Frequently Asked Questions
• How often should I water? I don’t know. Let your moisture meter tell you.
• How long should I stay off of my lawn? Generally two weeks or until the sod is rooted in. Grab the sod and try to lift it up after two weeks. If it will not come up it is rooted in. Stay off of it if you cannot walk across it without sinking. Back off on watering until stable. Do not let lawn dry out too much.
• Do you guarantee your work? Yes. I guarantee that my work meets or exceeds the industry standard. Some things are outside the scope of the contractor’s control. Things such as maintaining living plant material or monitoring moisture levels. Concrete at times also will develop cracking due to earth movement or other environmental factors outside of the contractor’s control. The contractor will use control joints, expansion joints and water the sub-grade and place gravel or road base to minimize the chances of cracking. Steel may also be used in certain situations to strengthen the concrete in selected areas. Control joints are chosen in a particular pattern primarily to give relief to the concrete. The contractor will choose strength over aesthetics
when it comes to control joint patterns and placement.
• Can you match my existing concrete? We do our best to match concrete. We cannot guarantee that it will match because we do not make the concrete. Environmental factors affect concrete tremendously. On exposed aggregate jobs we can match the actual rock, but the color of the cement is nearly impossible to match. Even using the same concrete company you can still have variances in color.
Concrete is an unstable product. You have a limited amount of time to place it and finish it. It has different chemically reactive properties due to sun exposure, wind, moisture content, and light reflection from windows or other reflective surfaces. Colored concrete also absorbs more heat and accelerates the drying time of concrete. Color in concrete can magnify the instability of concrete. When concrete hydrates it pushes water to the surface of the concrete. This also pulls the color of the concrete to the surface as well. If you have areas that are different hydraulically you can have a difference of color. Most people love colored concrete and realize that variance in color is just a part of having colored concrete. If you are pouring more than one load of colored concrete, expect a color difference. If you have any further questions about concrete feel free to ask.
Ron Owen Jr.