How concreting works – step by step

There are many jobs that require the use of concrete, especially driveways and sidewalks around the home. Covenant Constructions handles many types of concreting in Canberra and can help you get the job done right. Still, it’s good to let potential customers know just what is involved in the concreting process, so they know what to expect for their project.

Lay out what needs to be done

First, the boundaries of your project need to be staked out and defined. Use a level, some twine, a measuring tape, and wood stakes to measure and line out your project area. Be sure to take into account any drainage or trees that might be near your chosen space, and make sure there is ample room for the forms. Next, it’s time for the removal of the top soil and the levelling out of the area. Remember, the slab forms need room, so remove plenty of soil from the edges to allow for it.

Let the truck do its work

Now it’s time for the truck to come in and pour the cement. Make sure there is a clear path for the truck to use, and put down some planks for the truck to drive over so that it won’t leave deep ruts in your lawn. Once the truck is in place, the pouring can begin. It may be necessary to use a wheelbarrow to move the concrete from the truck to the forms if the truck can’t get close enough to do it directly. In these cases, it’s important to be safe and only move as much concrete per trip as you can comfortable handle. It’s heavy stuff so don’t overload your wheelbarrow and risk injury.

Let the screeding begin

Once the concrete has been placed, it’s time to screed it. This involves the use of a piece of timber 100mm x 50mm in size. Usually the work is done by two people, one on each end of the timber, and they run it across the surface of the concrete in a sawing motion.

Let’s not forget the floating

After the concrete screeding has been completed, it’s important to proceed with floating. This process agitates the concrete’s surface, thereby compacting the material and bringing ample mortar to the surface in order to fill any voids.

Let’s finish the job

Once the concrete has hardened and lost its sheen, a steel finishing trowel is passed over the surface. Once that’s done, the concrete should be cured. This is done by utilising any one of a variety of methods for keeping the concrete moist for about seven days. This prevents it from drying too quickly, which could result in cracks. Lastly, once the concrete has properly dried, the forms are removed and the project is done!

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