Concrete Slab - Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors
Concrete slabs are an essential part of every construction job. It is essential that you do it correctly. Bad slabs can lead to structural problems later on.
Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors can assist you in constructing concrete slabs. Our staff is trained and has a wealth of experience in the field of concrete slabs. We are committed to providing you the best possible service. We use only the highest quality materials to ensure that our products last for a long time. Learn more about our concrete slabs in the following paragraphs.
What is concrete slabs?
Concrete slabs are an extremely sought-after structural element in buildings. It is a thick flat horizontal concrete slab that is used to construct floors and roofs. Concrete slabs are used in some residential structures to support the foundation, or directly on ground.
Our Concrete Slab Installation Process
Step 1: Preparation at the site
We follow the exact same procedure regardless of the size concrete slab we're working on. The preparation of the site is the very first stage in all of our projects. To begin fresh, we clean up and get rid of any trash. We ensure that all the necessary materials are readily available during the process of preparation. We plan the delivery of the materials prior to the actual construction. This allows us start and finish the project in the quickest time.
Step 2: Form Concrete Forms with Steel and Reinforce Concrete Slabs by Steel
After everything is neat and tidy, we begin to install concrete forms with wire mesh. Concrete forms are strong barriers that help keep the concrete mix in place. Concrete forms force wet concrete to take on a particular shape or design. Rebar is used to strengthen concrete to support larger structures. This makes concrete surfaces stronger.
Step 3: Mixing Concrete Mix
Concrete trucks make things much easier. Concrete materials are mixed more efficiently using a concrete truck. Sometimes, we do manual mixing. Most of the time, however we employ the concrete mixer.
Step 4: Pouring Concrete
Once we are done mixing concrete, the concrete slab is poured into the forms. To ensure that there are no air pockets, we carefully pour the concrete mix. Air pockets are caused by lack of mortar filled with the aggregate. When pouring concrete, it is essential that we distribute the mix evenly across the form, not missing one spot.
Step 5 Step 5: Smooth and levelize the concrete slab
With a trowel made from steel, we smooth the concrete until it has an even surface. Then, we use the bullfloat to smooth it. While doing this we make sure to ensure that the leading edge is elevated by either raising or lowering the float handle. We then plow concrete that is wet into low areas, if the float's angle is too steep. The bull float requires to be passed through three or four times. But, it is crucial to know that the cement and water that accumulate on the surface could cause damage to the surface if we float it too excessively. Also, we can employ a plate compressor to strengthen the surface. In order for concrete to stay solid and not crack, it is crucial that it is compacted properly.
Step 6: Make Control Joints
Control joints are cracks that are designed to be present on slabs. These joints prevent cracks or other damage from thermal expansion and contractions. To be effective the control joints should be at least 1/4 more thick than the concrete slab. They must be 2 to three times the thickness of the concrete slab. Our team of experts in concrete ensures that the measurements are accurate to avoid errors in calculation.
Step 6: Cure Concrete Slab
After seven days an area of concrete that is finished ready for foot traffic. Concrete cures fully after 28 days. It is vital to let concrete to dry in a proper manner. This will enable 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