Episode 2: Dirt & Concrete: Part 2 – CONCRETE
Concrete is expensive, but necessary in order to have a floor. Just like fill dirt, you can get from us, or someone else. Once again, we recommend you get it from us.
There are two things we can guarantee about concrete, it’ll harden, and it’ll crack. There are all kinds of cracks that can happen in concrete, and one of them is called “hairline”. That’s a kind of crack we expect to happen. That may seem flippant, but hairline fractures are normal in any floor anytime you pour concrete. We do a lot of things to try to prevent that. For example, we do specific strategic cuts to minimize areas that could crack called “Saw Cuts”.
Please Be Advised:
Even though usual measures are taken to prevent concrete from cracking in unintended areas with saw cuts using a diamond-tipped blade that encourages controlled cracks, concrete will occasionally crack in other places, and there is nothing we can do to prevent such unintended cracking. The concrete industry has yet to produce a product for floors that are guaranteed not to crack and therefore they have industry standards for acceptable cracking, and we follow these standards.
While hairline cracks are normal, some cracks are not. If there are deeper, larger, and more wide-spread cracks in your concrete, despite our best efforts, something along the process was done improperly. This does not happen often, however, because our crews are thorough, experienced, and knowledgeable. You can trust that your concrete is in the right hands!
To sum up, we work very hard to make sure that your floor is not only installed properly but looks gorgeous as well. If there are little hairline fractures here and there, please don’t be concerned- it’s normal! If you see large cracks, don’t be afraid to let us know, and we’ll definitely make sure we fix whatever caused said cracks.
The last thing we want you to know about your concrete is this:
Although the concrete surface may look 100% smooth, it is NOT perfectly flat. There MAY be some imperfections in the concrete which may cause water to collect or pool in small areas, especially if large amounts of water are introduced inside your building, i.e.: hosing down the floor to clean it. If this happens, it does NOT mean there’s a defect in concrete or that it was installed incorrectly.