Concrete flatwork is the technique of pouring concrete onto a plane-like surface with a built-in frame or lining. The planes have often already been measured and sectioned, so concrete is poured in the middle of the surface to fill in the gap and add a filling structure to the panels. This method is often used for replacing specific areas of concrete or creating concrete surface that need to be built before installed.
Concrete flatwork are used in the construction of driveways in order to build and pour driveways that adequately frame your home. Without flatwork structures, your driveway runs the risk of erosion, improper drying, uneven surfaces, and much more. Pouring concrete incorrectly can also lead to future damage both to your pavement and your home. Concrete flatworks are designed to create clean and safe barriers that align your concrete with the exteriors of property, giving it maximum effect for use. This also allows it to integrate nicely and smoothly into your landscaping and overall exterior. If concrete isn’t poured into a flatwork, driveways that suffer from sloping and curves remain faulty, along with the vehicles that drive on them.
Ramps are another example of concrete flatwork in its practical use. To install a ramp for those in wheelchairs or making deliveries, bordering panels are erected on each side of where the ramp will connect the two surfaces, usually a sidewalk to a building entrance. To avoid sloppy concrete from erosion, drying at a bumpy or improper angle, the flatwork method is implemented to give ramps a smooth texture that is easy for wheels. We follow the rules and regulations set out by the The Americans with Disabilities Act, which oversees the sizes, quantity, and implementation of ramps for those in wheelchairs, so you can be sure that any ramp we install is done so under federal regulations and with the utmost care and quality.
Since sidewalks are often only allowed to take up an allotted space, concrete flatworks come in the play as the commonly used method of concrete pouring. Sidewalks are measured and given panel linings that allow for concrete to be poured in only the anticipated section. The concrete is then dried into this section only and built up for an ongoing sidewalk. Sidewalks can often be achieved as one large concrete flatwork job, or in phases of concrete slabs that have been dried together in a row.
Similar to sidewalks, your patios are only allotted specific spaces to avoid taking up a larger area than you’d like. To create these concrete surfaces that do not spill onto your yard or into your pool, concrete flatwork techniques are used to create tile-like slabs that fit evenly around your patio are. Due to concrete’s durability and resistance to heat and water, it is often the preferred material for patio surfaces as it still provides protection and traction for foot traffic, even if poured in with the flatwork method.