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    A Guide to Your Concrete Patio Installation

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Are you remodeling your patio? A concrete patio is easy to maintain and inexpensive to install. To ensure that your new concrete patio is a success, read the following article for a list of concrete patio installation tips.

    Make Preparations

    Clear the patio of plants, loose rocks, and other debris. The ground must be relatively even before you install the concrete, so move any dirt mounds and fill any dips in the ground. Spray paint an outline of the patio, and then build a wooden form that matches the outline.

    Spread Rock Base

    Because concrete cannot sit on dirt, you will need to spread a two- to three-inch layer of 3/4-inch base rock inside the form. Base rock will compact after you pour the concrete, forming a strong foundation.

    Install Rebar

    Before you lay the concrete, install rebar to reinforce the concrete and prevent it from cracking over time. Lay the rebar in a grid pattern, with two to three feet in between each pole. Use rebar ties to keep the poles together in the places where they cross.

    Pump Concrete

    After preparing the concrete, pour it into the form. After it is in the forms, move it around the space to even it out. Use concrete floats and trowels to level out the concrete until the surface is smooth.

    Add Finishing Touches

    Using powered concrete color is a great way to give your concrete patio an interesting tint. Once the concrete has dried slightly, put on a pair of rubber gloves and toss handfuls of the powder onto the concrete. Smooth the powder onto the surface with a concrete float. You can also add texture to the concrete by throwing mineral salt crystals onto the concrete and letting it sit overnight while the concrete sets.

    A-1 Ready Mix Concrete of San Francisco offers professional ready mix concrete for pickup or delivery. To learn more about what our family owned and operated company has to offer you, visit our website. Call us 24 hours a day at (510) 629-4523 for a free estimate.

    A Look at Our Crushed Aggregates and Their Uses

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Crushed aggregates are used widely in the construction business, in applications ranging from mixing concrete to laying asphalt. The aggregates we carry at A-1 Ready Mix Concrete are built to add strength to your composite material, and have been used in the construction of railroads, home foundations, roads, retaining wall drains, roadside edge drains, and septic systems. We carry recycled road base, which our customers use for road base, driveways, trench bedding, and construction fill. We have 0.75- to 1.5-inch aggregate as well, which is usually used for flowerbeds, landscaping, drain fields, and concrete. We also carry recycled sand, which is ideal for concrete and pipe bedding.

    To take a closer look at the crushed aggregates and recycled aggregates A-1 Ready Mix Concrete of San Francisco has to offer, visit our website. Call at (510) 629-4523 if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule pickup or delivery of aggregates.

    Mixing Concrete By Hand

    Last updated 4 months ago

    If you need to apply concrete for your next project, it’s important to know how to mix it so that it serves the exact purpose you need it to. You will need to mix gravel, sand, cement mix, and water in a trough or wheelbarrow. Add water slowly to avoid weakening the concrete. Pour the concrete as quickly as possible after it’s done mixing, as it will be dry in about 15 minutes. Watch the video for more tips on mixing concrete by hand.

    Whether you have a small or large project, A-1 Ready Mix of San Francisco has the concrete solution for you. We offer ready mix concrete and concrete delivery solutions that save you the time and effort of producing concrete on site. Call us at (510) 629-4523 or check out our website for more information.

    A Look at the Different Types of Concrete Mix

    Last updated 4 months ago

    The type of concrete mix that you need for your project depends on a variety of factors. Taking the time to choose the right concrete mix will ensure that you are able to prepare the mix properly and that your project goes smoothly. For tips that will help you choose the right concrete mix, read on.

    Dry Ready Mix

    Dry ready mix is found readily in home improvement stores. It comes with everything you need to make concrete—all you have to do is find the right tools, add water, and mix the concrete. This type of concrete is expensive, so it’s only cost-effective if you have a small job.

    Ready Mix

    Ready mix concrete is already mixed in exact proportions in a batch plant, saving you the time, effort, and money required to mix all of the relevant ingredients in the correct ratio at the worksite. It also saves you from needing to have a water source at the work site. You can pick up ready mix concrete if you have a truck or have it delivered.

    Transit Mix

    If your concrete job is over 100 yards, you can call a reputable concrete company in San Francisco and have them bring a 60-yard-per-hour batch plant to your worksite. This will save you from the large pools of washout, truck traffic jams, and the other difficulties of on-site mixing.

    Bulk Dry Materials

    You can buy all of the materials you need to make concrete, but you will have to pay to have them delivered to the worksite. This option requires that you know what and how much to mix together.

    If you need a ready mix concrete solution for your next project, call A-1 Ready Mix Concrete 24 hours at (510) 629-4523 for a free estimate. Visit our website to learn about the high-quality ready mixes we offer to our customers in the San Francisco area.

    Concrete Project Ideas for the Summer Months

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Summer is the perfect time to complete a concrete project that will enhance the look and function of your home or business. Concrete is an extremely versatile building material that can be used to create walkways, patios, benches, planters, and many other structures. A-1 Ready Mix Concrete can help by providing the concrete and other materials you need to complete any summertime project.

    Concrete Planters

    You can enhance the look of your garden this year by creating concrete planters for flowers and produce-bearing plants. Concrete can be poured into a variety of molds to create square, rectangular, round, or star-shaped planters to show off your creativity and style. Experiment with concrete coloring, embedded stones, and other design work to turn your garden into a unique work of art.

    Concrete Fountain

    A concrete water feature is a beautiful addition to any property. Fountains add not only a visual feature, but the soft sound of falling water promotes calm in any environment as well. Fountains can be installed outdoors or indoors, and a concrete fountain makes a great weekend project. You can use concrete to form traditional tiered fountains or sleek, modern pieces that incorporate fire or light features for additional visual elements.

    Concrete Seating

    Concrete makes an excellent building material when creating comfortable and stylish seating for your property. Poolside chairs offer a place to relax and keep an eye on the kids, while a garden bench is the perfect venue from which to enjoy the color and fragrance of a summertime garden. Chairs and benches can be as ornate or as simple as you’d like—the design possibilities are endless, allowing you to match the look and feel of your seating to the other design elements of your home or business.

    You can make your concrete designs a reality this summer with help from A-1 Ready Mix Concrete. We offer ready mix concrete, concrete colors, crushed aggregates, portable plants, and more for residential and commercial projects in the San Francisco area. You can reach us by calling (510) 629-4523 or clicking on our convenient web contact form.

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