Concrete Sidewalks Edmonton
The Concrete Doctors are a sidewalk contractor located near you. Although, a typical part of everyday life, sidewalks need do need to be leveled or re-poured. Have you ever wondered what they are made of? Concrete sidewalks are made up of only a couple of raw materials that provide you with a low cost stable surface to walk that why contacting. Concrete sidewalks consist of Portland cement, aggregates and water. When these components are a mixed with a few admixtures and air is added, you have concrete. While the standard in the industry is the plain grey broom finish product.
Base prep is what the poured concrete is going to rest on and be supported by. Naturally, it is the soil with either sand or road crush tamped solid. The compaction consistency is essential for the concrete sidewalk and reduces the chance of crack development. Sometimes steel or concrete baring piles are added to ensure the concrete sidewalk is sitting on a solid base. Rebar and control joints are added to ensure that minimal cracks and shifting ours. Cracking in concrete is natural and to be expected; however, if severe cause an investigation should take place to figure out the root cause.
The Canadian weather is very tough on concrete. We have 100’s of freeze-thaw cycles in a typical year, and due to safety concerns, most homeowners use chemicals and deicing agents to free ice from the surface without knowing the damage they are causing.