Most residential properties in Albany, New York have some form of concrete work. Sometimes, it’s a concrete walkway from the driveway to the front door. Other times, it’s a concrete patio in the backyard so people can relax on some chairs and grill on the barbecue. Today’s article comes from the Capital District’s very own Albany Concrete Contractors, the leading provider of concrete services in the local area. James Klask, one of their team leaders, describes the most common concrete projects for residential and commercial properties.
Project #1 – Concrete Walkways
The most common project we see in Albany is concrete walkways. Nearly every residential household in Albany County has some sort of pathway from the side of their driveway to the front door of the house. Occasionally, this pathway is made from stone, set a few feet apart from one another. However, most of the time, the path is made from concrete. We get calls every day from homeowners who have cracks in their concrete walkway that need fixing. We build new concrete walkways as well, but those calls are slightly less frequent because it means the homeowner is looking to either install something brand new for a newly built house, or they want to replace the old walkway with a new material. Regarding the latter, people commonly switch from pavers to concrete or vice versa.
Project #2 – Concrete Pool Decks
Albany’s median income is around $68,000, which is enough to allow homeowners to build a pool. The 2nd most common project we handle is concrete pool deck installation and repair. Based on local regulations, when a pool is built, there must be a fence around it. Instead of fencing in grass, homeowners tend to have concrete pool decks installed. A concrete deck with a Kool Deck surface allows people to have something that’s nice to look at and safe to walk on. We provide pool deck repair as well to fix cracks and shifting slabs. Occasionally, residents request pool deck refinishing to change the surface layer of the concrete to something that doesn’t absorb as much heat or to get a fresh look.
Project #3 – Concrete Driveways
Concrete driveways are not very common in Albany because most people opt for asphalt. However, we do offer concrete driveway repair and installation as needed. It’s more expensive per square foot, but it provides added durability and is less likely to develop potholes. Concrete driveways are most often seen on commercial properties like malls or doctor’s offices due to the higher average cost.
Project #4 – Stamped Concrete Pavers
Stamped concrete pavers are a popular choice for walkways, driveways, and pool decks. These versatile brick-shaped concrete slabs can match any home because they come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. Stamped concrete allows for an endless number of patterns and styles that can mimic the appearance of concrete work of other countries if you wanted it to. Looking for a cobblestone sidewalk? It’s possible stamped concrete pavers.