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Driveways And Patios Made By Virginia Concrete Company

By Cathy Mercer

A Virginia concrete company can build everything from a patio to a driveway. Each project may require a slightly different combination of aggregates, cement and reinforcing metals in the mix. Color can be added to embellish a project, by matching the color of a home, for example. Various finishes are available, such as stamping and staining.

Aggregate and cement are mixed with water to make this versatile building material. Cement is the binder that holds the aggregate material together in the mixture. An aggregate can be granite, limestone, crushed rocks or gravel. Sand is one of the finer components that can be included. Other binding materials are slag and fly ash.

Following the measuring of all other components, a proportionate amount of water is added. The consistency of the mixture is then partly liquid. This mixture is then poured into the shape outlined by wooden forms. Hydration, the chemical reaction that results when cement and water mix, begins right after that.

The wooden forms can be used to form any shape such as a round or square patio or a sidewalk or driveway. When the mixture has dried, the wooden forms will be removed. These forms are also used when building steps or a garden path. Any home is made more attractive by the addition of a walk and steps to the entrance.

For much larger applications a reinforcing component called rebar is added to the mix. There are metal mesh, bars or other additions that will make the mixture stronger when it needs to support the structure. It will then be capable of supporting significant weight such as traffic crossing over a bridge. An overpass on a highway system can support cars and larger vehicles when rebar is added.

Virginia is a state that enjoys relatively warm weather year round. This makes it possible to pour an installation in most months. Weather conditions are always a concern. Extreme humidity and wind can be a hazard to completing a project successfully. Scheduling it for early morning is advisable during especially hot weather.

In extreme heat the contractor may have to modify the mixture by adding a different proportion of water. The concrete should be delivered to the site only when the employees are already assembled there. Without enough finishers to start immediately after the pour, the entire surface might not be finished soon enough as the surface will begin to dry quickly.

All concrete will crack in response to changing weather conditions. This is not as extreme in Virginia as it is in areas having very cold winters. To minimize this, saw cuts are made in a slab following the finishing process. In cold weather states, there is a greater amount of expansion and contraction in response to the temperature changes.

When it comes to designing a project, one homeowner may want something decorative and another plain and practical. For the decorative installation, a color may be added to the mix. The surface can be embellished by staining or stamping before the it dries. A Virginia concrete company will devise a project that fits the specifications of the homeowner who is having his or her property improved.

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