There is nothing more difficult of a DIY project than concrete. Whether it's forming out your own concrete steps or jack Hammering up old work gone wrong, these projects can make or break a property, literally.
If you suspect that you have any type of water damage accruing in your foundation walls, please contact us for a no hassle free estimate. Putting off the growing damage for a later date will just exacerbate the issues. This isn't the only work concrete contractors can help perform, or clients in Capital Region areas like Latham and Delmar have used us to fix cracked sidewalks, failing patios and reset old retaining walls. Before you take a chance with a good ol fashion DIY, give us a call!
Upstate NY has various different soils throughout it's region. Most home owners are unaware if they a living on sand, clay or even slate. When thinking of not only cost but logistics of any type of dirt work, keep in mind not all dirt was created equal.
If you live near Schodack, north of Albany, you have a good chance of being on top of slate. That area is notorious for it, and with that comes drilling and blasting. It simply isn't enough to just use an excavator or back hoe to work in this terrain, you'll need something a little extra.
Excavating in Latham NY can be a completely different story, this are is rich with sand, which makes for great drainage, some more settling on new homes occurs, but overall the soils lend themselves to better water proofing of your foundation.
And clay can be a nightmare, certain parts of upstate NY located closer to body of water will have a clay mixture that tends to shift over time and hold water. It is when your home sits on top of clay that you're going to need to pay a bit more attention to how you include french drains, retaining walls and proper slope and grade to your site.
Recently we were asked to install a retaining wall using a concrete sleeper system with a wood grain pattern. I will be the first one to tell you that it not only looked sharp but it sure did the job. With that being said the way those systems work is the points of failure that hold the wall up are the post systems they come with, should one fail you will start to see some major erosion.
My own personal choice would be the versa-lok retaining wall system. Unlike rail ties or sleepers that rely on their own mass and posts to work, these retention wall systems all attach through their pin system, this allows the blocks a more monolithic attachment, less likely to fail and they come in many different looks and colors. Email or call us and we can come out and price them.