The Concrete Doctors offer a wide selection of Concrete Services. We can help guide you through the process of getting any job done. When looking for concrete services, we will take the time to answer any of your questions or concerns when we come out to quote your job. We will also take the time to point out any issue that could affect the job.
The Concrete Services we offer are:
- Driveways, Sidewalks, Patios
- Poured Retaining walls, Footing and Piles
- Foundations, Slabs, Poured concrete steps
- Custom Job requests
The concrete industry has common terminology when referring to jobs. An industry-standard will sound like this. “Are you looking for a prep, pour, finish? Also, one thing to consider is what to do with the old concrete. Do you require a complete quote of concrete removal as well?
However, to precisely understand what you need to be quoted, let us help explain a typical job’s concrete. If you have existing concrete that is cracked and unable to be repaired, we can help remove and dispose of it. This would leave a mixture of sand and soil, which is typical. Because concrete was poured differently 20-30 years ago, the exposed base might have to be removed or added to to accommodate the new concrete.
When prepping a job, it is essential to know certain things. Will the job need support due to soil conditions? Was there excavation work recently done? Do you have sprinklers, wires, gas lines running through the proposed job area? Once all those questions are answered, an action plan of how to tackle the concrete project is put in place. A crew of 3-10 workers is standard on a Job site, depending on the size. The area is marked out with spray paint and or working off-site plans. Road crush, rebar, framing materials are all brought to site and set up.
Pouring the Concrete
Depending on your project and the finish you require, a mixture of portland cement, aggregate, sand and even fly-ash will be mixed off-site at a large planet and trucked over to your project location. However, weather and temperatures will change up the pouring, finishing and finally, curing the concrete. The Concrete Doctors will place the concrete with a pump truck, wheel barrels or direct offload from the concrete truck. Levelling and vibration will then take place. A flat edge known as a screed will be used in combination with afloat. Once the concrete is levelled and edged, your finish will be applied. In most cases, this is done with a finishing broom.
Curing, Control Joints and Expansion board
The control joints can be placed underneath the concrete during placement or tooled in. Depending on the job, cutting after the material is placed with a saw-cut control joint in concrete can be made. Because even new concrete cracks help induce cracking in a controlled manner. Without the addition of control joints, cracks would randomly appear. The expansion board is used to provided relief and the ability for concrete to move without binding. Heave and freeze-thaw are the culprits. Depending on when you concrete is poured, and the time of the season, curing fluctuates wildly. It is best to speak with a representative that can help you understand how long you will need to stay off the new concrete so that it will not harm your concrete or warranty. If in doubt, 28 days is standard under average temperatures in Canada.