How Winter Weather Affects Concrete

  • By lemaster
  • 20 Apr, 2017

With winter approaching, the affects to landscaping, outdoor recreational areas and road conditions are first on most people’s minds. However, the overlooked areas around your home or business also need attention and protection, even in Houston, where snow is not a regular part of our winters. Just because we don’t experience blizzards and several feel of snowfall doesn’t mean that the colder temperatures don’t affect concrete and concrete structures.

Decorative Concrete

Colored and/or stamped concrete that goes through several freeze-thaw cycles, as we tend to experience here in Houston, can fail after a hard winter. When water freezes on and around the sections of stamped concrete it causes both expansion and pressure. While concrete is made to withstand some degree of both expansion and pressure, repeated harsh conditions can change the original finish of the detailed work.

Make sure to hire a reputable company that is experienced in how to properly seal colored concrete to withstand weathering. Also, ask what their warranty is if you live in an area where winters can be harsher.

Driveways, Sidewalks, and Parking Lots

The most important winter preparation you can do for your concrete driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots begins with its construction. Choosing an experienced company is key. Make sure that either steel rods or mesh are used to strengthen the concrete to handle the tension brought on by harsh winter conditions. Additionally, high quality coatings can be added to repel water, keeping the expansion and pressure to a minimum when your area’s temperature drops to freezing levels.

Heavy Use Areas

High traffic areas, such as parking garages and lots that may already have cracks, chips, holes, etc. are at risk for more damage in the winter months. With cracks allowing water to seep deeper into the concrete, freezing temperatures are allowed to penetrate into an already strained area and add more pressure. Just as flooding is highly damaging to broken or improperly sealed concrete, so is freezing water, even in small amounts.

For more information on how to ensure that this winter’s weather does not damage your concrete, to get a quote on repairs to already damaged concrete, or for more information of winterizing your concrete, call Enterprise Commercial Paving at 713-432-7500 or click here to contact us online.

By lemaster 20 Apr, 2017

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By lemaster 20 Apr, 2017

With winter approaching, the affects to landscaping, outdoor recreational areas and road conditions are first on most people’s minds. However, the overlooked areas around your home or business also need attention and protection, even in Houston, where snow is not a regular part of our winters. Just because we don’t experience blizzards and several feel of snowfall doesn’t mean that the colder temperatures don’t affect concrete and concrete structures.

Decorative Concrete

Colored and/or stamped concrete that goes through several freeze-thaw cycles, as we tend to experience here in Houston, can fail after a hard winter. When water freezes on and around the sections of stamped concrete it causes both expansion and pressure. While concrete is made to withstand some degree of both expansion and pressure, repeated harsh conditions can change the original finish of the detailed work.

Make sure to hire a reputable company that is experienced in how to properly seal colored concrete to withstand weathering. Also, ask what their warranty is if you live in an area where winters can be harsher.

Driveways, Sidewalks, and Parking Lots

The most important winter preparation you can do for your concrete driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots begins with its construction. Choosing an experienced company is key. Make sure that either steel rods or mesh are used to strengthen the concrete to handle the tension brought on by harsh winter conditions. Additionally, high quality coatings can be added to repel water, keeping the expansion and pressure to a minimum when your area’s temperature drops to freezing levels.

Heavy Use Areas

High traffic areas, such as parking garages and lots that may already have cracks, chips, holes, etc. are at risk for more damage in the winter months. With cracks allowing water to seep deeper into the concrete, freezing temperatures are allowed to penetrate into an already strained area and add more pressure. Just as flooding is highly damaging to broken or improperly sealed concrete, so is freezing water, even in small amounts.

For more information on how to ensure that this winter’s weather does not damage your concrete, to get a quote on repairs to already damaged concrete, or for more information of winterizing your concrete, call Enterprise Commercial Paving at 713-432-7500 or click here to contact us online.

By lemaster 20 Apr, 2017

The Clean Water Act

In 1972 the Environmental Protection Agency issued the Clean Water Act (CWA) . The CWA “establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters.” The EPA conducts compliance and monitoring via inspections and investigations, as well as, water enforcement, which covers a variety of regulations like wastewater management and safe drinking water. Today there are hundreds of pressure washing companies for hire in Houston. The number of those companies that are compliant with pressure washing regulations is far fewer.

What Does It Mean

Becoming a compliant pressure washing company is a process. Under the Texas Water Code and The City of Houston Code of Ordinances any cleaning of parking lots, garages, industrial buildings and vehicles, or equipment is subject to strict rules that come with harsh penalties if they are not adhered to. The harshest of penalties include large fines and even jail time for discharging wastewater into the storm sewer system.

Companies are at risk if they hire a non-compliant pressure washing company. While pressure washing is a low-cost option for cleaning and maintaining large structures, non-compliant methods not following the CWA can lead to lawsuits, costly accidents, and fines up to $100,000.

Unauthorized discharge, for example, comes with fines up to $100,000 as well, if pressure washing companies are caught disposing of water with any pollutant mixed into it. This means while washing, the oils, grease, and dirt, for example, that is built up on the pavement in parking garages will get mixed into the water used to wash the structure. This water is not allowed to runoff into a storm drain. There is an allowed level of less than 15 parts per million, that a company with the correct permit is allowed to discharge of. Enterprise Commercial Paving uses a “closed loop system” that has a recapture system and water containment area.

Enterprise Commercial Paving

Enterprise Commercial Paving (ECP) is fully permitted by all city and state agencies required by the EPA to meet full compliance regulations. Their “white collar approach to a blue collar business” boasts professionally trained, highly experienced crews with no criminal background. ECP is always up-to-date with EPA regulations and is fully bonded and insured. Their commitment to environment protection ensures that the job is done correctly, safely, and within all regulations, keeping you and your business away from legal fees and fines.

To contact Houston’s best commercial and industrial paving and concrete services company call 713-432-7500 or contact us online at ECPaving.com .

By lemaster 20 Apr, 2017

A Job for Professionals

Demolition is more than just “knocking stuff down”. It is a very precise process, especially when demolishing concrete structures. Enterprise Commercial Paving demolishes parking lots, runways, concrete slabs, concrete foundations, statues, concrete pilings and walls with full pick up and haul.

When breaking up concrete that can be many inches thick ECP understands the process well and has well trained professionals that can handle such a tedious job that requires incredible safety and skill. We make sure that all utility companies have been contacted to notify us of any cables that may run underneath and use heavy machinery needed to handle even large jobs like parking garage concrete wall removal and repair. Digging above a utility lines like gas or electric can be very dangerous and should only be handled by a professional.

Partial Concrete Removal

Sometimes removing all of the concrete paving is not necessary. In some cases only a portion of the concrete needs to be removed and repaired. Enterprise Commercial Paving uses a special process that can remove a smaller area of the existing concrete to repair damage made by wear and tear, weather, leaks or blunt force. ECP can repair the damaged section or replace it and will take care of the concrete removal, as well.

A Better Way

Removing reinforcement bar or large welded wire mesh is also difficult and requires special tools and training. You can have a full parking lot demolition and repair done with ECP to even include striping and marking without having to find three separate companies. Our “white collar approach to a blue collar business” has been a large part our success. Our professionals are highly trained, specialized in all types of concrete and asphalt construction, drug-free and have no criminal backgrounds.

For more information on our demolition services click here , or for an estimate contact us online or call 713-432-7500.

By lemaster 20 Apr, 2017

Enterprise Commercial Paving has been Houston’s best choice for commercial and industrial paving for over a decade, offering the most professional and well trained crew dedicated to ensuring the best value and experience. We are concrete professionals and have completed major projects from airplane runways, to office buildings, to roadways and commercial parking lots. But did you know that you can bring concrete into your home with Do It Yourself (DIY) projects ?

This graphic will show you a few ways you can incorporate concrete throughout your home and landscaping.

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