Formwork concrete surfaces can be smoothed and finished in a number of ways. It can be polished, salt finished, have a burnt look added, be left with exposed aggregate, it can have texture added with a troweled finish, or be stamped or stenciled. Read MoreWhat different types of finishes can be used with concrete?
Formwork concreting serves to basically act as mould for pouring concrete in to specific sizes and shapes. It allows concreters to mould the fresh concrete, to whatever shape is specified in design drawings and plans. Read MoreWhat is the purpose of formwork?
Concreters when using stencils and patterns are able to imprint, colour over or add texture to patterns and designs onto the surface of concrete. Uncured concrete will have the concrete stenciling designs pressed or laid out on the top, and then when carefully removed the texture or design stays behind. Read MoreWhat is concrete stamping?
A crucial step to putting in a concrete driveway, is putting down gravel or crushed rock first. This gives a more level surface, and also will prevent cracking and collapsing. Water can run off and drain underneath, which helps prevent cracking. Read MoreDo you need gravel under concrete driveway?
The Industry recommendation for concrete driveways is 4 inches – also the same for slab floors. Non-reinforced concrete can be put down if only passenger vehicles will be over it, but if larger work trucks, oats or caravans will be used on it, then a depth of at least 5 inches is preferred. Read MoreWhat is the best thickness for a concrete driveway?
Unlike Tar or asphalt, concrete driveways are more versatile, resisting weathering and shrinking. As it can also resist chemical and oil stains it’s the prime choice for driveways or carports. Read MoreIs concrete better than asphalt for a driveway?
Concrete driveways obviously need to be durable, and able to cope with a lot of surface load. 3000-4000 PSI is the ideal range for driveways with passenger vehicles driving over them daily. Read MoreWhat type of concrete is used for driveways?
Once fresh concrete has been poured and leveled, a concrete “finisher” works on smoothing the surface, and getting all air pockets and blemishes out. If very few can be seen, and it has even tone or colour, it’s called a Class A finish. Getting a Class A finish is desired for residential concrete or commercial... Read MoreWhat is a “Class A finish”?
PCC – what Plain Cement Concrete is called – typically costs less than GPC – General Purpose Cement. The difference in cost plays a huger part in pricing jobs and commercial concreting projects, and why PPC is the most commonly used form of concrete. Read MoreWhich cement is more costly, GPC or PPC?
Concrete can be poured as thin as 2 inches. Unless the project requires a very thin concrete layer, as concrete will always have more strength and durability if it’s poured thicker. Areas like pathways and walkways or letterbox platforms are where thinner concrete could be used. Read MoreWhat is the minimum thickness for concrete?