Protect The Structural Integrity Of Your Concrete Installation

Concrete is an incredibly durable material. However, much of its durability comes from its application. If you make a mistake during the installation of a concrete walkway, patio or other area, don't exactly expect it to last for a long time. If you're planning a concrete project in the near future, here are some mistakes you should avoid. 

Not Planning for the Weather

When applying any concrete surface, you must do your due diligence and look at the upcoming weather report. Not only is it important that it's not actively raining during the installation, it's also important that the humidity levels are in a reasonable range. Excess moisture in the air can affect how your concrete dries. 

High humidity levels may mean longer than usual drying times, and it could even affect some of the integrity of the concrete in cases of extreme humidity. Plan your project for a period when the humidity levels are in a healthy range.  You should also avoid installing the concrete on days when it is exceptionally cold or hot, even if the humidity levels are safe.

Choosing the Wrong Material

When it comes to working on large areas, like the patio or a sidewalk, you want to stick with a ready-mix solution. Ready-mix solutions ensure you have a more consistent mix throughout the entire surface of the project. If you start off with too little concrete and you have to mix more, without the right level of expertise, it can be a challenge to match the same level of texture and consistency. 

Any differences in the concrete may affect its overall integrity, which will ultimately shorten its lifespan. Make sure you do your research to measure out exactly how much concrete you believe you will need. The more accurate your measurements, the less likely you are to waste money on concrete you don't need.

Be Gentle Around the Joints

Make sure you don't overwork the joints. In terms of the integrity and durability of a concrete surface, the joints play the most critical role. After all, the joints support the concrete. When cutting the joints of the concrete, while a saw might seem like a more convenient tool, you should not use this tool.

You should use a roller cutter instead. A roller cutter functions in the same way that a pizza cutter does, in that it cuts the surface, but not with added pressure. In addition to protecting the integrity of the concrete, the roller cutter will create a more uniform appearance.

Do your research and take your time. The more effort you put into planning for the project, the better, so make sure you do your part. For more help, contact a company like P & L Concrete Products Inc. today.