistant to breaking under compression.

We are often called to homes or businesses that are experiencing problems with some type of brick or stone work or they want a new patio, walkway or retaining wall installed. Masonry construction is ideal for replacing these types of applications. But no matter what kind of masonry work you need, we can help.

Building with masonry construction offers a number or benefits for the homeowner including low maintenance, protection and value. Here are a few of the great benefits masonry construction can offer:

  • Weather Resistance. Exterior walls of masonry construction can hold up to heavy storms, heat and cold.
  • Protection from termites, rotting, mold and fungus.
  • Maintenance free. Masonry provides lasting beauty and requires less maintenance than many other building materials.
  • Value. Masonry construction can 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. Why? It not only looks great but is known for its high quality and low maintenance.

And, these are just a few of the reasons to choose masonry construction! We realize that not everyone is familiar with masonry and all it entails, so we will take the time to talk to you about what is going on with your particular project. Our owner will personally inspect all job sites, so you also get that additional peace of mind.

Masonry 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 and all we can do for you and your home or business.

If you would like to learn more about masonry construction in Golden Valley and the surrounding areas, call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610, or you can contact us and set up a Free Estimate.


Put a Stamp On Your Style with Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete is the best way to add a unique and beautiful touch to your concrete sidewalks and to the exterior of your home. Concrete can be stamped so that it resembles bricks or wood, or they can be stamped with a custom design. Your sidewalks, driveways and walkways can reflect your own unique personal style or even match the style of your home’s exterior. Decorative concrete is perfect for all of your outdoor areas including leads to decks and patios. Stamped concrete for your Eden Prairie home will offer an interesting look and really give your house that impressive style that sets it apart from every other home on the block. We have put together a few ideas to up the elegance of your residence with stamped concrete. Our stamped concrete comes in a variety of patterns to give your home a new look including:

 

  • Weathered wood
  • Random Cobblestone
  • Random Boardwalk
  • English Yorkstone
  • European Fan
  • Flaming Sun
  • And more

Finishes and Sealing

Sealing your stamped concrete will also make it really pop as well as protect it from the elements. Colors will be intensified and the overall design will be far more pleasing to the eye with stunning staining and sealing. You can also add sheen to the surface of the concrete. The sheens range from satin to high gloss and everything in between.

When you enlist Wohlwend Concrete for your next stamped concrete project, we will be able to help you pick out the pattern or stain that will look the best with your yard. Certain shapes and textures look better with particular yards, and with over two decades of concrete experience, we will be able to assist you with this and help you find the right one for you.

Whichever style of stamped concrete you choose, you will be giving your home a brand new look with added elegance and a finished appearance. With stamped concrete it’s easy to turn a drab sidewalk leading to your front door into a beautiful cobblestone walkway.

If you would like more information on stamped concrete in Eden Prairie or the surrounding areas, call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610, or you can contact us and set up a Free Estimate.


Caring for Your Concrete: 101

Concrete is one of the best looking, lowest maintenance and most durable materials for driveway construction out there. Due to its unparalleled beauty, it is also important to correct any issues before they turn into major ones, causing sooner than anticipated replacement. As experts in residential concrete for St Paul and the surrounding areas, we would like to provide you with a few tips to help care for your concrete driveways, sidewalks and steps to keep them looking their best.

Rain can seep underneath your driveway and cause the ground to shift, leading to cracking and crumbling. Take a walk around your house. Note where any of your concrete is cracked or is in need of repair, then give Wohlwend Concrete a call. We can come to your home and perform the necessary repair work so your residential concrete will look as good as the day it was installed!

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Avoid using harsh chemicals at all costs. Even if you notice stains on your residential concrete, do not treat them with harsh chemicals as these can cause more harm than good. Find out what caused the stain and then use a cleaner specifically designed to remove that type of stain. But first, test a small area before you apply it to the entire stain. Not totally comfortable removing the stain yourself? Give us a call at Wohlwend Concrete and we can expertly treat your residential concrete.

Also, when using fertilizers, make sure they do not get on your driveway or steps. These types of chemicals could damage your residential concrete which may require another call to the experts.

Avoid Scratches and Rust

Watch out for any furniture you have out. Uncapped metal chair legs can scrape up against your residential concrete and damage it. Rusty metal furniture, hoses or planters can create rust stains that can be difficult to remove.

Have Your Concrete Resealed

Your residential concrete should be resealed by professionals like us. Your concrete will of course be sealed during the installation process, but it is important to have it resealed every couple years to help it look its best for as long as possible.

There are so many steps you can take to ensure your beautiful residential concrete lasts for years to come. If you have any additional questions about your concrete driveway, sidewalk or steps; contact the experts at Wohlwend Concrete.

Are you ready to learn more about residential concrete for your St Paul home? Give Wohlwend Concrete a call at 651-426-2610.


Get Ready for Some Spring Concreting! Concrete Construction & Repairs

With spring finally here, it is more important than ever to make sure all of the concrete at your home is looking and functioning its best. With warmer weather brings increased foot traffic as people start to get out and do the things they’ve been putting off all winter. So, don’t put off concrete construction at your Roseville residence or business any longer! After all, you don’t want someone to fall and hurt themselves because your concrete steps or sidewalk is in less than great shape. Not only is it a liability, but it is a preventable accident that doesn’t have to happen. Now that the harsh winter weather is behind us and all of the harsh salt and destructive ice has gone with it; make spring the time to look into concrete construction.

Whether it’s building concrete steps, a sidewalk or driveway, tackling brickwork or adding stamped concrete to a patio or walkway, we always put our 32+ years of experience to work. Wohlwend Concrete specializes in concrete construction and we can think of several types of construction and repairs we do on concrete this time of year.

Gaps & Cracks

The expanding and contracting water that comes along with winter ice can cause concrete to crack and break, which could then present a hazard this spring. Repairs to concrete this time of year range from smaller ones, like repairing cracks in the concrete using a grinding and calking technique to some larger problems, like gaps that form between where your residential concrete meets brick or a similar type of material.

Sidewalks

If your concrete steps or sidewalk is in really bad shape, you should definitely call us as soon as possible to get them fully replaced. You don’t want anyone to be walking in or out of your home or business, step on them and have them give away.

New Concrete Construction

Concrete is the perfect material for a variety of projects and is especially great for outdoor applications. As the weather warms up, it increasingly becomes a great time of year to install long lasting, beautiful concrete. We offer a variety of concrete construction services including:

  • Patios (Get ready for summer BBQs with a new, beautiful concrete construction patio!)
  • Steps
  • Pool decks (More summer fun!)
  • Driveways
  • Sidewalks
  • Curbs
  • Poured Walls
  • And more!

If you would like more information on concrete construction in Roseville, call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610 or contact us to set up a Free Estimate.


Preparing Concrete Driveways for Winter

Winter is all but here Minnesotans! With the significant changes that occur in our daily temperatures, these fluctuations can set in motion cracking and splitting of concrete driveways. Orono residents know that once the snow and freezing precipitation begins to fall, water ambles its way into the cracks that have emerged. This water penetration in turn goes through the freeze and thaw process repeatedly throughout the winter season. Having to endure such causes a general expansion within the cracks as ice takes up more space than it does when in its liquid form of water. The end result, once spring rolls around is that people are put in the position of having to call a concrete contractor to have their concrete driveways repaired one way or another.

There are a few things you should look into before the first snow falls this winter. Head out to that concrete driveway and identify cracks or splits. If you are already running into A cracking and splitting driveway, chances are that in spring 2017 you will be faced with needing a new one altogether. Call Wohlwend Concrete once you do find cracking. We can repair the cracks now to save the need for a new driveway altogether in spring.

Be wary of the equipment you use to remove snow and ice from your concrete driveway. If you have a shovel that is in some level of disrepair—especially if it is cracked at the point where the scoop meets driveway surface—just replace it. The precipitation combined with temperature fluctuations make your driveway especially vulnerable to chipping from a busted shovel. If you utilize ice melt and then remove the waste with a damaged implement such as this, concrete driveways are placed at even more risk. Don’t take any chances.

Another important factor in concrete driveways surviving Minnesota winters without blemish involves the drainage set-up of the area. Without proper drainage, precipitation that ultimately melts will pool in your driveway—which of course goes into splits and cracks and creates potential larger problems. If the current drainage set-up is not adequate and you are not able to implement a solution, call us and we can take a look.

A last thing you should be sure to do is to remove any existing debris from your driveway. Something as simple as oil or leaves lingering on the surface of concrete driveways can contribute greatly to breakdown.

Seeking help with concrete driveways in Orono or nearby? Call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610 or you can contact us for a Free Quote.