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What’s Causing my Basement Moisture?

If you’re trying to cure a wet or musty basement, you’re probably wondering if it’s possible to dry out a basement simply by sealing the walls?

Often, it is, but to choose the right option, you need to determine if the moisture is coming from outside your foundation, or if it’s high interior humidity condensing on the cooler walls of your basement.

Oneil Concrete Construction can help determine the root cause of your basement moisture problems, and suggest the best solutions for your situation.

Learn more here, or call today for a free estimate!

Concrete vs. Asphalt Driveway?

When it’s time for a new driveway, one of your biggest decisions is whether to use concrete or asphalt.

Each material has its advantages and disadvantages; let’s look at a few:

Usage

Depending on the installation and weather, a concrete driveway may require a few days to cure before bearing the weight of a car. In most cases, a new asphalt driveway can be driven on the next day.

Longevity

A well-constructed concrete driveway will last up to 40-50 years, even with very little upkeep. A similar asphalt driveway will likely last only about 20 years of Wisconsin winters, assuming the owner properly maintains it by filling the inevitable cracks and re-sealing every 2-3 years.

Color and Texture Options

Oneil Concrete Construction offers a wide variety of colored stains to complement your property and home. In addition, we provide an array of stamped textures, patterns, and designs to lend a classy and truly custom finish to your new concrete driveway or walk.

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Asphalt, unfortunately, is typically available only in basic black …

Initial & Long-Term Costs

Concrete and asphalt have different site-prep requirements and material costs for installation. Generally speaking, a basic concrete driveway of average size can cost approximately 30-50% more than a similarly sized asphalt driveway.

But, with its lower maintenance effort and costs, and better longevity, concrete really pulls ahead in the long run. The apparent initial ‘savings’ of asphalt can easily be outpaced by the required maintenance and earlier replacement costs, while the initial investment of concrete pays for itself in virtually no ongoing maintenance and a greater lifespan.

Oneil Concrete Construction can help you plan and budget the perfect driveway or walkway for your home. Call today!

Choosing the Right Decorative Concrete Finish

Why settle for plain and ugly concrete when there are so many ways to spruce it up?

With the development of special decorative techniques, concrete is revolutionizing home decor. Strikingly handsome concrete patios, pool surrounds, garden paths, flooring, walls, and more show off just how versatile concrete can be.

Here is a glossary explaining the most popular finishes used to create decorative concrete.

Oneil Concrete Construction can help you choose the perfect stamped and/or colored concrete project for your home!

Patio Planning 101

“Whether you’re dreaming up a brand new outdoor living space or are dying to revamp an unsightly slab of concrete, planning ahead is key to creating a patio that’s both beautiful and functional,” writes Gretchen Roberts of HGTV.

When planning your own project, you’ll also want to consider your new patio’s purpose, location, size, shape, surrounding landscaping, and any extra features you want to incorporate like lighting or a fire pit.

“The patio is a part of your home, so have fun with the design and make it yours.”

Call Oneil Concrete Construction today for a free consultation and estimate on your new patio!

Home Addition Foundations & Concrete Slabs

When a new family member arrives, or you’re finally building that dream kitchen you’ve always wanted, or you just want to grow your square footage, a home addition can be a smart choice.

Especially in a tight housing market, more and more homeowners are opting to maximize the value of their existing home rather than incur the costs of a major move to a new place.

Whether your new addition will be built on a basic concrete slab, or over a full basement, Oneil Concrete Construction can help get you started on a solid foundation. We can also recommend trusted industry partners for the other construction and finish work of a new addition, too.

See how Oneil Concrete Construction can help you get started on expanding your home!

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Stamped Concrete Sidewalks

Sidewalks and walkways—whether from the street or driveway to your front porch, around the side of your home, or leading to your backyard patio—are one of the most used forms of concrete work. So, they have more potential to make (or break) a good impression.

“Interesting and intriguing walkway designs, like a winding brick or flagstone path, can be very charming,” says Front Porch Ideas. “The right material can soften the appearance of a symmetrical home or could make a Cape Cod appear more formal. Just like your front porch railings and columns, the materials you choose can also reflect personality or creativity.”

See how Oneil Concrete Construction can help you choose the perfect custom sidewalk or walkway for your home!

Call today for a free consultation and estimate!

A Sump Pump Can Save Your Home

A dependable sump pump is used where basement flooding happens regularly, and to prevent dampness in basements built below a high local water table. Sump pumps eliminate water and divert it away from your house to a place where it is no longer problematic, like a municipal storm drain or a dry well.

“If you’re in an area where flooding is likely, the water table is high, or where rapidly melting snow or sudden heavy rainstorms are common, chances are you have one in your home,” says Square One Insurance Services. “It doesn’t take much water to cause thousands of dollars of damage, and if you have a damp basement, mold can be a serious problem. A good sump pump can be worth its weight in gold. In some places, these pumps are a requirement and are installed in all new homes.

When you waterproof your basement, be sure to invest in a quality sump pump system from Oneil Concrete Construction!

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Concrete Walkways Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

The front walkway leading to your home is the first impression for most visitors, or for prospective buyers!

Oneil Concrete Construction can help you put your best foot forward with a new concrete walkway, in a variety of colors, textures, and designs.

“Concrete is a very popular material for walkways because of its versatility,” says LandscapeNetwork, “Concrete can be colored and textured to mimic natural stone, tile, brick and more. A concrete walkway can be personalized to suit your home and your tastes. Many installers think of decorative concrete walkways as more than just a way to get from point A to B, rather they are a chance for artistic expression.”

See how Oneil Concrete Construction can help you choose the perfect custom walkway for your home!

Call today for a free consultation and estimate!

Recovering From and Preventing Future Basement Flooding

April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring a flooded basement!

If your home’s foundation suffers from groundwater leaks, or your roof’s drainage system is in disrepair, water can make its way into your home and cause big problems.

First, follow these tips to clear the water from your basement, remove damaged possessions and other materials, and clean and dry the basement.
https://www.ahs.com/home-matters/repair-maintenance/what-to-do-when-your-basement-floods

Then call Oneil Concrete Construction for permanent and affordable solutions to your basement flooding issues. Oneil offers basement waterproofing solutions and products for any basement or crawl space. Our multiple sump pumps, battery backups and backup alarms are the most reliable models available, and when installed, will ensure that your basement stays dry and moisture-free even during a heavy storm.

So, stay dry, and put Oneil Concrete Construction to work for you!

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Seven Creative Stamped Concrete Patio Ideas

“Quickly becoming one of the most popular types of hardscape material, stamped concrete lets you pull off a high-end look without the high-end cost,” writes Hunker. “Additionally, it’s durable, free of cracks for grass or weeds to grow through, and it’s surprisingly customizable.”

Check out some of our recent stamped concrete patio and other concrete projects:

Oneil Concrete Construction can help you choose the perfect stamped and/or colored patio for your home.

Call today for a free consultation and estimate!