Architectural concrete is a high-tech building material that opens up a wide range of possibilities. There are three main areas of application of concrete: to create structures, objects and foundations (monolithic, reinforced concrete, etc.); the use of concrete for decorative purposes, as a material for finishing finished surfaces; the creation of voluminous art objects -... Read MoreArchitectural concrete types and purpose
Concrete finishers are tradespeople that are especially skilled at ‘finishing’ or ‘smoothing’ the surface of concrete pours. Air pockets need to be eased out, and any bubbles or other blemishes are worked over as well. If the tone and surface is smooth and even, it’s considered a Class A finish! Visit https://concretersauckland.net.nz Read MoreWhat is a “Class A finish”?
In order to create unique, custom shapes and concrete furniture, formwork is created and used to basically act as a mould. Raw concrete is poured in and follows the guided edge, creating whatever shape the design requires. Once it hardens the formwork is removed so it can continue setting. Read MoreWhat is the purpose of formwork?
Once the main pour of concrete has been done – for a driveway, slab floor or pathway – the surface can then be stenciled. Special patterns can be created with different colours or even unique textures laid on top of it’s surface. These patterns will be pressed onto and slightly into, uncured concrete so that... Read MoreWhat is concrete stamping?
In order to give the best base for concrete to be poured onto and harden for a durable driveway, putting down gravel or other crushed rock is an important step. It will give the surface a more level surface which will go a long way to preventing the formation of cracks or risk collapse. Read MoreDo you need gravel under concrete driveway?
In the concrete industry it is generally considered that 4 inches as the most acceptable thickness for a concrete driveway to be poured. This is the same for slab floors that don’t require any additional steel reinforcing. Read MoreWhat is the best thickness for a concrete driveway?
Concrete when used for driveways is MUCH more versatile and durable than asphalt. It is better at resisting weathering or shrinking as well as being able to be more resistant to oil stains. It is the material of choice especially for commercial concrete projects. Read MoreIs concrete better than asphalt for a driveway?
Driveways made from concrete need to be stable and durable. They have to withstand hundreds of kilos of pressure and other strong surface loads. The optimal range for a typical residential driveway is to be able to cope with 3000-4000 PSI. Read MoreWhat type of strength concrete is used for driveways?
Once the concrete has been poured, if there is any rain, hail or snow predicated it should be covered with plastic to protect it. Concreters need to be extremely careful when laying over plastic tarps, so that it is not put directly onto the concretes surface, otherwise it could discolour or stain it. Read MoreShould you cover concrete with plastic in cold weather?
Plain Cement Concrete is commonly referred to as PPC, and is the cheapest type of cement. On the other hand we have General Purpose Cement, or GPC, which usually is higher in price. PPC is the most commonly used type of concrete, as its heaper price makes it more versatile in both commercial and residential... Read MoreWhich cement is more costly, GPC or PPC?