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?
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?
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?
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?
In new houses or large home extensions, raft slabs are used in the foundations. Concrete beams are laid down in both directions, along with steel reinforcing to further strengthen a new slab, then the main pour is done. Beams that are placed on the edges of a raft slab are known as ‘Edge Beams’ when... Read MoreWhat is a raft slab?
It means a particular grade of concrete, that is has been left to cure for a full 28 days. After this time it will have an overall compression strength of 25 N/mm – which is where the m25 comes from. Visit: https://www.concretersperth.com/ Read MoreWhat does m25 mean for concrete?
If rain, hail or snow is predicted, concrete needs to be protected if it’s been freshly poured, or in early curing phase. The concreter needs to work carefully to make sure any plastic covering is not put directly on top, as that can actually discolour the concrete permanently. Visit: https://www.concretersperth.com Read MoreShould you cover concrete with plastic in cold weather?
To achieve the strongest, most durable concrete with the mix used, it needs to go through a curing stage. At least 7 days is needed for concrete to cure, although longer can be better if it’s able to be protected enough. Curing can be done in temps as low as 5º C. Visit: https://www.concretersperth.com Read MoreWhat is the minimum curing period for concrete?
In a concrete mix, the water amount added needs to be just right. If too much water goes in then the overall strength will be lower, with cracks and shrinkage. If not enough is added it will crumble and break. One of the most important things to be monitored, is how much water is going... Read MoreWhat happens if you add too much water to concrete?