FAQs

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December 2015

How soon can we walk on our new concrete?

In most circumstances, your new concrete can support live weight the day following the pour. You should wait seven days from the day of the pour before driving passenger vehicles on your new concrete, and two full weeks for heavy vehicles (moving trucks, etc.)

Does Baltz and Sons Concrete offer any type of warranty?

In most circumstances, Baltz and Sons Concrete warrants all of its concrete against structural failure for a period of twelve months. It has been our experience that any substantial problems with concrete will develop within that time frame if at all. It is important to realize that this does not cover stress cracks that will [...]

When will we see the stone in our washed concrete?

Washed concrete, or exposed aggregate concrete, is a decorative method of finishing concrete by washing away the surface of the cement paste to expose the stone within the concrete mix. A rarely used alternative method to achieve the same look is by “seeding” the surface of wet concrete with dry stone which is then tamped [...]

Is washed concrete rough on bare feet?

This is a common, if not legitimate concern, especially when considering a pool deck or patio. While many washed finishes are rough, Baltz and Sons Concrete has spent years refining our methods of exposing concrete, even developing the trend-setting methods of "microwashing". We are proud to say that we are known to produce one of [...]

When will you color our stamped concrete?

While some methods of pigmentation are immediate, Baltz and Sons Concrete has developed proprietary pigmentation methods that include the use of acid-etch stains. Due to the nature of these stains, it is necessary to wait for the concrete to adequately cure, usually 10-15 days, before pigmentation. The staining process itself usually takes only a few [...]

Should we seal our concrete?

It depends on the finish. As a part of the process, we use sealers on all of our stamped concrete. While we typically do not recommend sealer application for exposed aggregate, or washed finishes, it is not necessarily harmful and is largely a decision of the customer. Typically, you do not use sealers on broom [...]

How long does the sealer on our concrete last?

We use a commercial-grade, non-yellowing, UV-resistant, high-solid acrylic-based sealer. It is designed to last three to five years, depending on a variety of factors such as exposure to sun-light, traffic, and the surface to begin with. We have found that the frequency at which concrete should be re-sealed largely comes down to personal taste: some [...]

Is the sealed surface of stamped or washed concrete slick?

This is a legitimate concern, especially when considering a finish for your pool deck or patio. Of course, safety is a foremost concern in all aspects of any Baltz and Sons Concrete project. As a rule, we use specialized additives in all of our sealers that help provide traction and grip, without diminishing the cosmetic [...]

Why are the colors of our recently stained concrete so different from what we selected?

Baltz and Sons Concrete uses proprietary methods of introducing color and texture to our concrete installations. It is important to realize that this is a multi-staged process, where the final outcome can dramatically differ from the appearance during and after each stage. This is especially true of the acid-etch stained surfaces prior to sealing. For [...]

Do we need to wet down our concrete after it is first installed?

It is rarely necessary to wet down newly installed concrete in most residential applications. In some cases, the purpose of wetting down concrete is to cool it down, and slow evaporation of water. This in turn slows the curing process of hardening concrete, making for a better, stronger end-product. Today, most available ready-mix concrete contains [...]