3 Reasons Why Concrete is Poured in Sections
We’ve been installing concrete driveways, patios, pool surrounds, and more for many years. One of the questions we usually get from our customers is “why is concrete poured in sections?” Check out the answer by reading our blog.
Concrete has been around for many years, and it’s never fallen out of fashion. Why? Because it’s strong, it’s versatile, and when installed correctly, it can last for many years.
But installing a concrete slab requires precision and accuracy.
Want to pour the concrete mix all at once to make the installation process more efficient? You can do that, but keep in mind that pouring concrete in sections (also known as sectioning) has its advantages. So what are these pros of sectioning concrete? Check them out below.
1. Sectioning allows concrete to shrink and expand without forming large cracks
Concrete is one of the strongest materials we use in the construction industry. But this doesn’t mean it isn’t susceptible to the effects of the elements and the ravages of time.
Some of the things that can cause cracking are constant exposure to sun and moisture. By sectioning concrete, we allow it to expand and contract naturally and without buckling under the stress of constant exposure to the elements.
2. Sectioning allows you to isolate a cracked area
No matter how good you are at maintaining your concrete, cracking is simply inevitable sometimes.
Imagine that you have an old tree growing beside your driveway. Its roots have reached a section of your driveway and you can see that the concrete is cracking from underneath. Now, if you have one continuous slab, you’ll have no choice but to replace the entire driveway or just cut the tree to prevent it from damaging the concrete further.
But if the driveway is poured in and divided into sections, then it’s easier to isolate the damaged panel and replace it instead of installing a new driveway.
3. It's easier to apply patterns and other decorative detail in sections
Decorative concrete has risen in popularity in recent years. These days, you don’t have to settle for plain concrete with the same old boring colour. Now you can have patterns made on your driveway or any concrete surface or add details to it.
It’s possible to create details or patterns on a long or large concrete slab. But it’s easier to make mistakes this way and it’s also less efficient.
Sectioning makes placing details and decorative patterns easier and more efficient. Some of our crew members will pour concrete in one section, while giving the other members of the team enough time to finish the detailing process.
Tips to Maintain and Prolong the Lifespan of Your Sectioned Concrete
- Clean it regularly
What we love about concrete is that it is so easy to clean and maintain. All you need is a broom, some dishwashing liquid, and some water and you’re all set.
Remove dust, leaves, and debris with a broom. If you want to clean the surface thoroughly, simply mix some dishwashing liquid in water and use it to scrub the dirty surface. Rinse and let the surface dry.
If you want a deeper clean, then rent or whip out your pressure washer and wash that grime off your concrete.
- Have it sealed
Sealing is an easy way to keep your concrete in great shape. You can do it yourself, or you can hire a contractor to do it for you.
- Get rid of oil and petrol stains
Oil and fuel stains on concrete can make it look ugly and speed up its deterioration. Remove motor oil and petrol stains immediately to extend the lifespan of your concrete.