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Why Concrete? An Atlas Guide

Atlas Construction has extensive experience in using concrete to build commercial and residential properties. Through their variant uses of concrete within projects, Atlas is able to ensure stability and quality every time. But what are some of these methods of uses? And what difference is there between residential and commercial?

Atlas’ Methods

Parking Lots. Our expert team is able to quickly and accurately access your damaged areas and provide long-term solutions for your concrete repair. Contact us today so we can start accessing your property now. We are only a phone call away.

Curb Gutters. Curb and gutter damage are among the more common repairs needed in Colorado, especially with the cold, snowy months. Snow removal can actually further damage your curbs and gutters. We will give a quick look and provide an accurate quote for rehabilitation.

Sidewalks. Sidewalks can shift or settle over time, especially depending on the stability of the ground’s service beneath — at times, an equilibrium solution is needed. Atlas makes use of many of these including milling high trip hazards to complete removal and replacement.

Drain Pans. Installation if a drain pan can actually increase the lifespan of your concrete. Drain pans redirect any potential extra flow water out and avoids standing water damage to your lot.

High Traffic Area Replacements. When high traffic and heavy equipment constantly trek over the same area, damage and follow-up replacement is common. We can efficiently come to your repair aid and also install a high traffic concrete pad to prevent further damages.

Quikset Concrete Services. These services allow for a more expedient install timeline and avoid the issues associated with schedule demands for conventional concrete.

Residential vs Commercial

Most Denver concrete companies will tell you even the most well constructed concrete driveways are likely to succumb to wear and tear over time. If your concrete driveway needs some attention, our team is at your service. No matter the extent of the damage, we have the best tools and skills out of all your Denver concrete companies to get your driveway looking and functioning its best.

Long-Term Benefits  

1. Durability and Strength

 

Concrete is known for its durability and strength. Made up of a mixture of water, cement and sand, its aggregation is a result of the least moisture and increased amount of cement. It has a high density that grows stronger when dry and binds over time for the most stable foundation.

2. Low Maintenance

 

  Concrete doesn’t require much maintenance, though it should be inspected regularly to ensure strength and check for damaging areas or cracks. Atlas offers services in lifting of concrete and concrete restoration.

3. Environmentally sound

 

Concrete’s porous material allows natural moisture and water to saturate into the ground. This minimizes erosion and flooding. Concrete is also known to be able to withstand fires, hurricanes and tornadoes.

4. Manages Temperature

 

The properties in cement are able to withstand fires and reduces other causes of heat. It also lowers cooling costs, managing its own temperature.

Call Atlas Construction today or fill out our contact form. We are your Denver concrete experts.

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5 Steps to the Perfect Patio

Before we know it, the Colorado weather will change once again bringing a new season of new activity. For you, maybe the spring means the beginning of those backyard, patio projects.

The best part of a patio is bringing out what really matters to you as a homeowner. There are many options available to build and maintain your backyard. This can include natural elements and man-made elements. At Atlas, we specialize in these construction endeavors, helping to deliver residential projects that truly enhance your property.

There are many resources to help you plan an outside landscaping project. Once you have an idea of the direction you’d like to take, call us to discuss how best to incorporate these features along with your existing or coming concrete or asphalt. Let us help you take steps to building your perfect patio, your area to relax, enjoy company and most of all, your home.

Here some five areas to consider, step-by-step in your patio endeavors:

Plants. Consider the vegetation you plan to have within your patio area. Gardens may consist of plants, flowers, herbs, even vegetables. Creating a garden-like atmosphere also includes many considerations. You can incorporate them as part of the design or add shrubbery as a patio border, use flower boxes, or plant foliage in planters and use them around your patio area.
Atlas Tip: Sometimes it’s better to plan the complete floor layout of your patio, before you begin planting. We can help you plan your gardens around your concrete flatwork and asphalt.

Fire Pit. What better, cozier way to entertain then around a custom-built firepit area on your patio? Great for any season, especially the spring and summer. Firepits come are built in a variety of ways. Sizes vary and there are several different styles of fire pit you can purchase material for to add to your patio.
Atlas Tip: Firepits can be built with many materials for different levels of functionality. Visit our structural concrete page for ideas.

Pergola or Gazebo. Both of these structures add a certain special, quaint feel to your patio or backyard garden. Think of size, utility and building materials you would like. These add an architectural feel to your patio or backyard.
Atlas Tip: Pergolas and Gazebos can be fortified along with your concrete work. Considering this during your concrete construction process is recommended.

Shade. Purchases including sheltered awnings or umbrellas should be considered for your patio, either for the rainy or sunny day. Adding covers to your designscape provides practicality, protection and a comfort element.

Wet Bar. Features like these really take your patio to the next level! There are many varieties of wet bars, including indoor, outdoor, screened-in or tikis.

Our residential flatwork can help you plan a new patio, pool deck or even retaining wall! At Atlas, we can help your backyard dreams come true through work with our engineers and landscaping designers. Redoing your patio? We can help with that too! Repair of existing concrete and structure, maintenance options and new additions are our forte!
Need help adding scaping or want more ideas for your patio? We are the construction experts! Visit our other pages and contact us at 303.590.4555.

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What’s the Right Season?

Ever wondered what the right season is to begin your construction project? There’s several things to consider beforehand. One of the largest factors is how weather conditions will affect and either facilitate or delay your plans to pave, repair or install. Consider these different areas and why you should examine carefully not just the season, but the right season to begin your project.

To Pave Your Patio
We usually think of patios as a great way to bring together family and friends, soak up some extra sun in the summer and enjoy relaxing on in the fall. Paving your patio is a project worth pursuing for any homeowner. Before paving your patio with concrete, though you should consider a few key details about concrete:
First, concrete is made up of a mixture of cement aggregate and water. These elements are mixed and poured onto the ground’s surface wet. Later, it hardens onto the ground — the ground’s temperature and surrounding air temperature affects the hardening process of the concrete.
Secondarily, concrete’s components cause it to completely harden after its liquid molecules settle and evaporate. If temperatures are too cold while pavement is laid, this can affect the settling of the molecules. The cold can cause them to expand and crack onto the surface during the drying process.
On average, it takes 28 days for concrete to completely dry in warm weather. Colder temperatures, less than 40 degrees to freezing can considerably lengthen this duration. Also, increasingly hot temperatures, greater than 85 degrees can cause the surface layer to completely dry while the underneath layers remain moist. This leads a finished product of brittle, cracked patio pavement.

So, what is the ideal season to pave your patio? While colder temperatures are not as conducive to pouring concrete, with the assistance of insulation and heating elements, it can be accomplished. However, the ideal season to start your project would be either spring or fall, while majority of locations experience medium temperatures. Good planning will ensure the best job with the best results and a beautiful looking patio to enjoy for years to come.

To Repair Your Driveway
Repair your driveway with asphalt! As we have previously discussed, your driveway pavement can break down and begin cracking when exposed to elements like ice, snow and increased heat. Considering the best season to repair your driveway would include your answer within some of these areas:

How long since my driveway was first paved? Most quality asphalt can last for up to 20 years!

What damage does my driveway have? Assessing the extent of your driveway and comparing the size of your damage can help you determine the urgencies of your repairs. Read more about how to assess your repair needs.

What is the ideal season to repair your driveway? The Asphalt Paving Handbook recommends temperatures an average temperature of 50 degrees. The best seasons have been said to be during the early part of summer or fall, when their is little moisture but still warm enough weather conditions.

To Install Your Walkway
Why should you install a walkway? Here’s a few considerations:

  • Adds pleasing design appeal
  • Brings a convenient ease for guests
  • Creates a safer environment in bad weather
  • Increases the sale value of your property

What is the ideal season to install your walkway? The installation process involves laying of stones and adding mortar. Mortar is best laid in temperatures above 40 degrees when the ground is level and relatively dry. Frost and moisture can shift the ground and lead to an uneven instatement. Warmer weather is preferred for this grade of installation. We recommend the summer or fall season.

For more information and construction advice, contact us today.

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Why ATLAS? Construction At It’s Best

At Atlas Construction, we provide you the best services fitting your project needs, with steady delivery and at a reasonable cost. Atlas Construction has been operating in Denver, Colorado since 2010 and has gained the reputation as the best choice for all your asphalt, concrete and residential repair needs.

What should you look for in a Denver construction company? At the very least, you want to look for a team who is going to:

1. Get the job done right.
2. Perform in a timely manner.
3. Reasonably charge.
4. Work with you and your needs.

Awesome, we already do all that and much more. You may be asking, there’s more? Yes, there is! We are not just Atlas Construction. We’re Construction at it’s Best.
So, why choose Atlas?

1. We employ advanced construction techniques.
In comparison to other Denver-based companies, at Atlas Construction, we employ the latest and greatest techniques to ensure your project is done right to last longer.

One such technique is our Thermo-Lay Asphalt Machine. This highly modern, efficient equipment allows us to do all our asphalt repair with one truck and two people. It’s the fastest and most efficient method available utilizing less labor and resources.
Through this machine, we also promise superior repair work. The Thermo-Lay asphalt machine keeps the asphalt at an even, constant temperature. These techniques are faster and cost a significant less amount than another company performing the same project.
Our other technique is crack filling. We fill your cracks and alligator cracks with material that’s flexible and strengthens the base layer from moisture exposure which can lead to further cracks and potholes. These larger damages can be more costly and consuming to repair. Taking advantage of our early assessment can help detect and save your asphalt from these problems developing later.
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2. We have extensive expertise for Denver-area services.
As a Colorado-based company, we understand how to work with the dry seasons we experience here and which measures to take for projects to ensure the longevity of the concrete. Services we offer include:

    Concrete Caissons. Retaining structures built for deep foundations and helical piers.
    Post tension slabs. Used on grade and raft foundations.
    Minimum Dead load footings
    Conventional spread footings

We also have great experience in cast-in place concrete construction for foundation and retaining walls, architectural concrete, matt foundations and structural decks.
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3. We extend the life of your asphalt.
We offer maintenance plans to ensure your payment on the life of your concrete.
The process of sealcoating allows us to provide another layer of protection against natural elements on the road, including liquids like water and oil or from UV heat damage. Sealcoat acts as a barrier between these elements and the asphalt. Sealcoating can also act as anti-agent against friction and skid properties on the asphalt.

4. We provide free estimates. Don’t hesitate, get started today. Call us at 303-590-4555.

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3 Budgets to Consider

Are you considering a pavement project? Are you in need of asphalt repair? With the changing of seasons and the effects of natural elements is it important to survey your asphalt needs. Here’s three different areas and their determining budgets:

Parking Lot
No matter the size of your parking lot, as a property owner or manager, maintaining your pavement can be stressful. You’ll need to take into account the current state your parking lot is in and the regular repair work it will need. Here’s a simple evaluation to take:
1. How many years old is your parking lot pavement?
2. When was it last restored or surveyed?
3. What is the distance of well-traveled areas and how are those areas holding up?
4. How has traffic and natural elements affected your pavement?

There are two things to budget for: preventative maintenance and major repairs. Breaking these down into two distinctive categories will help you measure your own work that needs to be done and how you can best extend the life of your pavement. Possible services needed could include: Crack Filling, Sealcoating and Striping, Concrete Flatwork.

Sidewalk
Though at times, sidewalks make use of different materials, it’s important to have a plan for traditional or special paving treatments. Determining the best plan for a sidewalk usually works best if you first measure the amount of damage. Here’s some questions to consider:
1. Has your sidewalk become uneven or sunken down in certain areas?
2. Is it teared or cracked in due to prolonged time and elements?

Often instead of a full replacement, an easy fix of a specific area can be performed in one service. Budgeting for this leveling can save you almost half or more of the cost to replace. Possible services needed could include: Crack Filling, Sealcoating, Concrete Flatwork.

Driveways
Whether for residential or commercial projects, driveways often need repair for sinks, cracks and/or full slab replacements. Often natural elements, including those from soil settling beneath, can affect the lifetime and appearance of a driveway. Here’s some things to consider:
1. Does your driveway need to be resurfaced?
2. Does it need a complete refinish?
Possible services needed could include: Crack Filling, Sealcoating, Asphalt.

At Atlas Construction, we can help you reduce your costs and get the most out of your blacktop or asphalt repair. Our experienced team can help you access your project and give you multiple option for repair and restoration. Atlas Construction has the tools and expertise to ensure a quality product for any paving project you have in mind. Regardless of the scope of your project, we can provide you quality, professional results.

Learn more about our concrete and asphalt services.
Protect and prolong with us! Contact us now by filling out this form.

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Atlas Construction: Standing Behind the Asphalt

At Atlas Construction, we understand the importance of reliable, fast services for asphalt repair and maintenance. We recognize that a variety of circumstances call for our expertise. Whether you’re looking to lay, maintain or repair your asphalt, you can trust Atlas to be able and ready to offer quality, reliable service.

Our process sets us apart from other construction companies. Our Thermo-Lay hot asphalt paving truck allows us to quickly perform asphalt repair. In addition, the Thermo-Lay equipment we use allows us to keep asphalt at an even temperature and ready to use for a longer duration. This process is quicker and faster to complete the job than any other common methods used which require more equipment and resources. Hence, we say with us you receive a superior service for less.

Asphalt is classified by its chemical composition and physical properties. Our asphalt’s physical components contribute to its effectiveness. Here are the most important considerations:

Endurance. Asphalt mix should hold an adequate film thickness amidst the aggregate particles. The mix should also not have high air voids, which accelerates age hardening. Depending on the age of its physical properties, it can begin a process called binding. Viscosity grading is actually based on these binding characteristics. This state results in an increased thickness, stickiness, and semi fluidity—which creates a more stiff and brittle mix. It’s important that the mixture have a high element of workability to be placed and compacted.

Security. When heated, asphalt gives off vapor, which is a common component of many materials. The higher the temperature, the higher increase in vapor release in concentration. Also, known as its flash point, it becomes highly flammable. For this reason, our crew takes extra safety precautions during these processes. The purity of asphalt also is important in its security. The more pure the asphalt properties are (when it contains a greater percentage of bitumen), the higher its quality and performance.

Resistance. Asphalt has to be resistant enough so that it will not distort or displace over time with heavy traffic loads and changes in temperature. Another factor is when it is subject to moisture— it must be able to withstand potential damage and have skid resistance from travel. The wear and tear of natural and manmade elements greatly can affect the surface of the material and move down into the mix. This can result in minimum to maximum damage.

You may be wondering, How can you extend the life of your asphalt?
It’s important to know when to repair your asphalt. Here are some top techniques we make use of and some keys to know when which ones right for you:

1. Sealcoating
Sealcoating can maintain the integrity and strength of your asphalt by slowing down the process of reduction, resulting in rusting. Our sealant can be applied by squeegee or spray. This process can also greatly extend the life of your asphalt. Is your pavement a fading black and the surface is decomposing? It’s time to get sealcoat!

2. Crack filling
Unlike rusting, cracking fills the asphalt with moisture induced from natural elements and traffic. It affects the base layer and when it freezes, the damage expands. Through our site assessment, we identify early cracks and fill with our specially formulated material that reduces spread. This can save you expensive maintenance and repair costs.

3. Striping
Striping your asphalt is the last but not the least important. We feel this is the final step that completes your investment. As part of our services, we offer this with a range of customized markings. Do you need to direct traffic and add safety precautions? We can do this for you and make sure you’re also ADA compliant.

We are ready to help! Get in contact with us at sales@atlasconstruction.build or call 303-590-4555.