Installing Concrete Sidewalks at Your New Home

Concrete sidewalks come in a wide range of sizes, colours, and can be shaped into almost any shape you can think of. Look around at other homes and businesses to see what can be achieved before beginning this project, but don’t be constrained by what you see. Make up your own storey. Many Redi-mix manufacturers also offer coloured concrete, and concrete colour stains are another choice for a beautiful finished product. There are “cast-on” materials that can include a non-slip surface, a super hard surface, and even anti-spalling compounds to prevent the sidewalk from chipping due to winter salt use.Kindly visit Polyurethane Foam Concrete Lifting to find more information.

Depending on the hue of the sand and Portland cement used, most redi-mix concrete dries in a shade of beige. Request that your supplier show you where he has poured his product and inspect it. This will give you a sense of how the “ageing” product will appear in the future. Once you’ve decided on the colour of concrete you’ll use, you’ll need to figure out how strong it needs to be. Except for very heavy usage or vehicle traffic, I suggest using 3000# strength concrete for all sidewalks. Using 4000# or 5000# if cars will be crossing the sidewalk. It will cost a few bucks per yard more, but it will last much longer.

A hammer, a sledge, a string line, and a level with a tripod are all necessary tools. 4′ hand size, pointed and flat shovels, 2×4 wood for concrete screeding (levelling), bolt cutters, safety glasses, work gloves, fine broom, and two edgers: sidewalk edgers and v-groove types A steel trowel, a metal sidewalk edge finishing tool, and a V-groove tool for centre joints are all necessary. Most masons tend to add the initial finish to their walks with a magnesium float before adding the final broom finish.

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Concrete Hero
1031 Howard Street, St Charles, IL 60174
630-940-2805

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Concrete is purchased in cubic yard increments. Using the formula below, you can easily calculate how many yards you’ll need for your project: Cubic yards = Length x Width x Height (thickness) divided by 27. Here’s an example: Your sidewalk is three feet wide, three feet long, and four inches thick. Using the following formula: 1.1 cubic yard = 3′ x 30’x.33 /27 You are unable to order.1 cubic yard. As a result, it’s either one or 1.5 yards. For anything less than 6 yards, all Redi-mix companies charge a short load fee. As a result, decisions must be taken. Is there anything else that needs to be built out of concrete? Is it possible to make the path a little wider? Is it possible to have a patio area? Inquire with the Redi-mix business about the cost of 1.5 or 2 yards. It’s possible that the price will remain the same. While we’re here, I’d like to talk about bringing the concrete to your place. Trucks are large and heavy. Rather hefty. If your patio or driveway is in the back yard, the truck must be able to reach it, or you would have to transport it in wheelbarrows. Wheeling 1 yard is not difficult; however, wheeling 5 or 6 yards is a challenge. You’ll need a lot of support and some sturdy wheelbarrows. Companies that redi-mix often charge extra for any time spent on site that exceeds one hour. Prepare for lawn damage if you intend to park the truck in the back yard. If you tell a concrete company to drive over your lawn, they are not responsible for any damage to your house. Worse still, if they destroy the septic system, buried pipes, and other infrastructure. SEE TO IT THAT THERE IS NOTHING Beneath THAT COULD BE HARMED. Don’t take chances!