When poured properly, concrete is an in incredibly durable surface that can last for years with minimal maintenance. However, a couple of mistakes can leave you with a driveway or sidewalk that crumbles in just a few years. The L. Suzio York Hill Companies, one of the top material suppliers for South Central Connecticut construction companies, has some tips for pouring concrete that will last for many years.
When pouring concrete, it's important to remember the following:
- Prepare The Base: The dirt underneath the concrete must be fully drained and packed solid. If the soil is weak or soft, you'll want to pack at least four inches of sand or crushed stone to create a solid, even surface.
- Use Reinforcement: You should use at least 3/8 inches of rebar for reinforcement, which will provide strength and prevent cracking.
- Avoid Too Much Water: When adding water to your concrete mix, make it as dry a possible. While a wet mixture makes concrete easier to work with, it will be weaker when it dries. Using the driest concrete mix possible will lead to a stronger final product.
- Be Patient: Wait until the water on top disappears before you trowel the surface flat. This will help create the strongest surface layer possible. You'll also want to ensure that it dries slowly, so keep it damp for about a week as it cures.
The experts at the L. Suzio York Hill Companies have been providing clients throughout Connecticut with the highest-quality materials in the industry, from crushed stone to pervious concrete. Whether you're starting a major civil construction project or a home improvement job, they'll have the supplies you need. Visit their website to learn more, or call (203) 237-8421 to request a quote today.