The Nature of Concrete

WELCOME to our fist blog. We have decided to begin blogging with the purpose of helping you understand the nature of concrete and to better understand the processes we use to create beautiful surfaces for you. In the future, there will be an archive of subjects we will have blogged about that you will be able to search through to satisfy your curiosity and educate yourself about the nature of what we do. We intend for this blog to be an added value to you and to your relationship with us. Also, we’re writing as a form of communication between us “the contractor,” and you. In our official capacity as a contractor we are making a living with the work we perform, but at our core as people we are simply seeking to take pride in our work as a reflection of our character and dignity. Our goal with blogging is to add value to you through education as stated, but also to engage you as a person. We intend to share our journey of entrepreneurship, craftsmanship, and experiences.

We’ll start with one tid-bit about the nature of concrete. It’s easy to stand on a slab of concrete, whether it is your driveway or backyard patio, and feel the solid surface beneath your feet. However, upon closer inspection, the concrete most of us walk on, drive on, and even build our houses on is—in fact—a very porous material. Because of the porous nature of concrete, it will easily stain from oil, decaying leaves, and many other substances. It can also become riddled with mold or mildew, which can turn the concrete dark and cause it to look perpetually dirty.

A large amount of effort has been spent by industry professionals to create a surface for concrete that is non-porous to eliminate the absorption of substances into the surface which often results in staining. The hitch has been to create a non-porous material that has enough elasticity to expand and contract without cracking, and with an adequate ability to bond to existing surfaces. Fortunately, a solution has been created through use of modified acrylics. This technology is excellent for covering areas such as driveways, walks, pool decks, balconies, and floor restorations where a non-porous industrial topcoat is required. The modified acrylics, in combination with silica sand, creates a non-porous product that is twice the strength of typical concrete and repels nearly all substances that would normally cause staining. It simply doesn’t allow absorption into the surface. This means that most of the time all you need is a water and detergent to keep your surface looking new. Furthermore, modified acrylic resin is an excellent bonding agent, so there is virtually no concern of the bond between existing concrete and the surface we can create for you.

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We have been asked the question often, “What sets Concrete Design Solutions apart?” This answer is simple and honest: We’ll do whatever it takes to make it right.

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