Six Steps to Quality Exterior Concrete

It is often the forgotten investment. Siding gets painted, flooring waxed, and furniture stain-proofed. Meanwhile, the concrete driveways, sidewalks and patios in the northern Midwest are subject to some of the harshest weather conditions. Yet, with a little bit of care, your choice of a concrete driveway will last you decades. The information below on the Six Steps to Quality Concrete is written to help you maximize your return on your wise investment in ready mixed concrete.

Hiring a Quality Contractor -
A good source for information on contractors may be your local ready mixed concrete producer. A directory of producers may be found at the WRMCA web site,
www.wrmca.com. Receive bids from at least three contractors and be sure each bid is based on the same specifications. Also be sure to check references.

The Following Are the Six Requirements for Quality Flatwork

Requirement #1
PROPER SUBGRADE PREPARATION

Requirement #2
PROPER SLAB DESIGN

Requirement #3
PROPER CONCRETE MIX DESIGN

The mix must be a maximum water/cementitious ratio of .45 air entrained concrete which would equate to a minimum of 4500 psi meeting the following requirements:

Note: The air content and strength of the mix will be effected by any re-tempering water added at the jobsite.

Requirement #4
PROPER PLACING AND FINISHING

THE JOB IS NOT FINISHED YET!

REQUIREMENTS #5 AND #6 ARE ESSENTIAL IN CREATING A QUALITY EXTERIOR FLATWORK PROJECT.

Requirement #5
PROPER CURING

Requirement #6
CONSUMER SEALING & AFTERCARE

 

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