Lyons Concrete opens in DickinsonThe word “concrete” doesn’t often evoke thoughts of beauty or artistic endeavors, but Lyons Concrete Construction LLC in Dickinson hopes to change that.
By: Katherine Grandstrand, The Dickinson Press
The word “concrete” doesn’t often evoke thoughts of beauty or artistic endeavors, but Lyons Concrete Construction LLC in Dickinson hopes to change that.
“We really like to do stamped, colored, decorative concrete,” owner Jeremy Lyons said.
After working in Dickinson for the last four years, Lyons and his business partner, Steven Tolman, decided to branch out on their own. Lyons Concrete opened June 22.
The business does large pours of concrete, he said. It recently did the concrete at the Kostelecky strip mall at the corner of State Avenue and 15th Street in Dickinson.
It also does stamped concrete, which creates patterns and shapes into the slab, making it look like tile, brick or decorative stone. A color is laid on top and the area is then sealed off.
“Stamped concrete is actually stronger,” he said. “We use a coloring method called color hardener; it’s a dry dust that we throw on the top. And it actually hardens the concrete more than the regular concrete would be.”
The sealant can make the stamped concrete more slippery than an ordinary brushed surface, but they mix a grit into sealer to create texture, Lyons said.
The surface can get scratched by snow blowers and the like, but another coat of sealer will make it look brand new, he said.
The company also does interior work, Lyons said. It can do concrete counter tops or indoor stamped overlay.
Lyons moved to Dickinson with another company from Idaho, where he met Tolman. Before that he lived in Las Vegas.
“My wife wasn’t real excited at first,” he said. “But it’s a good thing we went from Las Vegas to Idaho to here, ’cause I think if we would have gone from Las Vegas to here it would have been too much of a change.”
The stamped concrete is one of Cory Diamond’s favorite things to do at work.
“That’s kind of the funner stuff, I think,” he said. “You can put your own little touch on things.”
The decorative concrete has been more popular with those wishing to “spruce up” their existing yards than with new construction, he said.
Lyons has done multiple projects for Greg Wilkinson, Dickinson, and his brothers, Wilkinson said. Lyons Concrete did a stamped concrete patio and fixed a water issue for Wilkinson.
“They’re just a class act,” he said. “I think they go, in my opinion, the extra mile, and I don’t say that lightly.”
Lyons can figure out a creative and more visually appealing solution to concrete problems, Wilkinson said.
Lyons is not only a great man to work with, but an all-around great person, Dickinson resident Janice Kelling said.
Lyons Concrete recently put in a creative driveway for the Kellings. She chose them after Lyons did some staining and other concrete work a few years back.
“You can’t find a better group of people,” she said “I would highly recommend them for any concrete jobs.”
The business moved into the old Dickinson Ready Mix building in west Dickinson, and, as of Monday, was still moving in.
“The office kind of takes a back seat to getting all the stuff done on the outside,” Lyons said.
Lyons Concrete is located at 72 S. State Ave. in Dickinson. Call 701-483-0479 for more