FAQ

Concrete is a composite material composed of fine and coarse aggregate bonded together with a fluid cement that hardens over time.

In simplest words, cement is different from concrete because cement is used to make concrete. Cement is a dry powder that is used as the binding agent along with several other ingredients to make concrete.

You buy concrete by the cubic yard (27 cubic feet). A yard of concrete weighs approximately 4,000 pounds (roughly 2 tons).

Typically 14 to 16 feet off of the back of the truck.

There are many ways of placing concrete without using the chutes on the truck. The 2 most popular are concrete buggies and concrete pumps.

A typical fully-loaded concrete delivery truck can weigh up to 70,000 pounds (35 tons).

If a truck got stuck on a customer’s property we would be responsible for freeing the truck and repairing any damages.

We use a 6-sack mix that has a PSI strength of 3500-4000. This mix is plenty strong for 99% of residential uses.

Through the concrete mix design and amount of water added to the concrete.

Typically 5 minutes per yard with a per minute penalty added to the bill after the maximum allowed time has been reached.

Curing is the time it takes for the concrete to reach full strength. Proper curing is very important and typically takes 28 days for the mix design to reach the desired PSI rating.

Concrete Curing is a process that ensures that fresh concrete sets properly and Concrete Sealing is a process that protects your concrete from water intrusion. Think of it this way, curing helps keep the water in, and sealing helps keep the water out.

Concrete cracks as it shrinks do to the curing process. Control joints such as grooves and saw cuts make a weak point in the concrete to encourage it to crack at those locations. However, this is not an exact science and concrete can crack anywhere and at any point in its lifespan.

Fiber can add strength and minimize crack expansion. It can be added to all mixed designs but has some pros and cons.

When you put deicing salts on concrete to melt snow and ice, the deicing salts change the snow and ice from a solid to a salty liquid (brine solution) that melts more snow and ice, eventually breaking the bond between the ice and the concrete. If you don’t remove the melted (slushy) mixture of snow and ice from the surface of the concrete, this is what can start to cause damage. Concrete is very porous, it will absorb some of the brine solutions if it isn’t properly sealed. When the deicing agent wears off or the temperature falls below its ability to work, the brine solution re-freezes in the concrete and expands.

Stamped concrete, often called textured or imprinted concrete, replicates stones, such as slate and flagstone, tile, brick, and even wood. The wide variety of patterns and color choices make it popular for beautifying patios, pool decks, driveways, and more.

Larger tools and equipment can be rented from your local rental yard. Smaller power tools and especially hand tools may need to be purchased.

This can be trapped moisture in the concrete after the sealer has been applied, the sealer was applied too heavily or the manufacturer’s directions were not followed correctly.

Call your local concrete supplier to set delivery times.

Call our office phone number at 314 226 5875.

You can typically walk on concrete 24 to 48 hours after placement. You should wait 7 to 10 days before driving a vehicle on new concrete.

Puddles are an issue that can happen during the placement process. They are not ideal and can lead to standing water and ice issues. All exterior concrete should have a sufficient slope and be installed flat enough to avoid puddling.

Water curing and chemical curing compounds can be used to slow down the concrete curing process during hot temperatures.

A sealer can be applied to help repel rubber tire marks.

Most driveways have a broom finish and this type of finish can be lighter or heavier due to conditions during placement.

Cracks can be repaired by filling them with caulk or cement-based patching products. The issue with trying to repair cracks is the repairs are often more unsightly than the original crack.

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