What’s Causing My Driveway to Sink and Crack?

Cracked Concrete Driveway in MN

Over time, many homeowners find cracks and other issues in their concrete driveway. As the material breaks down and separates, these unsightly divots can prove frustrating. While winter weather is the number one cause of sunken and cracked driveways, there are many reasons why it could be happening at your home! A flaw in your… Read more »

3 Tips for Preparing for a Kitchen Countertop Installation

3 Tips for Preparing for a Kitchen Countertop Installation

Installing new countertops in your kitchen is one of the most effective ways to freshen up the space and make it more usable for you and your family. But before you can have countertops installed, you should prepare your home for it. Here are several things you should do to prep your kitchen for new… Read more »

The Science behind Ancient Roman Concrete

The Science behind Ancient Roman Concrete

When you think of impressive architecture and strong building materials, the Ancient Roman times probably come to mind. Many concrete buildings, roads, and harbors are in place more than 2,000 years after their construction despite natural disasters, weather, war, and more. But what makes Ancient Roman concrete so strong and amazingly durable? Here we unmask… Read more »

Exploring Concrete Architecture

Exploring Concrete Architecture

Concrete has been around for thousands of years now, and human beings have used it to build all kinds of structures. But it wasn’t until around the 1950s that a new style of architecture called “brutalism” was born. Brutalist architecture involves using raw concrete to create structures, and it has been incorporated into all kinds… Read more »

MIT Students Create Stronger Concrete from Plastic Bottles

Chicago Columbian Exposition’s Influence on Silver Plated Flatware Design

According to a study published in the Journal of Waste Management, MIT students found a way to produce concrete 20 percent sturdier than regular concrete. The group of student engineers discovered that when plastic from regular soda bottles was exposed to gamma radiation, it created a powerful substance which, when crushed, could be added to… Read more »

Leaf, Acorn and Pinecone Stains: Getting the Marks of Fall Off Your Driveway

Stains on Concrete

The majority of driveways are surfaced with either concrete or asphalt to make a durable surface. As we’ve covered, concrete is an excellent driveway surface material that will last for many years. The lighter color of concrete, however, does make it susceptible to organic stains from things like leaves, acorns and pinecones that fall off… Read more »

Three Advantages of Concrete Counters

Concrete Countertop

Concrete countertops are an increasingly popular choice, not just for kitchens, but also baths and other areas of the home. Not only does concrete look great, but it also offers a range of additional benefits for buyers. Let’s take a closer look at three of the leading advantages of choosing concrete for your next project…. Read more »

High Heat + Low Humidity = Poor Concrete – Here’s Why

Summer Concrete Pouring

Summer is the time when many home and commercial construction projects are planned. After all, winter weather in many areas can severely limit opportunities for construction activity. Despite the fact that summer provides a good opportunity and better weather for many projects, it may also bring some climate-related challenges. High heat coupled with low humidity,… Read more »

Concrete Garage Floor Sealers: Pros and Cons of the Major Options

Concrete Garage Floor

One of the best ways to ensure that the concrete floor in your garage looks its best and lasts for a long time is by sealing it. There are a variety of different concrete floor sealers that you can use in your garage to protect it, each of which offers distinctive advantages and disadvantages. Here… Read more »