Project Type: Sidewalk
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Essential things to consider before creating a pouring concrete sidewalk
Whenever you visit a friend’s house, an office, or a shop, the first that you notice is their sidewalks. Sidewalks can make the entire look of the property beautiful. Nobody would want their visitors to have left with a bad impression, would they? That’s why it is extremely important to know the essentials before constructing a sidewalk. What is even more important is why they fail in the first place.
Sidewalk construction mainly fails due to poor quality concrete, wrong thickness, soil settlement, and even the construction methods matter. If you look after all this before constructing the sidewalks, you will save yourself from such problems.
The thickness of the sidewalks
First and foremost, the first thing that you should know about sidewalk construction is the thickness. Sidewalks thickness depends on the property where you want to build it. Like for residential properties, the 4-inch thickness is good, you can also increase it to 5-inch thickness. For commercial buildings and business, a good 5 to 6-inch thickness is required.
Be careful while preparing the subgrade
While constructing the subgrade for the pouring concrete sidewalks, make sure that all the unnecessary materials are removed. Like a large rock, grass, wood, or anything which will cause a hindrance. Make sure that you are removing just the correct amount of soil to put the sidewalk elevation in the end on the ground.
Be mindful about the forms
While constructing a public sidewalk you should form it accurately so that you get the correct thickness of the sidewalk and also create a surface slope for drainage. If you are building a wood form, then you need to create straight sections which are usually 2 x 4s or 1 x 4s. However, the actual size of the lumber is 3 ½ inches only. So, while setting up the form, make sure the bottom of the form is half an inch thick above the subgrade that you just trimmed. This will be needed if you want to create a 4-inch thick sidewalk. You can choose steel stakes to create a wood form.
Order durable concrete only
Another big reason why public sidewalk fails is due to poor quality of concrete. Always choose high-quality concrete, it will not let your sidewalk crack, or scale or even deteriorate. Choose concrete that is air entrained, it will prevent your sidewalk from falling apart.
Be careful while placing the concrete
Before placing the concrete, you must moisten the subgrade and forms properly. Just make sure that no residues of water are left. Start placing the corner of the concrete at one of the ends and then proceed. Don’t pile concrete in one particular place and then spread it, doing that will create rock pockets. Use a shovel to spread the concrete evenly.
Curing the concrete
You have to start curing the concrete quickly without damaging the surface. Once the final floating is done, curing compounds can be applied. The more promptly you will cure the stronger it becomes. You have to cure the concrete in cool weather for at least 5 to 7 days.
If you take care of these important things, then you can build a strong public sidewalk. Sidewalks are important for any property, build a stronger and a sound one.