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Why does concrete, especially slabs, settle & crack?

December 29, 2016 • servadmin

There are several possible reasons for concrete slabs to slump, sink, or settle below the desired finish grade. In Many instances time will allow the finish grade of slabs to change (settle, sink, or slump) due to failure of backfill and lack of soil compaction during construction, or erosion from poor drainage.

Over time, moisture from poor or inadequate drainage can cause the fill under the slab to settle and compress under the weight of the concrete slab, thus allowing the unsupported concrete to fail because of inadequate support from soil beneath the slab. Some soils such as clay, will expand and contract under the influence of moisture and weight, and can be the cause of slab failures.

In most cases placing a bed of gravel and then properly compacting it will prevent slap failures. The exception can occur during improper drainage events. Properly engineered gutter and downspout placement can alleviate water drainage issues which in turn can aggravate concrete slabs. During the life of the slab drainage plays a critical role in concrete slab stability.

Of course proper concrete steel reinforcements such as Re-Wire and Re-bar are helpful in preventing fractures and settling.

Reputable concrete contractors such as Poppenga Concrete Construction, LLC will recommend proper drainage and fill methods to use in your next project. Call Dave at 417-379-5441 or request a Free Estimate here.

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STAMPED CONCRETE PATTERNS AND DESIGNS

October 31, 2016 • servadmin

Here are some of the most popular designs from actual projects. Seeing actual projects can help you develope ideas for your project. Patterned stamped concrete that resembles brick, slate, flagstone, wood, cobblestone and other patterns. Using real natural stone or brick flat work can be very costly and require more upkeep than decorative patterned & stamped concrete.  Therefore, stamped decorative concrete is much more economical and offers vast options while still capable of achieving your desired look. Concrete is the most often installed surface for driveways, walks, steps, courtyards, and patios.  Therefore, stamped decorative concrete is currently the most popular application for creating unique designs that will enhance your property in both beauty and utility for years to come.

Stamped Patterns Gallery & Stamped Concrete Color Chart

Stamped concrete pool deck

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Stamped concrete pool deck

Stamped concrete pool deck

 

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Walks & Steps

Any stamped and decorative concrete pattern.

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Decorative Stamped concrete walk & Steps

Decorative Stamped concrete Walk & Steps

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Patios, Walks, Fire Pits

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stamped and decorative concrete stone pattern

Decorative concrete patio with fire pit

Decorative concrete patio with fire pit

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Creative use of Concrete to enhance your home

September 30, 2016 • servadmin

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Poppenga Concrete Construction will help you have the best in …/concrete design
I am in the concrete business because I love its strength, durability, and flexible attributes that allow for so many creative designs that will enhance real estate, buildings, and homes of all kinds. Poppenga Concrete Construction has made it our mission to help you have the very best in quality and design for you next concrete project.
Many think of it as being hard as nails and not very flexible, but it really can be very flexible in use and does offer very flexible and broad design options. Just about anything is possible design wise whether it is your backyard, pool side, patio, drives, walks, curbs, wall, or even floors.
Though I am not a design expert, I fell in love with concrete and want all our work to show it. This is the reason we came up with the slogan “Our Race ‘For Quality’ Has No Finish Line” which highlights our goal for every job. Concrete can be hard as nails, yet flexible enough for extremely creative, yet original, designs to enhance your home, land, and buildings. Concrete can be colored, textured and stamped in forms to resemble many designs on slabs and walls and can even compliment specific architectural themes such as Traditional, Modern, Old World, Spanish, Southwest, Ranch, Rustic, and Tropical.

A friend of mine, an expert in design, a “Marketing & Design Coordinator” recently gave me this advice about decorative stamped concrete patterns: He said, “My personal opinion; any pattern could essentially work in that space depending on colors used and size area. I personally think the pattern chosen is based on size of the area. Smaller area can use a smaller stone pattern and larger area would use a larger stone pattern so the larger area wouldn’t look so busy.”

Here is a picture of a job that has an old arch design where our “Butterfield pattern”
Mayan Cobblestone was installed.

So you can be very versatile in your creative uses of stamped and decorative concrete finishes by applying careful color coordination techniques along with the space advice of “smaller areas, smaller pattern, larger areas, larger patterns.” The same applies to any concrete patterns other than stone.

In today’s world you have many styles, colors, and patterns to choose from expanding your design options to be nearly unlimited in scope including interior as well as exterior.

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Look over our galleries on our website at; http://poppengaconcrete.com where you will find loads of ideas including concrete patio examples, for your next concrete project.
Remember, adding small enhancements to your next concrete project will save money over the long haul because doing them alone can become prohibitive cost wise. For example, adding a fire pit to your patio or pool deck is more economical to do with the patio/pool deck than doing alone.

While looking over our site you might want to make notes of designs you like before contacting Poppenga Concrete Construction. You can even contact me for help and for FREE ESTIMATES. For more information, click or call 417-379-5441.

Dave Poppenga

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Dealing with Shrubs & Plants

August 26, 2016 • servadmin

Dealing with Shrubs & Plants  during driveway renovation 

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During my near 30+ years in this business I have gained lots of information & insight from doing driveway renovations and installs as well as discussions with my many clients.  I write this from experiences over the years and not as a plant or shrub expert.

We prefer not to be involved in caring for or moving plants and shrubs since that is work for plant experts; however, I do recommend this be discussed in depth before we begin your driveway renovation or driveway repair project.  Don’t forget to mention your plants and shrubs when you request a Free Estimate.

I also recommend you consult with experienced nursery persons before moving any plants, bushes, or shrubbery.  This article does not apply to trees.  Perhaps your plants will not have to be moved or disturbed.  We should discuss this before we start work.  Although you might choose to move plants and shrubs yourself I would recommend you hire an expert to move them prior to driveway renovation and then again after work is complete.

There are several things you might want to consider before starting your project.  Some plants and shrubs can be moved while some would suffer some degree of stress when uprooted.  Moving shrubs from accustomed habitat can be a major blow to the plant’s health and therefore it may be a setback for the plant.  With attention to the basics, transplanted shrubs will adapt well especially when cared for by expert landscape nurseries.  The shock of transplanting or moving can be lessened if the task is carried out correctly by experts.

Some people prefer to simply destroy existing plants and shrubs that would be in path of driveway renovation construction rather than dealing with them, and then buy new ones after driveway concrete work is complete.  This way they have the option of dealing with professional landscape architects and designers during replacement. Using professionals will allow you to schedule planting to coincide with the preferred planting seasons as well as the construction work.

Landscape professionals will be able to recommend if soil changes or conditioning is required as well as custom designing your new landscape to match your existing building architecture.  They can guide you from start to finish through design, planting, and care.  An upgrade in driveway design and landscaping can enhance curb appeal as well as land values.

Planning ahead is imperative to good results.  Carefully planning your driveway renovation project will give you a chance to modify your landscaping and even change plants to better compliment your new driveway.

Get inspired! Update your property with a driveway renovation project today.  The best place to start is by requesting a Free Estimate from Poppenga Concrete.

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Planning a Driveway Renovation

July 25, 2016 • servadmin

Planning a Driveway Renovation
Things to consider when planning to replace your Driveway,
Walk, Patio, and/or Steps

There are lots of extremely varied items to consider when planning a concrete project. I hope these considerations will help you in your developing a workable plan for your project. You are invited to contact me, Dave Poppenga, at poppengaconcrete.com  here to request a FREE  estimate and get your questions answered.

Costs: In this guide I will not attempt to put in costs as they will vary vastly from job to job and doing so could be very misleading. However, I do offer job specific FREE concrete estimates and job consulting for DRIVEWAY REMOVAL & REPLACEMENT which you can request here.

Poppenga Concrete Construction, LLC can offer a complete “all inclusive” job which will, on your request, include all the items required for your particular project including end of job cleanup and yard work when necessary. Poppenga Concrete will do it all for you when you ask; all you have to do is request a driveway replacement cost estimate, approve it, and work with us to schedule your work. Or, if you prefer, you can do some of the project yourself, such as moving and caring for plants, flowers, and shrubs that may be involved due to their location.

There are many things to consider that may or may not affect the cost of your project, but don’t worry, Poppenga Concrete will help you with details involved. Consulting with Dave will help you understand what is involved in achieving your goals and the costs involved. Hopefully this will help you develop a checklist of items to consider in your project plan.

You might want to consider removing and replacing existing Sidewalks, Patios, Pool Decks, and Steps along with your Driveway replacement job. The advantages of only one construction project for all your outdoor upgrades will be less mess, and will likely be much more cost efficient than doing these projects individually.
Continuity of design will improve your curb appeal and enhance your enjoyment for years to come.

This is the perfect opportunity to add loads of curb appeal to your home by including “stamped decorative” concrete finishes. There are many pattern options and a great selection of colors to choose from. See patterns and colors in menu above or you can find a display of patterns and colors available here.

Consider these things Before actually starting construction.

What about underground utilities? Dave’s crew will call to have site inspected and underground utilities will be marked to insure safe on-sight work………This will be the company that specializes in locating and marking underground utility mains and service lines. they use state-of-the-art methods including radio detection (RD) and ground penetrating radar (GPR) to make sure every possible utility is located.

How will I dispose of removed concrete and other debris? Ask Dave to include the disposal of torn out concrete and debris from driveway removal in your contract.
What will be done with existing Plants, and shrubs? This is a decision you must make.

What about our yard? Can contractor get materials and equipment into and out of project areas? This should be discussed with Poppenga Concrete during bidding.

How may weather possibly affect the work progress and completion? It can, and generally will. Poppenga concrete will
Do all in their power to expedite completion of your project.

Will adjacent structure or slabs be protected from concrete spill etc.? Yes, our crew is very conscientious of
Adjacent structures and will protect them.

You probably have heard the cliché “there is more to this than meets the eye”. There usually is, and that is why I wrote this article. I hope you will find this guide helpful in planning your Driveway, Walks, Patios, and/or Step replacement project. Contact me for help and contact me here for FREE ESTIMATE.

Dave Poppenga

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