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Type of concrete project

When it comes to driveways, pathways, floor slabs and alfresco entertaining areas, concrete is unmatched in its functionality, economy and design flexibility.

We can create practical, beautiful outside spaces and surfaces that compliment the appearance of your home.

Below is a breakdown of what’s involved and what to keep in mind with each type of concreting project.

Concrete Project

Process

Time period

Keep in Mind

DRIVEWAYS & PATHWAYS including council.

We can set up formwork to be angled or curved to create flowing lines that follow the contours of your property or to work with the way you use your home. There is also a huge range of colours and finishes that allow you to create something that matches your taste & style.

Phase 1 – Excavation

Phase 2 – Formwork & Steel

Phase 3 – Concrete pour

Phase 4 – Concrete curing 28 days.

Allow minimum 5 days after concrete pour before any vehicle loading.

30 – 150m2
2 – 4 days

150 – 300m2
3 – 5 days

300 – 1000m2
4 – 10 days

Note:
Times are a guide only and are based on basic residential design.

*Council permits.

*Neighbour request regarding noise or access if required.

*Your own personal access to your home during the curing process.

*Parking of cars during curing time.

*Trees with fast or future root growth near proposed driveway or pathway.

*Rain water run off and installation of new drainage points.

*Important services (plumbing, electrical) in the vicinity of concrete works that need to be relocated or terminated.

BACKYARD ENTERTAINING AREA & ALFRESCO

We can set up formwork to be angled or curved to create flowing lines that follow the contours of your property or to work with the way you use your home. There is also a huge range of colours and finishes that allow you to create something that matches your taste & style.

Phase 1 – Excavation

Phase 2 – Formwork & Steel

Phase 3 – Concrete pour

Phase 4 – Concrete curing 28 days.

Allow minimum 2 days after concrete pour before any foot traffic.

30 – 150m2
2 – 4 days

150 – 300m2
3 – 5 days

300 – 1000m2
4 – 10 days

Note:
Times are a guide only and are based on basic residential design.

*Most of the above plus the following

*Wide enough access ways for machinery (if required) and tradesmen.

*Process can be slower than doing a driveway because of distance and restricted access.

*Protection of furry family members.

*Alternative play area for kids.

FLOOR SLABS

A reinforced concrete slab is the most popular form of ground floor construction in Australia today. Not only is it resistant to rotting, termite attacks and maintenance free it can transform a home or space with a variety of colours and finishes like polished concrete. Also because of its initial wet state it can be easily adapted and tailored to different site slopes and soil conditions.

Phase 1 – Pressure Cleaning.

Phase 2 – Surface prep – Grinding, crack repair.

Phase 3 – Surface protection – Masking.

Phase 4 – Spray Concrete.

Phase 5 – Protective Sealer

30 – 150m2
2 – 4 days

150 – 300m2
4 – 7 days

Note: Times are a guide only

*Your own personal access to your home during the curing process.

*Parking of cars during curing time.

*Protection of furry family members.

*Alternative play area for kids.

Types of Finishes

Costs

Maintenance

Variety – Colours, Patterns

Appearance

Plain Concrete

No colour is added to the concrete. The finished look is its natural cement grey colour.

LowLowLowLow, Med, High

Colour Thru

Colour is added to the whole concrete mixture when wet. It allows for consistent colour all the way through and not just the surface. A simple yet elegant and classy look to any environment. A wide variety of colours to choose from that matches your colour scheme or environment.

MediumMediumMedMedium, High

Stamped

Is a patterned textured finish applied with rubber mats while concrete is in its wet state. Colour thru is already in the concrete before pattern texture application. A wide variety of patterns and colours to choose from to match your colour scheme or environment.

HighMediumHighMedium, High

Stencil

A pattern finish. Paper stencil is applied when wet then colour powder is spread over the wet concrete and stencil. Paper stencil is removed on the same day to reveal pattern design. A wide variety of Paper stencils and colours to choose from.

HighHighHighMedium, High

Finished Concrete Textures

Although it is not critical choosing the right texture depends more on the use of the concrete area rather than the look.

A footpath or driveway generally has a cove or broom finish because of the high grit factor especially when wet. A house slab or granny flat generally has a smooth surface finish but a rough finish in the wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens because it allows for a stronger bond of the tile bed.

The Surface Grit rate is about how resistant the surface is to slipping under foot. The Durability rate talks about how long the surface can withstand wear and tear and when maintenance is high its usually when used in a decorative concrete like driveways and footpaths.

The strength of the Grit and Durability is dependent on the preparation of the concrete before the final finish. Finishing concrete too early can weaken the surface because water has not fully evaporated from the surface and finishing the concrete too late can affect the look of the finish.

Other ways of increasing the grit if the surface finish can be with additives such as non-slip sealers, powders and fine aggregates.

Texture

Surface Grit

Durability

Maintenance

Use

BroomMediumLow/MediumLow
  • Footpath
  • Driveways
  • Swimming pool areas
  • Slabs
  • Entertaining areas
CoveHighMedium, HighMedium, High
  • Footpath
  • Driveways
  • Swimming pool areas
  • Slabs
  • Entertaining areas
SmoothLowMedium, HighLow
  • Granny flats & house slabs
  • Walls
  • Footpath
  • Driveways
  • Swimming pool areas
  • Slabs
  • Entertaining areas
Wood floatHighMedium, HighLow, Medium, High
  • Steeped Driveway
  • Footings & foundations.
SpongeMediumLow, MediumLow, Medium
  • Kerb n Gutter
  • Walls
  • Footpath
  • Driveways
  • Swimming pool areas
  • Slabs
  • Entertaining areas