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Almost every homeowner is on the lookout for ways to improve the aesthetics or functionality of their homes so they can stand out from the rest of the neighborhood. Maybe by replacing siding or roofing, adding or updating landscaping, or maybe making your driveway a bit smoother. So, when it comes to adding that special pizazz to your home, something that’s practical but versatile, an option is to add construction elements using a reputable concrete Colorado Springs company.
Some other things that can spruce up your home would be adding a brick patio, an outdoor fireplace, building an outdoor kitchen or having a lanai. The possibilities you can do with masonry and concrete can vary widely and is limited only by your imagination and your budget. And since we’re on the topic of your budget… due to the durability and easy maintenance of concrete constructions, its one of the most budget-friendly options available.
But what are some of the things that you can have built using masonry and concrete?
Well, just about anything you would want. Indoor features like a stunning stained or stamped concrete floors, stairs, or pillars… to outdoor items like a pool side patio, driveway, walkway, garden pathway, kitchen, BBQ grill and fireplace. Just about anything you can think of can be built using concrete and masonry and there is no shortage of concrete contractors Colorado Springs has for you to choose from.
Insulated Concrete Form (ICF)
ICF has revolutionized the global, residential, commercial and industrial building industries. Other methods are losing in popularity to ICF in costs due to its unmatched benefits in comfort, energy, durability, and safety aspects. From lower energy bills and maintenance, to a home that is generally healthier to live in and easier on the environment, ICF offers a simpler way to meet those needs.
So what is ICF?
It’s a system of concrete that is reinforced with a rigid form of thermal insulation that substrate for interior and exterior walls. These come in three main categories: block, plank and panel.
Why use ICF?
Using ICF when building concrete walls offers a building the best in comfort, durability, quietness, energy efficiency and protection from natural catastrophes. More and more concrete contractor Colorado Springs Co companies are moving toward ICF.
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Stamped Concrete VS Pavers
Using stamped concrete is a great way to mimic the appearance of other types of materials like brick, tile, wood and stone. The different varieties available allows for many applications from driveways to porches and even walls and is a favorite of concrete companies Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.
How is it made?
The stamping procedure has to be done well before the freshly poured concrete has a change to dry. Large particles of the concrete are then forced down into the concrete as it’s still wet. After this, huge rubber mats are then pressed into the surface of the concrete leaving behind a texture or pattern after the stamp is lifted from the concrete. Before the concrete is stamped, it’s usually dusted with a specific coloring, or color is added to the concrete mix before it’s poured. A certain type of “release” powder is then added to the concrete to prevent the rubber mats from sticking. The usage of this powder gives the concrete an antique look, which makes it even more appealing. The best contractors that specialize in stamped concrete Colorado Springs has is just a phone call away.
Pros Of Stamped Concrete
One of the main advantages of stamp concrete is its cost. For the most part, stamped concrete costs much less than pavers, and typically there’s not as much work involved as there would be with pavers. Another feature of stamped concrete used by a good concrete contractor Colorado Springs can buy is the versatility. Along with the many different designs that can be implemented, techniques such as scoring and staining can enhance its beauty.
Safety is an added benefit in that it doesn’t pose a tripping hazard. Since stamped concrete is one continuous surface, it will not become loose and uneven like individual pavers might. Also, individual pavers are much more high maintenance than stamped concrete. All that’s really necessary is to add a clear sealant over it every year or so based on the foot traffic it receives. Some added benefits of stamped concrete are as follows:
As for designing the perfect space for a retreat, a stamped concrete floor might seem like a weird choice. But on the other hand, it could be the best solution for the layout of your home
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Cons Of Stamped Concrete
The main disadvantage of using stamped concrete is that no matter how sturdy it is, it can still crack due to heavy loads from delivery trucks or from soil settlement below it. Contractors are aware of this and to mitigate this damage, they add joints in the concrete so that when cracks do happen, they happen near these joints… although, cracks do sometimes develop outside these joints. If this occurs, repairs can be somewhat difficult as it’s hard to match the properties of the original material.
In general, cracks in concrete is a common thing in most households, but homeowners have a tendency to ignore these problems or think they’re just innocent eyesores. These cracks often happen because of shrinkage, warm airflow, and water seeping in. They can get wider over time and cause a huge structural problem with the stability of the building. To top it off, these damages simply just make your house look bad and can cause a potential buyer to decide against your home.
Before these cracks get to that stage, you should contact one of the concrete repair Colorado Springs contractors available to help you.