The pouring and shaping of concrete
Installing concrete is a challenging job and every concrete pour is different. Size, shape, color, finish and complexity of a project all have to be considered when pouring concrete.
Working with a Concrete Pouring Company
If you need more than just a simple slab poured, get bids from professional concrete contractors. Compare these bids , and make a choice based on referrals, experience, price, scheduling and curb appeal. Once an installer is picked, price and logistics worked out, you should be presented with a contract. The contract needs to clearly state work to be completed, expectations on finish, color, and texture, price, payment schedule and warranty or guarantee information. Once you sign the contract, and pay the deposit (if any), the real work can begin.
How to Care for Your New Concrete
Concrete is a durable product, and if placed, finished and cured properly should last a lifetime. While concrete is often viewed as a NO maintenance product, consider the following simple maintenance procedures to increase the service life of your concrete.
- A good quality sealer is always a good idea. Apply a month after the concrete is placed. Exterior concrete sealers can last anywhere from 1 to 5 years, depending primarily on environmental conditions.
- Occasional soap and water cleaning is also advised to keep your concrete looking its best.
- Sealing and regular maintenance will also minimize the chances from staining and discoloration caused by natural or manmade contamination.
Concrete has been around for thousands of years, and remains the most popular choice for commercial patios, walkways, and driveways. When you make the decision to go concrete, understanding the basic steps—from picking a contractor to general maintenance—will make the entire process run smoother for all parties involved.