The surface of concrete can be ‘finished’ in many different ways. Salt finish, polished concrete, exposed aggregate finish, troweled finish, even stamped or stenciled concrete is a type of finish. Commercial concrete projects often need specific finishes. Read MoreWhat different types of finishes can be used with concrete?
There are three main types of concrete grades that are commonly used. Portland Pozzolana Cement (PPC), General Purpose or Ordinary Portland Cement (GPC or OPC), or Portland Slag Cement (PSC). For use under plaster the Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) is best, and commonly used in most commercial concreting work. Read MoreWhich cement is best for plaster in commercial works?
Experienced or specialized concreters can put stamped patterns on the surface, using concrete stencils and top colour or textured material. They are pressed over the top of fresh, uncured concrete and then leave their pattern behind. Stamping and stencils are often done on commercial concrete projects in unique designs. Read MoreWhat is concrete stamping?
Underneath concrete driveways the best approach is to first put down crushed rock or gravel before the concrete is poured. This is to prevent cracking, collapsing and shifting from happening, as the rock underneath lets any water to drain off under the concrete driveway. Read MoreDo you need gravel under a concrete driveway?
Along with slab floors, it’s recommended that 4 inches is the minimum thickness achieved for concrete driveways. If only passenger cars will be going over the surface, non-reinforced concrete is suitable. However if bigger vehicles like trucks or caravans will be moving over it, a thicker depth of 5 inches is best. Read MoreWhat is the best thickness for a concrete driveway?
Concrete is very versatile, it also resists weathering, unlike tar or asphalt. It also resists staining from things like motor oil and chemical spills. As it has little to no organic content, it also resists the effects of humidity, making it perfect for driveways. Read MoreIs concrete better than asphalt for a driveway?
Concrete Driveways need to be durable and have solid strength. The industry standard strength is 3000-4000 PSI range for driveways to handle cars driving over them daily. When quotes are being given it is important that the concreter knows exactly what the area will be used for, so that the right supplies and materials can... Read MoreWhat type of concrete is used for driveways?
When poured concrete has very few blemishes and defects on the surface, this is called a class “A” finish. It can also be used to describe concrete that has even tone and colour, or an even surface gloss once all the concrete formwork has been removed. Read MoreWhat is a “Class A finish”?
Plain cement concrete (PCC) is less expensive that the general purpose cement (GPC). This can be a big factor in residential works and construction projects, making PPC the most common type of concrete used in formwork concrete. Read MoreWhich cement is more costly, GPC or PPC?
As thin as 2 inches! Even it can be poured as thin as this, the thicker concrete is poured into the formwork that's been made, the longer it will last typically. Walkways, small paths or areas near letterboxes etc are projects where thinner concrete would be used. Read MoreWhat is the minimum thickness for concrete?