Inspiration for Your TX Concrete Project

March 17, 2022

Ready to invest in a new concrete driveway, walkway, stairway or patio for your home in Texas? A high-quality concrete project will add curb appeal and help you fully-enjoy your property for many years to come. Completing concrete projects around your property can even save you money on your taxes!

Before you start your project, you can browse different styles to see what will be the best fit for your family. 

There are different offerings related to the material and finish type for different markets. In this blog, we’re showcasing the different package options available in Texas!

Concrete Strength 

There are certain elements of a concrete project that are critical to its functionality and longevity. The specifications or “specs” for concrete installation are the measure of the strength of the concrete. The right PSI for your hardscape project will depend on your need and usage. Surfaces like driveways with vehicle traffic will need to be quoted differently than surfaces that will just be used for walking on, like a stairway or patio.

Concrete Strength depends on combination of factors:

  • Water to cement ratio
  • How well all the ingredients are mixed (cement - water - fine and coarse aggregates)
  • How much air the mixture contains
  • The age of the concrete (with time concrete gets harder)
  • The curing process

There are various types of concrete which are distinguished by total yield strength. Contractors will suggest different PSI based on what your concrete surface will be used for. In most cases, residential paving concrete PSI can range from 2500-4000.

In Texas, we’re currently offering the following: 

  • 3500 PSI and 4000 (Premium) PSI for driveway projects
  • 3000 to 3500 PSI for patio/walkway projects, steps or retaining walls

Concrete Finish

“Finishing” is what it sounds like- the process of giving the poured concrete its ultimate look! When it comes to different concrete finishes you have a few different options. 

Broom Finish

A popular choice for finishing concrete is a broom finish. This look is achieved by taking a broom and brushing it over the concrete to give it a smooth- but also textured finish. This little bit of texture gives the concrete traction- which makes it less slippery when wet, and therefore ideal for certain driveways, stairways and patios. Broom finish is often one of the most cost-effective options for driveway finishing.

Ergeon currently offers Broom Finish as the standard finish for driveways, walkways, patios and steps.

Smooth Finish

The look of smooth finish concrete is lovely- but due to the lack of traction, it can be very slippery when wet, and is therefore not recommended for pool decks and most driveways. Smooth finish concrete is often used for driveway borders or in-between concrete sections as an accent.

Pictured: smooth finish for the border and broom finish for the driveway, note the difference in texture.
Stamped Finish

Stamped finish is a great option for those who want a bit more detail than the look of the broom finish. It’s also great for those who desire the look of pavers, but are on a tighter budget. The stamps are designed to look like different paving stones, and are often stained in order for the color to match the ‘stone’ look. 

Ergeon currently offers Stamped Finish as an upgrade option for driveway projects, walkways, patios and steps.

Always Hire Professionals

Concrete projects are more complex than ordering some concrete and pouring it!  Reputable contractors will be able to provide you with detailed project quotes and elaborate on other important factors of your hardscape project like local regulations and instructions for proper care after installation. 

While the price of cheaper concrete might seem attractive on paper, the consequences of improper concrete installation are far from desirable. It’s always best to do your research and ensure your contractor does not cut corners and will use all of the proper steps and materials to provide you with the best results.

Have specific questions about concrete projects? Check out our FAQ page for more helpful information.

 
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