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3 Benefits of Concrete in Your Landscape Design

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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

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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

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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?

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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…

Waterproofing Your Basement

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Having the luxury of a basement within your home is quite nice when it comes to having extra space for the family to enjoy and expand. A wet basement not only prevents you from enjoying additional space in your house, but can also turn your basement into a giant petri dish perfect for growing unhealthy molds and fungi. If your basement is wet and musty, then it may be time to consider waterproofing your basement. Now, you could attempt to do this task on your own, but since fewer than 20% of DIY basement waterproofing projects are completed successfully, it's probably best to have a professional contractor to do the job right the first time.


What a Contractor Knows That You Don't
When performing any basement waterproofing, it's important that you first identify exactly where the water in your basement is coming from and what's causing the seepage. Failure to diagnose your problem correctly means you could put in all the work of waterproofing for nothing. A professional …