Concrete Slab - Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors
Concrete slabs are a crucial part of any construction project. Make sure you get the best quality. A slab of poor quality could lead to structural problems.
Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors is the leader in the field of concrete slabs. Our team has decades of experience in the industry and is committed to providing the best service that is possible. The use of high-end materials ensure that the products are durable. Continue reading to learn more about concrete slab services.
What are concrete slabs?
A concrete slab is an extremely popular structural component of buildings. Concrete slabs are flat, thick, horizontal concrete surface which is used to construct a floor or roof. Concrete slabs are used to construct the flooring in some homes. Concrete slabs can be placed directly on the soil or to support the foundation.
Our Concrete Slab Installation Process
Step 1 - Onsite Preparation
We all follow the same procedure regardless of how big a project we are working on. For all projects, we clean up the area. We clean up all evidence of contamination to allow us to begin from scratch. We make sure all materials are available on-site in preparation. The delivery of materials is planned prior to when actually work can begin. This allows us finish the project within the timeline we have established.
Step 2 Step 2: Reinforce concrete slabs with steel and construct concrete forms.
Once the site is cleared and cleared, we'll begin the process of installing concrete forms constructed of wire mesh. Concrete forms are strong blocks that keep concrete mix in the right place. It forces concrete mix to adopt a particular shape or design. For concrete reinforcement, we use reinforced concrete with Rebar. This helps to ensure concrete surfaces that are more sturdy.
Step 3: Mixing Concrete Mix
Concrete trucks make things much simpler. It helps ensure concrete materials are properly mixed. Sometimes, we do manual mixing. A concrete mixer is needed for the majority of projects.
Step 4: Pouring Concrete
Once the concrete has been mixed, we put a concrete slab into the forms. Be careful when pouring the concrete mix to avoid creating too many air pockets. Air pockets arise from the mortar not being positioned on top of the aggregate. When we pour concrete, we ensure that we spread the mix throughout the form, not missing one spot.
Step 5 Step 5: Smooth and levelize the concrete slab
The steel trowel is used to make concrete level until you have a flat surface. The surface is then smoothened with a bull float. The float handle can be adjusted to lower or raise the leading edge. If the angle of the float is too steep, we could plough concrete into low places. It is important to pass the bull float between three and four times. However, cement and water can buildup over the surface. If you float it over and over, this can lead to the surface becoming weaker. To reinforce the surface, we also use a plate compactioner. To avoid cracking in concrete, it is important to ensure proper compaction.
Step 6 - Create Control Joints
Control joints are designed cracks that are carved into slabs. These joints prevent cracks or other damage caused by thermal contraction and expansion. For control joints to work, they should be at minimum 1/4 of the thickness of the concrete slab. The concrete slab must be at least twice the thickness. Our team of experts in concrete is able to make accurate measurements, avoiding mistakes in calculations.
Step 6: Cure Concrete Slab
A finished concrete slab is ready to be used seven days after its installation. But, concrete cures completely within 28 days. It is important to let concrete dry in a proper manner. This will allow you to get a solid concrete slab that lasts for a long time.
Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors
1786 SW Bradway Lane Port St. Lucie, Fl 34953