Erie Concrete 814-450-6141 Erie, PA Concrete Contractor

Welcome to Erie Concrete. We are Erie, PA Concrete Contractors

Erie Concrete is a premier Erie, PA concrete contractor and full service masonry company servicing customers in the Erie, PA and surrounding areas. Our experience and attention to detail make us one of the best concrete and masonry contractors in Erie. Our crew is experienced in every type concrete job. Concrete patio’s and concrete driveway’s are our specialty. We have over 20 years of experience installing projects of every size. From large concrete driveway replacements and concrete parking lots, to small concrete patio repairs, garage slabs and sidewalks. Erie Concrete is a fully licensed and insured Erie, Pennsylvania concrete contractor and we do our concrete work right the first time. Is your concrete patio too small? Does your concrete driveway have cracks or is it sinking? No problem. Whatever your concrete project might be, we’re up to the challenge.

Erie Concrete is the tri-states premier Erie, PA concrete contractor.

If you’re unsure which concrete finishes are right for your project, click on the “Concrete Finishes” at the top of the page and get an idea of the options.

Erie Concrete isn’t just concrete. We also work to complete any size concrete block project you might have. Foundations for additions and house foundations are our specialty.

Stone veneer adds value, luxury and durability to any home. When applied properly, stone veneer can last decades. For the different styles and selections of stone veneers simply click on the “Stone Veneers” tab at the top of the page.

Concrete Patio, Concrete Driveway, Stamped Concrete and more.

Please contact Erie Concrete for a FREE estimate at (814)450-6141

Erie Concrete is located at 2225 Colonial Ave, Erie, PA 16506

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Patios, Driveways, Garage floors, Sidewalks, Foundations, Block, Stone, Brick. Erie Concrete can do it all.

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Concrete Driveways Versus Asphalt

Homeowners often try to decide if they should replace their driveway with asphalt or concrete. It is not always an easy decision; especially when you consider the cost that is involved in such a large renovation project. This article specifically addresses the pros and cons of installing an asphalt driveway versus a concrete driveway.

Concrete Driveway:

Pros: Appearance; concrete just looks better. It is the standard for even the most expensive homes.
No annual maintenance; Once initially sealed, concrete doesn’t require any annual maintenance
Lasts much longer; Concrete should last 20 years or more if installed correctly.
Concrete can be stained/stamped to look like brick, slate, or stone for a rich look
Concrete is versatile in how it is placed and designed. Curves, color, finish, and textures add versatility to the appearance of concrete.
Concrete adds value to your home. People just associate concrete with being the best money can buy.
It’s concrete! I’m a mason and I’m biased!

Cons: Concrete is more expensive: The initial cost of installing a concrete driveway is slightly more than the cost of installing an asphalt driveway. Initially that is.

Prone to cracking: This is a big one. Concrete cracks. It’s what concrete does. It is rigid and when pressure from the ground below exerts its powerful forces against the concrete, the concrete cracks. However, how bad it cracks and where, is often up to the mason that installed it. With proper base preparation and proper expansion cutting, cracks should be hidden and kept to a minimum.

Concrete is susceptible to road de-icer which could ruin surface finishes. It is true that in the northern climates where roads are treated with salt or other road de-icer, the finish on your concrete can be damaged by road de-icer IF it is not properly sealed with a premium penetrating sealer.

Asphalt Driveway:

Pros: Cheaper initial cost. If you need paving material on your driveway and you don’t have the money for concrete, asphalt can be an excellent alternative. It is certainly better than dirt, mud or stone.

Cons: Asphalt must be re-sealed once a year. You either have to pay someone or you have to do it yourself; either way, this is the worst part of owning an asphalt driveway. If you skip sealing your driveway, it will degrade much more quickly and cost you even more.

Asphalt wears out faster. No matter if you seal it or not, asphalt just crumbles, cracks, and sinks with vehicle weight. It is not as durable as concrete.

Asphalt soaks up oil and gas. Asphalt is susceptible to oil and gas spills/leaks from your car. Every place you park your car, there will be stains.

Asphalt is Dirty; with a capital “D”. Asphalt is just plain dirty. Walk around on your asphalt driveway and then look at the bottom of your shoes. Yuck. The binder used to keep asphalt together is made with tar. When you seal the cracks in asphalt, you use tar. Tar sticks to everything; including you. Then you track that into your house.

Asphalt costs more: Wait. Didn’t I say it was cheaper? Yes, but only initially. In the long run, asphalt is going to cost you more because of having to replace it when it wears out. Not to mention it cost money to seal it every year. It is just not made to last as long as concrete. This con just crossed out the only “pro” for asphalt.

There are many factors to consider as you think about which type of driveway to install. It is easy to see, concrete is initially more expensive, but will outperform and therefore outlast asphalt every time; making concrete the cost effective solution. Maintenance free concrete will not only add immediate beauty and value to your home, it will be a permanent driveway solution that adds beauty and value to your home for decades to come. So if you decide concrete is a good solution for your home, think about calling Erie Concrete for your installation.

How Erie Concrete does it

Every wonder how Erie Concrete pours concrete?

If you’ve ever seen concrete workers doing their jobs, you might have been be wondering what exactly it is they’re doing or how they do it. They work fast don’t they? Well, here are the steps that illustrate how Erie Concrete pours their concrete.

Base preparation

Concrete needs a firm, flat sub-surface on which to be placed; much of the concrete’s strength depends upon it. Often washed stone or gravel is used to level out parts of the area to be covered with concrete. Small washed stones are often referred to as pea-gravel or 1B and are easy to level with a rake and provide a suitable sub-surface. The level stones also allow Erie Concrete a uniform base from which to accurately estimate how much concrete will be needed.

Once the sub-surface is prepared. The next step is to form the perimeter of the project. Forms can be made from any material, but usually wood and metal are most common. Sometimes contractors use masonite, or even plastic for curvy sections. Many residential concrete driveways are 4 inches thick; however driveway thickness can vary up to 6 inches. For a 4 inch thick concrete driveway, usually a wooden 2 inch by 4 inch board is used on its side and placed around the perimeter of the project. Once the form boards are in place, reinforcing wire mesh or reinforcing bars (re-bar) are laid within the project to help either reinforce the concrete or keep it from separating once it cracks.

Pouring Concrete

Concrete is ordered and delivered from a local batching plant. Concrete is often ordered at pounds per square inch (psi) rating of around 4000psi. This usually means about 6 bags of portland cement to every yard of concrete. When the concrete arrives it usually requires that water be added to achieve the correct consistency or slump.


The concrete is placed between the forms. A screed is used to level the concrete. A screed is a straight board or piece of aluminum in the shape of a 2 by 4 board that Erie Concrete uses to level the top of the concrete. Erie Concrete will now begin the finishing process by floating the surface. The tools can be hand floats up to as big as a finishing tool called a bull float. Floats are used to help level and fatten the concrete even further. The aggregate or stones in the concrete are pushed down into the concrete giving the slab a smooth finish. At this time Erie Concrete will likely begin other finishing steps including edging the concrete with an edging tool or hand cutting the slab.


After a brief initial drying period, the concrete is ready for final finishing. Drying time can be as little as a few minutes to up to an hour. In places where the concrete will be exposed to the elements, the concrete requires an anti-slip texture to be applied. Often these textures can either be a variation of a magnesium float finish or a broom can be drug across the surface.  Finishing is the critical stage that can make or break the look of a job. Concrete dries at various rates. Drying rates that affect concrete finishing depend on factors such as external temperature, wind, humidity, reflection, shade from external objects, concrete mix, and amount of water in the concrete. 

 Saw Cutting

The concrete slab should be saw cut for stress relief if it wasn’t already hand cut during the finishing process. The saw cutting of the slab weakens the concrete where it has been cut so that when the concrete cracks from various pressures it will hopefully crack where it is weakest; in the saw cut. The idea is that it is better to have cracks that are straight inside your saw cuts where you can’t see them then to have cracks running rampant throughout the slab.

Curing and Sealing

The concrete will need to cure before it can be fully utilized. During this curing process, it will be helpful to apply a curing/sealing product to help the concrete cure slowly and evenly. A curing product will slow the evaporation of water from the concrete helping eliminate potential problems such as cracking. The curing process usually last between 1-2 months; longer if the temperature is cool. The concrete should be cured well enough, however,  for a vehicle to be parked on it in as few as 7-14 days with 14 days being the safer amount of time.

Hot Tip! Purchase the best concrete sealer you can afford. Penetrating sealers are best and will form a permanent bond to your concrete. Ask Erie Concrete about what’s best for your project.