Ottawa Concrete tops the list when it comes to site preparation and concrete service provider.
Our company is made of skilled, well trained, and experienced concrete technicians that can deliver high-quality work. We specialize in concrete forming, placing, and finishing services and have been in the construction industry for years.
On top of that, our concrete specialists take pride in their ability to deliver all types of concrete services, starting from driveways, flatwork, patios, sidewalks, walls, and more.
The first and most essential step of concrete construction is preparing the concrete mixture and putting together their corresponding proportions. Another variable that must be considered is the chemical admixtures, cement type, mineral, and amount of water added into the concrete mix.
All these details are essential to creating a sturdy and durable concrete structure. That is why it is best to look for an experienced contractor to prepare the concrete mixture. At Ottawa Concrete, our technicians have gone through years of experience in this field, and they are skilled and well trained in designing the mix, according to the type of project.
There are different trades that plays an essential part in the whole construction process. It is important to consider the coordination of these trades, such as electrical and mechanical works.
The best and most convenient way for concrete construction is parking the mixing truck as close to the site as possible. Through this process, the concrete can be conveniently poured directly into the forms. Another option is to transport it through buckets by a wheelbarrow or by a crane if it is not possible to park the concrete mixing truck nearby.
However, if it is impractical to transport the concrete through a wheelbarrow or by a crane because of the size of the area and the distance from the construction site, it is also possible to transport the concrete in buckets.
You can also pump the fresh concrete mixture directly into the construction site through a system of pipes and hoses.
The final treatment of the concrete is finishing. This process is done after the concrete was mixed and placed to achieve the desired results and properties.
Concrete finishing can be as simple as pushing a wide blade over the surface of the fresh concrete in order to achieve a flat surface. This process is also called screeding.
Screeding is the process of pushing a wide blade over the poured concrete to ensure a flat surface. If there are low spots that are not flattened during screeding, it can be filled and leveled by means of bull floating. Edging is performed after screeding and bull-floating to ensure the durability of the sides of the concrete and the edges. This will also protect the concrete from scaling and chipping.
Floating and troweling can also be used to smoothen the surface other than screeding. Floating and troweling is the process of compacting and smoothing the concrete surface, and compared to screeding, it is done when the concrete is already starting to harden.
Mechanical finishing can also be used to polish the surface and can serve as a decorative step to bring out the beauty of a special aggregate like creating marble chips. Once the concrete has already hardened, mechanical finishing can make the surface rough and less slippery.
Here at Ottawa Concrete, we also use concrete dyes and surface molds to imitate the appearance of decorative pavers, bricks, or even ceramic tile.
We will help you start your new concrete project in the best and most convenient way possible!