3 Mistakes To Avoid When Installing A Concrete Surface

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Working with concrete is hardly rocket science--a fact that tempts many homeowners into installing concrete surfaces all on their own. Those who go into this type of project without the relevant information often find themselves at a marked disadvantage. If you are planning to install a concrete surface, read on. This article will break down three of the most common mistakes people make.

Ordering too little concrete

Installing a concrete slab undeniably requires a high degree of precision. You must carefully account for the dimensions of the surface, the depth of the concrete, and many other factors. This data provides invaluable information about just how much concrete you will need. Yet by ordering only just enough concrete to meet your projected needs, you run the risk of putting yourself in a serious bind when things don't go as planned.

No matter how diligent your efforts of calculation, unpredictable factors always manage to rear their heads. Whether to accommodate for accidental spills, last minute changes of plan, or simply human error, it pays to order more concrete than you think you'll need. The additional expense involved will be well worth the peace of mind it brings.

Failure to account for weather

Those who are undertaking indoor projects don't need to worry about this quite as much. But for those installing a new patio, sidewalk, or driveway, it is crucial to plan your installation around the weather. Be aware, however, that it isn't just the chances of rain that you need to pay attention to.

You see, hot sunny weather can cause just as many problems for fresh concrete. That's because concrete has a tendency to dry too rapidly when exposed to excessive heat. This means that the surface will become dehydrated much more quickly than the concrete deeper down. This state of affairs tends to cause the development of ugly, unwanted cracks.

You can avoid this type of nightmare scenario by scheduling your pour to occur on an overcast day of moderate temperature. If that simply isn't possible, schedule your installation for a time in the evening, after the hottest part of the day has passed. To protect against crack formation, you may also want to look into setting up some sun shades.

Diluting the poured concrete to make it easier to spread

Troweling the surface of freshly poured concrete is a task which many amateurs struggle with. You must resist the temptation to add extra water in an attempt to soften up the concrete and make it easier to spread. While this might work in the short term, ultimately it will weaken the concrete on the surface of your slab. This in turn increases the chances of chipping, flaking, and spalling down the line. 

For more tips to help you with your concrete project, talk with a company like Pumptex Concrete Pumping.

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28 June 2016

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