Concrete is used more than any other man-made substance on Earth. The ancient Nabatea culture was using materials similar to concrete at least 8,000 years ago, some structures of which survive to this day.
Capital Tradies Canberra have the right concreting professionals for your home or business.
We have professional Concreters that do the following Concrete work for:
- Car Park Kerbs
- Colour sealing new or existing concrete
- Coloured Concrete
- Exposed Aggregate Concrete
- Garden Edges
- Home extensions
- House Slabs
- Pattern paving
- Plain Concrete Slabs
- Polished Concrete
- Pool Surrounds
- Retaining Walls
- Shed Slabs
- Spray-On Concrete
- Stamped Concrete
- Steel Fixing
- Stencilled Concrete
- Tilt Panels Formwork
Safety & Economics
The safety, economics and appearance of your home can be in jeopardy if the concreting is not done by an experienced professional who is reliable with a good reputation. Whether it is for a slab or a foundation for your house, extensions, garage, gazebo, patio, pergola, veranda or you want to add a driveway or footpath, your concrete contractor needs to be experienced and reliable.
You can repair or replace most things you build but concrete foundations are very expense to repair or to remove and do again. They can cause huge damage to your home or structure and look unsightly. This is one job you need to get right the first time.
Cement requires a moist, controlled environment to gain strength and harden fully. The cement paste hardens over time, initially setting and becoming rigid though very weak and gaining in strength in the weeks following. In around 4 weeks, typically over 90% of the final strength is reached, though strengthening may continue for decades.
Hydration and hardening of concrete during the first three days is critical. Abnormally fast drying and shrinkage due to factors such as evaporation from wind during placement may lead to increased tensile stresses at a time when it has not yet gained sufficient strength, resulting in greater shrinkage cracking. The early strength of the concrete can be increased if it is kept damp during the curing process.
During this period concrete must be kept under controlled temperature and humid atmosphere. In practice, this is achieved by spraying or ponding the concrete surface with water, thereby protecting the concrete mass from ill effects of ambient conditions.