Frequently Asked Questions

Do you only do concrete?

No, we are a turn-key company. We can get you to a frame point with just one phone call. We do footings, block, brick, sand fill, and slab. We also do demolitions, clearing, and hauling.

Do you do residential driveways?

Yes, in fact, we offer regular broom finish, colored broom finish, exposed aggregate, stamped concrete, and concrete pavers.

Do you offer any type of warranty?

Yes, one year on workmanship. We have our own warranty department in-house and answer all work orders within a couple days.

Do I need a concrete contractor?

Most likely. Placing and finishing concrete requires knowledge about concrete and the fundamentals of good concreting practices well beyond the capabilities of most do-it-yourselfers. Site excavation, sub grade preparation, and building and setting concrete forms are difficult tasks. Concrete is heavy - about 150 pounds per cubic foot - and difficult to place, consolidate, strike off, level, and finish. Timing of many finishing operations is crucial and best learned through experience and knowing what allowances to make for weather conditions is equally challenging.

How long must my concrete driveway cure before I can drive on it?

The American Concrete Institute and the American Concrete Pavement Association recommend a minimum of seven days following concrete placement before using a concrete driveway.

Can it be too hot or too cold to place new concrete?

Temperature extremes make it difficult to properly cure concrete. On hot days, too much water is lost by evaporation from newly placed concrete. If the temperature drops too close to freezing, hydration slows to nearly a standstill. Under these conditions, concrete ceases to gain strength and other desirable properties. In general, the temperature of new concrete should not be allowed to fall below 50 Fahrenheit (10 Celsius) during the curing period.

Why does concrete crack?

Concrete, like all other materials, will slightly change in volume when it dries out. In typical concrete, this change amounts to about 500 millionths. Translated into dimensions, this is about 1/16th of an inch in 10 feet (.4 cm in 3 meters). The reason contractors put joints in concrete pavements and floors is to allow the concrete to crack in a neat, straight line at the joint when the volume of the concrete changes due to shrinkage.

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John H. Peterson, Terry – Peterson Residential Companies
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