When it comes to home improvement projects, there are few that are as satisfying as a brand new concrete patio or driveway. But before you can enjoy your new outdoor space, there is a lot of hard work to be done.
If you’re planning on tackling a concrete pour, here are a few tips on how to prep the base and ensure a successful pour.
We set forms and prepped the base before pouring concrete including rebar, foundation vent wells and footings for future support posts.
Prepping Base For Concrete
The most important part of any concrete project is the base. Without a solid foundation, your concrete will crack and crumble.
To prepare the base, you’ll need to excavate the area to the desired depth and grade it so that it slopes away from your home.
Once the area is excavated, you’ll need to install any rebar or wire mesh that your project requires. Next, you’ll need to install any foundation vents or footing tubes that are required.
Finally, you’ll need to compact the base so that it’s solid and level.
Once the base is prepped, you’re ready to start pouring concrete.
Be sure to follow the directions on the concrete mix that you’re using. The mix should be wet but not too soupy. If it’s too dry, it won’t set properly. If it’s too wet, it will be weak and susceptible to cracking.
We poured, worked and finished 17 yards of concrete for 2 patios spaces and a connecting walkway. All this work was completed in half a day.
Pouring concrete is hard work, but it’s immensely satisfying to see your project come to life. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can ensure a successful pour that will last for years to come.