The NJ Concrete Guide helps inform South Jersey Homeowners about Concrete!

Written by The Concrete Works Team of Experts that perform Residential Concrete Construction day in and day out.

All content is based around New Jersey Area and Residential Concrete Work.  It’s the perfect starting point to learn more about Concrete Replacement.

What’s the difference between Stamped Concrete & Pavers?

Stamped Concrete and pavers offer an upgraded look for homeowners but what’s the main differences?

Stamped Concrete is a solid slab with stone impressions and color. Pavers are individual pieces of concrete that are put together to make the look.

A lot of NJ homeowners are switching from pavers to Stamped Concrete because they are tired of cleaning weeds and moss that grows in between the pavers. If you power wash pavers that will clean them up, but then you have to redo the expensive sand too. This problem doesn’t exist with stamped concrete. In fact, Stamped Concrete is easier to clean because the stamped concrete sealers prevent dirt and grime from penetrating the surface.

Stamped Concrete can eventually crack but usually blends and hides within the design and look. Pavers rarely crack but they usually fall apart because the only thing holding them together is sand. Having pavers picked up and reset is an expensive ordeal and you’re much better off with solid stamped concrete.

The biggest difference is cost. Companies like EP Henry Pavers and other manufacturers are very expensive. The installation takes much longer than stamped concrete which yields higher installation costs. In summary, Stamped Concrete is a better product at a more reasonable price.

What is Concrete?

Concrete’s main ingredients is aggregate (stone), sand, water and cement. Concrete can be manufactured on site or at concrete plant.

Concrete Works NJ has special mixes made at the plant to improve performance. For example, we usually add more cement to our concrete to make it stronger than an average concrete mix. In addition, we add additives that make our concrete crack resistant too.

Concrete is the best option for driveways, patios, sidewalks and other residential needs.

Is Concrete Work in NJ Taxable?

NJ State laws do not require you to pay taxes if you are replacing existing concrete or installing new concrete. The State of NJ requires homeowners to pay sales tax on concrete repair work (temporary fixes) only. Concrete Works pays sales taxes upfront for all material on all our jobs to ensure sales tax on material does not fall on homeowners

Are Permits Required for Concrete Work in South Jersey?

Yes. Depending on your municipality and project type nearly all concrete work requires permits.  All township ordinances include the minimum state regulations for concrete work. In most towns, replacing existing concrete does not require surveying or zoning. However, several municipalities inspect and zone for all permanent structures, curbs, driveway aprons, and work within a few feet of the property line. As a service leader, Concrete Works can obtain the necessary permits or, you may elect to obtain them on your own.

Keeping Water Away from Home with Concrete

It’s key to slope all concrete work away from home. This ensures that all water drains properly to street, wells, sewer systems, etc. and your home stays dry. If water is not draining properly away from your home, and you don’t have the ideal slope; Concrete Works can grade, flatten, and slope the land to ensure water flows correctly. Another option for handling water is adding drains a service Concrete Works will provide for you.

How thick should concrete sidewalks or driveways be in NJ?

The standard is 4″ for residential concrete repairs.  Homeowners with heavy vehicles always have the option to increase to 6″ thickness but it’s rare to see.  We always use stronger concrete mixes because it’s efficient and cost effective for homeowners.

What’s the standard sidewalk width in NJ?

Most sidewalks in South Jersey are 3-4 feet wide.  Narrow sidewalks can be as small as 2 ft wide and some sections throughout our area have sidewalk widths up to 5 ft!

How long should concrete driveways or sidewalks last?

Concrete with usual wear and tear may last anywhere from 10-25+ years. South Jersey’s weather takes a toll on concrete too.  Expanding in the summer heat and contracting in freezing cold winters makes our concrete much more susceptible to cracking.

How Long Does It Take Concrete To Dry In NJ?

Drying time depends on many factors including South Jersey weather conditions, required pressure, and usage. For most jobs,  Concrete Works suggests allowing at-least 48 hours to guarantee the concrete is solid and safe for walking. We also suggest allowing driveways to dry 7  to 14 days depending on your vehicle size.  Please note these time frames are Concrete Works recommendations; homeowners may choose to follow the minimum guidelines (24 hours for walking and 3 days for small cars) at their own discretion.

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