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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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What is stamped concrete? How does it work?

November 28, 2016 • servadmin
In the truck

STEP 1 – INTO THE TRUCK

When using the integral coloring system, the first step is to put the colorant into the truck. We recommend using a 4-inch slump. When adding the Uni-Mix®, make sure you have brought the load to the top of the truck. Simply tear off the the top of the bag, and throw in the entire bag, including the packaging. This saves a lot of mess, and the bag disintegrates completely. Mix for 110 revolutions.

Pouring

STEP 2 – POURING

This is a fairly standard procedure. After the truck has mixed for approximately 110 revolutions (about 5 minutes), pour the concrete.

striking off

STEP 3 – STRIKING OFF

The initial leveling off of the concrete is called striking off, and is shown here using a straight 2 x 4.

Jitterbugging

STEP 4 – JITTERBUGGING

The process known as “jitterbugging” helps bring some of the cream to the surface, allowing smoother finishing and stamping.

Bullfloating

STEP 5 – BULLFLOATING

“Bullfloating” is the next step. This closes the surface, bringing cream to the surface while flattening and smoothing it. It uses a long-handled magnesium float.

Edging

STEP 6 – EDGING & TROWELLING

Edging the concrete gives it a nice smooth radius edge to the concrete.

FINISH

STEP 7 – THE FRESNO FINISH

The Fresno is the final finishing before release is applied. It uses a long-handled trowel, which is made of steel.
Note: The use of the fresno should be avoided if freeze thaw is an issue. Instead, the final finish should be performed with a wood or magnesium bullfloat.

STEP 8 – THROWING RELEASE

Once satisfied with the edging and the finish, it is time to throw the release

As you can see, the release is spread evenly over the entire slab of concrete by literally throwing it. The release agent is used to prevent bonding between the stamping tools and the concrete. It also adds depth and texture to the concrete.

STEP 9 – LAYING THESTAMPS

The Largestone Fan pattern is being used here, and as you can see, laying the stamps starts on one side of the job, and works its way over to the other side.

This is a continuation of the laying process.

STEP 10 – FINALLY, THE STAMPING!

To help imprint the stamps, we use a 10″ x10″ cast iron tamper with a strong wood handle.

On the right, you’ll notice that flexible mats are being used along the edges to extend the pattern fully.

FINISHING

STEP 11 – FINISHING TOUCHES

It may be necessary to touch up some of the joints using a chisel before the concrete has dried.

THE END PRODUCT

STEP 12 – THE END PRODUCT

After 1-2 days, or when concrete has cured sufficiently, it should be pressure washed to remove excess release powder. After the concrete has dried thoroughly, it should be sealed using our non-yellowing acrylic sealer.

Here is the patio from the other side.

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Information for this post was provided by Butterfield Color.

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STAMPED CONCRETE PATTERNS AND DESIGNS

October 31, 2016 • servadmin

Here are some of the most popular designs from actual projects. Seeing actual projects can help you develope ideas for your project. Patterned stamped concrete that resembles brick, slate, flagstone, wood, cobblestone and other patterns. Using real natural stone or brick flat work can be very costly and require more upkeep than decorative patterned & stamped concrete.  Therefore, stamped decorative concrete is much more economical and offers vast options while still capable of achieving your desired look. Concrete is the most often installed surface for driveways, walks, steps, courtyards, and patios.  Therefore, stamped decorative concrete is currently the most popular application for creating unique designs that will enhance your property in both beauty and utility for years to come.

Stamped Patterns Gallery & Stamped Concrete Color Chart

Stamped concrete pool deck

concrete pool deck

Stamped concrete

pool deck

Stamped concrete pool deck

Stamped concrete pool deck

 

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Walks & Steps

Any stamped and decorative concrete pattern.

decorative concrete sidewalk

decorative concrete sidewalk


Decorative Stamped concrete walk & Steps

Decorative Stamped concrete Walk & Steps

Stone

Patios, Walks, Fire Pits

Any

stamped and decorative concrete stone pattern

Decorative concrete patio with fire pit

Decorative concrete patio with fire pit

Stamped concrete Entry WalkKRC_Stamped_Concrete_BBQ_And_Fire_Pit_393_large

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