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Guide to Concreting in Sydney

If you’re looking to get some concreting done then you’ll know that it can be hard to figure out what exactly needs to be done. There are lots of options, each with their own set of pros and cons and chances are you don’t want to make a mistake only to realise after the concrete has been poured. So read through this quick guide and learn about the different types of services offered by concreters and you’ll be safe from making costly and hard to fix mistakes.

Concrete Footpaths

Adding a footpath to your home is always a great move. They make it easier to get around your home, they can look fantastic and if they’re done right they should last for a long time. And even though it might seem straightforward, there are some things that can go wrong. If the people doing your footpath aren’t professionals you might end up with a footpath that isn’t flush with the surrounds. You’ve probably seen wonky paths sticking out of the ground at the wrong angle before.

Not to mention that if mistakes are made in the laying of the path then you can end up with cracks that ruin the aesthetics and leave you feeling ripped off. That’s why it’s of vital importance that you choose the right concreter for the job. The right concreter knows how to lay a path correctly that won’t leave you with headaches down the road.

The first step is to level the ground beneath the path and ensure that it’s prepared correctly. Moisture in the base is one cause of cracking, so it’s important that the base is properly prepared before the concrete is poured. This process can be labour intensive which is why some operators don’t do it as properly as they should. The final step is to use control joints to prevent cracking. If done correctly you can be confident that your path will last a long, long time.

Concrete Slab Pouring

If you’re after a concrete slab somewhere in Sydney then give us a call now for a free, no obligation quote. We’re experienced concrete contractors and whether you’re after something for a shed project or whether you’re building an entire home, we can help you out.

There’s a reason concrete is used for the foundations of buildings, whether we’re talking backyard sheds or skyscrapers; it’s a strong, durable material that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Of course, this is only true when it’s poured by reputable, skilled tradesmen. When done incorrectly, you can end up with air bubbles in your concrete. This can result in weaker material that can crack under pressure and when your slab is literally the foundation of your building, then this is the last thing that you want.

So when you hire someone to pour your slab, make sure that they’re professionals. The right concreter knows how to pour a slab that will outlast the building that sits on it. We’ve got years of experience pouring concrete slabs the right way, so you can trust us to get it right the first time. If you’ve got the plans drawn up, we can handle it from there. We can provide you with all the necessary design and permits to complete the construction of your foundation.

Concrete Slabs for Pergolas & Patio

This is true whether you’re talking about slabs to make up the foundation of your house or something else such as a pergola or your very own patio. Building a pergola or patio out the back of your house is a great move. It can be a great place to entertain or quietly sit and read a book, but if you’re going to go to the effort of building a pergola or patio, then you should make sure that the foundation it sits on is solid.

Concrete Extensions

Slab extensions are also becoming quite popular in recent years. As property prices in Sydney increase year by year, it makes more and more sense to add an extension to your existing property. Whether it’s adding a small room or a full blown extension, we can help with pouring and setting your slab.

Concrete Carport & Garage Floors

Another popular use for concrete slabs are carport and garage floors. There are other options such as epoxy flooring, but we find that concrete floors work best. They can be done for a low cost and the quality is high. You can also choose from a range of non-slip finishes and colours so you can rest assured that your floor will be safe and attractive.

Polished Concrete Floors

If you’re looking to add a modern & stylish look to your home or workplace, then you’re at the right place. Polished concrete utilises several different technologies to produce amazing finishes on concrete surfaces that in the past were not available. When done correctly, you’ll find that you’ve got a surface that not only looks fantastic and raises the value of whatever it sits on, but also has some remarkable wearing properties.

Properly installed and treated, your polished concrete will remain resistant to everyday wear and tear, as well as any kind of liquid you could think of spilling on it. Grease, oil, water, polished concrete will take some punishment without showing any signs of damage. It’s also a much faster process than dealing with epoxy surfaces and it will last longer as well.

Done right you might even find that the polished concrete outlasts the building it sits in! That is, of course, that the people who install the concrete know what they’re doing. It’s not rocket science but the process does take time and is very labour intensive, so you want to make sure that the people you deal with are top notch.

When we install polished concrete we always go through the same rigorous system to ensure the highest quality possible. We start out by grinding back the surface several times using different grits so that the base is smooth. Then over the course of a few days we apply several layers of hardener and finish up by polishing the surface several times, each time using a finer and finer grit. It’s this laborious process that allows us to work with confidence, knowing that the end product is going to be just as you’d want it.

Custom Formed Concrete Benchtops

It wasn’t that long ago that concrete was only seen as a functional material, suited for the foundations of buildings or for practical uses such as driveways and footpaths, but times have changed. Over the last decade or so, designers and homeowners alike have realised that concrete can be used in such a way to be aesthetically pleasing. It does, however, require a little more finesse than your average concrete slab, so care must be taken when selecting your benchtop creators.

There are a lot of people in Sydney who offer this service, but not all of them have the experience to pull off the kind of design that most customers have in mind. Getting started is simple. Start out by getting your tape-measure out of the shed and put it to use measuring the space you have in mind.

Do your best, give us a look and we’ll advise you as to whether we need any further details (most of the time we do not). Second, we manufacture the formed concrete benchtop, customised for you and you alone. Once it is completed you’ll find that it’s not only stunning to look at but also hardy and has a long life.

Since every job is slightly different, it’s hard to come up with an exact price until we know all the elements that will change the cost of the project. So if you’re interested in your own custom benchtop, get in touch with us and once we have some basic details we’ll be happy to give you an exact quote and any other details you might need.

Concrete Driveways

If you’re looking for a new driveway, regardless of the style, then you’re at the right place. We’re Sydney based concreters who specialise in a variety of different driveway styles. Whatever style you’re interested in, you can be sure that we can pull it off without a hitch. For those who are interested in a traditional plain concrete driveway, we can do that. It’s the most cost effective option and when done right will look great and outlast the house it’s attached to. It isn’t something that you should leave to the amateurs though; if a concrete driveway is laid incorrectly you can end up with all sorts of problems.

If air bubbles are left in the mix then you can end up with cracks down the road. And if the base isn’t constructed properly then you can end up with an uneven driveway which not only looks unsightly, but can also at risk for cracking in the future. Being concreting specialists we do this day in, day out, so you can trust that we know what we’re doing, so that when you hire us to do the job, it gets done right 100% of the time. And of course, if you’re after something a little more exotic than plain concrete, we can do that too.

In fact, in recent years these options are becoming more and more popular. Stamped driveways are one possibility; using stamps we can give the driveway a variety of looks such as asphalt or slate tile. You also have the option of choosing stencils to make the driveway more attractive. Using several stencils we can add a paver look, a sandstone look, or just about any other pattern you can think of. On top of this, you can also choose to have your driveway whatever colour you want. Go for something low-key or something bold, the choice is yours.

Concrete Pool Surrounds

A swimming pool is a wonderful addition to a home. It’s great for relaxing, entertaining and it will even raise the value of your house. And you can’t have a nice pool without a decent surround and the best way to surround your pool area is with concrete. It might sound unusual, since concrete is normally thought of as quite drab and boring, but when done right, concrete can actually look quite stunning.

Of course, what we’re talking about here isn’t your average concrete; it’s not the type of stuff you would make yourself after a trip to Bunnings. What we’re talking about is modern exposed aggregate, polished or honed concrete. Whether you have a concrete or fibreglass pool, you can end up with a pool area that looks like something you’d see in a magazine and it doesn’t have to cost the Earth.

Nor does it matter what shape your pool is; whether you have a round, oval, kidney or something completely unique, we can customise something to suit. Being concreting specialists we’ve done this so many times we can basically do it with our eyes closed. This is important because it’s not something you want to risk. After all your pool is a valuable asset and risking shoddy work from inferior concreters would be a real shame.

Retaining & Besser Block Walls

Retaining walls are a great way to make your gardens look fantastic. When done right they can add a certain “wow factor” to your garden. The way they really stand out can be stunning, but building a retaining wall isn’t as simple as putting some blocks together and calling it a day.

If your builders don’t really know what they’re doing, then you’re wasting time since you’ll need to rebuild it, you’re wasting money because building a retaining wall in Sydney certainly isn’t cheap, it looks terrible while the wall is down (your neighbours will know that you went for the cheap option) and if the wall is in an area that is commonly used, then you can even risk the health and wellbeing of your family.

In truth, building a retaining wall is a job for a specialist contractor. Sure, you can install them yourself, but as outlined above, the risks generally outweigh the benefits unless you’re in the trades and have the skills yourself. We’re specialist concrete tradesmen, so this is our bread and butter, it’s what we do every day.

Whether you’re after something made out of besser blocks, or solid concrete, we can help you out. On-Site Stormwater Detention Pits Building an on-site detention pit is no small job, any way you look at it there’s a lot of work involved. And because it can be expensive to fix if mistakes are made, it’s vitally important that the work is done right the first time.

Can you imagine the problems that would crop up if a contractor made a major error when building the detention pit? Can you imagine the costs involved in digging it up and fixing whatever went wrong? This is why if you’re looking to get a stormwater pit dug, you need to make sure that it’s done by professionals who have plenty of experience building systems like the one you want.

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