Concrete Care / Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When will my concrete be poured now that it has been formed?
A: The day prior to pouring your concrete project, a CF staff member will hang a door knocker indicating the date of pour. Cancellations do occur as a result of logistical issues, weather, and trade or supplier problems.
If a project is canceled you will not be notified however another door knocker will be hung prior to rescheduling. If you require information regarding the schedule please email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and we will be happy to help.
Q: Why doesn’t my concrete project look the same as my neighbors?
A: Every load of concrete, the environment it is poured in and the labor involved in the process is unique. Slight changes to wind, temperature, humidity, water cement ratios, sand, aggregate and cement will all contribute to variations in the final product.
Also, the labor involved is provided by individuals that all have slightly different methods to achieve a similar outcome. When the concrete arrives on site it is in liquid form and within a few short hours it is a solid form. This provides an environment for unique variations in the final finish, color and general look of the finished product.
Q: Why does my concrete project have cracks in it when my old driveway did not?
A: Concrete is one of the oldest building materials in existence dating back thousands of years. In modern time concrete has undergone extensive changes in manufacturing, chemical additives, installation procedures as well as curing methods. These changes improve the integrity of the product as well minimize the environmental impact from the manufacturing process.
Water and shrinkage are the leading cause of cracks in all concrete projects. The average driveway for instance has approximately 700 liters of water in it when the concrete arrives on site (approximately half the total volume). As the concrete hydrates it causes the hardening slab to shrink and in most cases it will crack in the control joints that we have installed in the projects however in some cases the crack may find a path of its own and result in a crack.
Q: How long until I can walk or drive on my driveway?
A: Light duty foot traffic is safe after 48 hours of curing and vehicular traffic must be avoided until full cure at 28 days. Vehicles over 1 -ton such as moving trucks should not drive or park on residential driveways.
Q: If there is a problem with my concrete who should I contact?
A: To ensure you are protected by your builder it is always best to contact them. They will then review the issue and send us an inspection notification or work order to resolve. This ensures that regardless of possession date and warranty period your case has been properly documented.