Lowell Russell Concrete | Lakeville, MN Concrete Installation and Preservation
If you look around your home, you will see that you probably have quite a bit of concrete – from sidewalks to patios to driveways. With the harsh winters in the Midwest, the ground frost has a depth of several feet, particularly this year with the sub-zero temperatures hitting us for many consecutive days. Because of this, ice can form below concrete surfaces and cause it to heave or crack. Many experts say that the bigger the crack, the bigger the problem. Frost heaving of concrete is the result of pressure created from a combination of freezing temperatures and soil defrosting and is one of the main reasons for damage to patios, sidewalks, driveways, and even streets or highways. If concrete is installed and poured properly, heaving can be avoided and your patio or sidewalk will look as perfect when spring rolls around as it did last summer before the cold and freezing temperatures were upon us. The professionals at Lowell Russell Concrete take pride in their work and will make every effort to get and keep your Lakeville, MN concrete project just the way you dreamed it would be—free of heaving or cracking and beautiful to show off to guests.
Curing of concrete is an important aspect of keeping your concrete patio or area looking great and holding up during the harsh winters and thawing springs in the Midwest. With proper curing and hydration, the strength, durability, and look of the concrete are increased greatly. Proper and complete curing generally requires a period of 7-10 days after pouring of the concrete. Warmer weather and hydration are typically needed for concrete to cure properly and allow for a durable surface. If you have no other option than to pour concrete during a colder time of the year, frost blankets should be used to ensure proper curing.
There are several different types of cracks and heaving that you need to look for in keeping your concreting in top-notch condition:
• Hairline cracks are quite small and typically do not threaten the structure of your concrete, but they can become a point for ground water to enter, thus making the problem worse with time.
• Spalling is flaking, peeling, and erosion of the top layer of concrete and is typically caused by expansion and contraction of moisture during the freeze and thaw cycles.
• Settling is a sagging or caving of the concrete. This often times results from poorly drained or poorly compacted soil, causing the ground underneath to be unstable.
• Heaving as noted above is caused from the freeze and thaw cycles.
Because the changing weather is constantly attacking homeowners, concrete sealing plays an important role along with proper installation, upkeep and maintenance. Contact the trained professionals at Lowell Russell Concrete to help with proper installation of your concrete project to make your dreams come true. Keep this quote in mind, “Your dreams are like the cement. If you water it with actions, it becomes a hard concrete mass. But if you leave it exposed and unwatered, the air will easily blow it away!” ― Israelmore Avivor