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    A Brief Overview of How to Place and Pour a Concrete Slab

    Last updated 5 months ago

    When it comes to floor construction, no material is more DIY-friendly than concrete. While it can be messy, concrete is safe and fairly easy to work with. If you are working with concrete and want to be satisfied with the finished product, follow the steps on how to place and pour a concrete slab.

    Prepare the Site

    In order to lay a slab of concrete that will last, it is important to level the site on which you will pour. After obtaining any permits that may be required, measure the slope of the area on which you will build and then move soil around to flatten it.

    Establish a Perimeter

    Drive stakes into the ground to mark where the corners of your concrete slab will be. Then lay form boards along each side to help with the formation of a durable, even slab.

    Pack the Base

    Concrete should be poured over a flat, well-drained base. If your worksite has sandy soil, flatten the base in preparation for pouring. For best results, other types of soil should be covered with a thin layer of gravel. Pack the base higher in the center of the area, leaving a 12x12-inch trough along the perimeter for a thickened edge.

    Reinforce the Slab

    Line the perimeter form boards with rebar, overlapping individual bars to ensure that the entire perimeter is covered. This will help give your concrete slab the strength it needs to resist cracking and movement over the years.

    Pour the Concrete

    Once these steps have been taken, your site is finally ready for the concrete. For many jobs, ready mix concrete works best. After you place an order for concrete and before you pour, closely check the work you have done to prepare the site. Only pour when you are confident that it is ready.

    Before you can get to the final step of this process, you will have to purchase concrete or a concrete mixer and aggregate. To make this part of the process as easy as possible, arrange to have ready mix concrete delivered directly to your worksite. To speak with a supplier of the highest quality ready mix concrete in the San Francisco area, or to schedule concrete delivery, call A-1 Ready Mix Concrete at (510) 629-4523.

    Choosing Between Dry or Liquid Integral Colors for Your Concrete

    Last updated 5 months ago

    While classic gray concrete has its place in construction projects, many contractors and homeowners prefer to give their concrete a splash of color. Before you get serious about your upcoming concrete project, you should decide whether you want to use dry or liquid integral colors.

    The main difference between dry and liquid integral colors is that dry colors come in powder form while liquid colors are suspended in water. Dry pigment comes in a wider range of colors, while liquid integral colors are easier to mix. Dry integral colors have been in wide usage for over 60 years, and remain the most popular option for coloring concrete. Liquid integral colors have been gaining ground on dry colors in recent years, but remain more expensive.

    Once you decide on a coloring method, A-1 Ready Mix Concrete will provide the concrete. If you live or work in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ll gladly sell you all the ready mix concrete you need. Call us at (510) 629-4523 or visit our website for more information.    

    A Brief Look at How Concrete is Made

    Last updated 5 months ago

    In its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of paste (Portland cement and water) and aggregates such as gravel, crushed stone, and sand. The key to achieving strong, durable concrete rests in carefully proportioning and mixing the right amount of ingredients. After combining the aggregates, water, and cement, the mixture starts to harden. After it has hardened, the concrete begins to cure, which makes it harder and more durable.

    Ready mix concrete accounts for nearly three-fourths of all concrete, and is batched at local plants and delivered in trucks with revolving drums. For same-day ready mix concrete delivery in San Francisco, contact A-1 Ready Mix Concrete at (510) 629-4523. We provide ready mixed concrete for residential and commercial jobs throughout the Bay Area.

    How to Properly Clean and Maintain Your Outdoor Concrete Surfaces

    Last updated 5 months ago

    There’s a reason concrete is the most popular material for driveways and sidewalks—it’s incredibly resilient. But while it takes a lot to crack or chip a concrete driveway, it doesn’t take much to stain it. The downside of outdoor concrete surfaces is that they are prone to staining. Fortunately, you can easily clean your concrete and make your home look more attractive. Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining your outdoor concrete surfaces.

    What You Will Need

    First and foremost, you will need the appropriate safety equipment before attempting to clean your outdoor concrete surfaces. Some cleaning products can be caustic, and a power washer can send small debris flying into the air, so wear safety glasses and gloves when working with concrete. To clean your concrete surfaces, you will need a scrub bush, a broom, laundry bleach and detergent, kitty litter, and a power washer. If you don’t own a power washer, you can rent one from your nearby hardware store.

    Removing Oil and Grease Stains

    Typically, the easiest way to remove an oil or grease stain is by scrubbing the stain with a mixture of TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) and warm water. You can also try leaving the TSP on the stain for a few days before sweeping it up. For truly stubborn stains, try pouring a 5% solution of muriatic acid (available from hardware and home stores) directly on the stain and scrubbing with an old broom. Rinse with fresh water and then take a power washer to the area to completely remove the stain.

    If your outdoor concrete surfaces are beyond repair, contact A-1 Ready Mix Concrete. We provide fast, same-day ready mix concrete delivery so you can quickly replace a concrete driveway, garage, or sidewalk. We provide ready mix concrete throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Contact us online or call us at (510) 629-4523 to schedule concrete delivery today!

    4 Great Uses for Concrete Inside Your Home

    Last updated 6 months ago

    In the past, the use of concrete at home started in the driveway and ended at the front door. However, thanks to easy-to-use ready mix concrete, homeowners are starting to incorporate this durable and inexpensive material inside the home. Whether you live in a city loft or a country home, there are plenty of ways to incorporate concrete inside your home. Here are four great ideas to get you started.

    Countertops

    If you want to give your kitchen a sleek, urban makeover, consider replacing the countertops with concrete countertops. After pouring the ready mix concrete and sealing it from water and stains, your new concrete countertops will make your kitchen pop.

    Sinks

    Cold concrete and cold water go hand in hand, so where better to incorporate ready mix concrete than in your kitchen or bathroom sinks? A sealant will give your concrete sink a smooth and shiny finish. You can also use colored concrete for an even bolder design statement.

    Wall Treatment

    Most people think of concrete floors, but concrete walls are starting to become popular fixtures inside modern homes. A concrete wall treatment would be perfect in a home gym or even a kitchen backsplash.

    Fireplace

    A unique alternative to traditional natural stone fireplaces, a concrete fireplace can take on almost any feel. In addition to being significantly cheaper than brick or stone depending on the design, concrete can be shaped and colored however you see fit, which gives you more control over the look and feel of your modern fireplace.

    No matter how you plan to use concrete inside your home, A-1 Ready Mix Concrete provides the best ready mix product for the lowest price to homeowners and contractors in the Bay Area. We offer fast concrete delivery, so you can turn your design dreams into a reality in no time. For the best ready mix concrete delivery in San Francisco, call A-1 Ready Mix Concrete at (510) 629-4523.

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