Concrete is a versatile product that you can install in and around your property to build in hardscape edging, pavements, and foundation slabs. But it is important that you understand some of the components of your project so you can ensure success with your concrete preparation and pouring. Here are some recommendations and tips to help you plan out your next concrete order and installation project.
Place Your Concrete Order
If you need a large amount of concrete, the best option is to order it through a ready mix concrete supplier. They will have the entire order delivered to you ready to pour and combined properly. And to do this you need to place the order with them so that it includes the right details to ensure your project is successful.
First, look at the type of project you are planning to install so your supplier can mix in the right components into the concrete. For example, if you are planning to pour a concrete slab for a driveway, garage, or shed foundation, you will need the mixture to have additives to make the concrete strong. And if you are pouring a concrete slab that will be on a grade, your supplier can add in fiber reinforcement.
Some concrete projects may be of a decorative nature. If you are planning to pour a decorative concrete surface that you will be stamping, your concrete supplier can mix a batch that will cure a bit slower to give you time to apply the stamps into the poured and leveled concrete. Or if you want a polished concrete surface, your supplier can add in decorative aggregates that will show within the concrete's surface to improve its appearance.
Plan for the Delivery
When you arrange the delivery date of your concrete project, you will need to make sure you have the required help on the site to receive and smooth the concrete. Concrete work is a time-sensitive project, and you need to have extra help to, for example, transport the concrete by wheelbarrow from the truck to a hard-to-reach site. And you may need a helper to assist you in leveling the concrete into the forms and finishing its surface.
It is a good idea to watch the weather forecast before you place your order to avoid any rainy days or days where the temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain can make a concrete project impossible and cold weather will affect the cure time. However, if the temperature does fall unexpectedly, you can use concrete cure blankets to cover your project and help the concrete reach its maximum strength.