An Experienced Austin, TX Concrete Work Team
At Bioscapes in Austin, TX you get a quality concrete contractor. Our men have been in the business of concrete for decades. If you live in the Austin area, there is a good chance the foundation of your home was poured and finished by one of our experienced tradesmen. That is not an exaggeration – we have thousands of projects under our belts, from foundations and patios to retaining walls and sidewalks. Whether you have engineered plans for a foundation or just need a small backyard patio addition; Bioscapes has got you covered! You can rest assured knowing that our installations are done up to code, and professionally. Our concrete work always passes code inspections. We make sure to follow all proper government codes as well as International Residential Code (IRC Code). We get it done right the first time. Call us today! We look forward to earning your trust and business.
Useful Concrete Definitions and Descriptions
R.O.W. (Right of Way): Usually the first ten feet of property from the street to your actual property line. Any work done in this area requires permitting in most cases.
Approach: The section of driveway that connects to the street/asphalt pavement. Working/pouring a concrete approach in the city of Austin, requires a licensed Right of Way contractor.
PSI: Pounds Per Square Inch, a unit measure of pressure.
Rebar: Steel bar used to reinforce concrete. It is used to increase tensile strength and comes in varying thicknesses. These terms are interchangeable for rebar. Ex: #3 rebar=3/8” rebar, #4 rebar=1/2” rebar, #5 rebar=5/8” rebar
Exposed aggregate/pebble finish: Light washing of the concrete is done to expose underlying aggregate. Allows a more decorative look with slip resistance.
Textured Broom Finish: Can be done lightly or roughly, usually done on outdoor concrete, it is achieved by running a broom over setting concrete. It provides slip resistance.
Smooth finish: Done on indoor concrete, this finish gives a tight, smooth, finish which can be stained or polished as a floor. This finish is NOT slip resistant.
Acid Stain: Acid stains are chemical stains with pigmentation that bind permanently to concrete. They are available in limited colors, but final finished product gives a variegated marble look. Will not crack, chip, or peel.
Water based stains: Are stains with water as a base, they use a pigmentation that can penetrate the concrete but are more prone to cracking, chipping, or peeling. The benefit of using these types of stains is that they are available in a wider variety of colors and are not as permanent as acid stains. They also give more of a uniform look as compared to acid stains.
Acetone Dyes: Are dyes that are mixed with acetone and sprayed on to clean cured concrete with a special tank sprayer. These dyes penetrate the concrete and are resistant to cracking, chipping, or peeling. They also come in a larger assortment of colors compared to acid stains. They give a variegated marble look but not as pronounced as the acid stains.
Pigmented Sealer: An acrylic solvent-based sealer with pigmentation in it. These sealers allow coloring and sealing of concrete surfaces in one fell swoop. They are available in a wide variety of colors and give a uniform solid paint like finish. We highly recommend our pigmented sealer installation on new patio additions to help make all pieces of your patio look like one monolithic piece. They are a cheaper alternative to a concrete overlay and can dress up the concrete with a very good-looking color.
At BioScapes, we always put our customers’ needs before our own. When you schedule an estimate with BioScapes, you get a professional assessment of your existing concrete with advice on the best route of action needed to give you what you want at your budget. Our professional assessment sometimes means a simple and cost-effective concrete repair vs a concrete demolition and repour. Concrete repair vs a concrete demo and repour can save you thousands of dollars on your project. We can repair concrete patios, concrete sidewalks, concrete driveways. Unfortunately, we do not offer foundation repair currently or mud jacking. We do, however, offer concrete resurfacing of patios, driveways, and sidewalks. We also offer concrete patching, concrete grinding, and concrete overlay installation. Call us to find out how we can save you money on your concrete repair!
Pricing: Pricing can be as low as a couple of hundred dollars and goes up from there depending on the work needed.