Concrete installation is a multi-step process that, depending on size, can be relatively quick or very time consuming. While concrete installation can be done by you, at home, it is always recommended to use professionals, such as ourselves, because we will make sure that your concrete project is properly graded, perfectly level and finished beautifully. If you have budget constraints, or time sensitivities, please let us know so that we can work with you on those subjects. Our goal is to give you a beautiful concrete surface, in a time that fits your schedule, and on a budget that works for you.
Excavation and Grading
The first steps in the concrete installation process are excavation and grading. In the step of excavation, we will take your chosen area and then dig out the top layer of earth; making a shallow indentation of where your concrete is going to go. Once this is done, we move on to grading. Grading is the act of making sure that the are where your concrete is going to go is sloped away from your business or home. This step ensures that water damage is less likely to occur to your concrete, business or home.
After we excavate and grade your area, the next step is to frame out the area where we are going to pour your concrete at. In this step, we place small, wooden walls around the entire area. These small walls are used to keep your concrete from spilling out of the areas that it is supposed to go in. Framing is not a complicated process, but it is one that is absolutely necessary in making your concrete look finished and streamlined.
Mixing and Pouring
After the areas are excavated, graded and the framing is constructed, the next step is to mix the concrete up and pour it in place. If the area that we are paving is large, we will bring in specialized concrete trucks, that supply adequate water and keep the concrete moving (so that it doesn’t set), in order to supply enough concrete to cover the area. If the area is small, such as a home patio or driveway, we will bring a mixing container to make just enough concrete to fill what you need. This process goes quickly, as it is important to keep the concrete wet enough to level out.
Leveling and Finishing
The last two steps of the concrete installation process are leveling and finishing. After the concrete is poured in to place, and before it sets, we will use concrete movers to make sure that your surface is completely level and straight. When set, this helps with drainage and moving vehicles, objects and people across the concrete. After the concrete is leveled, there is an optional step of stamping the concrete, or putting designs in to it. Once this is done, the concrete is left to set. If there are trees in the area, we will tarp the concrete off; keeping all debris out.