Concrete Slab - Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors
Concrete slabs are a crucial part in any construction venture. A poor-quality slab can lead to structural problems later on.
Port St Lucie Concrete Contractors can assist you with concrete slabs. Our staff is trained and has many years' experience in the concrete slab industry. We are dedicated to giving you the highest possible service. Concrete slabs made from high-quality materials that will last a lifetime. Find out more details about our concrete slab service.
What are concrete slabs?
A concrete slab is the majority of structural elements in buildings. It is a thick flat horizontal concrete slab that is used to construct a floor and roof. Concrete slabs are used to build the ground floor in some residential buildings. They can be laid directly on the ground or to support the foundation.
Our Concrete Slab Installation Process
Step 1: Preparation for the Site
We use the same process no matter what size concrete slab we're working on. The preparation of the area is the initial step in all of our projects. We remove all trace of contamination to allow us to start fresh. We make sure that all the materials are ready to be used during the preparation phase. We plan for the delivery of the materials before we start the actual work. This ensures that we can complete the work within the deadline we have established.
Step 2: Build Concrete Forms Reinforce Concrete Slabs with Stahl
After the site has been cleaned and ready to be installed Wire mesh is used to install concrete forms. Concrete forms work as a solid blockage to keep the concrete mix in its position. Concrete mix is forced to take a particular form or design. Concrete reinforced with rebar is available for larger structures. This helps to ensure concrete surfaces that are more sturdy.
Step 3: Mixing Concrete Mix
Concrete trucks make life easier. This helps to ensure that concrete materials are properly mixed. Sometimes, we do manual mixing. But, the majority of concrete mixers are needed for projects.
Step 4: Pouring Concrete
Once done mixing concrete, we place a concrete slab on the molds. It's important that we do the concrete mix with care to prevent air pockets. Air pockets can be created due to a lack of mortar in the gaps surrounding the aggregate. Concrete is made by ensuring that it is evenly distributed across the form.
Step 5: Level and Smoothen Wet Concrete Slab
We employ a trowel made of steel to make concrete level until it attains the level of a smooth surface. Then we smooth it out using a bullfloat. Through raising or lowering the handle for a float, we keep a slight elevation of the leading edge. We then plow concrete that is wet into low areas if the float angle is too steep. The bull float needs to be passed three to four more times. It is important to note that cement and water can get accumulated in the surface. This can cause it to become less stable when we float it too much. The use of a plate compactor to help strengthen the surface. For concrete to not crack, it is crucial that it is compacted properly.
Step 6: Design control joints
Control joints are cracks that are designed to be present on slabs. They are essential to prevent cracks from forming during thermal expansion or contractions. For control joints to be effective, they must be at about one-quarter of the width of the concrete slab. The thickness should be about 2 to 3 times that of the concrete slab. Our team of experts in concrete handles proper measurements to avoid errors in calculation.
Step 6: Cure Concrete Slab
After seven days the concrete slab that is finished accessible for pedestrians. Concrete cures fully within 28 days. It is essential to allow concrete to dry properly. It will ensure that your concrete slab is durable for many years.
1786 SW Bradway Lane Port St. Lucie, Fl 34953