Steps To Creating Concrete
Basically, concrete pouring is a relatively simple process to understand. A quick trip to “wiki-how” will tell you how it’s done for the DIY-ers out there (details here). Keep in mind that this is an oversimplification:
Here’s the thing: there are common mistakes that are made all the time! -and we are the ones people usually call to fix these mistakes or, in the worst of cases, to re-do the job COMPLETELY! We work with concrete -this is what we do. Everyone knows that, when starting a new project, there are common mistakes that can come up. Even with experience, there are always little complications that can and do arise. Let Yukon Concrete Pros and our knowledgeable and experienced crew save you some time and money by getting the job done right -the first time! It may not make a big difference immediately, but it’s only years down the road that you will see the true impact that quality can make! Call us and we’ll make your concrete dream come true!
Now, if you’re still dead-set on doing it all yourself, let us at least give you some insight on some of the problems that you might run into:
Bumps, of varying sizes that appear on the surface of the concrete containing either trapped air or water.
A common cause of concern -noticeable cracks in the concrete can be caused by a number of factors.
A fine, interconnected pattern of small surface-level cracks.
The distortion of a cement slab’s edges that looks like a rug “curling up”.
Similar to blisters, delaminating occurs when air or water is trapped below a prematurely sealed surface before bleeding of water and air can occur.
Color changes over large pieces of concrete have a variety of factors that contribute to the occurrence.
A fine powder that develops on the surface of the concrete. (Usually only an issue in indoor applications).
A salty, white deposit that occurs on the surface of recently dried concrete. Usually not a problem, but in rare circumstances can disrupt the surface when found in excessive amounts.
When concrete is poured, the surface level and drainage is all planned and taken into account. Unintended low spots are caused by various poor concrete pouring practices and can cause drainage issues.
A conical piece of concrete that “pops out” of the surface. It can vary greatly in size, but is usually caused by aggregate containing a very porous rock.
Scaling and flaking are found in the form of surface-level loss of mortar. Scaling and mortar flaking are usually caused by the expansion and contraction of moisture that is trapped just below the surface of the concrete. Poor finishing practices can greatly affect the occurrence of mortar flaking.
Deeper than scaling, spalling is found as round or elongated valleys of more than one inch in depth. These defects are often caused by poorly constructed joints and corroded reinforcing steel.
If you’ve read this far, you can see that there are number of ways that concrete problems can arise. If you are DIY-er, that’s great! You can find more details here. Most people don’t have the time, materials and knowledge to get the job done right on their first attempt. It’s not rocket science, but it’s WHAT WE DO! Give us a call so we can see if we can save you time and money on your concrete project. We know concrete and we want to make sure that your concrete vision is as perfect as possible.