Avoid These Common Concrete Project Mistakes

Concrete is a durable and versatile material, which makes it ideal for a wide range of products. However, mistakes can easily happen during the installation process that compromise the final result. Ensuring that you have the right equipment rentals for the job you are doing is the first step to getting the results you want. Avoiding these common mistakes will also help you successfully complete the job.

Failing to Adequately Prepare the Site

Without proper site preparation, concrete projects inevitably fail, either immediately or in the future. Before concrete is prepared, the site has to be thoroughly prepared by carefully leveling the surface. Compacting equipment must be used to pack the base foundation to make it flat and sturdy. Failing to do so will allow the concrete to sink. The job might look uneven when it is finished, or the sinking may occur over time, causing cracks and other flaws.

Adding Too Much Water to the Mix

When you mix concrete, any mistake will interfere with the final result. Often, people add extra water to the concrete mix because it makes it easier to spread or because doing so makes the surface look smoother. However, adding too much water will make the concrete weaker than normal, shortening its lifespan. Be sure to use a volumetric concrete mixer so that you get the mix just right without adding excessive water.

Removing the Forms Too Early

Before the concrete is completely set, the forms hold everything in place exactly where you want it. When the concrete appears stable, you may be tempted to remove the forms so you can be done with the job, but you should always wait for the full set time—24 to 48 hours—before attempting to remove the forms. Doing so too early could cause you to have to restart the entire project.

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