When it comes to concrete installation, most people don’t know the process or how it’s done. If you’re going to be having concrete installed at your home anytime soon, you’re probably wondering what’s going to happen. Here is some information on the concrete installation process.
Concrete installers will give an estimate
The first thing to do is have multiple concrete contractors give you an estimate. You should seek out companies who provide free estimates, because you don’t want to pay anyone to tell you how much they would charge if you hired them. Most companies offer free estimates, just be sure that’s what you get.
It’s your job to weigh each company’s pros and cons and decide which one to hire. You shouldn’t necessarily just go with the cheapest company. You’ll probably get more for your money if you spend a little money and pay for high quality service. It’s important that the concrete contractor you hire is capable and professional. It’s important that your concrete driveway, patio, walkway, or whatever you’re building is installed correctly the first time to avoid necessary maintenance in the future.
Contractor will discuss project and methods
Whoever you hire will need to know exactly what you want from the project and how you want the end result to look. Make sure to clearly communicate your desires and expectations to avoid any misunderstanding. The kind of concrete you want—plain, stamped, or stained—should be discussed, as well as the size and purpose. If you’re installing a driveway, the shape of the concrete will probably be pretty straightforward, but if you’re installing a patio or a walkway, you need to tell the contractor what shape you want and what turns or curves will be present. The contractor needs all possible information in order to create an accurate plan.
Ground beneath concrete will be prepared and base will be laid
The area where the concrete is going will be prepared. This involves digging down 4-5 inches and putting gravel, clay, or some other material to create a solid and strong base.
In addition to this, a layer of overlapping steel bars may be added to reinforce the concrete. This step may only be necessary if you are installing a driveway because the weight of cars on top need extra strength below. If you’re installing a walkway or patio, this step may be skipped, but can be done to reinforce the concrete.
Concrete will be poured and leveled
Once the ground is prepared, the concrete can be mixed and poured. The contractor will work fairly quickly to avoid the concrete drying out before they are ready. Once the concrete is poured, it will be smoothed and leveled. It’s important to get a smooth surface now because when it dries, there is no changing it.
Concrete will be given texture, and/or stamped
Now is when concrete will be stamped with whatever kind of surface you want. If you aren’t having your concrete stamped, it will be textured to create a non-slip surface. Stamped concrete is beautiful and can give your driveway, patio, or walkway a look of its own. You can have a unique slab of concrete when you choose to have it stamped.
Concrete will be stained and sealed
If your concrete is going to be stained, the contractor will need to wait a few weeks to let the concrete settle and fully cure before applying the stain. Stained concrete does much the same as stamped concrete, it gives your concrete a unique and different look than plain concrete. If you’re tired of plain old concrete, giving it some color is a great way to mix things up.
The protective sealant will also be applied at this stage. The sealant will protect your new concrete from weather and other hazards, but won’t last forever. To continually protect your concrete you’ll need to have it resealed every few years.
Now you’ll have a beautiful new driveway, patio, walkway, or slab. Concrete is extremely durable, so you won’t have much maintenance to do until it starts to crack or shift in years to come. Concrete lasts a long time when it’s properly installed.
Concrete installation cost
A common question is how much will it cost to install concrete. The answer depends on what you’re installing and who you’re hiring. Installing a plain driveway will probably be cheaper than installing a stamped patio, but will be more expensive than installing a plain patio, depending on the size.
Every concrete company will charge differently for their services. As mentioned above, don’t necessarily choose which concrete company you hire based solely on price. The cheapest installation won’t be the best one, and it is worth it to spend a bit more money to ensure that your concrete is installed correctly and professionally.
It’s a good idea to research multiple concrete companies before deciding which one to hire. By weighing the pros and cons of each one, as well as the prices, you can find the company that will be best for you.
Who can install your concrete?
If you’re looking for a professional concrete contractor in the St George area, M3 Industries can help. M3 Industries has nearly a decade of concrete experience and is perfectly positioned to help you with all your concrete needs. We have the knowledge and equipment needed to turn your dream of a new driveway or patio into a reality.
Contact M3 Industries for a free concrete estimate. We’ll sit down with you and chat about your goals and expectations for the project and decide if we are a good fit for each other. We only want your business if you want ours.
We know that installing concrete can be difficult for those who aren’t fans of DIY projects, and we want to help make the concrete installation process as easy as possible for you. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We would love to help you with all your concrete projects!