garage relocation

Things To Put Into Consideration Before Garage Relocation

garage relocationThere are many reasons as to why you might want to relocate your garage to a different location around your yard, maybe to prevent the garage from obstructing the view or just wanting to attach it to the house. However, there are certain things you need to put into consideration before considering garage location.  

Driveway

One of the most important considerations you need to make when deciding on garage relocation is the access to the garage after it’s relocated. You’ll need a paved driveway and the size of the garage should dictate the the width of the driveway. If it’s a two car garage then the width should be between 20 to 25 ft unlike 14 ft for a single car garage. Either concrete, asphalt or paving bricks can be used if you want a durable driveway.

Related :  When Should You Resurface Your Driveway ?

Permits

Different cities have different code requirements and not adhering to those requirements might subject you to penalties. Once you know where you want to relocate your garage to, its time to go through the city codes to see what restrictions you have in moving that garage. The garage restrictions usually focus on the garage size, height, proximity of garage to other properties and the driveway construction such as the materials used to construct it or it’s size.

Related : Questions To Ask Your Concrete Contractor

Contact a professional garage relocation contractor who can also install a driveway and understands the garage relocation code requirements of your city. Call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 to schedule a free garage relocation inspection and estimate.

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Ways in Which Concrete Can Increase Your Yard’s Curb Appeal

Ways in Which Concrete Can Increase Your Yard’s Curb AppealWhether you just want your yard to look impressive to your neighbors and visitors or you are planning to sell your property, Having some concrete work done on your yard to improve the curb appeal is necessary. This is especially important if it is a commercial property or you are planning to sell your house in the near future because people will usually make a decision to buy the property or to buy from the property when they are attracted to the exterior of the property. There are a number of ways in which concrete can increase your yard’s curb appeal.

Concrete Driveways

A driveway is the gateway to your property hence it makes the first impression to your visitors the moment they start approaching your property. There are many ways in which concrete can increase your yard’s curb appeal and having concrete on your driveway to increase your yards curb appeal such as stamping and staining concrete, overlaying concrete or by using segmental concrete pavers. A stamped concrete driveway is a driveway with patterned concrete or textured concrete in the shapes of bricks, stones or tiles while as stained concrete is concrete that is stained with any preferred color such as red, brown or black to suit whatever color scheme of your preference. A driveway concrete overlay is a cheap and faster alternative to completely replacing your worn out driveway by simply applying a thin layer on top of it. Segmental pavers are pieces of masonry made from compacted concrete which are installed in a particular pattern on your driveway. All of the mentioned suggestions will increase your yard’s curb appeal if they are installed by a professional driveway contractor.

Related :  When Should You Resurface Your Driveway ?

Concrete Retaining Walls

Concrete retaining wall construction is one of the most overlooked ways in which concrete concrete can increase your yard’s curb appeal. Most homeowners and business owners who have sloped yards believe that there is little or nothing they can do to improve the curb appeal of their yards because of things such as soil erosion or water runoff that tends to affect the curb appeal of your yard negatively. Adding a concrete retaining wall to your yard comes with both decorative benefits and preventive benefits. You can get your concrete retaining wall in different styles and colors and it will also prevent soils erosion and water runoff which will allow vegetation such as flowers, grass or bushes to grow without any difficulty.  

Related :  What Type of Retaining Wall Does Your Los Angeles House Need ?

Concrete Landscaping Borders

Part of what sets a beautiful landscape apart from a not so beautiful landscape are clean lines which border different parts of your yard and make the yard seem kept even with minimal landscaping work. Concrete landscaping borders are the perfect way of having truly incredible landscaping borders because Concrete Landscaping borders can be designed in a variety of ways both shapewise and colorwise. Concrete can increase your yard’s curb appeal if it is professionally done.

Related :  Questions To Ask Your Concrete Contractor

Contact a professional concrete contractor if you want to achieve excellent results in installing either a concrete driveway, concrete retaining wall or  concrete landscaping borders. Call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 to schedule a free concrete inspection and estimate.

Safe Sidewalks LA

Safe Sidewalks LA Program

Safe Sidewalks LAThe city of Los Angeles has sidewalks that have deteriorated to an extent where most of them are a danger to the residents. In order to tackle this problem, the city of Los Angeles has introduced the city sidewalk repair program by the name Safe Sidewalks LA. Members of the community can participate in the program either through the rebate program, the access request program or by reporting a damaged sidewalk.

Access Request Program

The access request program is part of the Safe Sidewalks LA program that makes repairs that are requested by people with a mobility disability who encounter physical barriers such as damaged or missing curb ramps or broken sidewalks. Basically it’s a program where people with any mobility  disability can report barriers in the public right of way.

Rebate Program

The rebate program is a program for property owners who would like to repair their own sidewalk. This program caters to both residential and commercial property owners by offering a rebate of up to $2000 for residential property owners and $4000 for commercial property owners. It’s a first come first serve basis program and you have to qualify for the program. Once you apply, your request will be reviewed to make sure that you are eligible and that you have provided all the necessary documentation and then you will receive a rebate offer if you qualify. 

Related : Questions To Ask Your Concrete Contractor

Report A Sidewalk

Another way you can participate in the program is by reporting a damaged sidewalk in your community, so even if you don’t qualify for the Safe Sidewalks LA Program you can still participate in this manner. The official Safe Sidewalks LA program has a section where you can report the damaged sidewalk.

Related :  Requiring Sidewalk Repairs at the Point of Sale

You need to hire a licensed contractor in order to participate in the rebate program of the Safe Sidewalks LA program. Call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 to schedule a free sidewalk inspection and estimate.

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Questions To Ask Your Concrete Contractor

Los Angeles residents are beginning to think about outdoor activities as summer approaches, hence the need for the installation of new concrete or repairs by homeowners and business owners. It’s easy to find a concrete contractor in Los Angeles but it’s not easy to find the right concrete contractor that will complete the project on time and as promised. However, there are certain questions that you can ask a concrete contractor to make sure they are right for the job.

What is The Project Time Frame ?

This is a very important question to ask concrete contractors before hiring them because it reveals how trustworthy and experienced they are. An experienced contractor will give a definite time frame of how long the project will take because he’s already handled similar projects before. Untrustworthy concrete contractors won’t give you a definite time frame and usually abandon projects for days or weeks.

Are You Licensed, Bonded and Insured ?

All concrete contractors that practice in Los Angeles are required by law to be licensed, bonded and insured. Therefore it’s a red flag if a concrete contractor can’t show any proof of being licensed, bonded and insured. Being licensed means that they operate according to the regulations set by the city of Los Angeles and being insured is not only for their safety but it is for your safety too.

Related : How to choose a licensed foundation contractor?

Will The Concrete Be Reinforced ?

Even though not all the projects will require reinforcement, a number of them do and it’s your duty to ask a concrete contractor whether the concrete work will require any reinforcement. Adding reinforcement is necessary for projects such as driveways which will need a lot of support.

Ask For Previous Job Pictures And Testimonials

A highly skilled concrete contractor will have readily available references or photos. A good concrete contractor will happily provide you with the photos, so if he is hesitant then you should think twice before hiring him. Testimonials are people that have actually hired the contractor in the past hence you can expect the same experience when you hire him.

Related :  Testimonials

Ask the aforementioned questions in order to hire a qualified concrete contractor who will complete the job on time using high quality materials and methods. Call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 to schedule a free concrete inspection and estimate.

 

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What Type of Retaining Wall Does Your Los Angeles House Need ?

retaining wallOwning a house in an area like Los Angeles can be a bit of a challenge due to geographic and climatic issues such as soil erosion, landslides or storms. To counter many of these problems, different types of retaining walls can be built in a number of ways depending on the problem being solved.

Gravity Retaining Wall

A gravity retaining wall is a type of retaining wall that solely relies on its own weight to hold back earth. These types of retaining walls must have the weight that is greater than the earth that they are holding back and are usually made from concrete, bricks or stones. They are usually thicker at the bottom.

Cantilever Retaining Wall

A cantilever retaining wall is a retaining wall that cantilevers the weight of earth to it’s footing. The horizontal pressure from the earth gets transferred to the ground through the vertical wall. Unlike other types of retaining walls, cantilever retaining walls have uniform thickness and thus require good engineering to make sure that they can withstand earth.

Related :  Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Retaining Wall

Sheet Piling Retaining Wall

Sheet piling retaining walls are built in areas where the soil is very loose or soft and there isn’t enough race to build a barrier. Usually either steel, planks or vinyl are placed in the ground while leaving the top exposed.

Anchored Retaining Wall

Anchored retaining walls are just like other retaining walls but they have cables that are attached to them and anchored into the soil to make the wall more stronger.  Anchor retaining walls are usually needed in areas where the earth is heavy.

Related :  Why You Should Hire A Professional Foundation Contractor To Build Your Retaining Wall?
If you are wondering which retaining wall is best for your Los Angeles home, then contact a retaining wall contractor for expert advice. Call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 to schedule a free retaining wall  inspection and estimate.

sinking driveway

Do You Have a Sinking Driveway ?

A compromised driveway is not only unsightly but it is also not safe for you and your family. Sinking of the driveway will just continue to get worse if it is not addressed on time. There are many reasons as to why you might have a sinking driveway.

Improperly Prepared Base

If the foundation of your driveway is not properly prepared, you will begin to experience sinking driveway problems within months or years of installation. A good driveway contractor will adequately prepare the base of the driveway by either adding materials such as crushed stones or by compacting the soils before pouring the asphalt or concrete.

Water Seepage

If water is allowed to easily seep into the base of your foundation, it will cause mud and allow the driveway to start sinking. Water can seep into your driveway through cracks if they are not promptly fixed. Broken sewer or water lines usually cause driveway problems because they are not easily noticed and it will be worse by the time you are able to see the problem.

Related :  How to Protect Your Driveway During Winter

Environmental Factors

Environmental factors such as expansive soils, seismic activity or sinkholes will also play a role in sinking your driveway. Expansive soils are soils that expand when they come in contact with water and shrink when they run out of moisture. Expansive soils will either raise your driveway or cause it to sink.

Related : When Should You Resurface Your Driveway ?

Contact a driveway contractor when you begin to experience a sinking driveway or when you suspect any problems. Contact California Foundation Works for a free driveway Inspection and Estimate.

 

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When Should You Resurface Your Driveway ?

Driveways will last for a very long time if you are able to take care of them accordingly. Driveway resurfacing is one way of the ways of maintaining your driveway that will make it last longer and way past its’ prime. When you resurface your driveway,  all the holes and discoloration affecting your driveway will be covered. There are certain things that you can be on the lookout for, as signs of a need for driveway resurfacing.

Weathered Appearance

Your beautiful driveway will begin to weather or fade over time because of agents such as water and sun exposure. The driveway will begin to fade and discolor as the suns’ UV rays penetrate the concrete and oxygen begins to oxidize the driveway. This won’t only affect the color or look of the driveway but it will begin to weaken the driveway as well. It’s best to resurface your driveway the moment you begin noticing any signs of weathering because it’ll soon turn into bigger problems.

Drainage Problems

Pooling water or water running through certain parts of your driveway such as the middle is a big problem for your driveway. A driveway should be able to adequately drain water therefore a proper driveway resurface will prevent and stop any drainage problems that your driveway is experiencing.

Related : Preventative Drainage Solutions For Your Home in Los Angeles

Potholes and Cracks

Potholes are the result of the expansion and contraction of the ground underneath the paving which causes potholes. Cracks usually develop over time as a result of the weather, chemicals  or traffic. It’s advisable to get a driveway resurface whenever the potholes or cracks seem to be getting worse.

Related :  Do You Have a Sinking Driveway ?

 

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When Do Cracks Mean Structural Damage

When it comes to cracks you’ve probably been told that any cracks you see on your building, especially the foundation is bad news but this isn’t always the case. As a homeowner you are more likely to come across two types of cracks on your property, structural and non structural cracks . Even though only experts should be allowed to determine which cracks are bad or not, there are a number of ways to differentiate the two types of cracks

Structural Cracks

These are serious cracks that cause damage to the structure. These cracks are followed by unlevel floors,sticking windows and doors. The cracks are caused by a variety of reasons such as poor construction materials, expansive soils, poor drainage or poor construction sites. They have certain characteristics that differentiate them from the non structural cracks such as they tend to be wider than ⅛ inch, they form a staircase pattern of cracks and serious cracks also tend to form horizontally.  

Related: How are foundation cracks fixed ?

Non Structural

Non structural cracks are cracks that don’t pose any danger to your structure. Even though these cracks might look bad or similar to structural cracks, they are harmless to your property. These cracks are most often caused by stress that is induced internally in the concrete. They will have certain characteristics in common such as being less than ⅛ in width,they usually radiate from pipes, corners or plants. Unlike the bad cracks, these can be repaired using a sealant and should be closely monitored to prevent them from turning into bad cracks.

Related: Foundation cracks: To worry or not to worry

It’s best to call a professional whether you think the cracks on your property are structural or non structural because non structural cracks can easily turn into structural cracks if not properly dealt with. Call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 to schedule a free inspection and estimate.

 

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How to Protect Your Driveway During Winter

winter_drivewayTo keep your driveway intact, certain measures and maintenance techniques should be put in place especially during winter. Both asphalt and concrete driveways can be affected very negatively by winter conditions if the driveway is not properly managed. Luckily there are ways to prevent and protect your driveway during winter from all those negative effects.

Driveway Winter Damage and Solutions

Drainage problems

A driveway will develop cracks if water seeps into it and settles. Extra care has to be taken in order to prevent gutters from draining water onto your driveway. Another sign that rainwater might be causing damage to your driveway is when you notice puddles of water on your driveway after rain. To deal with the drainage problem, a number of measures can be taken such as installing a driveway that slopes and drains rainwater away from the driveway, directing the downspouts away from driveway.

Related:  Preventive drainage solutions for your home in Los Angeles

Driveway Spalling

Driveway spalling which is also called scaling is when the surface of the driveway flakes away and reveals a rough under layer. Winter rain or chemicals can cause spalling on your driveway. You can prevent spalling by applying a water repellant sealer to the driveway and using the right amount of water in the concrete mix when pouring the driveway will help reduce spalling significantly.

Weeds and plant Roots

Winter rains bring about the growth of weeds and plants around your property. These weeds and plants will grow through or around your driveway which might cause damage. Depending on the size of the roots, some will cause some parts of your driveway to look raised or even crack the edges of your driveway. To prevent this, weeds should be uprooted once noticed and the use of non chemical weed killers is encouraged.

Contact a Professional

Contact California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 if you need further information or an assessment of your driveway.

driveways

Taking Care of Your Driveways In Summer

driveways during the summerIt seems with every new summer in Southern California comes a record shattering heat wave,  and It’s hard to overlook the effects such extreme temperatures have on your asphalt or concrete driveways. Fortunately there are a number of ways in which you can protect your driveway from any damage which might result from the summer heat.

Avoid Scuffing and Indentations

Because of it’s black color, asphalt driveways absorb a lot of heat during summer, therefore they can get very hot. The heat tends to make the bitumen softer therefore making the driveways more susceptible to scuffing and indentations. scuffing and indentations can be avoided by not unnecessarily using the driveway when it’s very hot. Since an asphalt driveway is more prone to indentations and scuffing in it’s early life, it’s not  advisable to overload it in its’ first few months after installation.

Related: The summer effect on your drainage system

Reapply Sealer when necessary

How often you reseal your driveway is often dependent on two things, the vehicle traffic and the weather conditions even though it’s generally advisable to to reseal your driveway every two to three years. Resealing your driveway makes it look new all the time, it also reduces the risk of having to do expensive driveway repairs because its regularly maintained.

Clean Stains

Stains from from oil, gasoline or other sources can be very unsightly on your driveway and can actually be damaging to your driveway because stains such as oils can soften your driveway. The best course of action you can take when you notice a stain on your driveway is to determine whether it’s dry or wet and if it’s wet you have to use an absorbent such as baking soda or cornmeal to absorb the extra moisture. After it dries, you can then scrub it off and then rinse your driveway. Tire marks can also be scrubbed off the driveway pretty easily. It’s generally advisable to get rid of any stains on your driveway as soon as possible.

Avoid Chemicals on driveways

Chemical damage to driveways is often overlooked, yet it’s one of the leading causes of driveways damage.  Chemical Fertilizers and  deicers have ingredients in them that can cause your driveway to degenerate quickly. Avoid handling any chemicals on the driveway or using chemical fertilizers near or on the driveway or you can replace chemical fertilizers with organic fertilizers.

Related: How the California drought affects your foundation

Contact  a professional driveway Contractor

If you have a driveway and notice any holes,sinkholes,crack or chips, contact a professional driveways contractor so that they can asses the damage and advise you on what to do. Contact California Foundation Works for a free* inspection on 323-418-2239.

Asphalt parking lot

How Can An Asphalt Parking Lot Help Your Business?

blogasphalt1Whether you run or own your own business, finding new ways to bring in customers is most definitely on your to do list. Even though most businesses focus on the interior and business front, The parking lot is usually the first point of contact that the customers have therefore first impressions do matter a lot. A good asphalt parking lot can make a good impression on your customers and would be customers.

Curb Appeal Of An Asphalt Parking Lot

The curb appeal of a business is the attractiveness of the exterior of a business. Asphalt has a lot of  properties that help to increase the curb appeal of your business and bring in more customers. The sleek natural dark color of asphalt makes a parking lot more inviting. An asphalt parking lot always seems neat because asphalt doesn’t easily get stained. Unlike other materials, asphalts’ dark color makes it very tough to stain or discolor therefore an asphalt parking lot seems clean most of the times even without much cleaning.

Related: Asphalt parking lot solutions

Safety

It’s human nature to want to feel and be safe, therefore if your parking lot  makes your customers feel safe, they’ll most likely be returning. Not only does the dark color of asphalt help with aesthetics, but it’s also of significance safety wise. The dark color makes the markings on the parking lot a lot more visible from a distance.

Access

During extreme weather such as such as heavy rains experienced in winter, access to businesses can be very restricted due to no parking lot or poorly installed parking lots. The permeability of asphalt  helps to prevent water pooling which looks hazardous and prevents customers from parking in your lot. Asphalt parking lots also help to prevent the skidding of cars on the parking lot because asphalt has high friction.

Related: Commercial parking lots

What Can You Do About It ?

If you are a business owner without an asphalt parking lot or with a damaged parking lot, call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 for a free professional inspection. California Foundation Works offers both repair and new asphalt parking lot installation services to both residential and commercial clients in Los Angeles and the surrounding cities.

 

Concrete Waterproofing

Peace of Mind with Concrete Waterproofing

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The foundation is basically what the house is built on, what keeps the building where it was built, transferring the dead loads and the live loads into the ground.Water is the source of the vast majority of foundation problems. Wet soil beneath a foundation can swell or lose strength.

And that is only the first reason to keep the foundation dry. And then there is the little problem of wet damp basements and crawl spaces that can breed mold and make below ground interior spaces generally unpleasant. The problem is that typical concrete is not waterproof. Although uncracked (and what concrete is uncracked?) it will typically keep out liquid water, water vapor can still penetrate quite easily. Keeping water drained away from concrete foundations and preventing it from moving through the concrete are essential to a successful structure.

Related: Preventing foundation damage during winter 

Accomplishing our goal, then, of draining any water away and ensuring a dry interior space below grade can be relatively simple or fairly involved depending on geographic location, climate, topography, soil or water table conditions, and also the depth of the foundation. There are three components of any system designed to keep water out. These are, from the bottom up:

  •  Drains to move water away from the bottom of the foundation
  • Wall treatment to prevent moisture from moving through the wall and to route water down to the drains
  • Ground surface treatment adjacent to the building to direct surface water away

Related: Ways of waterproofing your foundation for winter

And remember that since this will mostly be underground when the building is complete, doing it right the first time is critical, because coming back to fix it is an expensive undertaking. A leaky foundation in a residential building can damage finishes and furnishings, even the structure itself. In a commercial building, water can ruin expensive equipment and disrupt vital work. It all adds up to lost money, wasted time, upset customers and sometimes litigation.