There are many factors to consider when looking to undertake a concrete project, including price, style and what to factor when selecting the right tradesperson for the job. To help you, we've outlined a few FAQ and answers.
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- Q> What is the difference between cement and concrete?
- A> Cement is a powder and ingredient used in making concrete. Concrete is a mixture of cement powder, water and aggregates.
- Q> What is coloured concrete?
- A> Coloured concrete is when the colour is added to the concrete in the mixing process.
- Q> What finish options can I consider?
- A> You can opt for a range of finishes including brush, troweled, swirl, exposed aggregate, polished, coloured, and stencilled finish for pathways and driveways. The expert Piercrete Group consultant has examples to guide you through the selection process.
- Q> What is a concrete pump?
- A> Piercrete's fleet includes both a concrete boom pump and concrete line pump, which means we can assist you with a range of jobs, including those in hard to get to locations.
A boom concrete pump uses a remote-controlled robotic arm, known as a "boom", to place concrete accurately. You would use a boom pump on larger construction projects because they are capable of pumping at very high volumes mechanically.
A line pump is mounted on a truck or placed on a trailer with a hose attached to the outlet of the machine and pumps concrete at lower volumes than boom pumps. Generally, a line pump is used for smaller volume concrete jobs.
- Q> How long does it take for concrete to cure before use?
- A> There are several factors to be considered including depth of concrete poured, the temperature outside, and the type of cement used in the mix. Although concrete will harden several hours after it's poured, it's important to remember it is still susceptible to damage from weight, especially during the first four weeks. As a general guide, wait at least 48 hours before allowing foot traffic on a newly poured sidewalk, driveway or slab. Don't drive vehicles on a new driveway for at least 10 days, and up to 28 days for heavy vehicles such as a 4WD, Caravan or Truck. We highly recommend you speak with your chosen installer to discuss their after install user guidelines.
- Q> Does Concrete Require Maintenance?
- A> While concrete is durable, there are ways you can protect your concrete from unnecessary wear and tear after it has cured, including:
Avoid using harsh chemicals when cleaning
Apply a sealant to protect it from the elements
- Q> What should I consider when choosing a concreter?
- A> There are a few things you can check:
Review past and current jobs on the business website and social media pages.
Always ensure your contractor has a valid licence and insurance.
To ensure quotes obtained are genuinely comparable, factor all possible cost inclusions, such as: preparation work, concreting works and rubbish/soil removal.
If a tradesperson is quoting you on location, ask if there is a call-out fee before confirming your appointment.
If installing a driveway, are you responsible for the kerb installation/replacement, and is this included in your quote?
- Q> When do I need to get council approval and what added costs should I consider?
- A> Visit your local council website to ascertain if approval is required for the project you have in mind. If you can't locate information on the website, give your local council a call and include questions such as;
Name of application/s to be submitted?
What is the usual waiting period for approvals?
What is the cost of submitting applications?
Is a bond required and what is this amount
If a bond is held, when can you claim this back, noting conditions/refund process?
Is there any other consideration you should factor?
TIP: Be prepared with pen and notepad when calling for quotes or speaking with councils.
NOTE: Some contractors work with councils on your behalf, therefore, when contacting contractors to obtain quotes, ask if council approval is part of their project management. If your contractor manages approvals, ensure you obtain copies of relevant documents once approval granted. Council bonds and application fees should be paid directly to the council.
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