One very common concern that customers have after installing fresh concrete is cracking that may develop shortly after installation. This may lead consumers to think that they received a bad pouring job, but there are a number of other factors that come into play when considering cracking in your concrete. It is important to hire a professional that will follow the right guidelines that are necessary for your space. When installed properly, concrete is one of the most durable and long lasting materials you will come across when considering flooring options. To better inform you about why concrete cracks, we have provided some insight below.
Excess Water In The Mix
Not much water is needed to achieve maximum strength in a concrete mix. Some installers or unprofessionals may add too much water to the concrete on the job site the may make the concrete easier to install, but it will eventually end up cracking if the wrong amount of water is added and the strength of the concrete itself will be reduced. As concrete dries and hardens, it shrinks due to the evaporation of excess water in the mixture. The shrinkage causes forces in the concrete that will literally pull a slab apart and cause cracking. A low water to cement ratio is the top factor affecting concrete quality and excess water will mess with your ratio.
Rapid drying of concrete will significantly increase the possibility of cracking. The chemical reaction that causes concrete to transform from a liquid to a solid state requires water. This reaction occurs for days or even weeks at a time after the concrete is poured. By adequately curing an area of concrete, you can make sure that the necessary water amount is available for a proper reaction ensuring that your concrete will turn out perfectly.
Thermal Contraction Or Expansion
Due to the sun rising and setting, temperatures are usually higher during the dy and lower at night. Additionally, if concrete is poured on a hot summer day, it may contract some at night. Temperature drops are common in places like Nebraska, so do some research and figure out what may happen to your concrete in the climate you reside in.
Cracks may occur in your concrete, but it is important to remember that if your cracks are wider than the 1/16” or ¼” range, then you should get them checked out for safety reasons.
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There are so many creative and custom options for finishing concrete, but first and foremost is the concrete itself. At Custom Concrete Creations, we have state of the art equipment and a properly trained team with years of experience. Custom Concrete Creations is the most sought after custom concrete company in the Metro area and will offer you superior service matched by none. Give us a call or send us an email for your custom concrete finishing needs today!