Choosing the right paving system is an important step that can add more value to your property. When it comes to the driveways, a concrete driveway is a great property investment, as well as a residential improvement that a home or business owner can make. This paving method is much more accessible for everyone, and a unanimously accepted method by home builders, contractors, and landscapers.
Why Choose Concrete Driveways?
Due to water run-off patterns or climate, concrete driveways are robust, practical, attractive, secure, and so are often very much needed. These driveways are still regularly built without complications or difficulties, even after providing for any specific lawn issues.
Most significantly, during this tough economic time, concrete drives provide a perfect “bang for the buck.” A properly designed, constructed, poured, formed, completed, and cured concrete driveway will usually last for decades without being reasonably priced.
A right concrete tool is much needed to make a difference between a successful pour and a potential disaster.
So, if you are a concrete contractor and ready to build a lasting concrete driveway, then you must have your tool-kit to get the job done.
Here, I am compiling a list of most-needed tools that you must own if you’re planning for laying a concrete driveway.
To transfer small amounts of concrete or to bring tools around the site, wheelbarrows are necessary. These are also effective in taking concrete samples for slump analysis or other assessments.
- Portable Mixer
You can mix small quantities of concrete on the worksite with a portable concrete mixer.
Portable mixers are available in a variety of sizes, ranging from units that fit in a pickup truck back to units that can be dragged to the worksite. There are available both in electric and gas-powered models.
Screeds are long, flat, rigid tubing or boards that are used to smooth wet concrete shortly after it has been paved. Screeds come in various sizes and may even be unique to the project, such as those used to build concrete bridges. The screed must be larger than the width of the concrete shape for hand-screening so that it can travel along the top edges of the shape as the concrete is flattened.
- Rubber Gloves
When handling concrete, rubber gloves are always required. Concrete contains alloying elements and chemicals that can damage the skin. Cement in concrete absorbs moisture from the skin and, over time, may cause severe damage. After several years of handling cement with exposed hands, there are even instances of lifetime workers who require a surgical procedure. Skin issues are a primary cause of lost work time for concrete workers, according to OSHA.
There are many types of contractor-grade gloves for concrete work, some providing additional flexibility and others designed to maximize perforation resistance.
- Rubber Boots
If you are ready to step in concrete, then don’t forget to wear your rubber boots. They protect your skin from itching and irritation and allow you to work while standing on concrete. Choose comfortable footwear that is not only chemical resistant but also waterproof. Experts say that rubber boots must have steel toes to seal the boot around the calves for protection and drawstring tops to keep concrete from entering.
Shovels are necessary to push small amounts of concrete around a pour in order to fill gaps or downturns to access places that are difficult to reach. Shovels are also required on-hand to clear overfilled types of concrete. Some concrete contractors use yard-type versions of square-ended shovels rather than squared.
- Groove Cutters & Edgers
Groove cutters are also known as groovers and are used on sidewalks, footpaths, driveways, and residential slabs to establish control joints where a concrete saw is not usually used. Most groovers have a horizontal plate for slicing the groove with a vertical fin. The plate often has curved sides to form the groove’s edges.
- Concrete Saw
On a particular worksite, you can get a variety of power saws. Concrete saws are used for renovation and replacement of old concrete, and the concrete is hardening sometimes used to break control joints. A decent-quality diamond blade designed to cut concrete is essential when using a concrete saw.
a) To cut parts for wood types, standard compact woodworking saws such as circular saws and miter saws are required.
b) When cutting rebar or other steel reinforcing materials, reciprocating saws or chop saws with metal cutting blades are used.
- Plate compactor
A plate compactor is a sizeable motorized device used to compress concentrated materials, such as a gravel or sand sub-base, to create a thick, densely packed layer on which to rest on a concrete block. These are most useful on rough or rocky soils, where a strong foundation for pouring the concrete is necessary.
- Protective Gear
Concrete work can be physically challenging and sometimes hazardous, and the best practice of workplace safety requires the use of protective gear.
- Eye protection is always necessary for any worker performing concrete mixing and pouring. The cement in concrete from Portland is extremely caustic and can damage your eyes. So, isn’t it better to take safety measures before any mishap?
- While using hand saws, plate compactors, motor mixers, or other power tools, hearing protection should always be worn.
- Throughout demolition or the pouring of rubble or sand, respiratory protection must be used to avoid inhalation of cement limestone and silica particles.
The tools and processes listed above are essential for concrete set-up and finishing. To add subtle improvements to more decorative activities with concrete, devices such as turbo rollers and concrete cutters are often used.