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STEADFAST Concrete pours
concrete in Metro Atlanta.
Specializing in residential and business concrete slabs, driveways,
parking pads, patios, walkways, unique projects and
commercial slabs where heavy equipment will be parked. Old and
damaged slabs and driveways broken up and removed. STEADFAST Concrete
is a subsidiary company of Bradley Buildings.
Purchase any size slab,
driveway, or patio and receive:
3000# Commercial mix for the price of a 3000# residential mix. The
commercial mix contains more concrete.
Concrete, as the name implies, incorporates the best
concrete mix one can buy in
order to create a long-lasting product that resists
cracking and scarring. The discounted price and pride of
ownership are sure to invoke a satisfied smile.
Concrete block wall and driveway by Steadfast Concrete
Bradley Buildings enclosed the open carport and added the
design garage doors.
Options: Wire mesh, anchor bolts, sealers,
extra grading, rebar, break up and removal of old or damaged slabs,
The ancient Romans
developed concrete similar to the kinds used today. Their
cement, also called "concrete," had such great
durability that some of their buildings, roads, and
bridges still exist. To make cement, the Romans mixed slaked
lime (lime to which water has been added) with a
volcanic ash called pozzuolana. The ash produced a
hydraulic cement that hardened under water. People lost
the art of making cement after the fall of the Roman
Empire in the A.D. 400’s. In 1756, John Smeaton, a
British engineer, again found how to make cement.
Aspdin, a British bricklayer, invented portland cement in
1824 and gave the cement its name. Aspdin made a cement
that was superior to natural cement by mixing, grinding,
burning, and regrinding amounts of limestone and clay.
David 0. Saylor probably established the first portland
cement plant in the United States at Coplay, Pennsylvania,
Modern concrete mixtures have vastly
improved over the past few years. For example, one used to have to
wait 2-4 weeks for the concrete to fully cure prior to building. The
new commercial mixes hardened within 24 hours; hence, the building
crew can begin work the next day. However, this does not normally
occur. Note: When sealing a floor, the various companies
recommend waiting 30 days prior to applying a sealer; the 30-day
waiting period has to do with sealing, not the structural integrity of
STEADFAST concrete is mixed
according to the desired application. A short description
mix contains more gravel and less concrete. The
mix is the minimum requirement for a slab, patio or
regular mix contains more concrete and less gravel. The mix is
recommended for residential and light commercial slabs,
patios, walkways, and driveways, etc.
mix contains even more concrete and less gravel. The mix is
optimal for residential and light commercial slabs,
patios, walkways, and driveways, etc.
mix contains even more concrete and less gravel.
Recommended for commercial driveways and slabs.
mix has an even greater proportion of concrete verses
gravel. A 4000-psi, .50 water to cement ratio is best
for heavy commercial
operations. The denser mix provides greater resistance
to wear. Moreover, concrete is permeable; that is, it conveys
moisture by capillary action from beneath the slab. Inherent to the
"wicking" moisture, salts from the soil permeate
to the top leaving an efflorescence (growth of salt
crystals) which discolor the surface. The .50 water to
cement mix reduces this "wicking" action.
mix is straight mortar mix.
Concrete is premixed at the plant and delivered by truck,
hence, the concrete mix is very seldom the cause of a
problem. The problem lies with the finisher. Be cognizant that
his work will be sealed in concrete for many years to come.
Following are a few of the pitfalls that befall finishers
who know just enough about concrete to get you into
For example: If too
much water is added to the mix either during the
mixing or the finishing stages, there will be
excessive powder on top. Powder may also be caused by
pouring in muddy conditions. There can be so much
powder that the concrete cannot be sealed and is
forever a dusty mess. In extreme cases, the slab can deteriorate
to the point where the concrete will not hold an
Another pitfall to
avoid is a site that is not properly prepared. Whereas
a slab should be a minimum of 4" thick, someone
who knows a little about concrete may "belly it
out" to 2" in the middle, leaving a weak
Yet another little
pitfall can weaken the concrete without a trace as to
the reason. In cold weather conditions a proportion of
calcium chloride has to be added to the mix to cause
the concrete to cure faster. If the weather is warmer
than 70 degrees, a retardant has to be added to
prevent the concrete from curing too fast. If it cures
too fast, gravel may come to the top of the slab.
There are a number of other
pitfalls, a few of which will be briefly discussed
Concrete may cure too fast
for a slow and inexperienced workman, leaving an unsightly surface where only part
has been finished.
The concrete forms
giving way, causing the concrete to bulge out. Wood
and metal cannot bend, hence, it makes the building
process much more difficult.
The slab may not be
completely square and level, causing every lumber cut
to be a custom fit and, hence, slowing down the
The finisher may try to
cut corners and, thus, his cost by pouring a mix not
suitable for your particular situation. Although a 2500
psi (pounds per square inch) concrete mix is
often used for pouring driveways, it is not
recommended. STEADFAST Concrete is featuring a Summer
Sizzler Sale: upgrade from a regular
driveway/slab 3000# mix to a commercial 3000# mix at no additional cost. For a limited
time, upgrade from a 3500# mix to the
4000# for only $.49 cents per square foot -- ideal for
a commercial slab.
The crew pouring the
slab may not be familiar with local codes; for
instance, they may not know that the inspector will do
a probe test to make sure the footer is resting on
hard ground. Moreover, any fill has to be compacted to
a certain rate. If the slab is poured before these
inspections, an engineer will be required to take a
soil probe; the cost is about $500.00. Moreover, the
drainage around the slab has to be considered.
The list of pitfalls
Concrete will break up and remove improperly poured,
cracked, and damaged slabs and driveways.
Concrete crews are professional concrete
finishers with the expertise to avoid the foregoing
pitfalls. In the various weather conditions, the correct
proportions of the additives insure a great slab every time.
A Bobcat is used to make sure the site is prepared properly
and according to code. The forms and footers will conform to
the various local building codes. The crew will work closely
with the building inspector to insure that you have a slab
up to code and the quality you expect and deserve. All this
and a great price to boot. And, don't forget the peace of
mind one has when a STEADFAST crew is on the job.
prices per square foot will vary according to the options desired, if the site is plus
or minus 6" off level, etc. Call a
STEADFAST professional for an onsite quote.
slab for a garage or home requires a footer, usually a 12"x20"
perimeter layer of concrete to support the walls. The footer is poured
below the "frost line" or grade level. The Southern Building
Code which many counties and municipalities follow dictates that a minimum of
8" of concrete show above the frost line. This gives a total of
20" for the footer: 12" below the frost line and 8" above
said frost line. Note: The non load-bearing area of
the slab between the footers is poured to a depth of 4". The footer
and main slab are poured together, forming a monolithic slab.
STEADFAST strives to
complete most jobs within
two weeks of invoice date, weather permitting. Note:
inclement weather is unpredictable and may delay the project.
Please call a STEADFAST pro for information and
pricing. On-site appointments are scheduled upon request.
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