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Tim & Sandy Jones

Tired of being let down by your regular guy? I want to be your finisher, I always do what I say and won't let you down.

Whatever the situation may be, old, spalding, heaved driveway, or you just need a patio and sidewalk, you want the best possible job. Not only does it have to be functional but it's an investment that should raise the curb appeal quotient of your house.

We are careful to never start a job that we can't finish. Which means, we will never rip up your driveway or start gravelling your patio, and then leave it for a month. When we start something we finish it. You have our attention. That being said, sometimes the Calgary weather has other ideas, so I constantly monitor the weather to avoid starting a job if it's calling for rain. Same goes for thunder shower season, I am very careful and take very few risks with all jobs.

Our Company

We are a full service concrete company specializing in decorative concrete with over 30 years experience (15 in the Calgary market alone). During our time in Calgary, we have poured literally thousands of driveways, garage pads, patios, and basements. I know how stressful it can be trying to find a contractor that you can trust. With my experience and dedication to customer service, South Island Concrete will help take the stress out of your concrete project. I consider myself to be an honest, reliable, and professional with a commitment to quality workmanship that I stand behind 100 percent. No job is too big or too small. If you only need a broom sidewalk or small stamped patio all the way up to ripout and replace, I am happy to come talk to you and give you a free quote.

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Team Behind South Island Concrete

Sandy Jones
Sandy JonesDirector
Biography

Sandy provided the impetus for me to start South Island Concrete and has been behind me for almost 30 years. She is the head bookkeeper, writes all the cheques, seals all the stamp jobs, expedites men, supplies and equipment around the city, helps customers with color choices, and puts together the best lunches known to man! She is the glue that holds it all together and the company would not exist without her. She has also been told that she is the "best granny in the world".



Tim Jones
Tim JonesDirector
Biography

I started doing concrete in the late 70's as a summer job and when I finished high school I just kept doing what I knew. I moved to Victoria in the early eighties, met my wife, and started SIC in the early nineties. As luck would have it, the economy went bad in the late nineties and I went from 8 employees to none. I was forced to move to Calgary to look for work which turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. Once I got there, I made one phone call, and have never looked back. We love Calgary! Our kids have houses, great jobs and now the grand kids are starting to appear. Life is good, thank you Calgary!

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Calgary Concrete Discusses How to Protect and Maintain Stamped Concrete

Calgary, Alberta -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/05/2014 -- Adding to the value of decorative stamped concrete is the material's inherent strength and endurance. Like conventional concrete, stamped concrete will provide decades of service when properly installed and maintained, even when exposed to harsh winter weather conditions.

In some cases, stamped concrete can be even more durable than standard concrete, especially if a color hardener has been applied to the surface. The hardener does more than simply impart color. It also makes the surface stronger and more resistant to abrasion and water penetration. Most contractors will also apply several coats of protective sealer to stamped concrete to block the penetration of dirt, deicing chemicals, oil and grease stains, and other substances. A good-quality sealer not only makes the concrete easier to clean, it offers other benefits, such as enhancing the color and preventing fading from UV exposure. (See An Introduction to Sealers and Sealers for Stamped Concrete.)

But even properly sealed stamped concrete will require some routine maintenance, depending on exposure conditions and the type and amount of traffic it receives. Here are tips for cleaning and treating your stamped concrete to preserve its beauty and extend its service life.

Stamped concrete maintenance tips:

Although a sealer will inhibit stains, you should still sweep and wash the surface occasionally to avoid dirt buildup. Exterior surfaces can be pressure washed or scrubbed with a mild detergent. For interior surfaces, wet mopping or dry dust mopping of the floor is typically the only routine upkeep needed. (See Choosing a Concrete Cleaner or Degreaser.)

On outdoor stamped concrete, avoid using deicing salts, especially during the first winter after the pavement is installed. Sealers for decorative concrete often fail in areas where deicing salts are applied or that receive drip-off from parked cars. (Read The Effects of Deicing Salts on Sealer Performance.

If the stamped surface begins to dull or lose its sheen after time, recoating with sealer will usually restore the luster. Ask the installer for recommendations of the best sealer to use.

On stamped interior floors subject to lots of foot traffic, it’s especially important to maintain the sealed surface to prevent wear patterns. Application of a sacrificial floor wax or polish can provide extra protection by protecting the sealer from wear and serving as a shock absorber to scuffs, scratches and grime.

About Calgary Concrete
We are a full service concrete company specializing in decorative concrete with over 30 years experience (15 in the Calgary market alone). During our time in Calgary, we have poured literally thousands of driveways, garage pads, patios, and basements. I know how stressful it can be trying to find a contractor that you can trust. With my experience and dedication to customer service, South Island Concrete will help take the stress out of your concrete project. I consider myself to be an honest, reliable, and professional with a commitment to quality workmanship that I stand behind 100 percent. No job is too big or too small. If you only need a broom sidewalk or small stamped patio all the way up to rip out and replace, I am happy to come talk to you and give you a free quote.

Calgary Concrete Discusses Installing Stamped Concrete - What It Takes for a Successful Job

Calgary, AB -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/05/2014 -- Although stamped concrete is often faster and more convenient to install than brick or stone, it's still a complicated process requiring the right tools, materials, expertise and jobsite conditions to ensure a successful outcome. A lot of steps are involved in stamping concrete, and crews only have a short window of time to complete them before the fresh concrete begins to harden. In addition to placing and impressing each stamp, they must broadcast color hardener over the surface and apply a release agent to the stamps so they won’t stick. After the concrete sets, more work must be done, including installing joints, doing detail work, and applying a sealer. (See this step-by-step overview of the stamping process.)

Even before the work begins, good planning and preparation are necessary to make sure everything goes smoothly. This is particularly important on large stamped concrete projects. Here are some important dos and don'ts to adhere to on every job:

Installation Do's and Don'ts

Don't overlook proper subgrade preparation. A well-compacted subgrade is essential to the structural integrity of the concrete slab. It also helps drainage and can prevent soil erosion under the concrete.

Do make sure stamped concrete pavements are properly jointed to control cracking. To be effective, joints must be cut to a depth of at least one-quarter the slab thickness. (For more details, read Be Active in Deciding Where Control Joints Will Be Placed.) If you're worried that the joints will detract from the appearance of the stamped surface, ask the contractor to hide the joints by integrating them into the pattern lines wherever possible.

Do insist on the use of a concrete mix that can stand up to the anticipated exposure conditions, such as freezing and thawing and deicing chemicals in northern climates and wear and tear from foot or vehicle traffic. Pay special attention to the water-cement ratio, or the amount of water in proportion to the cement. Adding too much water dilutes and weakens the cement paste, making it less durable and more porous. (For more information on water-cement ratio and concrete performance, read Primary Issue Affecting Concrete Quality.)

Don't skimp on reinforcement. For many slabs on grade, reinforcement (in the form of steel bars or welded wire mesh) is necessary to augment strength and help to control cracking. This is especially true for driveways and other surfaces that will support vehicle traffic.

Do use a dry-shake color hardener, which will produce a denser, more impermeable surface.

About Calgary Concrete
We are a full service concrete company specializing in decorative concrete with over 30 years experience (15 in the Calgary market alone). During this time in Calgary, we have poured literally thousands of driveways, garage pads, patios, and basements. I know how stressful it can be trying to find a contractor that you can trust. With my experience and dedication to customer service, South Island Concrete will help take the stress out of the concrete project. I consider myself to be an honest, reliable, and professional with a commitment to quality workmanship that I stand behind 100 percent. No job is too big or too small. If you only need a broom sidewalk or small stamped patio all the way up to rip out and replace, I am happy to come talk to you and give you a free quote.

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