What to Expect
We understand that you may have questions about what happens when a concrete contractor shows up to complete your project. All Mighty Concrete wants you to know what to expect from start to finish. There are basically 7 steps in residential concrete installation as follows:
Step 1: The Sale
After a discussion with the homeowner, All Mighty will set up a time to come to the job site to gather logistics and then promptly write up a contract with a price estimate to send out to you. This contract will clearly state the work to be completed, any necessary notations, price, and payment schedule. Note that all of our estimates include complete removal, hauling, grading, forming, pouring, and finishing, unless otherwise stated.
Step 2: Prep
Before concrete can be placed, the site needs to be prepared. The area needs to be cleared and most often a mini-excavator will be used to speed the process. All grass, rocks, roots, shrubs, concrete, etc. needs to be removed to expose raw earth. Unless the soil is very compact and stable, compactable fill may need to be brought in as a sub base.
Step 3: Forming
Next, forms will be set. These wood forms are easily removed after concrete has cured. Forms will provide the proper slope or grade for drainage.
Step 4: Placement
The site is prepped; now it’s time for the concrete placement. We use a 4,000 PSI concrete with fiber added for reinforcement. If the truck is not able to pull up to the site and pour directly into the forms, a pump truck will be needed. The contractor and crew will be using shovels, rakes, and come alongs (special concrete rake) to move the concrete to make sure there are no voids or air pockets.
Step 5: Early Finishing
Once the concrete has been poured, a large board called a screed is used to flatten out the concrete. The screeding process helps to compact and consolidate the concrete and begins to smooth and level the top. Once the surface has been screeded, the concrete is floated, which involves using a special trowel called a float to further compact the concrete and create a smooth finish on the top. The concrete is further worked with edgers, fresnos, and other tools to produce a fine smooth finish.
Step 6: Finish
Once all the trowelling is complete a final finish can be applied to the concrete. The most basic type is a light broom finish in which a special broom is pulled across the concrete creating a minimal textured surface. Other types of finishes offered by All Mighty are slick, oyster shell, and river rock. Many times on larger projects, the joints will be cut in with a concrete saw to provide cleaner lines.
Step 7: Cleanup and ENJOY
All Mighty takes great pride in their work, and therefore the cleanup is the final step of the project and is given the same attention to detail as every other step.