Performing these steps in an orderly, timely fashion will provide the best results for your next concrete construction project.
””Concrete installations require that you pay close attention to detail while planning each phase of the project. Your installation team must work quickly and efficiently to create a strong, durable, and aesthetically pleasing structure. Any deviations from the required steps can impede the shaping and curing process, resulting in a weakened structure. By carefully preparing the construction site, you ensure the poured concrete behaves as expected to create the final product you have envisioned. Here are the five building construction phases you need to follow to successfully complete your next concrete project.
- Subgrade Prep
- Frame Set Up
- Concrete Placement
- Finish Work
The excavation process focuses on preparing the grounds for your construction project. The excavation team will remove vegetation and large rocks before grading the surface to your project specifications. The soil on the job site will need to be evaluated to determine if it will avoid deformation that could cause the concrete to crack. If the job site features moisture-absorbing clay soil, for example, it may need to be replaced with quick draining granular soil to protect the integrity of the concrete over the years.
After shaping the land, your team will focus on preparing the subgrade. Your team must slowly go over the installation site with a compactor to keep the land from shifting beneath the finished concrete slab. The compactor jostles and rearranges the soil granules to tightly press them together and create a stone-like foundation. This process also prevents the soil from slowly compressing under the weight of the poured concrete.
Next you will set up wood forms to create the framework for the poured concrete. The wood forms allow your team to precisely guide the concrete into the desired shape and thickness. The edges of the concrete dry against the wood frames, creating the curves and angles required for each section. The frame also guides the precise placement of reinforcement materials used to strengthen the concrete. Your team will start the project by building the forms for the footings and create the remaining structure using that foundational guide.
Depending on your project scope, you may need to call in the concrete pouring company several times during the construction process. After the concrete begins mixing, your team only has about two hours to fully pour and work the material before it starts to rapidly harden. You may need to create the concrete foundation and wait for the material to cure before erecting the walls. You must carefully plan out the timing of each pour to avoid wasting freshly prepared concrete.
Before the poured and shaped concrete dries, you can treat the surface to create a decorative design or finish. Your team will need to quickly press down any stencils, add the pigment and remove the guard material to reveal the final pattern. After the concrete cures, it is vital to remove the forms and apply a protective sealant to keep the elements from damaging the concrete over time.
To learn more about concrete construction in Arkansas, contact Razorback Concrete at 870-455-0700 to speak with an experienced project manager.