Concrete Slab - Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors
A concrete slab is a crucial part of any construction project, and you need to make sure it's right. A poor-quality slab can lead to structural problems in the future.
Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors has expertise in concrete slabs. Our company has many years of experience and will provide you with the best service. Also, we always make use of high-quality materials to ensure a long-lasting end product. Learn more about concrete slabs by reading on.
What are Concrete Slabs?
A concrete slab is an extremely popular structural component in buildings. A concrete slab is a smooth, dense, horizontal concrete surface that is utilized for the construction of a roof or floor. Concrete slabs are employed in some residential structures to help support the foundation or directly on earth.
Our Concrete Slab Installation Process
Step 1: Preparation at the site
The same method is used regardless of whether we're working on a small slab or large project. In all cases, we prepare the site. We tidy up and remove any waste that is left in order to start again. As part of the preparation process it is essential that all the necessary materials are at the site. The delivery of materials is planned prior to when actual work begins. This helps us complete the work on time.
Step 2: Build Concrete Forms, Reinforce Concrete Slab with Stahl
Once the site is cleaned, we can install concrete forms with wire mesh. Concrete forms are solid barriers which help to hold the concrete mix in place. Concrete forms create an solid block that keeps the concrete mix in place. Rebar is used for strengthening concrete structures that are larger. This ensures concrete surfaces that are more durable.
Step 3: Mixing Concrete Mix
Concrete trucks simplify life. Concrete materials can be mixed more effectively using the help of a concrete truck. Sometimes, we do manual mixing. But, the majority of concrete mixers are required for projects.
Step 4: Pouring Concrete
Once we are done mixing concrete then the concrete slab is then poured into the molds. It is important to be careful as we pour the concrete mix to prevent creating air pockets. The presence of air pockets result from not enough mortar filling the spaces around the aggregate. As we pour concrete, we make sure we spread the mix throughout the form - never missing one spot.
Step 5 Level and Smooth The Concrete Slab
Using a steel trowel using a trowel made of steel, we level the concrete until we get a level surface. We smoothen the surface with the bullfloat. We adjust the handle in order to keep the leading edge slightly higher. We then plow concrete that is wet into low areas, if the float's angle is too steep. It is important to pass the bull float three to four times. But it is essential to be aware that the buildup of cement and water can cause the surface get weaker when the surface is floated too often. Additionally, we use a plate compressor to strengthen the surface. To avoid cracking in concrete it is crucial to ensure adequate compaction.
Step 6: Create Control Joints
Control joints are pre-planned cracks that are present in slabs. These joints prevent cracks or other damages caused by thermal expansion and contractions. They should be at least 1/4 of the thickness of the concrete slabs in order for the control joints to work. They should be 2 to 3 times the thickness of concrete slab. To avoid any miscalculations Our team of concrete experts will ensure that accurate measurements are made.
Step 6: Cure Concrete Slab
After seven days of installation The concrete slab is ready to be used by pedestrian traffic. Concrete can be used immediately following installation, however it takes up to 28 days for concrete to set completely. It is vital that concrete is allowed to fully dry. Concrete slabs will last many decades provided that they dry in a proper manner.
Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors
1786 SW Bradway Lane Port St. Lucie, Fl 34953