Why You Should Incorporate Concrete into Your Business

Why You Should Incorporate Concrete Into Your Business

Why You Should Incorporate Concrete into Your Business

If you own a commercial property or are a small business owner looking to spice up the interior of your store/office, have you considered incorporating concrete into its interior design? From concrete floors to countertops, and a number of other surfaces, concrete can provide any business with the look and appeal they’ve been seeking. Whether your goal is to create elegant ambiance within your store or to increase the value of your commercial property, concrete could be the material that’s right for the job.

The Types of Businesses That Benefit from Concrete

Although almost any businesses can employ concrete countertops, floors, patios, and other surfaces for functional and aesthetic purposes, the following businesses can greatly benefit from concrete as an interior/exterior addition:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Banks
  • Convenience Stores
  • Coffee Shops
  • Retail Stores
  • Gas Stations
  • Grocery Stores
  • And more

Almost every store has an area where customers can ‘check out’ and purchase their items. Why not use a sleek concrete countertop for the project? In addition to this, every business has a floor. Instead of constantly vacuuming or deep cleaning carpets or investing a great deal of money in another material, consider opting for a concrete floor installation. Concrete is a material with a great deal of longevity. While plain concrete doesn’t have a glamorous look, it can be installed to mimic a number of different materials.

How Overlays Make Concrete Versatile

Concrete can be made to look like a number of different materials such as wood, tile, stone, and more. This is done with a concrete overlay. An overlay is simply an additional layer of concrete that is poured on top of the base of a surface. It is done primarily for aesthetic purposes, although it can also be done to repair and reinforce older surfaces and structures. Concrete can achieve a number of glamorous looks for a fraction of the cost of certain other materials.

Why Concrete?

With so many flooring and countertop options available, why should your business choose to implement concrete? We’ll give you 3 solid reasons (pun intended).

1. Concrete is incredibly sturdy. If you operate a busy company, you’ll have a great number of customers in and out of your store on a daily basis. Concrete will be able to stand the wear and tear of daily shoppers, employees, and more.

2. Concrete offers an infinite number of designs! From different colors to textures, and the other flooring materials concrete can mimic, the possibilities provided by concrete seem endless. With concrete overlays and stamping, you should be able to find the perfect appearance for your business by choosing concrete.

3. If you’re interested in selling your commercial property, concrete additions can increase the overall value of your building. Consider using concrete for the properties’ floors, countertops, and more in order to increase the overall value of your building. In many instances, concrete will allow you to sell your property for more than it was initially quoted for.

With the many benefits provided by concrete, what are you waiting for? Call the Creative Concrete Solutions professionals today at 615-691-6613 to get started on adding concrete to your commercial property or business.

Can You Remove Oil from Concrete? Yes!

Have you seen concrete parking lots ridden with oil stains from cars and other vehicles? While some businesses write off this issue, many others are looking for a solution to this issue. When oil is stained into concrete, it can produce an undesirable appearance. Fortunately, there are a few common solutions to remedy this issue.

Chemical Methods

Sometimes all it takes to remove an oil stain is a strong detergent, scrub brush and a sponge. However, this method typically only works for smaller and newer oil stains. For larger and older stains, use a concrete cleaner or degreaser. These products are concentrated alkaline soap used to scrub out oil from a concrete surface, and loosen up the oil stain to allow for a simple removal process.

Commercial concrete cleaners have one downside. They have a harder time working properly for heavily contaminated stains. If your oil and grease stains are years upon years old, another method will work more effectively for your purposes.

Poultice Method

Poultice is a solution made by saturating an absorptive material with a strong solvent. Common options for absorptive materials include:

  • Kitty Litter
  • Sawdust
  • Pool filters

Once your material is chosen, combine with one of the following solvent options:

  • Acetone
  • Lacquer Thinner
  • Xylene

After combining, smear the result over your oil or grease stain. Next, cover the poultice and stain with plastic, and watch it do its trick! The process of osmosis will take over, break down the oil stain and the kitty litter or saw dust will absorb the oil. While effective, the only downside to this method is the cost and time it takes. If you’re patient and have a budget, this option will work well for you.

Alternative Methods

Another option is actually a recent stain removal advancement; special single-celled microorganisms that survive on crude oil are actually used to remove a stain from concrete. The microorganisms eat up the oil, digest it and turn it into CO2. When the oil is no longer available, the organisms die and the concrete is completely clean!

Interested in a Concrete Project?

If you have other questions about concrete or are ready to add a parking lot to your business, contact Creative Concrete Solutions today. We’re ready to help your Murfreesboro, TN business look fantastic with a beautiful concrete parking lot.

It’s Time to Start Thinking About Your Outdoors Concrete Projects!

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Wait a second. It’s cold outside. Why should we think of outdoor concrete projects now? Isn’t it better to do those projects in the warmer weather?

You are correct. However, the planning must come first. If you start thinking about what you want outside when the weather starts to get warmer, you’re behind! There is a lot of thinking, planning and preparation that goes into an outdoor concrete pool deck, driveway or even outdoor kitchen.

Start Thinking Now

While the weather is cold, start thinking about what you might possibly want for your outdoor project. You have so many options to choose from, including:

  • Concrete Pool Decks
  • Concrete Driveways
  • Concrete Outdoor Kitchens
  • Concrete Patios
  • Concrete Garden Paths
  • Concrete Home Sidewalks
  • Concrete Outdoor Patios

The list goes on and on! When you start thinking about your project ahead of time, you’ll have the opportunity to gather ideas, decide upon a project, and start the next phase: planning.

Plan Properly

Once you’ve decided on a project, it’s time to begin planning. You need to complete your research and find the best Murfreesboro concrete contractor. But then again, you’re already on the Creative Concrete Solutions website, so you’re all set!

In addition to finding a contractor, you need to pick a time frame for the project to be completed. Try to find a time that’s warmer in the year so that your chosen concrete contractor will be able to easily and effectively work. Also, pick a time that’s convenient for you and your family.

Get Started

Once everything is in place, all that’s left to do is sit back, relax and wait until your project date is here. Then, once your project is completed, you can finally enjoy your new driveway, patio or whatever concrete project you had installed!

If you need help deciding on a project, planning for your concrete project, or have questions about concrete, call Creative Concrete Solutions today. 

Concrete Sidewalk Art – Check Out These Fascinating Works of Art!

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We all know that when concrete is poured into a variety of molds and positions, it can create jaw-dropping sculptures and masterpieces. But what about drawing on concrete? A new trend in the art world is to create marvelous masterpieces upon sidewalks across major cities.

Many of these pieces of art use their two-dimensional properties to transform their visualizations into jaw dropping, seemingly three-dimensional features.

Check it out!

Aren’t these amazing!

You could have an amazing concrete work of art in your home when you choose Creative Concrete Solutions. We offer Murfreesboro, TN homes with a variety of beautiful concrete floors, patios, countertops and more. Call us today to find out how we can install a magnificent work of concrete art in your home.

Images via:

http://www.boredpanda.com/44-amazing-3d-sidewalk-chalk-artworks-by-julian-beever/

http://weburbanist.com/2007/09/21/3-amazing-3d-street-artists-urban-graffiti-from-around-the-world/

5 Surprising Facts About Concrete

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At Creative Concrete, we use concrete each and every day. Shocking, right? While we find concrete to be a fascinating subject, many homeowners across Murfreesboro, TN aren’t as enamored by the material. However, after you read these 5 surprising facts about concrete, we think you’ll change your mind!

The Inventor of Concrete

Did you know that concrete is not a naturally made material? Of course you did. This means that some individual had to have invented the material. That individual is Mr. Joseph Aspdin. Mr. Aspdin created this renowned and influential material in England and the world has never been the same since!

Even The Egyptians Used Concrete

While Mr. Aspdin is documented as the inventor of concrete, it is known that the Egyptians used a concrete-like substance when building the pyramids. Does that make concrete the 8th wonder of the world?

Without Concrete, We’d Be Hopeless!

Imagine a world without concrete. Without this material, we would not have sturdy homes or buildings and we’d probably still be using straw or other flimsy materials to build our shelters. In addition, we wouldn’t have the safe and smooth roadways we know and use frequently today.

Guess How Much Concrete is Made Per Year?

Over 5 billion cubic yards of concrete is produced each year by professional concrete contractors, do-it-yourself projects, homeowners, and other individuals. That’s a lot of concrete!

Which Material is Used Most During Construction?

The answer is concrete of course! It has been documented that concrete is used far more than any other building material during the construction process. Since concrete is used commonly for the foundation of buildings and other functional uses, it should come as no surprise that this material is used frequently during construction projects.

Do you have a project for your home or business that needs concrete? Thinking about installing concrete countertops, floors or even a patio? Call the professional concrete contractors at Creative Concrete Solutions today at 615-289-8823.

Sources: http://www.jandjasphalt.com/interesting-facts-about-concrete/

http://www.slideshare.net/Scullivan/concrete-cutting-03-14-14-v1

4 Solid Reasons to Install Concrete Interior Floors in Your Home

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Have you finally decided that it’s time to do something with the shabby flooring in your Murfreesboro, TN home? If so, there’s no better time than the present to install concrete floors in your home. Concrete floors provide a variety of benefits to the home and for the homeowner. Still need a bit of convincing before installing concrete floors in your home? We’ve got 4 solid reasons why you need concrete floors.

Endless Color and Style Color

Due to the nature of concrete, your style and color options are virtually endless. With many patterns, textures, colors and aesthetic options to choose from, the only difficult part about installing concrete floors is deciding upon the style!

There are multiple methods used to create the exact look you desire, including:

  • Integrated Color
  • Dyes
  • Stains
  • Color Hardeners
  • Paints
  • Textures
  • Aggregates

Plus, this is only part of the list. Your local concrete company and contractor will discuss with you about how your specific style will be created.

Enhance Your Current Floor or Start From Scratch

If you have an existing concrete slab for a floor, you can spruce it up with the professional services from Creative Concrete Solutions. No job is too big or too small for the professional team. In addition, if you want to start from scratch, that’s possible too. Other flooring types take a lot of additional work if starting from scratch or even rejuvenating.

Eco-Friendly Flooring

Did you know that concrete flooring does not decrease or deplete any natural resources during the production and installation process? In addition, it uses less-energy to install than any other flooring option. If you’re into helping out the environment, concrete interior floors are best for you.

If someone in your home also has allergies or is sensitive to mold and mildew, you definitely want to install concrete floors. Concrete is not susceptible to mold, mildew or odors, therefore drastically improving the quality of life for those inhabiting the home.

Durable and Stain-Proof

Unlike carpeting or hardwood floors, concrete is stain-proof and resists wear throughout the years. If you’re searching for a flooring option that not only looks amazing, but also lasts, look no further than concrete floors. Although we offer concrete repair services, you’ll probably never have to call us to do so with a concrete floor! 

Creative Concrete Solutions provides Middle Tennessee with the finest and most luxurious concrete flooring options throughout the area. With our team of professionals, we’ll create the concrete floor you’ve been dreaming of. Give us a call today at 615-289-8823 to learn more.

Make Your Countertops Stand Out!

Counter Top Edges

Boring countertops are so yesterday. With concrete countertops the opportunities for creativity and individuality are endless! It is baffling why people settle for plain and boring countertops when they could have works of art in their home instead.

Check out these simple, yet unique, ways to have concrete countertops that make statement!

Edging

The standard flat edges are no longer the only option you have as a Murfreesboro, TN homeowner. In fact, there are multiple edging options to choose from. Check it out!

Image via http://www.natural-stone-interiors.com/granite-countertop-edges.html

In fact, these are only a handful of the edging options you can choose from. Many homeowners also elect to design their own edging options with help from their concrete contractor. Don’t settle for a bland countertop; show your individuality and style through the many edging options for concrete countertops.

Colors

The beauty of concrete is its adaptable nature. No matter what color countertop you want, you can have it with concrete countertops. While most people associated concrete with a dull, gray color, there is actually a world of possibilities available for homeowners interested in customized countertops. Common concrete countertop colors include:

  • Black
  • White
  • Orange
  • Turquoise
  • Brown
  • Custom Shades and Colors
  • And so much more
  • Whatever color you want for your countertops, you can have it with concrete. Other natural stones and countertop materials do not yield the luxurious and customized look that concrete provides.

    Additional Design Opportunities

    The design options with concrete do not end at colors and edging. There is so much you can do with concrete. For instance, many homeowners opt to put tiny pieces of glass in their concrete countertops to garner the reflective and shiny appearance. Other homeowners decide to use a specific pattern. In addition, you can add inserts or inlays into your concrete countertops to create that personalized look you’ve been longing for.

    Creative Concrete Solutions is ready to take on your concrete countertop project this fall. Give us a call today at 615.289.8823.

3 Delicious Foods To Make Around a Fire Pit

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Once your friends and family are gathered around your brand new, beautiful concrete fire pit, you need to supply the snacks and entertainment! Aside from roasting marshmallows over the glow of the fire, there are so many recipes you can cook for your friends and family over your fire pit.

S’mores

Chocolate + Graham Crackers + Marshmallows = AMAZING. This classic snack has been passed down from generation to generation, each with their own personal variations. Check out some of these awesome s’mores adaptations and recipes:

Hot Dogs

Looking for a great dinner option for your friends and family? How about hotdogs? Just like a marshmallow, stick a hotdog on the end of a stick and get roasting!

Quick tip: keep the hotdog buns warm by resting them near the fire to get golden brown. Make sure that the stone or rock you rest the hotdog buns is clear of dirt or leaves before you do so. Of course, you can always use a plate or paper towel to keep your hotdog buns clear of dirt and smoke from the fire.

Baked Potatoes

To make baked potatoes over your fire pit, follow these steps:

1.     Wash your potatoes and poke holes in each potato.

2.     Spread butter and salt on the skin of the potatoes.

3.     Wrap your potatoes in tin foil and let them sit in hot coals for approximately 25-35 minutes. Another option is to position a wire rack above the flames and rest your baked potatoes there.

4.     Carefully, and safely, take the potatoes out after the allotted baking time. Unwrap and enjoy!

Use these delicious fire pit recipes the next you have family and friends over to hang out around the fire pit. Don’t have a fire pit? Call Creative Concrete Solutions today to get started. 615.289.8823.

Interested in Installing Concrete Floors for Your Garage?

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Many Murfreesboro, TN homeowners are opting to install concrete floors in their garage instead of other available materials. Why is this? The answer is simply the many benefits that are directly correlated with concrete floors.

Beauty

Homeowners now more than ever are considering aesthetics and other appearance factors in their purchase decisions. Homeowners looking to move in the near future install concrete floors in their garage in an effort to increase the overall value of their home.

Concrete has the capability to match or mimic a variety of natural stone or visually appealing styles. Instead of opting for expensive natural stone, concrete provides Murfreesboro homeowners with the style and appearance they’ve been longing for.

Simple Maintenance

It is incorrect to say that your concrete garage floors will require no maintenance at all. The amount and type of maintenance will depend directly on the traffic that your garage floor receives. If multiple people traffic your garage on throughout the day, it will require more than a simple sweep and mop. However, in comparison to other types of garage floor materials, concrete needs considerably less maintenance.

Affordability

Homeowners in the Middle Tennessee area enjoy how affordable concrete floors are in comparison to other garage floor materials and options. If you desire a complex design with intricate details, you will eventually increase your price point to that of natural stone, vinyl and other options. The affordability of your concrete garage floor will depend directly on your aesthetic desires.

If you are interested in installing a sturdy and beautiful concrete floor in your Murfreesboro, TN home, call the professional team at Creative Concrete Solutions. Our team can install the concrete garage floor of your dreams. Give us a call today at 615-289-8823.

Concrete Vs. Granite Countertops

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It is not uncommon to be thoroughly overwhelmed and confused by the amount of options you have when looking to install countertops in your Middle Tennessee home. The top two choices of countertops are granite and concrete countertops. With the choice between these two options, homeowners typically become confused about which option will be best for their home. 

To Customize or Not to Customize

One of the main benefits of using concrete countertops in your home is the ability to truly customize the look and other aesthetics of your countertops. With concrete, the possibilities for the shape, size and appearance is endless. Instead of searching far and wide for the perfect countertop appearance, you can simply create it with concrete. You can add materials such as glass, pigments, stones and other options to your concrete to create a truly one-of-a-kind look.

When you choose to use granite, you are a bit stuck with whatever natural stone look is available. Although granite does have a wide variety of natural stone appearances, it can be a bit difficult to find the exact look you have been searching for. From Italy to Brazil to other parts of the world, granite appearances will vary. You may have to search far and wide to find the natural stone variation you are looking for. 

Durability

In terms of durability, both surfaces are able to withstand heavy use. If durability is your top criteria, both types of countertop surfaces will suit your lifestyle just fine.

In addition, the weight of each surface type is almost equal. If you know that your cabinets can support the weight of granite, they can support concrete perfectly as well.

Price

There is a common misconception that the prices of granite and concrete vary greatly. In fact, they are nearly equal depending on the market that you are in. 

Typically, Middle Tennessee homeowners are looking for a countertop option where they can receive a great price, durability and full customization. Granite and concrete countertops are nearly the same, until you have to decide on the appearance. For homeowners looking to add a personal and visually appealing touch to their kitchen, bathroom or other area of the home, concrete countertops are the best choice for you.

When you are ready to install your concrete countertops, call the team of professional contractors at Creative Concrete Solutions today at 615-289-8823.