How to Make a Concrete Coundation

1. Step  Getting the site ready


Design a blueprint or call us we can help you get one customized for you. Get a permit and all the paperwork if needed. Make sure that the site is level and higher than the nearest street or manhole. Remove any vegetation from the area where forms will be set, once plans, paperwork and permits are collected begin setting foundation forms. At this point after forms are done, fill inside with select fill since it holds better in order to build up the pads before concrete, this prevents wasted concrete by making the beams, pads, and grade right and evenly. When digging is finish, install the boards inside the forms to make any drops, example at the garages, patios, porches and dropped showers if any. After all these procedures are done call and set up an inspection by enginner and from the city if is needed.

2. Step Pouring the Concrete


Get everything ready a day before there is no issues the day of the pour, check the weather and make sure there is no more than 30% chance of rain on the pour day. The day of the pour make sure to have the concrete pump on time before you tell the concrete plant to send you the concrete trucks, sometimes concrete pumps run late and that can be a big problem if concrete gets to the job and no pump is available. Pour the concrete with the less water as possible, if big amount of water is pit in the concrete, it can weakens its strength. Once is poured and finish apply the concrete sealer, this will prevent almost 99% from cracks. Don’t ever pour concrete when is 33 degrees outside. For more details with your project give us a call or contact us trough our form on the contact page.

Concrete Driveways

Is it still possible to install concrete that will last for a long time?


The components of standard concrete are simple: gravel, sand, water, cement and certain additives. But the science surrounding concrete is complex.

And yes, it’s still possible to install concrete that will last a lifetime. The process begins by ordering correctly. Always keep in mind that the cement powder in the mixture is the glue that holds the sand and gravel together. If you have small amounts of glue, the concrete will be weak, concrete used in standard residential foundation footings can be lower strength than concrete used for outdoor patios, sidewalks and driveways. The average person might think the opposite is true.

Concrete is supposed to crack, as concrete hardens, it begins to shrink ever so slightly– 1/16th of an inch for every 10 feet of length that’s poured, installation of contraction or crack control joints are necessary to encourage the concrete to crack at these locations. For the joints to work correctly, they need to be a minimum depth. Always make sure these joints are cut to a quarter or more of the thickness of the slab.

Strength


Concrete is incredibly strong when you try to squeeze or compress it. But it has only about 10 percent of this strength if you try to stretch or bend it.m, small hairline cracks from offsetting or widening are prevented by installing reinforcing steel. Wire mesh and -inch-diameter steel bars are readily available and very inexpensive. This steel needs to be in the middle of the concrete or slightly above the middle of the slab to provide the necessary reinforcement.

Colored Stamped Concrete

Instalation


If you don’t have the money to install natural stone on your patio or driveway, colored stamped concrete Terrastone Concrete can give you a similar look at a fraction of the cost of natural slate. But before you rush to hire a contractor, we will share with you a couple of facts you need to know about stamped concrete to help you make an informed decision.

Low Maintenance Concrete


Stamped concrete doesn’t need heavy maintenance demands, once it is installed, you won’t have to weed grass that has grown on the joints or in between the grout lines. The concrete will just need to be stained and polished like once a year to maintain its shine depending on the level of foot traffic in the area. Other than that, concrete is a very durable material that can withstand damage from water, rust and heavy loads.

The average cost of colored concrete


 

Our colored stamped concrete is reasonably priced. You can expect to pay $8-$15 per square foot. The price is much higher compared to plain concrete which may cost less than $7 per square foot. Other paving materials like brick, stone, slate and marble can cost you up to $25 per square foot and that is why colored concrete is considered a cheap and effective alternative.

Applying colored stamped concrete on existing slab


 

Stamped concrete finish can also be applied on to existing patio slabs as long as they are in good condition. The only thing you need to be sure of is that the existing slab doesn’t have any major cracks, properly leveled and that adding the stamped finish will raise the level by an inch.

Squaretangles Sidewalk

Making A Sidewalk


Squaretangle sidewalks are one of the most popular modern concrete style that has a lot of demand in these last years, it goes perfectly with the new modern style.


We’ve been doing this type of style several times this year that we decided to call it Squaretangles.


Classy Style For Your House

A style that can be done without spending large amounts of money.

Piers and Sonotube Columns

Description


A concrete pier is a foundation element suitable for many types of structures, concrete piers typically consist of a round or square concrete pillar supported at the bottom by a footer piece which serves to spread the load carried by them.


Standard concrete perimeter foundations are as solid as a rock but expensive and time consuming to construct. The concrete pier foundation is a low cost, pier foundation may be successfully used for structures ranging from a simple deck or garden shed to huge highway bridges.


Pier foundations may still be used subject to an engineer’s approval. Concrete pier foundations generally last as long and are as strong as conventional foundations.

Setting and Pouring A Driveway

The Begining


Pouring a concrete driveway involves a great deal of coordination, since wet concrete starts to get hard the moment it’s mixed.

The first step is to establish the desired grade. This has to be decided in advance before the forms are installed.

Installing the forms right is essential to be successful in the project for the driveway, once the forms are right and outlined in the desired place, concrete is poured.

 

Pouring Concrete


Deciding when to pour the concrete can be tricky sometimes because weather plays a big role on the decision, if there is a big chance of rain for the day comcrete is schedule to be poured.