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No, concrete and cement are not the same. Since they are closely related, many people tend to interchange them quite often. For a brief differentiation, cement is the main ingredient that makes up concrete. Cement is the gray powder that you would often see in construction sites. It is the result of burning together clay and lime. Upon mixing with water, the cement will transform into this paste consistency. On the other hand, concrete is a combination of cement and other materials like sand, stone, and water. The cement is mainly responsible in sticking all the ingredients of concrete together.

Yes, there are different kinds of concrete. More often than not, they differ in size, strength, workability, and durability. The secret to the best kind of concrete is the proportion of ingredients. You can research further on the matter to know the exact measurements recommended. We offer various types of concrete such as precast concretes, reinforced concrete, high density concrete, glass reinforced concrete, ordinary concrete, prestressed concrete, and reinforced concrete. Each one has unique characteristics that you can use to your advantage. If you want to find out more, call The Santa Clarita Concrete Company at 661-718-4706 for more information.

From our point of view, we sincerely believe that getting a concrete contractor is a must. You might think that our opinion is biased since we are a concrete contractor in Santa Clarita. However, there is no way that you can be sure of the quality without the knowledge and experience of an expert. Yes, there is the internet to give you tips and guide you, but the actual execution can be trickier than it seems to be. One of the most important factors in concrete pouring is timing. It’s impossible to acquire such skill overnight. It takes long to develop it.

It can but it comes with consequences. If you want the best outcome for your concrete, then we strongly discourage pouring concrete in the rain. The rain can adversely affect the setting of concrete and can result to dusting, scaling, and weakening of the concrete. It can compromise the overall durability of the concrete. Not only that, but rain can also affect the appearance of concrete. You might see paths of water once it fully dries up. If you are not fully willing to compromise the appearance and the durability of your concrete, best to avoid pouring concrete when raining.

Definitely! But to do it successfully, it is essential to take note of the following tips. If you want to paint your concrete, make sure to check the type of concrete you have. There are specific types of concrete where paint can stick better on, like outdoor concrete. You have to make sure that your paint and the concrete is compatible with each other. Also see to it to read the instructions on paint packaging. There, you will find the recommended procedure in painting the concrete. Before you proceed with painting, it’s important to clear the area of dirt and debris.

We would often see cracked concrete and there are several reasons why concrete cracks. One of the main reasons is extreme temperatures. Geographic locations experiencing all four seasons are most likely to see cracks on concrete. Since they are in freeze and thaw climates, it heavily affects the concrete. During the construction of the structure, you can prepare for this event by making sure there is enough control cuts or concrete joints, where the concrete can crack. It acts as bond breaker to prevent cracks from crossing. The recommended size of control joints is around ¼ of the width of concrete slab.

You should wait about seven days before using your driveway. In general, concrete requires curing time. But the duration varies depending on the activity and the weight it needs to carry. For a driveway, a week should be enough for the concrete to obtain the required strength it needs to sustain a vehicle. Seven days may sound quite a while but waiting for the proper time to use concrete has a myriad of benefits. For one, it ensures that your concrete can last long and can perform its best. Meanwhile, if your driveway is for trucks, wait for at least 30 days.

A concrete sealer is important as it provides protection on the concrete. It prevents the appearance of hairline cracks and peeling. The concrete sealer also stops salt penetration and keeps moisture from getting into the concrete. Moisture in the concrete can be unsightly once it manifests. We recommend applying concrete sealer 30 days after the concrete is poured. At this point, the concrete is almost completely dried up. Prior to applying the concrete sealer, make sure to dry the surface as well. Concrete sealers don’t last for the whole life of concrete. Best to reapply every 2 to 3 years.

Yes, the weather may affect the concrete. But more importantly, weather plays a significant role in the curing and drying of concrete. For example, rain can affect the durability and appearance of concrete. It can lead to scaling and dusting. Meanwhile, wind can cause the concrete to crack. Considering the effect of weather on concrete, make sure to do the following if you are experiencing extreme temperatures. For cold weather, you can heat the ingredients before use. Also cover the poured concrete to protect it as it dries. For hot weather, you can opt to cool the materials before using.

Asphalt is only less expensive upfront. But truth is that asphalt can be more expensive in the long run. Many think that asphalt is less expensive without considering the cost of having to maintain the asphalt. On average, asphalt deteriorates quicker than concrete, which means it will need constant repair and sealants. Over time, the recurring use of sealants will accumulate and may cost more in the long run. On the other hand, concrete lasts way longer because of its durability. Although concrete is more expensive, it is more economical in the long run, especially that it lasts up to 50 years.

Concrete companies in Santa Clarita would normally follow the rules of 6’s for the best concrete proportion. According to the rule of 6’s, there should be 6% of air content for concrete that would experience freezing and thawing. Also, it is essential to use at least six bags of cement for each cubic yard of concrete. Third is, one should use at least six gallons of water per bag of cement. Lastly, make sure to let the concrete dry for at least six days for the best results. For the best outcome make sure to closely follow the rule of 6’s.

It is common for concrete to crack after a period of time. These cracks would typically appear as the concrete undergoes volume change. No worries, as this volume change is very minimal. The average rate of volume change of concrete is around 500 millionths. To put it simply, it is 1/16 inch per 10 feet or 0.4cm per 3 meters. Without concrete joints, these changes will appear as cracks. But if you have concrete joints in your concrete, you can avoid incurring these cracks. If you opt to hire a contractor, their knowledge on it could help you with these things.

We suggest testing concrete to determine its quality. Among the characteristics that make up the quality are temperature, consistency, air content, and unit weight. The proper proportion of these things contribute to the best mix of concrete. There are different ways on how you can examine your concrete. You have the option to either test the hardened concrete or the mixed concrete. Meanwhile, there are test types which are limited to organizations such as the department of transportation and Federal Highway Administration. In testing your concrete, it is essential to make sure that you are using a legitimate concrete test.

Stains on your concrete can be an eyesore. If you want to get rid of it, there are two ways to go about it. You can try the wet method or the dry method. For the dry method, you will need to use tools together with mechanical work. Some techniques include scabbing, flame cleaning, planning, scouring, shotblasting, sandblasting, and grinding. If you are using steel brush, make sure to get rid of metal fragments that may get left behind. If left unattended, it may lead to rust stains. On the other hand, wet method makes use of a combination of chemicals and water.

Concrete is the combination of cement with coarse aggregates, fine aggregates, as well as other additives. With its paste consistency, the cement is responsible in sticking all these components together. There are different types of concrete. Some of which contains mineral colors, granulated blast-furnace slag, and combined cements. A lot of property owners lean towards concrete due to its durability. But it’s not the sole reason. It’s also customizable into different shapes and sizes to fit better into different property styles. The only disadvantage with concrete is it needs time to cure. Opposite of other materials, you can’t use it right away.

The gray color of concrete comes from its primary component, which is cement. Meanwhile, cement gets its gray color from its main ingredient that is iron ore. Originally, the Iron Ore is black, and it only turns gray while it combines with other elements of cement. This gray color is one of the most frequent turn off for property owners. Many perceive it as too plain. But little do they know that there are numerous concrete design options in the form of stamped concrete and concrete staining. Apart from that, property owners can also paint their concrete to better match their preference.

No. Drying out has nothing to do with strength gain, although it is often a common misconception about the matter. With water as its primary ingredient, the gaining of strength happens through hydration. It happens once the cement gets mixed with the water. As this occurs, new compounds form, paving way for the strength gain of concrete. It is also at this time when crystals start to interlock with each other. You can expect this to happen in the first 30 days after pouring concrete. The process will go on as long as there is a presence of moisture in the concrete.

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