If your concrete isn’t durable, you just wasted your entire investment. In order ensure that you’re getting the most out of your money, Port Aggregates strives to offer you the most durable concrete on the market by implementing these four strategies:
1. Allowing for proper cure time
When it comes to achieving durability, one method that most people fail to consider is cure time. Concrete curing is the process of maintaining the concrete’s conditions (i.e., moisture and temperature) for the first few days after the initial pour so that it can become as strong as possible.
Maintaining moisture is ideal for keeping concrete hydrated to prevent cracking. Keeping your surface moist and ensuring the proper cure time will drastically increase its lifespan and durability.
2. Using control joints
Control joints are a must when it comes to concrete durability. They create a weak point in the structure to localize inevitable cracks, making them easier to repair and minimizing random cracking.
For more information on the benefits of control joints and why contractors use them, check out this blog post.
3. Strategic placement
One of the biggest factors in concrete durability is its placement. Your slab must be poured into an area that is completely free of any tree roots, rocks, standing water, or debris. The concrete will need to be properly vibrated, paying special attention to the congested reinforcement.
4. Using a special concrete mix
Concrete durability starts with the right mix. The mix must be specially designed for the unique service conditions that the concrete will experience. At Port Aggregates, our high quality ready mix gives you:
- On-site quality control and personnel to ensure that you receive the proper mix for your project requirements
- Low costs and exceptional ingredients that offer a clear strength advantage over our competitors
- Quick turnaround times and remarkable customer service
Skipping even one of these strategies is the difference between premature cracking and a long-term, flawless concrete slab. At Port Aggregates, we carefully implement each of the following strategies and then some, allowing us to offer the most durable concrete in Louisiana. Contact us today to request a quote!