Concrete or "cement", as it is sometimes called, is one of the most common building materials used outdoors. It is used to build driveways, sidewalks, patios, pool decks, porches and more. Concrete is extremely hard and durable, but it is also very venerable to moisture, erosion and chemicals. Bare un-sealed concrete will quickly soak up water, oils and other contaminates, leaving ugly stains and leading to mold and mildew growth.
Although erosion is at work all year long, the worst damage occurs in the wintertime. Freezing water and de-icing salts can literally destroy concrete. As the water and moisture in the concrete freezes, it also expands, causing the concrete to crack or crumble apart. This is only made worse by the salts used to melt ice on our roadways. These salts drip off your car, and immediately begin breaking down the cement holding your concrete together.
Our service area includes all of East Tennessee
Including: Farragut, Knoxville, Maryville, Fountain City,
Hardin Valley, Kingston, Sevierville, TN and everything in between.
Concrete Staining: In addition to sealing, waterproofing and protecting your concrete driveway, sidewalk, porch or patio, decorative concrete staining is also an option. We offer acid staining, solid color sealer stains and other other concrete coloring / staining systems to create the perfect piece of outdoor decorative concrete for you. Staining and sealing your outdoor concrete can transform the look and feel of your outdoor hardscape, while also protecting it from the elements.
There are three main types of concrete found outdoors:
Exposed Aggregate, Broom Swept, and Stamped Decorative Concrete.
There are many options available for each, based on your needs and desires.
Exposed Aggregate: This is concrete that has had the top layer removed to reveal the "aggregate" or stones within the concrete. It is also commonly called "pea gravel" or "exposed chip". Aggregate concrete sealing is very important. If left un-sealed, freezing water can quickly cause the exposed stones to break loose, leaving you with irreversible damage.
Broom Swept Concrete: This is common everyday boring gray concrete. It is found everywhere including driveways, sidewalks, pool decks, porches and patios. It has a slightly rough texture made by pulling a soft broom over the surface while the concrete was still wet. The top layer of this type of concrete is very soft, and will erode away if left un-sealed. Broomed concrete can also be stained or colored into beautiful decorative concrete.
Staining / Coloring Systems:
Stamped Concrete: This type of concrete has been stamped with a texture or pattern to resemble brick or stone. It was most likely colored and sealed at the time it was poured. It is critical that stamped decorative concrete be re-sealed periodically to protect the underlying color.