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Concrete is Cool

January 27, 2017 • servadmin

As you know, concrete is used worldwide in innumerable projects spanning the residential, commercial and industrial fields. It is an extremely versatile construction material allowing for versatile and imaginative creative designs. Its exterior appearance can be manipulated by use of many various designs details and techniques. Its strength can be altered by man prior to pouring per design specifications set by architects and engineers.

Preparations and Forms: Preparations and Forms and form materials have improved a great deal in the past 20 to 30 years. Methods of site preparations before setting forms, have also improved in past 20 to 30 yearsnot only because of better form materials but also because of better and smaller compaction equipment. Years ago, equipment was larger and very awkward thus pre-form preparations were often done with hand labor. Today we have smaller equipment that willmaneuver most projects easily. They make for less hand work in

And compaction of fill prior to pouring is generally easier today than 20 to 30 years ago. Today there is hand operated compaction equipment.

Today, concrete contractors may choose to use dimensional lumber and structural plywood for forms. Differing circumstances will entail different tools, forms, and equipment.

The difference in quality workmanship begins with the form setting crew. Poppenga Concrete gives meticulous attention to forming details because it will show up in quality finish as witnessed when forms are pulled from the freshly cured concrete project.

These forms were constructed in-place, but for some special projects, such as basements and walls, there are many manufactured forms available. Poppenga Concrete Construction LLC, gives specific and careful details to preparation and form setting, as well as to fill and compaction. This is all the difference in quality work, but Just the beginning of an overall quality job. For us; this is living up to the company motto which is, “Our Race For Quality Has No Finish Line.”

Our goal of quality work begins the minute we arrive on site to begin a new project.

Next month I will continue with Concrete Can Be Cool blog where I discuss “Concrete Finishes, Finishing Techniques, and Patio Add-ons.

Dave

These forms were constructed in-place and this works well for special projects, such as basements and walls. today there are many type of ready made manufactured forms available. Poppenga Concrete Construction LLC, gives specific and careful details to preparation and form setting, as well as to fill and compaction. This is all the difference in quality work, but Just the beginning of an overall quality job.

For us; this is living up to the company motto which is, “Our Race For Quality Has No Finish Line.” Our goal of quality work begins the minute we arrive on site to begin a new project.

Next month I will continue with Concrete Can Be Cool blog where I discuss “Concrete Finishes, Finishing Techniques, and Patio Add-ons.

Dave

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Why does concrete, especially slabs, settle & crack?

December 29, 2016 • servadmin

There are several possible reasons for concrete slabs to slump, sink, or settle below the desired finish grade. In Many instances time will allow the finish grade of slabs to change (settle, sink, or slump) due to failure of backfill and lack of soil compaction during construction, or erosion from poor drainage.

Over time, moisture from poor or inadequate drainage can cause the fill under the slab to settle and compress under the weight of the concrete slab, thus allowing the unsupported concrete to fail because of inadequate support from soil beneath the slab. Some soils such as clay, will expand and contract under the influence of moisture and weight, and can be the cause of slab failures.

In most cases placing a bed of gravel and then properly compacting it will prevent slap failures. The exception can occur during improper drainage events. Properly engineered gutter and downspout placement can alleviate water drainage issues which in turn can aggravate concrete slabs. During the life of the slab drainage plays a critical role in concrete slab stability.

Of course proper concrete steel reinforcements such as Re-Wire and Re-bar are helpful in preventing fractures and settling.

Reputable concrete contractors such as Poppenga Concrete Construction, LLC will recommend proper drainage and fill methods to use in your next project. Call Dave at 417-379-5441 or request a Free Estimate here.

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Dealing with Shrubs & Plants

August 26, 2016 • servadmin

Dealing with Shrubs & Plants  during driveway renovation 

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During my near 30+ years in this business I have gained lots of information & insight from doing driveway renovations and installs as well as discussions with my many clients.  I write this from experiences over the years and not as a plant or shrub expert.

We prefer not to be involved in caring for or moving plants and shrubs since that is work for plant experts; however, I do recommend this be discussed in depth before we begin your driveway renovation or driveway repair project.  Don’t forget to mention your plants and shrubs when you request a Free Estimate.

I also recommend you consult with experienced nursery persons before moving any plants, bushes, or shrubbery.  This article does not apply to trees.  Perhaps your plants will not have to be moved or disturbed.  We should discuss this before we start work.  Although you might choose to move plants and shrubs yourself I would recommend you hire an expert to move them prior to driveway renovation and then again after work is complete.

There are several things you might want to consider before starting your project.  Some plants and shrubs can be moved while some would suffer some degree of stress when uprooted.  Moving shrubs from accustomed habitat can be a major blow to the plant’s health and therefore it may be a setback for the plant.  With attention to the basics, transplanted shrubs will adapt well especially when cared for by expert landscape nurseries.  The shock of transplanting or moving can be lessened if the task is carried out correctly by experts.

Some people prefer to simply destroy existing plants and shrubs that would be in path of driveway renovation construction rather than dealing with them, and then buy new ones after driveway concrete work is complete.  This way they have the option of dealing with professional landscape architects and designers during replacement. Using professionals will allow you to schedule planting to coincide with the preferred planting seasons as well as the construction work.

Landscape professionals will be able to recommend if soil changes or conditioning is required as well as custom designing your new landscape to match your existing building architecture.  They can guide you from start to finish through design, planting, and care.  An upgrade in driveway design and landscaping can enhance curb appeal as well as land values.

Planning ahead is imperative to good results.  Carefully planning your driveway renovation project will give you a chance to modify your landscaping and even change plants to better compliment your new driveway.

Get inspired! Update your property with a driveway renovation project today.  The best place to start is by requesting a Free Estimate from Poppenga Concrete.

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Employment Opportunities

July 8, 2016 • servadmin

We are Hiring! Experienced concrete construction people can apply for work here.

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July 8, 2016 • servadmin


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