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Concrete Flooring Solutions have over 30 years’ experience in the concrete flooring industry and undertake numerous contracts and jobs throughout the UK.

What is a Concrete Contractor?

Concrete contractors are responsible for outlining and structuring the plan for the job at hand. Their main responsibilities include:

  • Site preparation
  • Formwork
  • Concrete placement
  • Finalising and snagging

Concrete contractors essentially oversee the entire project, from start to finish.

What Does a Concrete Contractor Do?

Concrete contractors are primarily responsible for overseeing the project, and the first step of this is creating a schedule. Generally speaking, the concrete contractor may outline four ‘main steps’ which are preparation, forming (creating the concrete) placing, and finishing.

We’ve detailed each stage of the process below:

Step 1 – Preparation

Preparation is always key for any project. The preparation stage for a concrete contractor will vary from job to job, but in almost all circumstances, they will first assess the ground of the property to ensure it can adequately support the chosen concrete.

This involves compacting the ground, levelling it and grading it. This ensures that the flooring will be able to survive constant, heavy traffic for several years as well as survive extreme weather conditions all year round.

Ensuring the ground is properly prepared is the most important part of a concrete contractor’s job. If the foundations are not set appropriately, the rest of the job is immediately placed under threat. An ill-fitted concrete floor can allow dirt and moisture to seep in, creating cracks and fissures that can cause the concrete to buckle and give.

In some cases, this can throw the property’s structural integrity into question, which can be costly to repair and can also become extremely dangerous depending on the size and structure of the property.

Step 2 – Forming

What makes concrete one of the most popular and most-trusted flooring solutions is that it has the ability to be poured into any given shape depending on the design.

This process is what’s known as formwork, which essentially creates the mould to help place and position the concrete. The mould also helps secure the concrete, stopping any overfill and ensuring the mixture hardens.
When poured, the concrete can be temporary or permanent, depending on how the concrete will be utilised.

The concrete can also be ‘set’ using various effects and techniques, including wood, metal or plastic.

Formwork has come a long way in the concrete industry, with many concrete companies using prefabrication techniques, which allows the formwork to be more eco-friendly less wasteful, less labour-intensive and also much more cost-effective.

Step 3 – Placement

Once the concrete contractor and his team have prepared the site, ensured all the levelling and groundwork is safe to operate on, next comes the placing of the concrete. This involves pouring the concrete into the forms. This can be done in numerous ways depending on the desired effect, rakes and shovels are the most popular tools.

Ensuring the site is clean and clear of any debris that could jeopardise the placement is essential. Similarly, appropriate laying equipment must be worn to adhere to standard health and safety guidelines.

Step 4 – Finishing

The final step of the concrete contractor’s role is to ensure the laid concrete is compacted and consolidated to ensure no dirt, grime or air pockets could form in the future.

This is also the stage where customers may request certain decorative elements to be made. This may include dye (acid staining), stencilling or any other design work discussed during the planning process.

The Importance of Concrete Contractors

Tracking the process of any concrete flooring process is essential. There are several phases in a concrete flooring job and keeping track of them via ‘steps’ allows checkpoints to be met and also helps keep track of the project’s timescale.

As a concrete contractor, they are also responsible for managing the team on the site. This will involve managing daily reports and tracking material usage all the way to taking progress photos (useful for case studies and tracking progress).

Concrete Contractors with Concrete Flooring Solutions

Our concrete contractors oversee every job we perform and adhere to The Concrete Society’s Technical Report 34 which has become the industry standard for concrete industrial ground floors.

If you’re interested in the construction industry, or you’d like to learn more about concrete contractors, the Construction Operative Apprenticeship Course provides a fantastic apprenticeship programme for everyone, and offers an academic qualification in construction operation while gaining professional, on-site experience.

If you’d like to know more about our team, the services we offer and quotations, please do not hesitate to contact of our friendly members of staff via our contact page or telephone number.

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