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Tips To Prepare For And Care For Your New Concrete Pavement

by Milton Myers

A brand new concrete slab in your yard is a great solution to the problems you encounter with dust and mud within your property and on your vehicles. But when you install a new concrete pad, you want to make sure all preparation and treatments to the concrete are covered to ensure your concrete has the best durability and long-lasting potential you want for your home. Here are some recommendations to help you prepare for your next concrete slab and to make sure the process to care for it afterwards is followed for success.

Check Into Permits

One of the first things you want to take care of before you start a concrete project is to check with your local city building department for the necessity of a permit. If you need a permit to add a concrete slab onto your property, you will also need to make sure there are no regulations about how close you can build it next to your neighbor's property or the fence line.

Usually for a concrete slab there is no restriction on its position near your neighbor's property as long as you do not plan to build a structure upon it, as this can bring up some building restrictions. However, check with your local ordinances just to make sure.

Finish the Concrete

Once your concrete has been poured, it is important to allow the proper amount of time for the concrete to cure before you walk upon or drive upon its surface. Although a concrete surface looks stable after just one day, the concrete is still curing during the natural chemical reaction that happens when it hardens. But once it has fully cured, you will want to make sure to have the slab cut at controlled points to keep its integrity and strength at its best.

A slab cutting professional like A & B Concrete Coring Company will make carefully positioned cuts into the concrete, which will release pressure from the entire concrete surface. The reason you will need to have your concrete slab sawed is to reduce the pressure on your concrete that it will receive when vehicles drive upon it. Without the positioned control joints your concrete will likely receive cracks throughout its surface, leaving permanent damage to the structure and strength of your concrete.

You can also have your slab sawed to allow for a vehicle to drive upon its surface if, for example, one side of the slab is protruding several inches above the soil. Slab sawing is also common when you are removing a portion of the concrete curbing of your slab and want to add in a driveway.