Frequently Asked Questions
Answering Your Concrete Related Questions
Is all the concrete the same? No, there are many different mixes which involve aggregate, cement and additives. Cement content is measured by the bags of Portland cement. A 5 bag mix has less cement than a 7 bag mix. To protect your investment, Glen Galis uses the highest quality mix for designs with durability and long lasting beauty.
How will concrete and materials be transported when truck or machinery can not access project area? Wheelbarrows or motorized buggies (the size of a riding mower) will be used. Most fit through standard fence gate openings and leave little or no damage to your yard. Plywood will be placed on drive areas.
Will you backfill when finished? Yes, we will backfill the project area when the forming material is taken off. In some cases we are able to reuse the dug out materials and in others we will use black dirt. We will ensure minimal (if any) distrupution to your existing surroundings.
Do you get the permits if required? Yes, we can assist you or secure the required permits ourselves for your project.
What is the difference between cement and concrete? Although the terms cement and concrete often are used interchangeably, cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is basically a mixture of aggregates and paste. The aggregates are sand and gravel or crushed stone; the paste is water and Portland cement. So, there is no such thing as a cement sidewalk, or a cement mixer; the proper terms are concrete sidewalk and concrete mixer.
How thick is the concrete and what strength is it? Glen Galis Concrete, Inc. specifies 5 inches for driveways and 4 inches for patios, walkways and pool decks. The concrete strength is 4,500 psi and incorporates steel reinforcement with fiber. .
Will it crack? Any concrete has the potential to crack. Glen Galis Concrete, Inc. incorporates and often goes above and beyond accepted industry standards, which dictate methods and guidelines to greatly minimize or control cracking.
Can chips or cracks be repaired? Yes they can. The staff of Glen Galis Concrete Inc. are fully trained in all aspects of concrete repair.
Is it slippery? Over the years, stamped concrete has developed a bad reputation of being slippery in the winter, but it doesn’t have to be. Glen Galis Concrete, Inc. utilizes a non-slip additive in its sealer to greatly reduce, if not eliminate, slipperiness.
Will the color(s) fade? Glen Galis Concrete, Inc. uses Integral with a combination of color hardeners that are applied to the surface of the concrete. The surface strength of the concrete is greatly increased and it also insures that the integrity of the color will last a lifetime with proper maintenance.
What maintenance is required? Periodically, everything needs maintenance, especially items exposed to our climate. We recommend that you reseal your stamped concrete every 2 years. That’s all. Just call us when you require sealer, or better yet, relax and have Glen Galis Concrete, Inc. wash and seal it for you for a minimal cost.
What about applying salt? Glen Galis Concrete, Inc. strongly discourages the use of salt as an ice melter on any concrete surface. However, there are various calcium-based de-icers readily available at hardware and grocery stores that are somewhat safer to use. The best product you could use to reduce the slipperiness of ice is sand. Also, we recommend that plastic snow shovels be used, rather than those made of steel, as steel shovels may scratch sealer.
What value-added services does Glen Galis Concrete, Inc. bring to its clients? In addition to high quality materials and certified workmanship, we bring:
- Custom design consultation
- Tidy work areas
- Timely procurement of work