The Advantages of Residential Concrete

Stamped concrete and exposed aggregate by Viper Concrete.

Concrete is one of the most used building materials, and for good reason. The simple mixture of water, aggregate and cement, makes a strong and durable surface perfect for your home’s foundation, post pilings, driveway, walkway, patio, retaining walls and garage floor. Viper Concrete in Calgary shares the advantages of residential concrete:

Concrete is strong and durable.

Its physical properties make it one of the best building materials on the market. It is versatile and can be poured into basically any shape or size of mold or frame. Because it has low permeability, it can stand up to moisture and its smooth surface is easy to shovel in the winter time. If it starts to crack or sink in places after many years, it can be easily repaired and lifted by a concrete contractor.

Concrete design is versatile.

If you want a new driveway or patio, you don’t have to settle for plain grey concrete with a typical broom finish. Viper Concrete can help create a beautiful design for your outdoor project. Here are some options:

Exposed aggregate: When you remove the top layer of cement paste in the concrete mix, you expose the top of the aggregate stones while leaving the rest embedded in the surface. This option offers an attractive, skid-resistant surface for your exterior concrete applications.

Coloured concrete: You can change the colour of your concrete by mixing in specific types of aggregate. For instance, you can use a dark grey aggregate to a slate look or a reddish-brown aggregate for that Santa Fe feeling. You can also use a concrete dye in the mix to get a bold and unique colour.

Stamped concrete: This concrete is pattern and textured to mimic the look of other stone like brick, slate, flagstone and even wood. It is commonly used for patios, walkways, pool decks and driveways.

Stained concrete: This is when manufacturers use either acid-based chemical stains or water-based acrylics to penetrate the surface and react chemically with the calcium hydroxide in the concrete. This reaction creates etches in the surface so it will later absorb metallic salts used to stain the concrete, creating a blotchy and etched look that is typically earth-tones.

Concrete is attractive and boosts curb appeal.

All these options for decorative concrete give homeowners more to work with when designing their home’s exterior. Even a brand new, clean, broom finished driveway slab can make your home look sharp and inviting. Using concrete around your home’s exterior will boost curb appeal and make your home more attractive to potential home buyers if you ever decide to sell your home. Curb appeal and smart upgrades like a new concrete driveway and walkways can add value to your home.

Concrete Contractors in Calgary

Viper Concrete provides the greater Calgary residential market expertise far beyond the industry standard. From new home concrete construction to custom concrete construction regardless of project size or location Viper Concrete has the knowledge and experience to complete with the highest level of quality. Whether building your backyard oasis, replacing an old deteriorated step or driveway, upgrading your garage floor, renewing your concrete, or even building your custom dream home, Viper Concrete can help.

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