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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.


Stamped Concrete That Defies the Rigors of Time

So you have just had the walkway that surrounds your house redone with concrete. Into this new walkway you have had fancy designs containing an elaborate representation of your family crest imprinted in the form of stamped concrete. The elegance meter of your property has gone from average to high as a result of this effort. Now that that work is done, how do you intend on preserving it so that it lasts for years or decades in relatively the same state that you find it now?

Wohlwend Concrete, contractors expert in all in things stamped concrete to the Edina area, are often asked if sealing stamped concrete is a requirement or if it is even a necessary effort to make. Well, yes is the answer, you will want to have your stamped concrete sealed. Concrete, by nature, is a porous material that without any level of effort brings in and hangs onto water and chemicals. When you seal your concrete, it helps guarantee that it will better handle the elements that a Minnesota winter (among other seasons) will throw at it (them).

Since you hired us to conduct your concrete stamping, the process does not have to stop at the installation of that stamped concrete. We offer a sealing service that will help your stamped concrete maintain its aesthetic for many years. The act of sealing your stamped concrete prevents the penetration of oils, stains, chemicals that de-ice and other similar contaminants.

The greatest enemy of any concrete, especially that chunk which is stamped, are the effects of weathering. Sealing stamped concrete helps to protect it from abrasion and wear, especially important with the winter months that lie immediately ahead. The weather itself breeds the need to remove accumulated precipitation from your stamped concrete. Salt and other de-icers wear down concrete if you do not stay involved in the de-icing after melting occurs. Once the ice turns to slush and salt and other chemical elements are left within in that gloopy mass, you have to shovel it away.

Sealing your stamped concrete 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 sealing or just adding stamped concrete to your Edina area home? Call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610 or you can contact us for a Free Quote.


Tips from a Concrete Contractor in the Know

His eminence Old Man Winter nearly upon us, the home need be prepared to face its annual slog versus the elements. If you have any last second concrete projects in mind, now would be the ideal time to pursue them! So, if you are searching for a concrete contractor near Eden Prairie, call Wohlwend Concrete!  In honor of our return to snow and ice, Wohlwend Concrete has a few tips to share on tuck-pointing and the de-icing of your existing concrete.

Tuck-pointing, in a nutshell, is the process of repairing the mortar joints existing within stone or brick walls. An experienced masonry contractor, such as Wohlwend Concrete, can perform this sort of task for you. We will first glance upon the brick and mortar to verify whether tuck-pointing is needed. If so, we will grind or rake out old mortar, refilling it with new mortar. Tuck-pointing is a wise move as you will be effectively keeping moisture out of the walls, preventing moisture problems from developing. The life of your wall or chimney will be extended and this effort will also serve as a means of prevention against costly repairs down the road. Once a mortar dependent wall breaks down the lone way to repair it is to tear it all down and build a new one.

The cold temperatures we love bring with them snow and ice storms that wreak havoc on your walkways and other concrete-based bits. There is an art to the de-icing of concrete steps and walkways, so you should prepare your tearful goodbye to rock salt (aka sodium chloride). Rock salt cannot take the blame for the damage that occurs to your concrete, but the constant tug of temperature extremes (rapid heating and subsequent refreezing) can, will and does.

Rather than the cheaper and more popular choice, look for calcium chloride. This blend will not destroy your concrete but will swiftly melt the ice off of your steps and walkways without providing any level of breakdown. Calcium chloride far exceeds sodium chloride in its overall compatibility with Mother Nature. Another blend every bit as efficient and ecological is magnesium chloride. It is an additional environmentally friendly option but is does come with a higher price tag than calcium chloride.

The most important thing to remember when de-icing your concrete steps is that once you put the de-icer on, there is still work to do. You must take the time to remove all of the slushy ice. Taking just a few minutes to shovel clear the steps and walkways of slush and ice will help prevent the destruction of your concrete.

Looking for a concrete contractor in the Eden Prairie area? Be sure to give us here at Wohlwend Concrete at call at (651) 426-2610 or visit our website and get a free quote.