What is flatwork? Concrete flatwork consists of driveways, patios, sidewalks etc. The concrete is reinforced based on projected loads and traffic. It is sometimes referred to as finish concrete.
For garages and basements, walkways and driveways, patios and steps, concrete flatwork is often the installation of choice. It's significantly less expensive than stone or brick masonry, and increasing options and expertise in finishing is allowing concrete flatwork to compete aesthetically.
What you need to know about concrete flatwork is it's not a bland home improvement installation. It can require careful consideration, much like a countertop or floor covering. Matching the correct concrete finish and design to your project will greatly enhance the quality of the installation and your home.
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Not all concrete flatwork is created equal. This is true of both its structural integrity and decorative function. Premium quality concrete requires precisely mixing aggregates, rapid delivery to ensure proper curing, and delicate application techniques to achieve a durable finish. Various methods will produce different kinds of finishing. Smoother finishes should be saved for indoors. Smooth concrete can be slippery when wet. Brush-textured concrete is better for exterior concrete flatwork.
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The first thing anyone sees when visiting your home is your driveway. Most driveways are plain gray concrete without any added finishes or textures. However, you can add a touch of luxury. Plain concrete and exposed aggregate finishes are a great way to give your driveway and property curb appeal. This long-lasting surface requires little maintenance.
Specializing in regular grey or stained concrete.
Fraleys Home Improvement is a locally owned small business which focuses on creating an aesthetically pleasing long lasting product. We can replace your driveway with a quality aggregate, stamped, or traditional broom finish, which can make a huge difference in your homes appearance.
We take great pride in preparing and finishing all concrete projects, using only quality concrete products. Call today and he will evaluate your current driveway, answer your questions, and provide a free quote.
Below are some examples of concrete driveways. Call today for pricing information.
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Concrete walkways or sidewalks are more than just a way to get wherever it is you're going they can provide much-needed curb appeal to homes and buildings, and they are fast becoming a point of artistic expression by way of a multitude of decorative concrete options.
While plain gray concrete is still the most often surface installed, as seen on most concrete sidewalks, there are numerous decorative concrete alternatives sure to dress it up, taking your sidewalk from boring to amazing.
Most newer stained concrete or even stamped concrete can work with an existing walkway as decoration or even as an entirely new sidewalk. Because the concrete industry has rapidly developed many decorative products that can be applied to existing plain concrete walkways.
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All sidewalk projects take existing areas into consideration. We know you spend time on your lawn or areas around your sidewalks or walkways. Fraleys Home Improvement guarantees preparation will include full disclosure regarding the removal of plants or disturbance of your area.
Do you want to put concrete curbs on your driveway? Or maybe you want to highlight a spot in your garden by putting concrete curbs around them? Concrete curbs?
Curbs on driveways separate it from the other parts of the ground and they can serve as guides which can help drivers know the direction of the path of the driveway.
In addition, curbs provide support to the pathway and help it to last longer. In addition, they prevent creation of puddles during a rainy season because there are types of concrete curbs that have mini canals or gutters where water and melted snow can flow and slide down. In gardening, curbs are used to highlight certain parts of it. Therefore, they can also be used for aesthetic purposes.
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Despite the preference of wood decks, the concrete patio is gaining in popularity.
In 2012, the NAHB released results of its annual study heralding concrete as the most popular patio material in the country.
In seven of nine geographical regions identified in the study, poured concrete is the most commonly used outdoor surface material in home construction coming in ahead of concrete pavers and natural stone. We now have more decorative options than ever before, concrete patios are attracting homeowners who want an outdoor surface offering the ultimate in versatility. Concrete patios also are extremely durable and are low maintenance.
In addition to serving as a place for lounging and entertaining, concrete patios allow homeowners to seamlessly blend interior and exterior living spaces. They are the perfect decorative flooring surface for outdoor kitchens and living rooms, complete with cozy seating areas, fireplaces and water features. What's more, this outdoor floor offers unlimited design options. When enhanced by stains and integral colors, concrete patios can be color coordinated to match a home's exterior or landscape. They can also be stamped or engraved in patterns that mimic other popular paving materials, such as brick, flagstone, slate and tile.
As an investment, concrete patios typically cost less than patios made of brick or natural stone because they are less labor-intensive to install. The lower price tag combined with the wide array of patterns and colors available make concrete an economical choice for most budgets. Plus, concrete is easily formed into any shape to accommodate backyard space restrictions.Upgrading your backyard with a decorative concrete patio is also an investment which will provide many years of enjoyment while improving the look of your landscape.
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Stamped & Stained Concrete
Stained Concrete is one of the hot new treatments for concrete patios, interior floors, entryways, countertops, pool decks and more. From new homes with elaborate concrete driveways to budgeted one-room remodels showcasing a stunning stained concrete floor, the attraction is continuing to grow when it comes to using stained concrete. Concrete is no longer gray and boring, it is now thought of as a decorative element.
Fraleys Home Improvement recognizes the value in using stained concrete in our designs.
Stained concrete transforms traditional gray concrete into breathtaking warm floors with little maintenance.
When comparing the cost of stained concrete with alternative flooring materials, such as carpet, tile, or hardwood, you should factor in longevity and replacement costs. Properly sealed and maintained stained concrete will last for. Its invulnerable to tearing, gouging, mold, or water damage. Even if the stained surface wears after time, it can often be brought back to life with some touchup staining application of sealers.
Staining concrete is one of the most popular applications for transforming concrete slabs. Often referred to as colored concrete, homeowners, designers and builders are drawn to stained concrete because of the unique outcome that can be achieved combining colors, application techniques, etc., on cement flooring and other substrates. The results are limited only by the creativity of those involved in the stained concrete process.
Stamped Concrete is a type of concrete flooring that is designed to look like stone, wood, bricks, and other types of patterns and textures that are used to define floorings. Usually, stamped concrete is used for driveways, patios, street side-walks, pool flooring, and even building interiors. Stamped concrete is known to emulate the look of bricks and stones, hence why they are the best and cheaper alternative to the mentioned flooring materials.
Complex designs incorporating steps, courtyards, and fountains can be achieved when patterns are pressed into the concrete. Stamped concrete can also be blended with other decorative concrete elements such as acid staining. Concrete provides the perfect canvas for creating an economical replica of more expensive materials, and yet still maintaining a very natural look.
Stamped concrete, commonly referred to as patterned stamped concrete or imprinted concrete, is concrete that is designed to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile and even wood. In this section you will see how stamped concrete can be used to beautify pool decks, driveways, entries, courtyards, and patios.
Due to the wide array of options when it comes to concrete pattern, concrete colors, and the cost of stamped, or imprinted concrete in relation to the materials it is a substitute for, the choice of stamped concrete is becoming more popular and frequent.
Colors and patterns for stamped cement are often chosen to blend with other stone, tile or patterned concrete elements at the residence. Complex designs incorporating steps, courtyards, and fountains can be achieved when patterns are pressed into the concrete. Stamped concrete can also be blended with other decorative concrete elements such as exposed aggregate finishes and acid-etch staining, along with a particular pattern, such as running bond brick, hexagonal tile, worn rock or stone. Concrete provides the perfect canvas for creating an economical replica of more expensive materials, and yet still maintaining a very natural, authentic look
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