This Concrete Contractor Advice article will offer concrete repair and maintenance tips. Always be sure to have a sturdy, properly constructed structure, and always be aware of the structure you are working with.
When working on a concrete floor, it is a good idea to take the time to break down the area, and prepare it for complete concrete floor installation. After all, this is where you will be standing, walking, and doing other things. From there, you will get to the actual work itself. One step that is often overlooked is preparing the floor for the installation of the sub-flooring or sub-paver.
Using cement to smooth the floor is a good idea, and it will provide a very smooth surface to work on. However, it is important to have an area free of any steps, puddles, or heavy materials that could cause your foot to slip or roll.
Careful planning is crucial to completing a job quickly. Ideally, the following steps should be followed to avoid compromising the quality of the floor and getting it all back to good condition.
All floors are actually a mixture of two layers. This may not be obvious to the passerby, and you may be surprised by how many materials there are in the middle of your concrete installation. First, you will need to remove any sand and soil in your floor. It may seem like a tedious chore, but there is really nothing worse than to have to put back sand and soil into your floor, and it takes up valuable floor space.
There are two types of concrete contractor advice for removing sand and soil. The first is to place all the sand or soil in a pile. At this point, you will need to make holes in the floor so that the ground can be leveled out. This may seem like a daunting task, but with practice and some time spent on cutting a clean rectangular hole in the floor, it can be done with little fuss.
The other solution to this problem is to use a big, strong piece of concrete to chip away at the bottom of the hard concrete slab, providing a smooth surface for flooring. A plastic trowel is the perfect tool for this, and the type that you use should be covered with a hard material to protect it from any surprises. Any sand or soil left in the floor can be removed with the use of a moistened scrub brush, or a “crowning shovel” to pick up and compact the remaining dirt.
The next necessary step to ensure a smooth surface is to have someone remove any loose debris in the area. Part of the ground may be caked in mud or dirt, making it difficult to clean. As the sub-floor takes over, it may be necessary to break up the concrete while it is still moist, and so that it is easier to remove the rest of the dirt.
Once this is done, remove any small tools that were left in the sub-floor. This includes all pipes, ducts, electric cords, nails, and any other items that may need to be removed. After this has been done, you will need to clear the area of any leaves, dirt, and other debris.
You will now need to put the floor back to its original shape, and secure it once again. If any such damage was done, it will be necessary to replace the sub-floor, and any such repairs will need to be made.
One final suggestion is to take the time to invest in the proper cement for your project. Larger areas with an easier to install sub-floor should not be cemented in, while smaller areas may require a base cement. It is better to purchase the correct kind of cement for your needs, than to use the wrong type, and end up with a raw concrete floor, which can make walking and sliding very difficult