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Tips for Curing Concrete in Cold Weather

January 21, 2020

Most concrete contractors prefer to avoid putting down exterior concrete during the winter because, once the temperature dips below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, projects take on a whole new level of challenge. If done improperly, cold weather concrete in Racine, WI can come out vulnerable and weak. In our neck of the woods, however, low temperatures are a fact of life. As a result, so are cold weather concrete jobs. Not to worry, with a little education, you can turn your cold weather concrete job into a total success. Why is it a problem to cure concrete when it’s cold? Without... View Article

Stamped Concrete: Its Advantages and Disadvantages

December 24, 2019

Over the last few years, more and more homeowners and business owners throughout the area have begun to wake up to the possibilities of stamped concrete in Racine, WI. When you’re in the market for an update to your home’s decor, this fascinating building material offers several benefits that could make it the perfect material for you. That said, though reliable, stamped concrete isn’t perfect for every building situation. Here are some notable pros and cons of stamped concrete that may help you decide if it’s right for you. Pick your style The chief benefit of stamped concrete is its... View Article

A Helpful Guide to Protecting Your Chimney from Weather

December 10, 2019

For most people, the chimney in their home has a basic function—that is, to keep smoke from filling the house and suffocating everyone in reach. However, there’s more to the importance of a chimney than just its use as a smokestack. When your chimney isn’t working up to its potential, not only will you have issues with smoke filling your home, but you’ll also have trouble keeping fires lit. Most chimneys look as sturdy as the foundation of your home, but these ever-important pipelines into your home are constantly battered by wind, rain and snow. You may not give it... View Article

What You Should Know About Brick Discoloration

October 23, 2019

Have you started to notice any staining or discoloration on the surfaces of your home’s brick walls? There are a variety of reasons why this might be occurring. The color or type of staining you see will give you an idea of the issue that you need to correct to get your bricks looking new again. Here are a few different types of stains on brick surfaces in Racine, WI and what you should know about them. Brick chimney stains It’s not uncommon for white staining or discoloration to show up on red or other darker color chimney bricks. This... View Article

What Causes Bricks to Crack and Flake?

October 9, 2019

Brick is a popular material for building walls, thanks to its durability and its long-lasting aesthetic appeal. If properly maintained, brick should be able to last as long as the lifespan of the building itself. However, if poor construction practices went into its building, there could be defects that form along the wall, whether it be cracking, flaking, spalling or otherwise. There are several different kinds of cracking that can occur in brick walls. The kind that is most likely to form largely depends on the age of the building and the type of construction (type of frame, cavity vs.... View Article

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