FAQs

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Can I use de-icing salt on the concrete?

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Salt is best avoided for the first winter after concrete is installed. Sand is the best alternative to provide traction. If you must use salt, refrain from products with ammonium nitrates and ammonium sulphates, as these will cause a chemical interaction with the concrete. Rock salts and calcium chloride are the recommended alternative since they will cause less damage, further resulting in less maintenance.

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How will you get the concrete to its installation area?

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While Concrete One Ltd. delivers concrete to the work site by truck, the exact method for bringing it to the installation site in a timely manner differs depending on location. The typical method to unload concrete from the truck is by wheelbarrow. However, wheelbarrows may not be the most practical method in cases that involve a longer distance, steep uphill/downhill slopes, or a lack of access or that are large in size. In these cases, we may employ pump trucks, motorized buggies, or directly off shoot.

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Is stamped concrete slippery?

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Stamped concrete has a regrettable history of slipperiness when wet as a result of the finish sealant. Fortunately, there have been many advances in the past few years that have improved sealers and remedied this problem. All of Concrete One Ltd.'s sealants dry to a non-slip finish. Slip resistance can be further improved by adding additional products to the mix if you wish for additional grip.

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Will the colour of stamped concrete fade away?

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The colour of stamped concrete will eventually fade from a combination of dirt, weather, and daily traffic. This can be prevented with proper and regular maintenance. Concrete One Ltd. can make recommendations on how to properly and periodically clean, seal, and prepare your surfaces. Cleaning and sealing can also be used to restore colour and shine to concrete that has been neglected due to lack of maintenance. With some proactive measures, you can keep your concrete glistening for years.

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Will the concrete crack?

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Concrete is a very durable paving solution that lasts for a long time. While cracking is possible, it can be prevented through a number of steps. For durable and long-lasting concrete surfaces, all of Concrete One Ltd.'s projects use a proper and well-compacted base, a 32-C2 mix design with air entrainment (which is well above Ontario’s standard code and is optimal for all seasons), welded wire mesh or rebar reinforcement, and strategically placed saw cuts to avoid cracks and relieve the stress of shifting.