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Concrete Questions and Answers
1. What quality concrete do you use?
We use the best material available to use. Concrete quality is measured on a "PSI" scale. Concrete with a higher "PSI" will take more pressure to break than lower "PSI" concrete. Most residential driveways are poured with a concrete that rates between 2,500 to 4,000 on the "PSI" scale. We use a 4,000 "PSI" concrete on everything we do.
2. Do you require a deposit?
Unlike most companies, we don't require a deposit. Payment is due at completion.
3. What are fibers?
Fibers are essentially a replacement for wire mesh. The benefit of using fiber versus wire is the three dimensional reinforcement fibers provide as compared to wire, which most often ends up at the bottom of the slab. To be effective in crack control, wire must rest in the top third of the slab. Fibers are added in the concrete at the batch plant in doses of 1.5 pounds per cubic yard, and are dispersed throughout the entire load of concrete. Fibers reduce "plastic shrinkage" cracks from forming during the critical hours of curing and reduce microscopic cracks that in time turn into bigger cracks.
4. Why does concrete crack?
Newly placed concrete has the largest volume that it will ever have. As it dries, it shrinks. It is rare that you will find a concrete contractor that will tell you he / she guarantees that the concrete will not crack. If you hear that from a concrete contractor, then definitely mark him off your list. On the contrary, you can guarantee that your concrete will crack! The art of finishing is to control where those cracks will occur. We do that by installing control / expansion joints. When we cut joints in concrete, we are creating weak points where we want the concrete to crack. Cracks rarely affect the structural integrity of the concrete. Concrete cracks can be scary to someone not familiar with the properties of concrete. Concrete cracking is a normal process in the curing of concrete. Our job is to try to control where the concrete is going to crack, and we do that with strategically placing these control joints throughout the new concrete slab. Even with proper placement of control joints, there is still a risk that it will crack elsewhere. We try to incorporate both a pleasing look with the control joints and strategic placement of such joints. When the crack occurs within the control joint, the crack is a straight line to where you can caulk it in a straight line creating a nice clean look without the appearance of the crack, if you so choose. The cracks that occur when concrete is newly placed are called "drying shrinkage" cracks.
5. What do I need to do after the form boards are removed?
We recommend that you use sand or dirt to back fill against the new concrete. Backfilling will improve the appearance and help prevent erosion from occurring under your new concrete.
6. When can I use my new concrete?
You are able to walk on new concrete 24 hours after completion. For driveways, it typically takes 3 or 4 days after completion before you can use it fully. Your project manager will inform you of your wait time.
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