Friday, March 20, 2015

Patio Shapes

Backyard patios come in many shapes and sizes.

Which is your favorite patio shape?
Which patio shape is most common among homeowners?
Most customers think that concrete can only be installed as a square or rectangle .. this is not true. Concrete can be poured in most any shape.

Most common is the kidney shape.
Large sweeping curves are popular as well.

Which is your favorite?

Call today for free patio design
Salzano Custom Concrete


What is efflorescence?

  1. What is that ugly white salty deposit on my brick or stone?
    Efflorescence is often caused by moisture with salt deposits coming up from the ground and passing through the bricks or stone, then dries and leaves the white material on the surface. The groundwater is often the source which moves
    the salts to the surface, which dries and turns that ugly white color that you see.
  2. This white deposit can be crusty or powdery and is often described as white chalky material on the surface of bricks or stone. It can appear on bricks or stones that are vertical or laying flat.
  3. Research has shown that efflorescence is nearly impossible to prevent. Cleaning efflorescence can be done relatively easily, however cleaning only clears the symptom, but the white deposit will typically come back again.
  4. There are many, many cleaners available specifically designed to remove efflorescence. If you are search for such a cleaner, try Amazon and search "efflorescence cleaners" or "efflorescence removers". These cleaners can also be purchased at your local stone supplier and sometimes at your local hardware depot stores.
  5. Remember, as always when using such cleaners:  - read and follow all instructions.
      - wear safety glasses and gloves and face mask to avoid breathing in fumes
      - test the cleaning products in a small area to be sure they are not causing other problems such as surface deterioration or discoloration.
  6. Hope this information has helped with any efflorescence issues.
  7. Salzano Custom Concrete

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Building new Stamped Concrete in the winter

Pouring stamped concrete in winter months can be tricky. We typically wait until we have about 40 degrees before pouring new concrete.

If the temps are too cold, sometimes particularly in January and February, we just have to wait it out, put the crews on hold and wait for warmer weather.

Depending on our schedule and the needs and desires of our customers, sometimes we can get preparation work started, basic excavation, grading, etc. then if the temps are too cold, wait it out for warmer weather.

If a customer is in a hurry and we can't wait for warmer weather, we can still pour concrete in colder temps, but tenting, heaters, blankets and the like must be used so that the cold temperatures are held out and the new concrete is warm.

Hope this helps.
Feel free to call us anytime to discuss.

Salzano Custom Concrete
703-929-9299