How to Hire a Concrete Contractor

We may be nearing the fall season, but some of you might already be thinking about your spring home improvement projects and what you’d like to cross off your to do list. A new concrete patio, sidewalk, or steps might be on your list, so here are a few things to look out for when hiring a concrete contractor in St. Louis and the surrounding areas.

Ask Around the Neighborhood
If any of your neighbors or friends have had concrete work done recently, ask them about the St. Louis concrete contractor they used. Get some word of mouth recommendations, which is almost always the best way to find a service provider like a concrete contractor. And when you contact one to start inquiring about services and prices, ask if the contractor has any testimonials.

Look Online for Reviews
The internet is a great place to do some research about your concrete contractor. Check websites like Yelp, Angie’s List and Google+ Local to see what kind of reviews your concrete contractor got from previous customers…

4 Concrete Ideas to Strengthen Your Home's Appeal

Who doesn't strive to have the best looking house in the neighborhood? Of course, you want all your neighbors doing double takes of your gorgeous landscaping and wishing they had a great looking curb appeal like your home does. Well, that dream to be the envy of the neighborhood isn't too far from reality. We've got 4 concrete ideas to strengthen your home's appeal. Check them out!

1. Dress Up The Driveway
If your driveway is an eye sore and even worse to drive on, it may be time to think about replacing it with a more sturdy, longer lasting one. By installing a concrete driveway, not only will you prolong the life and use of your driveway, but you'll create a beautiful eye-catching addition to your home's landscaping. You can even get a stamped design done to add definition and style that will have your neighbors envious!

2. Build a Walkway
When you invite family, friends, and neighbors over you don't want them tripping over their own feet while walking to…

Why You Should Choose Concrete Steps and Stairways

Concrete can be used to add style and expression to any property. While it's mainly used as an exterior substance for building and designing, it is affordable for the average homeowner to use for both indoor and outdoor design. Steps, walkways, and staircases can all be constructed from concrete because concrete is a substance that conforms to any figure or structure. Practically any design can be constructed into a physical structure made of concrete, especially walkways and steps. Here are just a few reasons why you should choose concrete for your steps, stairways and walkways.

The durability of concrete, along with the very low maintenance required, make the choice of having concrete stairs over wood stairs an easy one. Concrete stairs will not warp, fade, splinter or rot. To keep a concrete stairway looking like new all you have to do is pressure wash and re-seal them. It also offers longevity compared to many other materials, and concrete is waterproof, so flood damage…

3 Benefits of Concrete in Your Landscape Design

Concrete landscapes have become quite popular recently. And why wouldn't they? Not only do they make your landscaping look great, but it also makes home owning much more enjoyable because it saves time on lawn maintenance. Concrete landscaping has various advantages over other materials in terms of looks, designs, strength as well as price. Check out these 3 benefits of having concrete in your landscape design.

1. Durable Hardscaping

Concrete is an extremely durable product that is perfect for high foot traffic areas such as your backyard patio. It can hold up against a variety of weather conditions from thunderstorms to hail. You will also not have to worry about constant maintenance with concrete in your land and hardscaping design. The concrete is a hard material and can’t be damaged easily. It serves as an excellent barrier. The curb prevents grass and weeds from growing in between your walkway joints, so it is very easy to clean by occasional hosing it down. So your family wil…

Enhance Curb Appeal with a New Sidewalk

Often times, we don’t notice sidewalks. They’re just the patch of concrete that gets us from one place to another. A properly installed concrete sidewalk, though, can do so much more - it can also add value to your property! Benz & Associates has the experience of working on many municipal and public projects, so we know how to create the best sidewalks to enhance the look and value of your property.

Durable and Safe Sidewalks must be durable, because they are used so constantly. In St. Louis, concrete sidewalks are the fastest and safest path to walk in most residential neighborhoods. That safety and utility are challenged, though, if the sidewalks are not maintained, or were not installed properly. Allow Benz & Associates to repair your existing, damaged St. Louis sidewalks. Or, if your neighborhood needs a proper walkway, we can help with a new installation as well!

More Than Just Practical
Most sidewalks have heavy foot traffic, so they require a very practical design. Howe…

Bring Your Backyard to Life with a Custom Patio

A well-designed, professionally-installed concrete patio from Benz & Associates is a lasting way to add a touch of elegance and beauty to your home and landscape. As one of the most experienced concrete patio contractors in St. Louis, we offer a variety of attractive options for your concrete patio. We also know how to build the patio so that it withstands weathering and aging, making sure you can enjoy it for many years to come.

The perfect transition between interior and exterior living spaces.
Because of its durability and variable color palette, stamped and stained concrete is a popular choice for many homeowner's patios. Regardless of what your landscaping design is, a stamped and stained concrete patio can be designed to fit right in. Concrete or cement patios can create the perfect transition between interior and exterior living spaces. When designing a patio or porch, homeowners can match the overall look of their house and garden by using stamped or stained concrete. W…

Driveway Installation: Asphalt or Concrete?

Your driveway creates one of the first impressions for your home or place of business. As the focal point for passersby and visitors, an attractive driveway with curb appeal adds value to your investment. By far the two most popular driveway materials in the U.S. are concrete and asphalt. When deciding to install a new driveway, homeowners often wonder what the differences are. Many times, the choice comes down to three main concerns: climate, maintenance, and cost.

Climate Affects
In the hot summers, St. Louis driveways made of asphalt will be much hotter to the touch than concrete, due to the dark color of the material. Asphalt can also become soft in the high heat of summer and can become tacky and even deform in some cases. Concrete does have the tendency to crack and suffer from frost heaving in cold and freezing winters. And salt used for ice melting can create pits in concrete leaving blotches across the driveway. Both options react to climates in their own way, but with Missour…