Quick Fixes for Cracks in Your Driveway

Concrete is used the world over because of its strength, durability and good looks, but even it sometimes needs repair.

Concrete CrackOne area where small problems can sometimes occur is on driveways. Concrete driveways take a ton of abuse from heat and cold to sand and salt, not to mention the in and out of traffic of cars. Over time this traffic and changing weather conditions can cause small cracks to appear, but luckily they are something most homeowners can repair themselves. If caught early, these cracks can be easily and economically fixed with a few simple steps.

First remove any loose particles with either a screwdriver or a chisel. Follow over the cracked area with a wire brush or a chisel to get rid of anything that may have gotten left behind. You’ll also need to buy a small supply of concrete patching compound or masonry crack filler – something easily found at any major hardware store.

The easiest solution is to put the masonry crack filler into a caulking gun and apply it to the cleaned crack in the driveway, using a putty knife to smooth out any access. After the compound cures, spread a sealer over the patched area to prevent the crack from growing larger.

This repair can be done with any crack found on your driveway and can stop them from growing larger, which could lead to larger problems and repairs that require an expert to fix.

If you do find yourself in need of hand or face a project that is out of your scope of knowledge, contact Bergen Mobile Concrete. Serving Bergen County since 1990, Bergen Mobile Concrete provides dependable service regardless of the size of the delivery. We can deliver short or large orders, using metered trucks that can save you money by allowing you to pay only for the concrete that is used. Let our team bring you the supplies you need for your concrete-related projects – both large and small. Call us today at 201-797-7550 to learn more or to schedule a delivery.

Understanding Why Concrete Cracks

Understanding Why Concrete Cracks Concrete is one of the most commonly used building materials due to its strength and durability. However, it can be very frustrating to find it starting to crack regardless of how long ago it may have been poured. The fact is there are numerous factors that are involved that can lead to concrete cracks, including soil upheaval and the climate you live in.

When it comes to upheaval, things such as plant roots can cause concrete to crack in multiple places. To avoid this happening, placing steel reinforcement around the area in which the concrete is poured will help keep the roots and soil from affecting it. Another option is choosing not to pour next to mature trees as their roots can extend up to 40 feet.

Now if you live in an area with hot weather, your concrete is more likely to develop shrinkage cracks than if it were in a more moderate climate. The reason is due to heat, as hot and arid conditions – like those sometimes seen during the past few summers – require that more water is used in the initial concrete mixture so it is able to dry properly. However, this excess water can result left over water filling in throughout the concrete, resulting in shrinkage that causes hairline cracks. To fix these cracks, synthetic fibers and sufficient rebar should do the trick.

On the other hand, when there is extreme cold and snow, your concrete can fall victim to freeze-and-thaw cycles that will eventually lead to cracks in the concrete. These can also be remedied with the same items as if the concrete were in heat.

With all of these factors at play, turning to professionals like the team at Bergen Mobile Concrete is your best solution. With more than a quarter century of experience mixing high-quality concrete for the Northern New Jersey area, we can help make sure that you receive the perfect blend of concrete for your project. To learn more or to schedule a delivery, call us today at 201-797-7550!

Save Money and Time with Our Mobile Concrete Mixer

There are few mistakes more annoying than paying for a product or service that you don’t need. Instead of regretting the money you wasted, Bergen Mobile Concrete wants to make sure you keep your hard-earned money. That’s why we offer our mobile concrete mixer service that allows you to pay for only what you end up using.

Save Money and Time with Our Mobile Concrete MixerEven if you’re just planning a small construction or remodeling project, you often don’t know the exact quantity of materials you need until the job is over. Accounting for waste, spills and other unknowns often means overordering, meaning you buy too much and end up wasting money. You could go conservatively, but that could also mean you buy too little and have to make multiple purchases along the way to obtain everything you need – often costing even more. Both these scenarios are annoying, and a big turn off for anyone who is working on a project.

Avoid these scenarios altogether, you can overplan without worry by using our mobile concrete service. Our truck can deliver up to 11 yards of concrete per delivery, and you simply need to let us know how much you think you’ll need. If you end up needing less than you originally specified, don’t worry – you’re only ever charged for every increment of one-quarter yard that you use after we mix the concrete.

Most project managers recommend overordering by 10 percent of what you think will be needed just in case you need extra. While this isn’t a bad idea, it means you’re wasting 10 percent more money if your original projections are correct. This may not seem like a lot of money after just one project, but it quickly adds up over time. Avoid this issue altogether by taking advantage of our mobile concrete mixer service.

Get in touch with a member of our team today to learn more about how we can help!

Get The Right Amount of Concrete Before You Pour!

Get The Right Amount of Concrete Before You Pour!Putting in new concrete is one job that can become very messy if done incorrectly. That’s why it is so important to have the right amount of concrete to complete the job. Here are a few tips to make sure you don’t end up with too much – or too little – to get your project done.

All About Dimensions

Say you are putting down new concrete for your driveway. When trying to figure out how much concrete you will need, take into account the width, length and thickness of the driveway you’re planning to pour. Once you have those, there is a concrete calculator on our home page that you can use to determine the number of cubic yards that will be needed for your project.

The Thicker, The Better

When measuring the thickness of your concrete, be sure to add a quarter-inch to the total number. This additional volume can help accommodate up for areas where the grade you’re pouring over is uneven. This is important because if you are paving a new patio or sidewalk, you don’t want it to be uneven or below the grade of your existing yard.

Allow a Margin for Error

In addition to embellishing the thickness, allow yourself some room for error with the amount of concrete you need. Depending on how many total yards of concrete you need, you should order anywhere from half a yard to one and a half yards more.

Keep It Simple

If the area you are looking to pour the cement into is an irregular shape then do this: break it down into smaller, simpler shapes. That way you can make more precise measurements of the easily defined portions, allowing you to more accurately determine how much concrete you will need.

Bergen Mobile Concrete provides concrete pouring and installation in New Jersey using the latest technology. For more information on our services, give us a call today at 201-797-7550!

Increasing Traction on Concrete Surfaces

Increasing Traction on Concrete SurfacesThere are a number of benefits to having a concrete driveway, but just like many other types of surfaces, concrete can quickly become slippery in the winter. As snow and ice piles up in the coming months, your driveway can become a safety hazard.

However, there are a few preventative measures you can take to increase the traction on your driveway and any other concrete surfaces you may have around your property.

One of the most effective methods to increase traction is to apply a friction coating. To do this, you’re going to first need to choose a specific type of friction coating. There are several options available, each of which may be more or less suited to your specific driveway.

For example, there are friction coating products made with everything from aluminum oxide beads to polyethylene, so make sure you ask for help before making a final selection.

Once you’ve chosen a specific type of coating, it should be applied to your concrete driveway on a day with moderate temperature and no rain. Make sure your driveway is closed off so nobody steps or drives onto it while the coating is being applied.

Before getting started, your driveway should also be as clean as possible to ensure that the coating adheres well to the surface. If you aren’t working with a new driveway, you may need to use a degreasing cleaner to get rid of some deeper grime and roadway oils.

There are other methods of improving traction on concrete services, including broom finishing. This technique can be done immediately after concrete is poured, adding a series of small lines in the concrete that can add some additional traction. However, it’s not ideal for any concrete surfaces that have decorative markings, and it can only be done during the construction of a new driveway.

Regardless of which method you use, stay safe this winter and take the necessary steps now to prevent slippery driveways in the future.

At Bergen Mobile Concrete, we can help ensure that your driveway is prepared for all seasons. With comprehensive concrete delivery services – including night and weekend availability – we’re available when you need us.

For more information, call us today at 201-797-7550.

Sealing an Outdoor Concrete Slab

Concrete DrivewayWhether you have a crack in your concrete driveway, walkways, or any other slab around your property, we’re here to help. We know that a crack in your concrete can tarnish the overall appearance of your home or commercial building, which is why it should be fixed as soon as possible. If you are just looking for a simple way to seal the crack, you can take advantage of the following steps.

When outdoor concrete slabs remain unsealed, a few problems can arise. Most often, water will find its way into the crack, which will then erode the soil under the entire slab. This can cause the concrete to settle over time. In order to avoid this, you need to first get rid of any debris in the crack. You can do this using a screwdriver or a similar tool that will allow you to easily scoop out any small pieces of broken concrete or anything else.

Once the crack in your concrete is free of debris, you should fill it with repair caulk. There are several different options available, but just make sure it is designed for use with concrete. Make sure you cover the crack with a sealant that is long lasting and waterproof. Most sealants will only take a couple of hours to dry at most, but just make sure nothing touches the area of the concrete until then.

Cracks in your concrete surfaces will naturally appear over time, especially if the slab is very old. At a certain point if your concrete has too many cracks, it may need to be replaced or repaired altogether. Until then, use these tips to quickly and carefully fix the problem.

A New Type of Concrete Can Absorb Water

ConcreteConcrete is an amazing material for a long list of reasons and it is the perfect choice for sidewalks, driveways, buildings, and other structures. However, concrete has improved in several ways throughout history, and inventors are always looking for new ways to use it. Now, a company in the UK has developed a new type of concrete that can actually absorb water at an alarming rate.

That’s right; water-absorbing concrete is a real thing. The specialized form of concrete, called Topmix Permeable, can actually absorb as much as 1,000 liters of water per minute. While it may sound hard to believe, the company has performed several demonstrations that underline the effectiveness of the concrete. In one video, a truck poured more than 4,000 liters of water on to a section of Topmix Permeable concrete, and it vanished almost instantly.

Just how does this concrete work? Well, unlike traditional concrete, Topmix Permeable contains no sand or crushed stone. Instead, the concrete is placed over another layer made entirely out of crushed stone, which allows the concrete itself to remain porous. The water simply moves through the concrete, into the aggregate layer, and eventually makes its way into the earth below.

While the practical application of this concrete remains to be seen, it could be effective in areas that are prone to flooding. And although this is the first example of concrete that has been able to absorb water, it is similar in many ways to porous asphalt and paving blocks that have been used in several cities across the U.S.

We’re eager to see what the future holds for water absorbing concrete, and we’ll be sure to update you with any new information!

Concrete That Can Repair Itself

concrete-crushedHighways. They’re like the veins of America, the blood flowing from coast to coast. Without highways, there’d be nothing really bringing the country together. Politics certainly aren’t doing the trick! Unfortunately a bulk of the highway system is seemingly crumbling.

With that said, highways are one of the most important parts of American infrastructure; it is important for the government to keep up to date on repairs, meaning no potholes or other impediments to smooth flowing traffic. After all, the highway system is crucial to the nation’s economy so the roads must be maintained; it’s really as simple as that. What are the roads constructed out of? Concrete of course!

Congress had to scramble to approve funding for the highway system by July 31. Why such a scramble? We’ll never know; it’s Washington! But their scramble demonstrates just how important the highway system is and how we need stronger and higher-performing highways and bridges. While that’s priority number one, there’s also talk of developing a better system of concrete. That may already be in the works, according to this article in The Christian Science Monitor.

Phoebe Tollefson writes, “It may sound far-fetched, but the technology exists for self-healing concrete. The auto-mending material contains limestone-producing bacteria that activates when wet. The bacteria can lie dormant for up to 200 years, according to the European Patent Office, where the technology is registered.”

Imagine that! Self-healing concrete. It’s almost like something out of a sci-fi movie. It basically starts repairing itself the moment it gets wet. That kind of technology could possibly change the way we see the world. What do you think?

The Evolution of Concrete and What It Means for Humanity

6653499_SWe guess you could say that concrete is like the cockroach of building materials; it’s been used for what seems like forever, and it’s still kicking, and it’ll still be around even after everything else is gone. Concrete is trustworthy, the reliable material that we all come back to. What’s refreshing though is that we’re not using the same methods when it comes to concrete structures; we have evolved, as pointed out in The Independent.

Jay Merrick writes, “In the 21st century, software-generated algorithms and geometry often make the shaping and structuring of concrete as deliberately iconic […] but the aesthetic and atmospheric qualities of concrete architecture are not just about shape-making. It’s about the feel of the material, the light and shadow it creates, its particular sense of lightness, its particular sense of “grunt” – or its lightness and delicacy. Concrete can make asymmetry as graceful as symmetry, or turn volumes of space into engrossing mysteries.”

Wow! That’s quite the ringing endorsement. Sounds more like a religious experience than some architectural structure, but we can agree with that assessment. Concrete is poetry and at Bergen Mobile Concrete, we’re proud to work with this brilliant material. This material has taken civilizations to the skies. This material has solidified our lives in ways never thought possible. Concrete is the backbone from which every city perseveres, the legs on which every city can walk. It is, quite simply, what holds us together and with new technological advancements and a better understanding of the material as a whole, we can only expect concrete to become an even more prominent building block for the future – and that excites us. Doesn’t that excite you too?

We promise you that Bergen Mobile Concrete will evolve the same way that concrete has in order to serve you better!

The Rising Popularity of Concrete Floors

It’s no surprise that people are discovering the benefits of concrete floors. Their cost effective, easy to maintain, and are simply cleaned. Concrete slays in the face of its competitors. Rugs are easily outdated, consume odors, and trigger allergies for many homeowners. Tiles can accumulate mold and mildew in the grout that lies between them. Wood, while beautiful, is temperamental. The list could go on and on.

Concrete is a functional and economical material. They are easy to sweep and mop, becoming particularly important for families with children or pets who shed. They also compliment designs in a unique way. Concrete in its simplicity becomes a base to the vibrant, edgy, or classic personality of your home.  The cost of concrete is also very low in comparison to other flooring materials. It’s variety of finishes offers you the chance to create your own masterpiece and make your house a home. Subtle cracks and tonal differences in the pour add flavor to any home.

The last and possibly most important benefit of concrete floors is its longevity. Concrete can last for years to come without any major repairs or fixes. It can also be swapped out at a later time for any of the aforementioned materials. However, after reading up on the benefits of concrete why would you choose any other materials?

Contact us with any concrete questions you may have and upgrade your home today with Bergen Mobile Concrete.