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Archive for the ‘ Concrete ’ Category

The Benefits of Commercial Concrete Curbing

Thursday, April 13th, 2017
commercial concrete curbing

Commercial concrete curbing can help you fix cracked concrete.

It is no secret that there are certain expectations when it comes to how commercial properties look and function. They are expected to maintain upkeep, and foster a certain level of aesthetic appeal for customers, clients, employees, and guests. If a commercial property does not look up to snuff, it can reflect poorly on the business as a whole. It can also create safety gaps, which can pose all sorts of problems. These can be potentially both hazardous and costly and damaging to the reputation of a business. It is especially important to upkeep concrete pavement. One way to do this is by utilizing commercial concrete curbing services. (more…)

About Custom Masonry Monuments

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
custom masonry monuments

Custom masonry monuments can give your business a big boost. Why should you choose to have a custom masonry monument installed on your commercial property?

Custom masonry monuments can give your business a big boost. Why should you choose to have a custom masonry monument installed on your commercial property? Who benefits from from having these signs installed? What are some the options you can choose from when it comes to these monuments? In this blog we will explore custom masonry monuments. (more…)

Placing Concrete Joints

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
concrete joints

Concrete joints are the pieces that help your concrete stay durable and free from cracks during its lifetime.

Concrete joints are the pieces that help your concrete stay durable and free from cracks during its lifetime. Fresh concrete is a viscous mixture that can be poured into a variety of places and left to dry, but it will reduce in size as it sits. Without the proper structure and concrete joints in place, the concrete will be very vulnerable to cracking and premature damage. (more…)

Advantages of Decorative Concrete

Friday, February 24th, 2017
advantages of decorative concrete

What are some advantages of decorative concrete?

When it comes to driving up business, drawing the customer’s eye is key. In this blog we’ll talk about the advantages of decorative concrete. Concrete, although solid, rugged, and dependable, is not always the most attractive. So how can you wow your customers? Think about using decorative concrete to help spice up your interiors and exteriors.   (more…)

Is It Safe to Use a Deicing Product On My Sidewalk?

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
It's not always a good idea to apply deicing products to your sidewalks.

It’s not always a good idea to apply deicing products to your sidewalks.

In the winter many turn to the deicing product of their choice to keep their properties ice free. Ice can make concrete sidewalks slippery and potentially dangerous and possibly even damage certain materials over time. While shovels are often the safest way for removing snow and ice from masonry, it is not always enough to remove them completely. This is when people turn to a deicing product. However, excessive use of any deicing product comes with consequences. It can degrade masonry surfaces, damage mortar joints, and harm nearby vegetation.

Deicing Product And Salt Fretting

There are numerous types of deicing product sold at various hardware stores. While these will undoubtedly melt snow, overuse has consequences for your sidewalk. Masonry surfaces can scale and flake when overexposed to these chemicals. This degradation is referred to as salt fretting and can often be found where the sidewalk and the bottom of a building meet. Severe fretting and even the loss of pieces of buildings and sidewalks are possible when a deicing product is overused.

What To Know Before You Buy A Deicing Product

  • Never use deicing product on a sidewalk that is younger than six months old.
  • Read the labels carefully. Don’t use products containing ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulfate as they break down masonry.
  • Applying deicers near vegetation can kill plants and ruin the soil.  
  • Use sand in combination with a deicer for better traction.  

Deicing Tips

Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions completely. Before you apply any deicing product, be sure to remove as much snow and ice as possible with a shovel. Only use it in areas of high foot traffic and be sure to keep it away from the base of your building. As the snow and ice melts, keep the slush away from the base of your building too. When spring comes, be sure to wash down any sidewalks and building bases that have been deicide to get rid of the product residue.

Del Prete Masonry Has Got You Covered!

If you are ready to upgrade your property, Del Prete Masonry has the experience and expertise to get the job done right for the right price. To explore our residential and commercial services and set up a consultation, please give us a call at 410-683-0650 or contact us online. We currently serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and get more updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

 

Placing Concrete Joints

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
cracked concrete

Concrete placed without joints is susceptible to uneven cracks.

Concrete joints are an important part of any concrete masonry project, as they help compensate when concrete expands or shrinks due to changes in temperature. Without them, cracks can form in the surface of the concrete. Concrete joints help prevent these cracks and provide a more finished concrete product. Cracks that do form will occur in specific locations that can be easily monitored for repair. (more…)

Caring for Your Decorative Concrete During Winter

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
decorative concrete

Make sure you protect your decorative concrete features this winter.

It’s starting to get cold again, and winter can really wreak havoc on decorative concrete. Besides the weather itself being a hazard, harsh chemical de-icers can actually damage concrete and landscaping details. If your business features beautiful decorative concrete, it’s important that you take steps to protect your investment. Here are a few tips for caring for your decorative concrete this winter. (more…)

Repair or Replace Concrete Sidewalks Before Halloween

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
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Make sure your concrete sidewalks are safe for trick or treaters this Halloween.

Does your home or business see a lot of traffic from trick or treaters? Concrete sidewalks and walkways that are chipped, sunken, even, or otherwise in a state of disrepair are not only an eyesore that can damage the visual appeal of your property, but also a safety hazard. Consider repairing your sidewalk before Halloween swings around. (more…)

Concrete Considerations: Building Houses with Concrete

Thursday, September 1st, 2016
concrete houses

Concrete is becoming an increasingly popular building material.

Concrete has become increasingly popular as a construction material for residential houses. In 2015, concrete houses made up of 15-20% of all new homes built. Concrete comes with a number of benefits that make it ideal to work with for housing development. Here are a few things to consider when choosing to build with concrete, and why it could be a good home addition investment.

Quiet Comfort

Insulated concrete creates a barrier that reduces the amount of air entering the home from outside by about 75%. This means more even temperatures and less drafts. Concrete’s mass also helps to reduce sound penetration by up to 80% in comparison to frame houses. On average, concrete houses are ⅔ quieter than frame houses.

Pest Proof & Safety

Unlike frame houses, concrete doesn’t provide any source of food for termites or carpenter ants. This will also prevent rodents from hiding within your walls. Furthermore, concrete is also the best material for safety against harsh weather like tornados and hurricanes. Concrete walls can withstand up to 250 miles per hours. Insurance rates are typically much lower for conrete homes as a result of their stability.

Reduced Energy Bills

Concrete homes require significantly less energy to heat up or cool down than a frame house. Concrete walls are airtight and do an effective job at preventing air from escaping the home. Concrete homes keep things comfortable with less work from your air conditioning system.

Healthier Environment

Because concrete form walls do not contain organic material, they will not mold or mildew. Not only does that mean less maintenance, but the reduced air infiltration also helps keep allergens out. The foam used to create concrete forms is nontoxic and free of asbestos and fiberglass. Concrete houses come with many benefits. Whether you’re looking to build a house or just an extension, it’s important to consider all of your options.

Concrete Masonry and Repair from Del Prete Masonry

For all of your questions regarding masonry repair and restoration, feel free to contact Del Prete Masonry. Our masonry restoration professionals have the experience and history of satisfied clients to prove that we’ll get the job done right, and cost-effectively. To get started with your masonry restoration project, please contact our office today at 410-683-0650 or email us at mike@delpretemasonry.com. We serve Baltimore City, County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County.

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Safety Tips for Working with Concrete

Friday, June 17th, 2016
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Be cautious when handling fresh cement.

Concrete is an incredibly beneficial material to work with due to its malleable characteristics when freshly mixed, and durability when hardened. Still, it’s imperative to understand the risks surrounding concrete construction job sites and how you can minimize exposure to health and safety hazards.

 

Exercise Caution Around Fresh Materials

Wet cement is a caustic material that can result in severe chemical burns when exposed to the skin or eyes. Stay safe by always wearing the proper eye protection, alkali-resistant gloves, and full length shirts and pants when working near wet cement. If you must stand in fresh concrete while it’s being placed, ensure that you are wearing water proof boots.

Furthermore, cement presents the danger of inhalation due to its naturally small particles. Exposure to cement dust can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and upper respiratory system. Exercise safety precaution by wearing a dust mask when opening bags or sacks of cement.

 

Protect Your Body

Working on a construction site can present a number of hazards that may cause bodily harm. Wear a hard hat to protect your head and avoid working beneath heavy machinery where falling objects may be common.

Materials and machinery required to make and pour concrete can also be very heavy and strenuous on a person’s body. Take care to keep your back straight and your legs bent to avoid strain on your back when lifting heavy objects.

 

Worker Safety Tips

Make sure you know to use tools and operate machinery safely before doing so. Exercise caution near mixers and ready-mix trucks that have confined spaces.

Any areas of the skin that come into contact with wet concrete should be washed away immediately with cold, running water. Flush your eyes with water if they come into contact with fresh concrete. If burns persist, seek medical assistance right away. Don’t let small problems turn into big ones!

 

Stay Safe on the Job with Del Prete Masonry

Need someone to do the heavy lifting? feel free to contact Del Prete Masonry. Our masonry restoration professionals have the experience and history of satisfied clients to prove that we’ll get the job done right, and cost-effectively. To get started with your masonry restoration project, please contact our office today at 410-683-0650 or email us at mike@delpretemasonry.com. We serve Baltimore City, County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County.

 

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