Colors and textures vary greatly due to supplier, wind, sunlight, temperature, and workmanship. It is nearly impossible to match any colors or textures exactly to examples or nearby work for these reasons. Something as simple as time of day can change the color of a concrete pour from one side to another. The more sunlight or precipitation that a slab endures in its early lifetime may speed up the "bleaching process" All concrete will start out as a very deep rich version of the desired color. Over time it will "bleach" or lighten up substantially as it cures. Even normal concrete starts out as a deep gray (almost green) color at first and can continually change colors over the course of weeks or month to an eventual somewhat even "concrete white" color. Blochy-ness or discolorations and inconsistencies are normal in the early lifetime of any concrete surface. These inconsistencies can be more evident in decorative concrete mostly due to the fact so many different processes and products are applied to the concrete to attain the stamped or exposed texture. Remember, concrete is a COMPLETELY hand crafted product. It comes out of a concrete supplier, delivered on a truck, brought out at a rocky watery consistency and placed by highly skilled individuals that have only a certain amount of time to make something look as good as possible before the concrete hardens. It is one of the toughest trades known. And we do our best to make it look easy. In the end, inconsistent colors, and harsh textures will fade and wear with usage. Fresh concrete can come out of the mold almost comparable to a new child's toy with sharp edges that haven't worn yet.
We have a slew of different equipment and techniques for getting into tight spaces when restoring or replacing a customer’s back yard patio or other project. Almost all our machinery has tracks to allow for minimal ground pressure while traveling through yards or tight areas. SOME DEGREE of landscaping will be required by homeowner when projects are complete. A few ruts in the yard or dampened grass blades is to be expected. Even tire or rubber tracks on existing pavement or concrete. Ask your estimator about this process. Homeowners and business owners should budget for a landscaper or a landscaping project to take place once the concrete project is complete. Concrete is only a portion of your overall project. PLAN on doing a few hours of landscaping when everything is said and done.
We apply a sealant product to most jobs once the project is complete. You can choose to re-seal your concrete however often you would like but we recommend at least every year in the fall on driveways and steps and every other year on patios and sidewalks. Anything exposed to vehicle traffic should be kept sealed annually.
Exterior concrete subject to freeze and thaw is required to be sealed. Concrete is porous and if not sealed or not sealed properly any liquid which becomes absorbed will expand when frozen causing corrosion and even cracks. Sealer will also extend the look of your concrete by resisting stains, dust and abrasion.
Although cement and concrete are often used interchangeably, it’s important to know that cement is not concrete and concrete is not cement. Cement is one of the basic ingredients used to make concrete. When mixed with other ingredients including sand, gravel and water, it reacts and makes a rock like form known as concrete.
The lifespan of concrete will depend on how it is used. Concrete is able to last for over 30 years in Wisconsin, though heavy traffic and extreme weather conditions may cause cracks and raised slabs to eventually appear. Fun Fact: Concrete roads created by the Romans are still in existence at 2,000 years old!
The main source of concrete damage in Wisconsin is from the freeze-thaw cycle. Salt causes snow and ice to thaw quickly, and the water has no place to go but down into your concrete. This water then freezes in or below the concrete, leading to cracking or surface issues. By using sand instead of salt, you can prevent freeze-thaw damage.
Natural landscaping like tree roots and water features may also cause damage to concrete depending on their location. While your options with an existing driveway or sidewalk are limited, new construction can be made to avoid these hazards.
Most Definitely! Properly sealed and maintained concrete parking lots can last for decades. They are easy to maintain and are less likely to develop the problems common to asphalt driveways. Using decorative concrete for your parking lot is an excellent way to show your customers you care about your commercial property.
With any business, you want to be sure you’re getting the absolute best. When it comes to concrete construction projects, there are several forms of accreditation to look for to ensure you’re working with a reliable company.
Some of the accreditations of Bath Concrete Flatwork:
Dwelling Contractor Certified through the state of Wisconsin Department of Licensing and Regulation
2023 Master Certificate in Business & Project Management from World of Concrete
Brown County Home Builders Association
Wisconsin Builders Association
National Association of Home Builders
Our company is a registered business in the state of Wisconsin and has Concrete Contractor Licenses for both the city of Green Bay and the city of De Pere. Our jobs are fully insured and bonded, protecting you from liability and property damage.
The use of deicing chemicals during the first year of service is not recommended, especially if concrete is installed late in the year. Sand is an acceptable alternative anytime. De-icing chemicals used for snow and ice removal can cause and aggravate surface scaling. Therefore, judicious use of these products with regard to amount and frequency of application is strongly advised. Remember deicers can also reach concrete surfaces other than by direct application — for example, drippings from the under-carriage of vehicles.
NEVER use rock salt on your concrete.
During and after the concrete’s second winter, deicing chemicals containing sodium chloride (common salt) or calcium chloride may be used judiciously.
NEVER use deicers containing ammonium sulfate or ammonium nitrate, as they will chemically attack and rapidly disintegrate concrete.
We recommend a minimum of 1-2 days before walking on new concrete and 7 days before placing any patio furniture or items on the newly poured concrete. For stamped or exposed concrete, you will want to wait until the surface has been pressure washed and sealed before foot traffic is OK. It is also recommended waiting 7 days to do any landscaping or work around the new concrete.
For Northeastern Wisconsin, we recommend a minimum of nine days following concrete placement before driving on a concrete driveway.
Generally, a thickness of 4 inches is standard for most Wisconsin residential concrete applications unless unusual circumstances would be encountered. Examples of this would be if a homeowner would have an unusually heavy vehicle where the concrete would be under more stress due to the heavy load or a patio with a hot tub on it - then proper thickness and slab design would need to be determined.
We are fully insured and bonded concrete company located in De Pere, WI. Our coverage includes liability insurance, covering property damage, work and public injuries, commercial vehicle insurance and workers' compensation insurance.
We accept personal checks, money orders, cashier's checks, cash, ACH transfers, credit and debit cards (3.5% online payment convience fee).
Our schedule is determined by two factors. First being the order in which a signed agreement and down payment was received and secondly being the weather. We will give the customer an estimated time for starting the concrete job, but it could be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.