At Yard-At-A-Time Concrete, we understand the success of your project is important to you and proper preparation will ensure success. If doing a slab, all topsoil and soft spots should be removed. The soil beneath the slab should be compacted soil or granular fill (such as sand) well compacted by rolling or tamping. The slab (or sub grade) should be sloped for proper drainage. Smooth, level sub grades help prevent cracking. All formwork must be constructed and braced properly so that it can withstand the pressure of the concrete. See below for more information on preventing problems such as cracking and scaling from occurring.
A concrete sidewalk (seen right) is a simple project. Shown is a typical form before the gravel or sand base.
A driveway or patio (seen left) may have a "stiffener" edge to add strength.
Note the use of gravel and steel reinforcing materials.
Concrete steps (seen right) are another common concrete project.
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