Retaining Walls for Erosion and Elevation Change

On most landscapes, a concrete retaining wall is a pleasing aesthetic addition; especially when the wall brings together landscape design elements that feature two distinct elevation changes. And that’s usually the purpose of a retaining wall: to separate two distinct elevations of soil. It’s especially effective in landscapes prone to […]

Fall is a Terrific Time for Concrete…

Did you know that fall is a prime month for concrete? It’s true. It’s mostly because the fall is a season of predictable forecasts and moderate but neutral temperatures. It’s important, however, to remember that concrete and shotcrete work can be performed in any season, if safeguards are in place; […]

A Perfect Mix of Concrete

Concrete can be tricky to mix, especially for someone new to the process. But the initial stages are vitally important to the end result; the best concrete jobs begin with a well-balanced mix of concrete. Concrete that is mixed well will be easier to work with and remain durably intact […]

Shotcrete

Job Site Safety

Shotcrete and concrete jobs require that everyone involved on the job site understands the inherent risks (Every construction-type job requires considerable safety precautions). It’s not necessarily the norm for injury, but things might not go exactly as planned, and having precautions in place, and workers to understand the possible risks […]

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Concrete Sealer: Finish the Job Right

We know how durable and lasting concrete is as a building material. Although as durable as concrete is, a quality sealer will bolster its strength; a quality sealer makes concrete even more resistant to: weather, long exposures to water, abrasions, and staining. And a quality sealer will improve the look […]

Retaining Walls

What is the purpose of a retaining wall? Sure, a retaining wall is a terrific architectural element in many landscapes, but it does have an important purpose. It’s a lateral support built of concrete that prevents the movement of soil. But not all retaining walls are built the same. Here […]

Concrete Because It’s Sustainable… And Beautiful

It’s hard to imagine that a building material that’s long been in favor for numerous tasks has been and continues to be environmentally friendly. Too often we see building materials come and go, learn of their potential negative health and environmental impacts and quickly switch to an alternative. But concrete […]

Shotcrete

What is Shotcrete?

What is shotcrete? It’s a low moisture concrete mixture, mixed wet, that can be sprayed through a hose onto a surface. The shotcrete is applied at a high velocity onto the surface, and the end result is a wall or floor or roof. The method of application makes the building […]

Slopes and Slope Retention

Slopes and Slope Retention

A slope is common when terrain is changed to accommodate new roads and other construction-type projects like dams or railway lines. Sometimes the slopes are able to self-support, while other times some type of structural support is absolutely necessary to prevent the slope from collapse. Shotcrete is a terrific product […]

Concrete

As a building material, concrete is relatively simple. And at its simplest and most basic composition, concrete is made from water, aggregate, and cement all mixed together in precise proportion. Water and aggregate likely have been used as a building material since the dawn of mankind; it’s a simple and […]