14 Jul 2020
concrete contractor BC

Dealing with concrete can be serious business, laying down the foundation for a building, repairing, or more can be a make or break deal depending on what quality of service you get. It’s important to go for someone providing high-quality work of course, but what specifically for different areas of concrete work like pumping, forming, and placing and finishing depends.  Pedron Contracting is dedicated to giving you quality concrete finishing services in BC,  we serve a range of different areas including back patio concrete contractors in BC.


Differences in Pump Work Depending on the Pump Type

Pumping specifically aids in moving concrete to places where a concrete mixer truck cannot reach. There are two different types of pumps, the boom pump and the line pump, so its important to understand them and how they serve different purposes.  

Boom pumps use a remote-controlled boom, or robotic arm, to accurately pump large volumes of concrete.  Attached to a truck or semi-trailer, the vehicle typically stays in one spot and mixing trucks can load in more concrete directly into the pumps hopper. Because a boom pump is completely stationary this has the benefit of a much more efficient traffic flow on the worksite. 

Line pumps, or also called ground pumps, use a series of steel or rubber hoses to lead and place the concrete. Instead of a stationary positioning, a line pump is much more flexible and adjustable. Giving you great control over where the concrete goes.


Working on the Base and Laying the Groundwork with Forming

Formwork is the frame that holds the poured concrete while it cures and sets. This is especially useful for situations where the concrete has a unique structure and formation. There are two main types of formwork, temporary and permanent. Of course, living up to their namesakes a temporary form is removed after the concrete is fully cured, meanwhile a permanent form is left and never removed. 

Framing materials can depend on the project and whether they are permanent or temporary, materials can range from woods like plywood or timber, to steel. Formwork is used the create the perfect finish no matter your job, allowing for some creativity along with a reliable structure, letting you vary the design and thickness as necessary.  


Finishing Up and Protecting Your Concrete 

Any concrete that’s immediately visible will need some kind of finishing work to protect it, places like driveways, highways, patios, and some building interiors need it. The finishing technique depends on concretes use and has options like changing various colours and textures.  Finishing has a wide range of approaches such as screeding, bull-floating, jointing, and floating.

Screeding, or strike off, cuts off excess concrete bringing the surface of a slab to proper grade quality. Bullfloating removes high and low spots embedding aggregate particles right after strike off. Meanwhile, jointing is a required treatment to eliminate and unsightly cracks, adding in contraction joints with a hand groover or by inserting materials like wood, plastic, or metal into the unhardened concrete. 

After the concrete is jointed next it should be floated removing any imperfections, humps and more to give to you a clean surface. This also prepares the concrete for any future and additional finishing operations comparing the mortar of the surface.


Make Sure You Are Getting The Quality Concrete With a Certified Concrete Contractor in BC

No matter what your job or the intended use of the concrete it’s important to have the best on the job to give you some peace and security of mind. Concrete, from how it’s poured, how it’s distributed and cured, to how it’s finished are all important aspects and have an impact on quality of the work you receive. That’s why at Pedron Contracting we take great pride in providing you with our best to give you the expertise you deserve.


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