Concrete Slab - Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors
Concrete slabs are essential components of any construction project. Be sure to get it right. A slab that is not of good quality can cause structural issues.
Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors has the expertise on concrete slabs. Our team has many years of experience working in the industry and is prepared to offer the highest quality service. Concrete slabs made with high-quality components that are guaranteed to last for the rest of your life. Find out more about our concrete slabs by reading on.
What are Concrete Slabs?
Concrete slabs are a common structural element in buildings. It is a thick flat, horizontal concrete surface that is typically used as a floor or a roof. Concrete slabs are employed in some homes for support of the foundation or directly on the ground.
Our Concrete Slab Installation Process
Step 1: Onsite Preparation
We always follow the same method, no matter what size project you are working on. The preparation of the site is the very first stage in all of our projects. To start fresh we tidy up and dispose of any waste. As part of the preparation, we make sure all materials are on site. The supply of the materials is scheduled before the actual work starts. This allows us to complete the work on time.
Step 2 Step 2: Reinforce concrete slabs with steel and construct concrete forms.
After the site is cleaned and ready, we move on by putting in concrete forms with wire mesh. Concrete forms are solid barriers that hold concrete mix in the right place. Concrete forms force concrete to conform to a specific shape or form. Concrete reinforced by rebar is available for larger structures. This helps ensure stronger concrete surfaces.
Step 3: Mixing Concrete Mix
A concrete truck is utilized to simplify the process. It also helps in ensuring that concrete materials are mixed properly. Sometimes, we do manual mixing. However, most concrete mixers are required to finish projects.
Step 4: Pouring Concrete
After mixing concrete, we pour it into the forms. We pour the concrete mix carefully so as to not create air pockets. Air pockets can be caused due to a lack of mortar in the gaps around the aggregate. Concrete is produced by spreading the mix evenly across the form.
Step 5: Level and Smoothen the concrete slab that has been wet.
The concrete is leveled using a steel trowel until it's level. The concrete is then smoothed with a bull float. The float handle can be adjusted to either raise or lower the leading edge. If the float's angle is excessively steep, it is possible to plough concrete into low places. The bull flotation has to pass at least three to four times. It is vital to keep in mind that cement and water may accumulate on the surface. This can cause it to become less stable in the event that we float it over frequently. To make the surface stronger it is also recommended to use a plate compactioner. Concrete cracking can be prevented by proper compaction.
Step 6 - Create Control Joints
Control joints are cracks made to be installed on slabs. They are crucial to stop cracks from developing during thermal expansion or contractions. To be effective, they need to be at minimum one-quarter of the width of the concrete slab. It should be between 2 and three times the thickness of concrete slab. Our team of experts in concrete takes accurate measurements to prevent miscalculations.
Step 6: Cure Concrete Slab
Seven days after the installation of concrete slabs, it is in good condition for foot traffic. Concrete cures fully after 28 days. It is essential to let concrete dry properly. This will enable you to enjoy your concrete slab for many years.
Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors
1786 SW Bradway Lane Port St. Lucie, Fl 34953