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5 TIPS FOR ESTIMATING YOUR CONCRETE PROJECT
- SUBGRADE – While concrete can be placed on native soil in some cases, it is best practice to add a base course of crushed rock prior to concrete placement. The base course serves a couple purposes. The primary purpose is to create a solid, compactable base for the concrete to sit on. Additional benefits include creating a capillary break between the native soil and the concrete to prevent ground water from wicking up through the concrete, and providing a flat base that allows the concrete to move while it cures and shrinks, which prevents cracking. In some applications a vapor barrier may be warranted.
- CONCRETE THICKNESS – Typically, concrete used for vehicle traffic (e.g. driveway) should be a minimum of 6- inches, and concrete used only for foot traffic should be 3 to 4-inches. Anything less than 3-inches thick will likely not last more than a couple years.
- REINFORCEMENT – Some projects don’t require reinforcement. But if it does, you have a few options for reinforcing your concrete slab. The most popular options are fiber-reinforced concrete, wire mesh, and rebar. Which one you choose will depend on the application. For most residential applications, rebar is not necessary, though it could be installed for additional structural support.
- CONCRETE VOLUME – Concrete is estimated by the cubic yard. To estimate the volume of concrete required for your project, multiply the length (L) times the width (W) times the depth (D), then divide that number by 27. Here is the formula (L x W x D)/27. Example: your slab is 12 feet wide, 24 feet long, and 4 inches (0.3333 feet) thick – (24 x 12 x 0.3333)/27 = 3.55 cubic yards (CY).
- CONCRETE FINISHES – Since there are so many options when it comes to the finished look of your concrete, we recommend talking to your contractor about your options. Some of the most popular finishes include Broom Finish, Burned Finish (for interior slabs), and Stamped Finish. Broom Finish is what you see on a freshly poured city sidewalk. Burned Finish is what you see in stores like Home Depot or Lowes. There are quite a few patient options for Stamped Concrete. You may have seen an example and not even noticed that it was concrete since the some patierns replicate brick, pavers, cobblestone, and wood.