How To Get The Perfect Pour
One of the most important aspects of working with concrete is ensuring the perfect finish. This requires skill and experience in order to ensure the correct processes are followed and in time for the concrete to set correctly.
Our experts here at Ever Readymix Concrete have compiled some of their top tips in ensuring the perfect pour is achieved, every time.
Before pouring the concrete, the ground surface should be level and compact, providing a stable base for the concrete to sit on. Loose gravel or dirt will make for a poor base, and should first be replaced with a road based material that is more suitable to be compacted prior to the concrete being poured.
The formwork also needs to be assembled prior to pouring the concrete. This should consist of level timber planks placed around the edges of the area to be concreted, and acts as a support for the concrete as it sets.
Using the concrete
Our ready mix batch is transported directly to your site by our expert team, and provides you with 1 – 2 hours to lay the concrete upon arrival. It is important to make sure you use the concrete within this timeframe, as any longer could cause the concrete to dry and crack.
Make sure you have carefully measured the quantities of concrete you need, and order correctly to ensure there is no waste.
This step is key to ensuring a flat surface. Using a straight piece of lumber a longer width than the poured concrete, pull the edge forward in a sawing motion across the top of the surface. This produces a smooth and level surface.
Edging compacts the concrete next to the formwork, making the edges more durable and less vulnerable to chipping once dry. Using an edging tool, run it back and forth across the edge. It’s important not to start edging in a corner, and not too press so hard to make an impression that is hard to remove later on.
Let it Set
Covering the concrete with polythene sheeting weighed down at the edges prevents the concrete from drying out too quickly, which could cause cracking.
Sealing the concrete will not only uphold its glossy finish, but also increases its durability against weather and wear and tear. Make sure the concrete is completely set and dry before applying, and keep any traffic off the surface for at least 24 hours.
Here at Ever Readymix Concrete, we’re the largest independent supplier of concrete and screeds in the Yorkshire area, delivering materials for both domestic and commercial uses. Contact our team today for more information on any of the services we offer.