A freelance video editor worked exclusively from home. With winter fast approaching the video editor started to think about all the snow that would be falling shortly. He decided he didn’t want to have to do the snow removal in his driveway, so he needed to find the best Minnetonka snow plowing to make sure he could have ease of access during the snowy winter season, so he called A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving to set up a service so that every time it snowed his driveway would be plowed.
A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving set up the snow plowing service for the homeowner in Minnetonka. We let him know that as soon as the snow fell that we would be out to plow his driveway. We let him know that our crew are dependable and reliable and he can trust that we would be there every time it snowed so that he wouldn’t ever have to worry about our snow plowing services. When the first snow fell (followed quickly bysecond snowfall) A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving crew was there to remove the snow. The customer was so impressed with out professionalism and dependability that he mentioned that he might get a new driveway once the weather warmed up, and he wanted us to install the new driveway. The customer said that A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving was the professional service for snow plowing Minnetonka homeowners can depend up for excellent service.
Recently, A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving received a call from an engineer in Hopkins. The engineer had designed his landscaping to flourish in the spring. He had worked on his landscaping non-stop so it would look amazing. He was going over the design when he thought to himself that one of those Hopkins paver driveways would make the area appear very unique and add that special touch to his home that none of his neighbors had, so he contacted A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving to see if we could help him finish off his landscaping design.
The A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving experts met with the homeowner at his residence so we could look at the design of his landscaping and see his driveway. The homeowner really put a lot of time and effort in his landscaping, and the paver driveway would be an excellent addition to his home. The homeowner wanted to have a brick paver driveway installed and we agreed with him that it would look great. He scheduled for us to start the project a week later and our crew showed up and started the work. The crew worked each day until the driveway was completed. The homeowner was pleased with the each paver was put into place and how it really added the curb appeal and added touch to his landscaping. The customer said he was ecstatic with the work that A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving provided and we were the expert paver driveways Hopkins homeowners would enjoy.
A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving received a call from a hospital administrator in St. Louis Park. The hospital administrator noticed that the hospital entrance in the St. Louis Park location had eroded a bit from the summer and fall storms. He called A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving for the brick and paving contractor that would give a great bid on the St. Louis Park concrete steps.
The A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving experts arrived at the hospital and inspected the eroded entrance. We gave the administrator a bid that he gladly accepted. He was very concerned and wanted our team to get started on the project immediately because he didn’t want further damage to occur, nor did he want any visitors to the hospital to fall and get seriously hurt. The crew arrived at the hospital that very next day and started working on installing new concrete steps. The crew worked throughout the day until the job was done. The administrator arrived the following morning and took a look at the work and was very pleased with a job well done by A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving. He said the team from A Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving did the job beautifully and effectively. The administrator continued to say that he doesn’t have to worry about the entrance of the hospital and anyone arriving safely, because we provided exceptional concrete steps St. Louis Park residents can trust.
Recently, A. Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving was contacted by a man in St. Louis Park. The man was single and was wanting to have a great space to enjoy outdoor table games. He and his buddies like to play table games every Saturday evening, but the games would be even better if they could play them outdoors so he called the best patio pavers St. Louis Park had to offer to help him create the space.
The design team met with the man at his home and he showed us the space that he wanted paved. The design team measured the area and offered the customer different types of patio pavers. He was blow away by the amount of options, but easily selected the one that would match his home based on some of our recommendations. The A. Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving crew arrived at the home to start the patio paving installation. The team was able to have the patio paved in one full day. We believe that we did a great job of setting up a place where he could grill, play checkers and chess, and an area to play cards with his buddies. The finished paver patio was set with beautiful red brick and is a wonderful asset to the property. The customer’s buddies arrived on Saturday as usual, and were pleasantly surprised when he led them to his new patio. They were all impressed and happy that they could play cards on the new patio pavers that A. Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving had installed.
Recently, A. Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving was contacted by a young lady from Hopkins. She was updating parts of the house she had bought to steadily increase its value. She had seen several brick paver walkways on Pinterest and decided to call the best company she had heard about who were the expert brick pavers in Hopkins.
The A. Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving experts arrived at the Hopkins residence and looked over the photos that the customer had seen online to get an idea on what she wanted to have done at her home. She really liked the look of one photo but wanted a different kind of brick she had seen somewhere else, so this quickly became a truly custom job. We worked with her until we could design exactly what she wanted, then returned the following week to start the walkway. The crew got the ground prepped and ready, then started adding the brick pavers. We continued to work throughout the entire day until the walkway was completed and a success. The lady came out to see the finished work and was so happy with the work that we provided her. A. Pietig Concrete & Brick Paving was able to do a custom job without going over the agreed upon estimate and the walkway turned out just as she wanted. She said that she is taking her own photos and adding it to Pinterest and telling everyone that the best brick pavers in Hopkins completed this project and did a wonderful job with her custom request.
These Wayzata homeowners had a new paver patio, stone steps and a front entry installed. A. Pietig was referred to these homeowners by one of their general contractors. Their new home was built and needed a patio and steps to compliment the structure. After listening to how they envisioned the home and looking at previous work, we came up with a plan they liked. We worked efficiently and completed the job by the date we estimated. They said they loved working with Andy and they love their new patio! Check out Wayzata’s dependable brick paving company, here.
One of our Prior Lake customers called us for a backyard makeover. This included a new brick patio, concrete steps and a retaining wall. A paved stone retaining wall can enhance any backyard, especially with a staircase like this customer had. To begin, we marked where the retaining wall would go and put stakes into the ground where the pavers would reach. The first layer of stone requires the paver to be completely buried for a sturdy base. We excavated the area and compacted the base. Then, we added a layer of sand and packed it until it was smooth. Next, we began laying the pavers, starting at the lowest point on the hill. We made sure each base course was level and added each additional stone in a staggered pattern, making sure that the stones were not too close. We added gravel behind the stone wall to assist in draining. The very top layer of stone was secured with stone adhesive for a sturdy finish. Our customer said we did a great job and loved the finished look!
Our team was working on concrete steps and a retaining wall for this particular customer in Prior Lake, MN. Our customer wanted a brick walkway from his home, down to the nearby lake. To begin, we excavated the ground, so we could build the framework for the stairs. Then, we created the concrete slabs by pouring concrete into the mold. While the concrete is still damp, we hand-tamped the edges to ensure all voids would be filled for a solid finish. We pulled the molding away and cleaned up the concrete before it was finished drying. These concrete slabs were in blocks, to be applied in a similar way as the brick pavers. We used a herringbone design when laying the bricks between the staircases. After laying the bricks and concrete slabs, we poured sand over the top to fill each crevice and brushed any excess away. Our customer loved the finished look! You can see the finished look in the photos below.
A. Pietig constructed a concrete patio for a customer in Prior Lake, MN. To begin this job, we made an outline for where the new patio would be. We set stakes at the corners of the outline and excavated the ground. We leveled the ground and poured gravel on top of the dirt. Once the material was compacted, we installed a plastic edging to lock in the pavers that would be set in place. After this, sand was poured evenly on top, and then it was time to lay the pavers. Once all of the brick pavers were laid (in a herringbone design), we poured another layer of sand on top and brushed off any excess for a clean finish. Once the sand had completely filled the gaps between each paver, the patio was complete! Our customer said he loved the finished look. Now, he can enjoy his new patio from his walk-out basement!
Concrete is a material that tends to last, but it can crack for several reasons
Sometimes a crack will occur and it is inevitable; a contractor could do everything perfectly and a crack may still occur.
One of the most common reasons that concrete will crack is due to plastic shrinkage. When the concrete is in the plastic, it is full of water. The water will take up the space so it makes the concrete slab a certain size, but when the slab starts to lose moisture while it is curing, it will become smaller. When the concrete becomes smaller, it can create stress. This stress can pull the concrete slab apart. As the concrete is gets smaller and shrinks, it starts to pull the concrete slab apart and the concrete will crack just to relieve some of the tension that is occurring.
Settling is another reason that concrete will crack. When a home settles, it can cause the concrete to crack. Settling can effect a concrete basement, driveway, or walkway. Roots in trees can cause the concrete to crack too.
The weather can cause a concrete to crack. Freeze and thaw cycles will have the frozen ground lift up, then once the ground thaws out it will settle again, causing the concrete to crack. Walkways and sidewalks are known to crack due to the weather. Hot weather causes concrete to crack because of expansion.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter what a contractor does, concrete can and will crack. A contractor does everything to prevent any cracks, but cracks can just happen. It does not mean the contractor is faulty or has done a poor job, it just means that the environmental circumstances effected the concrete to make the concrete crack.
If you have had concrete installed at your home and a crack occurs, make sure you call your contractor. Your contractor will come out and look at the crack to determine what the cause of the crack may be. The contractor can determine what can be done to fix any cracks, but most cracks are not going to endanger the whole concrete. Most cracks are very small. Concrete cracks can be expected as concrete is just like anything else, it is not perfect.