Most Commonly Asked Questions About Concrete Projects
Q: How thick do you pour the concrete?
A: Four inches is the most common thickness for driveways, patios, and sidewalks.
Q: How do you set up the gradient to prevent water from pooling or going into the home?
A: We set the gradient using key points such as the sidewalk, the street curb, and the garage apron if there is one. We also determine which way the water needs to flow to ensure that it moves away from the home.
Q: Do you use rebar wire for reinforcement?
A: We do not use reinforcement unless the customer has heavy campers or large trucks. The concrete strength is rated at 3,000 pounds per square inch, and is more than capable of supporting standard size vehicles.
Q: What will you do to prep the site?
A: We will come in and determine what gradient we should be creating. Next, the loader operator will remove all gravel and dirt to get the gradient properly set. All of the unnecessary dirt will be hauled away, unless the customer wants to keep it. Some of the gravel will be used as a base that goes under the concrete. All of the extra gravel will be hauled away. The framework will be installed and then the concrete will be poured.
Q: Do you have any warranties in case of cracks?
A: We are unable to warranty concrete against cracks. It is a known fact that concrete will crack. This can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Unstable Ground Underneath
- Heavy Equipment or Trucks Driving On It
- Vehicles Driving Off the High Edges
- Not Enough Joints for Proper Expansion
We will do our best to pre-determine where the stress points may be and joint those areas. Anything over 12 feet wide will be jointed automatically. You can rest assured that our concrete jobs have been known to hold up well!
Q: Does it need to be sealed after it dries?
A: That is normally up to the customer; however, 98% of customers do not seal it.
Q: After it's poured, how long before I can drive on it?
A: We suggest you let it dry for at least 5 to 7 days before driving on it. However, you can walk on it the next day.