Since we don’t require any money up front, once the concrete is on the ground we will email you an invoice. If you would like to pay by check please give it to Cliff while he is there. If you forget, let us know and I can swing by and pick it up!
You may walk on your new concrete as soon as it is hard to the touch. Generally, this will take a few hours. Then…
- Driveway replacements: please don’t drive on it for 7-10 days.
- Patios: please don’t put furniture or grills on for 7-10 days.
We will leave up the caution tape to block your driveway unless the crew hears from you that you want it removed. Most of the time it will be wooden stakes and caution tape. At the end of the 7 days, you may remove it and throw it in the trash.
Yes. If the temperature is above 95 degrees, please hose your new concrete down every day for 15 minutes for at least 7 days; this will help with the curing process. It will also help with shrinkage cracks.
Shrinkage cracks are hairline cracks that are caused from water evaporating out of the concrete too quickly. We try to minimize this from happening by using a higher strength mix design and wetting the base before we pour the concrete. However, there are things out of our hands that can affect the outcome of the concrete curing process (weather conditions being a major factor; extreme weather, rapid weather changes, conditions too wet or too dry). This is why we place expansion joints to minimize how far it spreads. T
he integrity of your concrete is still being maintained and you have no cause for concern but hosing down your new concrete will definitely help with this! If it does happen, it most commonly occurs during the first 30 days, but it can also happen anytime during the first year of placement. As you know, concrete cracks.
However, we do offer a warranty for 1 year; the crack has to be wider (not longer) than 1/4 inch thick. That would not be considered a shrinkage crack. That would mean that there are some structural problems. Shrinkage cracks are just a part of concrete that there is no way to avoid or plan for. We do everything in our power and in our control to try and avoid them.