When it comes to site preparation, Ottawa Concrete tops the list.

The technicians at Ottawa Concrete specialize in concrete placing, forming, and finishing services. They have been in the construction industry for years and are experienced doing concrete construction in Ottawa and the surrounding area.

Our team that handles the placing and finishing services take great pride in their ability to deliver all types of flatwork for driveways, patios, sidewalks, basementsand walls and more.

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Determining the mixture added to the concrete, together with their proportions, is one of the first and the most important steps. A good mix design is the best way to achieve high-quality concrete. On top of that, there are also different variables that should be considered, including among them are the cement type, mineral, and chemical admixtures, and amount of water.

That is why it is essential to pick an experienced contractor to design the concrete mix. At Ottawa Concrete, our technicians have gone through extensive training, have years of experience in this field, and they are skilled and well trained in designing the mix, according to the type of project.

Coordination Process

In a construction project, coordination of the trades is an essential part of the process. This is particularly important in mechanical and electrical works.

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When it comes to placing the concrete mixing truck, it is best to have it located as close to the site as possible. In this way, the concrete can be conveniently poured directly into the forms. In cases where it is not possible to have the concrete mixing truck parked nearby, the concrete can be transported in buckets by a wheelbarrow or by a crane.

On the other hand, if it is impractical to transport it in buckets due to the distance or the size of the area, the fresh concrete can also be pumped to the site by one of our concrete pumps. This will be done through a system of pipes or hoses.

Finishing Process for Concrete in Ottawa

Finishing is the final treatment of the concrete surface after it was mixed to achieve the desired properties.

The finishing can be as simple as pushing a wide blade over the fresh concrete to achieve a flat surface, or what we call screeding.

Screeding is the process of ensuring a flat surface on a concrete. If there are low spots that are not flattened during screeding, it can be filled and leveled by means of bull floating. After screeding and bull-floating, Edging is performed to ensure the durability of the sides and of the edges. This will also protect the concrete from scaling and chipping.

Other than screeding, floating and troweling can also be used to smoothen the surface. 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.

Once the concrete has already hardened, mechanical finishing can make the surface rough and less slippery. 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.

Here at Ottawa Concrete, we also use concrete dyes and surface molds to imitate the appearance of decorative pavers, bricks, or even ceramic tile.

So, if you are looking for a concrete contractor that can provide excellent service, call us now at 613-822-6259 you can also chat with us at We will help you start your new concrete project in the best and most convenient way possible!