Foundation and Finishing
Concrete is incredibly versatile. It can be used in a broad range of applications and an even broader range of finishes for each application. Knowing the best way to utilize concrete to guarantee the best outcome from your investment can be daunting. At Carrollton Concrete, we assist our customers in understanding the best way to utilize their concrete installation; from foundation to finish!
Why use concrete in your foundation?
Concrete offers many benefits for its use in foundations. Often, concrete is used for homes that do not have basements or crawlspaces, though concrete is often used in some way in these spaces. Termites cannot eat into a concrete foundation and the material itself, being as strong as it is and its flexibility in terms of reinforcement, makes it an ideal option if you require something that will offer solid results. Concrete does not move as much as other foundations, which makes it a steady option if the property that you are building on might be affected by environmental factors that could result in shifting.
When we talk about the finish of concrete, there are two distinct functions that we should focus on. The first is the functional aspect of the concrete used. If the concrete will form a space that will be prone to being slippery or where mold or mildew may form, a brushed finish and protective sealant will assist in negating unwanted falls, mold, or salt buildup. The second function is the final appearance of the concrete. While the use of the surface will dictate some of the physical attributes, you still have significant say in the finished look of the surface. Many times, the form and function work hand in hand with concrete and, when working with a professional, you will be advised on the best way for both your desired look and desired function to work best.
Slab foundations can come in a few forms and will generally be selected based on the requirements of your property and the environment it is in. Those erecting buildings in frost-prone areas will be best served by a T-shaped foundation or a frost-protected foundation. If you are not in an area prone to frost, a simple slab-on-grade foundation will suffice and provide you with an incredibly solid surface on which you can build your new home or commercial property.
Why use a professional concrete contractor?
Whether you’re building a property and require a concrete foundation or simply building a new driveway and would like a decorative finish, a professional is trained and provides years’ worth of expertise in this field and will ensure that you get the best result possible. Sometimes there are better alternatives to that which you have in mind, which will deliver the same effect as that which you would like, but with additional benefits. Having a professional on hand to assist in the decision-making process and the execution of the project ensures that you do not lose out on any of the benefits that concrete offers!