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Colorado weather is tough on driveways, Denver Concrete can help you fix your driveway with a more durable and reliable finish. Read More

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Replacement walkways, sidewalks to enhance the accessibility and curb appeal of your home. Read More

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We have the ability to pull right of way permits and complete your city sidewalk project correctly. Read More

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When you just need it gone! Denver Concrete Inc will complete concrete removal only projects. Read More
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Denver Concrete

Denver Concrete Inc is a locally owned and operated concrete contractor focusing on residential concrete and commercial flatwork. So whether you are looking to repair or replace your driveway or concrete sidewalk, the team at Denver Concrete Inc are excited to help you!

Our team is different than the average concrete contractor Denver. The staff and contractors that create the team at Denver Concrete Inc. have well over 5 decades of experience. So when it comes to your project, you can rest assured that you will have the experience needed to complete your concrete project on time and on budget. Unlike other larger contractors, Denver Concrete Inc  is a smaller family owned company where your business means the world to us. Your business is personal for us.

We have built our company on referrals and old school principals that have always proven successful. We understand how important your project is to you and we take a huge amount of pride in the work that we complete. Not only do we want to impress you with our finished product, but we want to earn the business of everyone that you know. We can only achieve this by genuinely dedicating our best to every project that we commit to.

We are completely dedicated to your satisfaction, so much so that we have written a satisfaction guarantee. Our satisfaction guarantee is a huge part of ever contract that we commit to. When we ask first time customers about their experience with Denver Concrete Inc, we continue to hear the same feedback, “we like Denver Concrete because we felt that we could trust them with our project”. That is exactly what we have sought out to do. We strive to be the Colorado Concrete Company that you can trust.

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How To Prevent Concrete From Cracking

How To Prevent Concrete From Cracking

Concrete spalling and cracking can occur from a poorly finished concrete pad, solid preparation can help any concrete project succeed.

Concrete is one of the most beautiful hardscapes. New concrete is so appealing, until it cracks.

From the beginning of your concrete installation, you should be taking precautions to end up with the most durable and solid concrete that you can. Once concrete is set, there is not a great deal that you can do to prevent your concrete from cracking.

Taking time to completely prepare and finish the project correctly will reduce the chances that your concrete will crack.

So, let’s start with the beginning… why does concrete even crack to begin with?

Why concrete cracks

Plastic Shrinkage

It would be impossible to pin one reason for concrete cracking, however one of the most common reasons for fracture cracks is due to “plastic shrinkage” Plastic shrinkage happens in concrete when there is a rapid loss of water from surface of the concrete before it has fully set.  The problem with this is that the concrete on the surface dries or cures more quickly than the concrete underneath. When this happens the surface is separate from the rest of the concrete pour and over time these two different layers crack and delaminate as it were

To avoid this, you need to keep the surface moist. You can do this by covering the surface with burlap or plastic sheeting. This is most important during very hot days or high wind days and especially in direct sunlight. You would do this after the concrete has “set” in an effort to minimize unwanted impressions on the new concrete.

Additionally, lightly watering the concrete during the finishing process and continued after installation will help reduce the amount of water evaporating from the surface. Watering the concrete twice a day after the installation has had 24 hours to cure slows down the curing process and helps create a more durable concrete surface.

Concrete Cracking from Settlement

In Denver and the surrounding suburban areas we see a great deal of this, especially in the Ken Caryl and Highlands Ranch areas. This is due to shifting soils, the ground under the concrete actually moves. This is typically the case from a poorly compacted base. Taking the time to install road base or structural fill and then compacting the base before pouring the concrete is critical to avoid cracking from settlement issues.
Water can be an issue here as well. You will want to mitigate water around concrete installations. If water gets under the pad, it can start to create a void which will cause the ground underneath the concrete to move.

In addition to compacting the base and mitigating for water, you will want to avoid planting trees immediately next the concrete. Roots can grow underneath the concrete and cause heaving in the concrete.

Drying Shrinkage

Because concrete requires water which naturally evaporates, drying shrinkage will happen naturally. During the curing process there is a reduction in volume of the concrete, when that shrinkage is impeded or slowed down by supporting soils, adjoining structures or reinforcement, stresses develop within the concrete and as a result these stresses cause cracking in the weakest points of the concrete and cause it crack.

In an effort to control this, control joints should be used in an effort to direct the cracking. Control joints will create a weak point in the surface and will guide the cracking.

Proper preparation of the concrete, the base and really investing the time it takes to finish the concrete will absolutely help you in obtaining that beautiful finish that you are looking for. Denver Concrete Inc takes the time to really prepare every concrete installation so that these types of issues can be avoided. Whether you are using Denver Concrete Inc, another Denver Concrete Company or Contractor, or you are installing the concrete yourself, it is imperative that you oversee the process and make certain that you have taken all necessary precautions that you can.

In order to keep concrete from cracking, or at least minimizing it, take care with your concrete install. It doesn’t take a great deal of effort or knowledge to make certain that you have a compacted base, the forms are how you would like (straight lines, level concrete or sloping, etc). While concrete installation is definitely an art form, any layman can grasp the concept enough to make certain that the contractors they have hired are completing the project properly.

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