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Benefits of Hauling Services

Whether you are in the midst of a remodel, or in the middle of a total rebuild, a hauling service is a must. Being left will an excess amount of junk is a headache all on its own. If you’re deciding between handling the haul yourself, or having it handled by professionals, the choice should be easy for you. Here are some of the benefits that come along with a hauling service.

Avoid a Trip to the Landfill

Depending on where you are located in proximity to the landfill and the size of your community, a trip to the landfill can become an all day ordeal. Not only do you have to load it, but you also have to haul it as well. After dealing with a remodel, the last thing you want to do is haul anything after a busy day or weekend. The weekends already fly by too quickly; the last thing you want to do is something totally avoidable.

Not All Cities Take Everything

There are many cities out there that have strict restrictions on what can and can’t be set out curbside for pickup. Though there are a few items that a hauling service can’t take, such as chemical waste, there is a pretty extensive list of what CAN be picked up. Avoid the headache of finding what can and cannot be picked up by the city, and hire a professional hauling company.

Avoid the Back Pain

As you get older, back pain will become worse and worse. The last thing you want is to have to deal with extra back pain because you didn’t hire a hauling company. Lifting large items such as couches is hard enough, add stairs to the equation and you have a recipe for disaster. With a professional hauling company, all you have to do is call, then sit back and relax while they do all the work. Simply tell us what needs hauling and we will get the job done quickly and efficiently.

If you are looking for the right hauling service, your search ends with Legacy Concrete Works DBA Legacy Waste Services. Our team of professionals will help you avoid the headache of hauling everything yourself. We will come at a time that is convenient for you and handle the haul for you in a professional manner.

Benefits of Using Concrete for Your Custom Built Home

Are you looking for the best material to build your dream home with? Using concrete in your project will offer you and your family some incredible benefits ranging from amazing durability to noise control for more peaceful evenings. Keep reading to learn some of the best reasons to use concrete for your home.

Energy Efficient

When it comes to keeping your energy costs low, concrete is one of the best ways to guarantee results. Because of the tight seals at the joints, your home will maintain its interior temperature, while keeping the outside temperatures at bay.

Modern concrete living room.
Modern concrete living room.

Incredibly Durable

Should you choose to build with concrete, you can expect your home to last longer than the average frame home. Because concrete homes don’t hold insects or rot, they are much more durable. So, if you want to keep your home preserved, concrete is the way to go.

Excellent Noise Control

Did you know that concrete is useful when dealing with noise control? If you value a quiet home or want to keep the road noise outside, concrete is the way to go.

Amazing Temperature Control

Not only are concrete homes more energy efficient than their frame built cousins, but, because of their sealed nature, they give you better control over your home’s temperature. Enjoy a cool summer inside or a warm winter without a draft to mess with the temperatures in your home.

Construction workers pouring concrete.
Construction workers pouring concrete.

Eco-Friendly

If the previous reasons weren’t enough to convince you to choose concrete for your home, consider the fact that concrete homes are also amazingly eco-friendly. Because they require less energy to heat and cool as well as require fewer lumber products during construction, these concrete beauties are a great choice for those looking for a comfortable living environment that’s also good for the environment.

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking for a home that’ll last for years or want something that will save you money on energy bills, concrete homes will be the best choice for these reasons and many more. Legacy Concrete Works DBA Legacy Waste Services will help you craft your perfect concrete home with our contractors.

A Brief History of 3 Demolition Tools

“Demolish” is one of those delicious, sleek words. But what’s more satisfying than watching a building before you get gloriously demolished by nifty machines? One must ask at some point: Where did all these cool designs come about? To find out some of the key pieces of history behind modern demolition, keep scrolling!

Wrecking ball

One of the most iconic symbols of demolition, the wrecking ball is often what makes demolitions such spectacles. Despite its name, the wrecking ball is not always spherical; it often comes in the shape of a pear—a pear with its top cut off to be more exact. The predecessor to the wrecking ball was the sledgehammer of the 1930s that wrecked fixtures and windowpanes. The 1950s and 60s finally saw the golden age of wrecking balls. However, due to the discovery of the toxicity of asbestos (released from the rough wrecking), people increasingly preferred other means of demolition—such as excavating machines—to wrecking balls.

Hydraulic excavator

Sir W. G. Armstrong & Company is credited for being the first to apply hydraulic technology to excavation in 1882. The result? They helped build the Hull docks of England. An unrelated, American Armstrong by the name of Frank H. Armstrong—a mechanical engineer at the Penn Iron Mining Company—built the second machine in 1914. Fast forward some centuries and we have the modern hydraulic excavator that was largely a development from the 1940s. Whereas wrecking balls have the disadvantage of being difficult to control, hydraulic excavators can move much more surgically. Rather than have to generate a pendulum swing to maximize impact, the hydraulic excavator can deliver a punch right away.

Explosives

Why go through the trouble of smashing and pummeling when the destruction could be achieved from within? Building implosion—misnamed because a building is not imploding but simply weakened in its structural integrity—is a way of bringing an edifice down via the use of explosives. This method is effective for skyscrapers (unless they are exceptional mega-giants like the Burj Khalifa) and simultaneous, multiple demolitions. As of 2018, the tallest structure to be safely demolished was the Singer building in New York; one can wonder which demolition would be the grandest for 2019.

Conclusion

The various claws and cranes specialized for demolition are many. Thoroughly researching all the historical scoops on demolition can give us a snapshot of the past as well as grow our appreciation for and knowledge about what we have today; but being able to demolish LEGO castles with that history book doesn’t mean you’re an expert. Contact Legacy Concrete Works to get ‘er done!

The History of Roman Concrete

In the modern age, we can take advanced construction for granted and think things have always been that way. Today we’re going to take you on a trip back to the time of Ancient Rome. The Romans are well known for their construction miracles, but how did they do it. They had a secret weapon in their building arsenal. Today we’re going to tell you about the history of Roman concrete; their secret weapon for building the monuments that still stand today.

What is it?

Roman Concrete is unlike any other building material in the ancient world. It combines volcanic ash from the mountains of Italy and mixes it with quicklime and gypsum. The combination is then churned like any other concrete would and is ready to be made into bricks, tiles, and much more. Unlike other forms of concrete that tend to break down after time, Roman Concrete still holds up today.

Why They Made It?

Concrete was not a new invention by the time Rome came to prominence. So why was Roman Concrete made differently and what purpose did it serve? No one is entirely sure how the process first got started, but its function went far beyond its famous stability. Italy is a region prone to earthquakes and the ancient civilizations often struggled with that reality. Roman Concrete seems to have been designing specifically to deal with this problem. The concrete is able to shift and move with the seismic waves without cracking under the pressure.

The Future of Roman Concrete

Roman Concrete has started to gain popularity and is being reexamined in the modern day. Concrete and construction companies have started to take advantage of this ancient concrete method. Its durability, sustainability, and cheap production are giving rise to Roman Concrete’s comeback!

Legacy Concrete Works, LLC are the experts in concrete. Just like the ancient concrete makers of the Roman Empire, we’re creating concrete solutions that are built to last. Give us a call and let’s get your building needs taken care of!

Cleaning Polished Concrete Floors

Concrete floors can really make a statement. A very modern and clean floor throughout your home is sure to stun your guests the second they step through the door. In order to fully deliver this wow factor, proper cleaning procedures must be followed. Follow along with this blog to get some insight on how to best clean your polished concrete floors!

Material

Material, material, material! We can’t say it enough. From start to finish, the material you use to clean your polished concrete makes all the difference. Many times when people ask where their polished shine went, the wrong scrubbing and cleaning instrument was used. In order to avoid prematurely stripping your concrete of its shine, we suggest using soft and gentle materials. A microfiber pad or wash cloth are best. And no, you don’t have to get on your hands and knees to scrub; a nice and easy mopping-like action is good enough!

Timing

It is crucial that your timing is impeccable when it comes to regular or even unscheduled washes. When something spills and potentially stains your concrete, washing as soon as possible is your only hope. Outside of accidents, it’s best to set aside time to clean regularly. If you don’t already have a set cleaning schedule, we challenge you to make one! Not only will your floors thank you but the rest of your house will too! If the thought of scheduled cleanings seems daunting, break it down! We suggest creating a set pattern that will help guide you through which areas of your floor are cleaned first.

Cleaning Solution

There are so many different cleaning solutions that are marketed on a daily basis. With this rise in advertisement, it can be hard to know which solution is the best to throw onto your floors! While we don’t have anything specifically to suggest, we do have some tips. A cleaner that has a neutral PH is going to be best for your polished floors. And while it may seem like soaking your floors in a cleaner is a great idea, it’s not. Make sure you never allow your cleaning solution to dry onto the concrete surface. At the end of the day, it is important to note that polish doesn’t last forever. We recommend getting your concrete floors polished every two years in order to keep them nice and shiny!

Conclusion

Polished concrete floors that are properly taken care of are sure to be show stoppers. When you make the switch to concrete floors, it’s imperative that you know the best way to care for them. For more tips, tricks, or concrete services you can head on over to the Legacy Concrete Works, LLC website!

Advantages of Pavement Markings

Pavement markings can be beneficial when it comes to motor vehicles and safety on the road. The purpose of these markings is to provide people with direction, as well as to distinguish the pavement from other lines around it. It can decrease the chances of crashes and other incidents, and therefore be a safer option for businesses to have on their property.

 According to Brite Lite Paint, “it is estimated that approximately $2 billion is spent every year in the United States on pavement markings.” That’s a lot of money, right? Well, let’s take a look at some of the ways that pavement markers are used!

Parking Lots

As you’re driving into a parking lot, your eyes scan the area for a space and you see an open spot right in the front. As you’re driving up, the lines are painted blue and there’s a wheelchair symbol painted in the middle. Stop! The symbol is meant to tell you that it is reserved for handicapped drivers. Traveling further down the row, you see a spot with white lines. The white lines indicate a free, open parking space for the public. You’re good to go!

So what’s so important about these markings? The lines and colors are meant to indicate a message. If the lines are blue for handicapped parking or green for timed parking, drivers can noticeably see whether or not they’re allowed to park there. In turn, parking lot paint can be reflective, which is something that contributes to safety. Brighter pavement markings are more visible in adverse weather conditions. All in all, painting a parking lot allows drivers to know where and how to place their vehicles.

Indoor/Outdoor Sports Courts

Basketball courts and tennis courts are just some of the few sporting areas that require specific markings. Since the games are usually played on concrete, the pavement markings are placed accordingly to each sport. For a tennis court, the lines are divided into two sides, with enough room for a net in the middle. The markers can tell each players where they need to be during the game.

When it comes to indoor courts, such as gymnasiums, pavement painters have to take a great deal of care. The lines have to be carefully painted and then the floor properly coated. Colleges, universities, high schools, churches, and many others benefit from the proper painting of their indoor courts.

Warehouses

Businesses located in warehouses can also benefit from pavement markers. With the amount of machinery inside of a warehouse, it can be a safety hazard if the machines are used outside of the proper markings. The markers can indicate where the equipment should be placed, as well as a way to direct traffic inside and outside of the facility. Caution signs may even be painted on the floor to let someone know that they are entering a dangerous area!

Conclusion

There are many types of flooring that our pavement painters can work with, including different types of markings that are necessary for your business space. Whether you need markers for convenience, or for safety, call on Legacy Concrete Works, LLC for professional pavement marking and maintenance in your area!

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Early Concrete Structures

The timeline for concrete dates all the way back to 12 million B.C. when limestone and oil shale first mixed together, a combustion that produced cement compounds. From then on, Egyptians and Romans used different elements to create cementitious materials and build imposing, iconic structures. Modern concrete differs from early concrete, but some of the same elements are present in both. Architectures have evolved, and so have the ways in which we utilize the materials to build them. In our blog, we’re going to take a step back and look at some early concrete structures and their compositions.

Nabataea

In 6500 B.C., Nabataea traders built the first concrete-like structures in regions of southern Syria and northern Jordan. They discovered hydraulic lime, which is cement that hardens underwater, and by 700 B.C., they built kilns to supply mortar to aid in the construction of underground cisterns and houses. They also used the same kilns that made pottery due to similar temperatures. The territory in which they lived allowed them to transform silica, which had groundwater seeping through, into a pozzolan material. Coupled with lime, they were able to produce cement for homes and floors.

Pyramids

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Pyramid complex, built in 2580-2560 B.C. When one thinks of Egypt, the pyramids are the most iconic works of architecture that come to mind. Most people know that the pyramids were built from limestone, but gypsum and mortar were also involved. The Great Pyramid of Giza required about 500,000 tons of mortar. The cement binding was believed to be either silicon dioxide or a calcium and magnesium-rich silicate mineral, according to Professor Michel Barsoum from Drexel University. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and has remained the most intact among the others.

Pantheon

One of the most famous ancient monuments is the Pantheon, built by the Romans. It is unknown as to who designed the monument, but it was completed around 126-128 A.D. during Emperor Hadrian’s reign. Because natural pozzolan had already been discovered, the Romans used it in addition to animal fat, milk, and blood. The Pantheon’s exterior foundation walls are made up of pozzolana cement – a mixture of lime, reactive volcanic sand, and water. The dome is supported by thick, concrete pillars created by parts of the exterior walls. Because of this, the Pantheon has remained intact all these millennia.

Conclusion

Looking back on these early concrete structures, we see the possibility that many of the materials used back then are still present in today’s construction work. The foundation is there, but we’ve incorporated different mixtures to ensure the structure stays intact and appealing for the modern period. That said, we can’t help but look in awe at the ancient monuments and wonder how the architects of that time accomplished such a historical feat.

How Home Improvements Can Help Your Business

People who work from home don’t always see the benefits that come with it besides the luxury of staying home in the comfort of pajamas. While choosing your own hours and company etiquette is up to you as a remote worker, there are also downsides to bigger home businesses. If your company relies on manufacturing or tedious labor that requires more than just one person, you find yourself in an inconvenience of space. Where do your associates sit? How can a client visit you when they have to uncomfortably walk through your cluttered hallways to get to your office? Where do all of your shipping boxesget stored? The answer is simple: home improvements! Grab a pencil and paper andstart to draw your dream home business additions because we are going toexplain how it will help your business.

Room for Operations

Most successful tech companies like Facebook and Apple started from a house. Of course, companies that rely on different types of operations like coding, manufacturing, designing, shipping, and content creation require more than just one employee. Consider a home addition or renovation to an existing room to designate as the desk area and another for the manufacturing area. Separating the two rooms will allow you to concentrate and welcome in potential hires and clients in a more professional setting. This is a great tip for jewelry, clothing, home décor, tech, magazines, and even home practices like counseling.

Tax Benefits

It may sound like a fantasy to be able to operate a successful business from the comfort of your home, but we all know that money gets in the way of big dreams. We suggest that you consult with an accountant because home business renovations can grant you tax benefits. For many, the point of working from home is the fact that renting an office space is too expensive. Not only does one have to make a living and pay for personal expenses, but adding the expense of warehouse rentals make it more difficult to achieve goals. Working from home is meant to be a startup to success, so try and see which renovations can get written off.

Conclusion

Don’t let your dream to start the most successful local clothing brand fade away due to expenses and space. Dream big, renovate, and improve your craft from home because there are more benefits to working from home than you think. With tax benefits and the possibility of expanding your business, nothing is impossible. It’s time to hire a construction company and get your home business improvements started!

The Benefits of Concrete Floors

Save for factories and warehouses, the use of concrete as flooring is a newer concept in interior design. Its still, gray coloring and coarse texture have made concrete less than ideal for apartment, condos and other structures as visible flooring. In fact, it has only been strictly used as a support level of flooring beneath wood and carpet for decades! Yet in the rising trend of modern and minimalist interior designs and epoxy techniques, more and more residences are incorporating this type of flooring as a design feature.

Makes a Structure Feel Modern

Office space with concrete flooring

Concrete flooring has taken the design world by storm within the past few years. The style makes the smooth and cool finish seem futuristic and utilitarian, which is the main theme for developers in the interior design industry. It is a design that is very recognizable by gray and neutral tones, and has a ‘converted warehouse’ theme. One of the main features of this particular design style is in the polished, concrete flooring that is either a flat color like gray, or is covered in an epoxy coating.

Unique Designs

Epoxy is normally intended as a type of protective resin layering that would be poured over a construction material. Once set, it would create a smooth finish that protects the material or support structure while still looking pleasing to the eye. With that said, epoxy layering has evolved into an art form over the past several years. The color and application techniques have changed enough that epoxy is no longer just a protective film for construction needs; it can also be used to make specific designs and even serve an aesthetic purpose for your flooring and countertops. Adding fissures and geode-style designs is one of the most popular trends of concrete flooring that makes it interesting to look at. The specific blend of epoxy and dye combination makes nearly any design and color scheme come to life on the one flat, gray-colored floors. The epoxy and polished floors also remove the rough texture of standard concrete, leaving the surface as smooth as glass. This allows you to have the utmost functionality from your floors while maintaining the aesthetic style-a glorious combination, in our humble opinion.

Did Someone Say “Less Clean Up?”

Besides staying on trend and showing off your modern home, one of the most obvious advantages of having concrete flooring is the clean up! This is especially true in homes and structures where there is a lot of activity; having concrete flooring will significantly help the lasting damage from spills, splashes, and messes. Additionally, as it is concrete, it’s going to be much more durable than wood floors or carpet.

Conclusion

Home with concrete floors.

Once you switch to concrete flooring, you no longer have to worry about moving furniture, spilling drinks or food! You no longer have to worry about spending hundreds of dollars on carpet cleaning fees and replacement planks anymore either, saving you untold amount in maintenance and cleaning costs. For a beautiful floor that gives you everything you want with none of the hassle, concrete flooring provides it all!

 

 

How the Color of Concrete Makes a Difference

Did you know that the color of roads can make a big difference in the temperature in and around your home? Much like how a black car or a black t-shirt retains more heat from the sun, the same has been found to be the case in roads and highways.

Needless to say, something must be done to protect ourselves against the threat of climate change, and there’s been a breakthrough in dealing with this problem – paint it white.

Keeping the Roads Cool

In order to deal with record-breaking temperatures as of late (as anyone who managed to endure this past summer can tell you), state and local transportation departments are starting to paint black asphalt roads with a white reflective coating. This has been proven to reduce road temperatures significantly, and as a result, more and more government officials are seeing the important contrast this relatively straightforward modification provides.

The Urban Heat Island Effect

Urban environments tend to lack trees and roads are paved with black asphalt (which retains heat, as we mentioned previously). People living in the city have to put up with higher mercury levels that average a few degrees more than surrounding areas. This is what’s called the “urban heat island effect.”

As you can imagine, when there’s a heat wave going on, even a few degrees can make a huge difference, turning an uncomfortable day into a public health crisis. Conditions such as heat exhaustion become far more commonplace, so taking initiatives such as this one can be crucial.

Conclusion

Not only does having a road coated in white or gray paint reduce the heat coming off of the pavement, but it will also help city residents save money during the summer since they don’t have to rely so heavily on their air conditioners to stay cool.

This is admittedly a small contribution to the problem, but by applying the same type of reflective coating to sidewalks, rooftops, and other dark surfaces, this will have an immense effect on the challenge of staying cool all year long! So if you start to see concrete construction companies painting blacktop white, you’ll know how vital this can be to saving the environment!

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