5. Pouring Concrete: It is important to pour the concrete at the correct consistency. e. Some companies will add too water making it easier to place resulting concrete is not as strong and may suffer from later from surface cracks and shrinkage. By using only just enough water to make the concrete malleable enough to pour we ensure the strength of your slab.
6. Removing Forms: Once the concrete is set, we can remove the forming materials the following day. The time for the concrete to set can take from a few days in the summer to several weeks in Winter. Once the forms have been removed the homeowner can begin any landscaping they want to add around the slab, generally 1-2 days after the concrete is poured.
7. Curing: While concrete may set in a day or two, curing takes longer. In extreme temperatures steps must be taken to help the slab cure properly. On hot summer days, a light misting of water may help prevent the concrete from curing too quickly. It prevents the water in the mixture from evaporating completely, this will also help prevent surface cracking. In winter months outdoor concrete may need to be covered. Covering can affect the surface colour and finish but ensures the proper curing and overall long term strength of the concrete. For driveways – we recommend waiting at least 2 weeks before driving a vehicle on the slab.