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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you insured and licensed?

How long will the job take?

How can I tell if my Patio is big enough?

Will my colors be an exact match?

Will my colors change or fade?

How do I clean my concrete?

How often should I seal my concrete?

How long before I can drive/use my new concrete?

Can I use salt in the winter do de-ice my driveway, patio, or walkway?

 

Are you insured and licensed?

Muddman Concrete Services is fully insured and has all the necessary licenses to conduct business. We are a Virginia Class B contractor, license number 2705101246, and member of the Better Business Bureau. return

How long will the job take?

The average driveway installation should take no more than 3 to 4 days, depending on size and weather conditions. All projects are different. Under ideal conditions, we estimate one-day set-up, one-day pour, one-day clean/detail and seal.  Size and design are factors that we consider.  Weather is also a very important factor.  Approximately 90% of our time constraints are based upon weather.

The process is quite technical and very detailed.  Because of this, we are unable to give an exact schedule date for your project.  We feel it is our responsibility to provide the best performance we can for each customer.  We encourage you to participate by watching the process.  We feel that you will be quite impressed by the quality and experience that goes into our work and process. return

How can I tell if my Patio is big enough?

The best way to determine this is to mark it out. Spray paint the dimensions you would like, and then arrange the furniture and/or objects you plan to put on it within the painted dimensions. It's kind of like rearranging your living room furniture. Do you have the space you’re looking for? Does it need to be wider or longer? Is the shape correct?  This process will help you determine the right size and shape for you. return

Will my colors be an exact match?

While we try to get the closest match possible, we cannot guarantee a perfect match.  Concrete mix will vary some degree between loads by the same supplier. return

Will my colors change or fade?

The colors will slightly change in the first month, until the concrete has finished curing.  The sun will eventually cause it to lighten over time.  Preventive maintenance through sealing keeps the colors protected and vibrant. return

How do I clean my concrete?

Concrete should be cleaned with water-based cleaners only.  Standard dish soap and water are the best.  Use a soft to medium bristle brush, being careful not to rub too hard as to remove the sealer. return

How often should I seal my concrete?

Concrete should be sealed once a year.  It can be rolled on with a thick nap roller.  Always check the weather forecast; sealer should be applied on a clear day that is not subject to rain. return

How long before I can drive/use my new concrete?

You should not drive on concrete for seven days.  It will achieve minimum p.s.i. strength by the seventh day.  For areas like patios and walkways, we suggest to not use or walk on these areas until one day after they have been sealed. return

Can I use salt in the winter to de-ice my concrete driveway, patio, or walkway?

We strongly recommend that you do not use salt. A chemical breakdown occurs when you mix calcium carbonate (concrete) and Sodium (salt). This causes the concrete to weaken and spauld--when the top layer of your concrete peals off. Though concrete will naturally spauld and breakdown over the course of many years, preventive maintenance is the best approach.  If you need to prevent slipping on ice, sand can be used.  However, sealing should be done the first clear day in spring because of the friction wear on the existing sealer. return