Sealing your concrete:
Concrete is a surface that can last for decades if properly maintained. Treating your patio or driveway annually with concrete sealers will provide longevity and beauty. If properly applied, your concrete will become more resistant to harsh winter conditions, water, salts and even tough grease stains. G-Cat highly recommends sealing both stamped and traditional concrete annually. It is important to have a company with experience to complete this task. If not properly cleaned and prepared, you can trap in dirt and stains which can change the appearance of the concrete. This can also compromise the bond between the sealer and the surface. Applying the sealer without experience can create a streaky and uneven outcome. We always use the best product on the market and provided the best customer service whether your concrete was freshly poured or just needs a new glow.
Maintaining your concrete:
G-Cat will never cut any corners when installing your concrete. We use all reinforcements that are required and even choose a cleaner aggregate for your mix of concrete. This will reduce the chance of “popouts” from deleterious material. Popouts are primarily caused by pieces of aggregate particles having a high absorption and relatively low density. These pieces of aggregate absorb larger amounts of water, and then expand during freezing temperatures. The standard specification allows up to 5% of this material mixed into the concrete but the mix we use has only up to 2% included. G-Cat recommends not using deicing salts, such as calcium or sodium chloride during the winter months. Never use ammonium sulfate or nitrates as a deicer, these chemicals will destroy concrete surfaces. Applying clean sand for traction is the safest way to go.
Thank you very much for a job well done on my driveway and patio. You exceeded my expectations and I couldn't be happier with the results. The following are highlights of my experience:
Great Staff: I've enjoyed working with many members of your staff including my initial communications with Jillian, my many conversations with Vito, my working with Joe for village permits and chatting with Mike while sipping coffee on a Saturday morning, just to name a few. It was clear from watching as work progressed that a great camaraderie exists amongst your employees that just reinforced my good feelings about your company.
Vito's Passion and Patience: It was abundantly clear throughout our job that Vito is very passionate about what he does. It started with his vision of a patio that my wife and I wanted but couldn't quite articulate to him. Vito knew what would work for us shortly after listening to our generalized desires. His enduring patience was appreciated both with my many questions and with getting the outline of our patio just right.
Everyone's Attention to Details: This began with a friendly willingness to modify the contract until all the details were perfect. It continued with good communications of what would happen and when it would occur. It included re-finishing a section of sidewalk that had gotten blemished both by fallen leaves and by an owner with poor leaf-removal techniques. I liked how aesthetics, not simple dimensional math, was used for the placement of control joints on both the driveway and patio - it highlighted the completion of a first-class job. I will recommend your company to my friends and co-workers.