How Is Concrete Properly Installed?

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For concrete to retain its integrity and durability, proper installation is always required.

The proper installation methods make a huge difference with every construction project, and installing concrete is no different. What does proper concrete installation look like and how can you ensure that you use a contractor that follows the best practices? Read on!


Site Work

Before concrete can be installed, the location it is going to be poured needs to be properly

prepared. First, the area will be cleared and cleaned. Any grass, rocks, trees, shrubs, and old

concrete need to be completely removed. A sub base at least 4 inches deep is installed over tip.

This advance site work makes sure that the concrete surface itself will last the longest amount

of time possible.


Set the Forms

Once the sub base has been properly installed, it’s time to set the forms. Concrete forms are

typically made from wood, metal, or plastic and can be installed at different depths depending

on how much concrete needs to be poured. Forms are designed for easy and clean removal

once the project is done.



Now that the stage is set for the concrete installation, it’s time to actually move to the concrete.

Your contractor will have ordered the proper type of concrete for the area that you live in and

the soil on your property. Concrete should arrive in a mixing truck so that it won’t settle or start

to get hard too quickly. The contractor and the workers will then pour the concrete into each

form until they are full and even. Throughout the process, the workers will be using rakes and

other tools to make sure that no bubbles or holes form in the concrete surface.


Finishing: Part 1

The first phase of finishing will be done immediately after the concrete is poured. Workers will

screed the top of the concrete to smooth and level the top. The concrete will become more

compact and be able to set better than without this step.



Steel troweling is done once the concrete surface has started to firm. This is done to create a

uniform and hard surface and prevent any bubbles from making themselves known.



Finally, your concrete surface has been completely installed! Now the final finish can be applied

and the concrete can cure.


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