- Staining Concrete
- Stamped Concrete
- Concrete Overlays
- Concrete Resurfacing
- Concrete Polishing
- Concrete Dyes
- Colored Concrete
- Indoor Concrete
- Concrete Floors
- Concrete Countertops
- Garage Floor Coatings
- Fireplaces, Sinks & Furniture
- Basement Floors
- Outdoor Concrete
- Concrete Patios
- Concrete Driveways
- Concrete Pool Decks
- Outdoor Kitchens & Counters
- Outdoor Fireplace
- Concrete Walkways
- Concrete Pavers
- Concrete Walls
- Repair & Maintenance
- Foundation Repair
- Concrete Crack Repair
- Concrete Sealers
- Building with Concrete
- Concrete Homes
- Concrete Basements
- Decorative Concrete
Buying a Home? Check the ConcreteProblems to watch for with concrete, how to maintain it and using it to renovate
Buying a new home can be exciting and stressful. We’ve gathered concrete-related resources that you’ll find helpful while shopping for a house or after purchasing a property.
PROBLEMS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A HOUSE
When viewing potential homes you’ll need to have a keen eye. Some red flags might be deal breakers, depending on how much hassle and expense you are willing to take on when buying a home. When you find a house you love, make sure to have it inspected by a professional who will give it a thorough once-over.
When it comes to concrete, here’s what to watch out for:
- Foundation Problems
This can be one of the scariest issues when buying a house. The condition of the foundation can make or break the structural integrity of the entire home. Check out this information about spotting foundation issues when buying a home.
- Patio Drainage Issues
Bad drainage can lead to standing water, flooding inside the home or basement or water damage on the home’s exterior. Here is information about driveway drainage problems as well.
- A Damp Basement
Moisture in your basement can cause odors, ruin flooring, cause structural damage or lead to toxic mold growth. If a home you are considering purchasing has moisture issues in the basement, you’ll need to consider waterproofing methods to remedy the problem.
- Sunken Concrete
If the ground beneath a concrete driveway or other surface settles, the concrete can crack and become uneven. This can be unsightly and a safety issue. Slabjacking is a technique that can be used to lift sunken concrete.
- Mold on Concrete
Mold indoors can be a major issue when buying a home because of the health risks. If you suspect indoor mold a remediation specialist will need to come out with special equipment. However, outdoors mold is not as concerning and can be cleaned with bleach.
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MAINTAINING THE CONCRETE AT YOUR NEW HOME
Bought a house with stamped concrete or concrete floors? Does the concrete at your new home need a deep cleaning?
Here’s cleaning and maintenance information that will keep it looking good for years:
RENOVATING WITH CONCRETE
Bought a fixer upper? Wish your new house had a bigger patio? Whether you want to upgrade dated finishes one-by-one or remodel the entire home, concrete can play a role indoors and out. Check out 6 Reasons to Remodel With Concrete.
Have dated or cracked concrete resurfaced
If your new house has a discolored patio or a driveway with cracks, resurfacing can often be a better solution than tear out and replacement. Concrete resurfacing is also good for getting a fresh look since overlays can be stamped, colored or finished with other decorative treatments.
Make the switch to concrete floors
If your new home has dirty carpet or dated tile, consider making the switch to concrete floors. Concrete floors look great, provide healthier air-quality and are easy to clean. Your floors can be stained, resurfaced with an overlay or polished. Check out these FAQs to find out if residential concrete floors are the right option for your home.
How much will these home improvements and repairs cost?
Use these resources to get an idea of what you’ll spend on these projects:
- Foundation Repair Cost
The national average is about $5,857
- Cost of Concrete Countertops
Starting a $65 per square foot
- Concrete Driveway Cost
Starting at $8 per square foot
- Walkway Cost
Starting at $6 per square foot
- Stained Concrete Cost
Starting at $2 per square foot
- Concrete Floor Cost
Starting at $2 per square foot