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We specialize in residential concrete Tucson Arizona. Call us today for a free no-obligation quote. We provide top-quality work on concrete driveways, foundation repair, stairs, and sidewalks.
Working on projects all over Pima County we can help you make your home even more enjoyable with concrete that lasts for years.
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We have worked on homes all over Pima County. All in the style of Arizona making sure your concrete looks great now and for decades to come. A well-installed concrete slab can be plain, stained, or polished. So don’t settle for a boring grey finish. Schedule a consultant to look at your construction site today. We can also show you some similar projects we have completed.
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If your existing home or business is showing some problems with the concrete let us test the damage. We provide free on-site inspection and will make suggestions to meet your budget.
Concrete is becoming more beautiful. There are finishes such as polishing, staining, and overlays. These match the low-maintenance and carefree Tucson style we all love.
More durable than asphalt and easy to care for, concrete driveways last a long time! Makes a beautiful statement when people first come to your property. It is also the last thing they see when they leave. Give your home “curb appeal” today.
Concrete is no longer just plain white or grey. We can match your house’s style and complement the colors there. There are stains, polishes, and coatings that look great, last longer, and have lower maintenance.
Don’t want carpeting or ceramic tile? Get a finished concrete floor. The simple concrete look became popular with architectural styles such as 1960s brutalism. They are now more popular than ever and look even better. Easy to clean with a broom and mop they are also very child and pet friendly.
This does not happen very often in Tucson because the soil is quite stable and earthquakes are rare. But foundations can crack from age, poor materials, or poor installation. If you have concrete foundation problems we can determine how serious the problem is. Then we will give you several options to correct it.
Questions About Residential Concrete Tucson
Medium-strength concrete is fine for a single-story foundation in the Tucson area. There is no extra weight of added stories. So a concrete of M25 is enough to be completely strong and safe for decades. If the project is an add-on like a patio or garage M20 concrete is fine depending on the expected usage. If it is a multiple-story or complicated structure it may be needed to use an M30 concrete mix.
Once cured concrete is solid and safe in all the environments you see in Tucson. This can be the boiling summers to the occasional winter near freeze. We can install concrete foundations and driveways almost year-round in Tucson. There is preparation work to get the site ready that needs to be done. This is the removal of old concrete and placing the forms for the new slabs. That can be done in almost any weather we see here. The day of the pour should be 50 to 70 degrees for at least a few hours. We prefer not to pour if the temperature is over 70 degrees for a variety of reasons. This will result in a stronger structure. We can make sure your project is a success by watching the weather, pouring at night or in the early morning. We recommend watering it for up to 4 weeks so it does not dry too much. It is also important to not pour if temperatures will be below 40 degrees.
Most concrete when properly mixed, transported, installed, and cured should last 50 years at least. There are many reasons you see it in building walls, foundations, stairs, driveways, both residential and commercial. It is economical and extremely strong. There are also different grades and mixes that can be made for specialty and commercial builds. The Hoover Dam was made almost 100 years ago mostly of concrete. It is still there and has not required replacement. We can help you find the perfect concrete for your project.
It depends on if it is to be a driveway or a building foundation. Driveways will have many vehicles parking on them. They may have 2 cars in the garage and 2 to 4 cars in the driveway at one time. New cars are as heavy as older cars. Modern Hybrid cars and trucks are quite heavy. For most driveways, they need to be at least 4 inches thick. If you might have large commercial trucks or cranes parking on the driveway you need 5 to 6 inches of concrete. The foundation of most single-story residential houses is 6 inches thick. They are also thicker at the edges and at load-bearing locations. If it is a larger residential house or multiple stories it should be thicker. Also, the curing process needs to complete to keep from having cracks in your concrete. We can make sure your projects have the concrete type and thickness they need.
In Tucson, we can work year-round. Also, it does not rain very often so that does not usually disturb the day of the pour. It is not good to pour in driving rain as it messes up the mixture wetness ratio. Standing water on the finished slab makes a discoloration. We can work with you to avoid the possibility of the weather being too cold or too hot to cure. Call today and we can get you scheduled.
We make the process of getting concrete repaired and installed easy. We come to your location to see the site condition and give you a free no-obligation quote. If you accept the bid and select us for the work we provide a written work order for you to sign and you keep a copy. We will then schedule the work to fit your schedule. The work will include the removal of old materials. We then prep and compact any soil needed. Finally, we make the forms for placing the concrete. You or your architect can inspect the forms before the pour. Then the pour is done when the weather is acceptable and has enough time to cure before any changes. Once dried completely we remove the forms. We then repair or place any landscaping disturbed. And then you inspect and approve the job.
Slick-Troweled is just like it sounds, slick. It is smoothed before it dries completely by a trowel. This requires a consistent mix and to be done at the right time. It is easy to clean but will be slippery when wet so it should be carefully considered outside. Especially where it rains often or there is a slope.
Broom-Finished is like the above slick surface but before it dries a broom is used to brush a rougher surface. This makes for improved traction and a particular look. It is best if the broom marks are in the same direction and very consistent. It should be done in the same way on all slabs. This is good for exterior driveways, sidewalks, and patios that get rained on.
Exposed-Aggregate is different with smaller aggregate, and then it is left to set up overnight. The next day with some water and a broom the top layer of concrete is removed. This leaves some aggregate visible. It is quite natural and shows some rock instead of the usual concrete smoothness. The aggregate used has to be chosen as it will be visible whereas in most concrete it is not. Smaller and smoother aggregate usually works best.
Stamped is when a concrete mix is made with color added and usually smaller aggregate. The smaller aggregate is important as when the concrete is poured and smoothed a stamp will be pushed down into the concrete. A flour mixture will be sprinkled across the concrete to prevent the form from sticking. The large, heavy forms are placed on top of the wet concrete and then pushed down to get the desired pattern. Then the pattern is moved to the next position and the process is repeated until done. The finished pattern is beautiful and looks great in a high-visibility area. It requires sealer and more maintenance than most concrete so that is a drawback.
Decorative Concrete is a catch-all for other processes to make concrete look better. That can be epoxy and colors added to the concrete mix before the pour. It can be polished to make the concrete smooth and shiny. It can also be applications of acids and paints to change the color and weather the concrete. The results are dramatic and are not what most people think of in concrete.
No one really considers concrete of any kind weak. Even older or lower-grade concrete floors and sidewalks are usually pretty strong even when 50 years old. But if you are looking for the most durable concrete finish that is beautiful, smooth, and durable epoxy finishes are the best. Basically, they are like paint that is applied after the concrete surface is cured and clean. They can be colored to look great from decorative patterns to an industrial gray for a garage. That is actually what most people think of when they think epoxy finish is concrete floors in a garage. That is because they are oil, gas, and other fluid safe. They also are strong and will not lift from tires and other wheels on them. Some of the best concrete garage floors in the world have epoxy finishes.
The best type of concrete is M70. It is the best because once cured and dried it should have a tensile strength of 10150 psi. That is overkill for most residential installs in Tucson. That is because the concrete here is usually used for foundations. Most houses are single-story residential buildings where M25 concrete is warranted. That has a cured tensile strength of 3625 pis or 1/3rd as much of M70. Even the same grade concrete mix can be stronger with a thicker pour or rebar or screen in the form. If you are making multi-story or complicated designs we can help your architect find the perfect concrete. That may be M30 for most residential uses unless there are unusual load-bearing structures.
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