When constructing a path, steps, driveway or foundation for a shed or a house, the best choice is usually concrete. This is a cost effective and durable option to construct and is usually very easy to maintain. However, there are some tips that you should know before constructing a concrete slab that will help it last longer and create a smoother effect. Check out the following advice from our concreting experts at Rapid Tool, and apply them to your next project.
First of all, remove any debris from the surface where you are planning to lay your concrete. This includes soil clods, rocks, sticks and plants. Once you have done this, try to pack down the soil as much as possible. This will ensure a smoother surface for your final concrete slab.
Secondly, make sure the concrete slab is going to drain water properly. To do this you will need to create a slight slope in the concrete surface. The slope should be approximately 2% for the water to drain adequately. Doing this will save any potential damage that may occur from the water pooling in the middle of the concrete slab.
Thirdly, it is always a good idea to use a template to make sure you stay within the lines of the desired size and shape of your slab. You can create a template using a timber frame (lightly nailed together so it is easier to remove later on) or using some pieces of string pegged down into the ground.
The fourth concreting tip is to control your water additions sure you with high slump concrete. You can test this using a concrete slump test, but as a guide the best concrete slump is around 5″. If you are adding water mechanically at the truck, use a guide of around 2-4″.
The fifth tip is to always avoid getting your boots, skin or clothes saturated with concrete. This will lead to a whole lot of trouble removing it once it tries. It can create serious irritation to your skin and can totally wreck your clothes if you don’t get onto it quick enough.
If you are in doubt about how you should go about laying your concrete slab, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the concrete experts! We are alwayshappy to help with your concreting questions and also if you are ever in need of rebar tying, cutting and bending