Concrete Placer (Come-Along)
The purpose of spreading fresh concrete is to place concrete as close as possible to finish level to facilitate straightedging/screeding the concrete. Any spreader used should be rigid enough to push and pull wet concrete without bending
Screeds are used to smooth concrete shortly after it is poured. Screeds are available in different sizes and can even be project-specific. Biordi Concrete uses Aluminum Screeds on most jobs – we believe these screeds give us the best opportunity to provide a perfect job.
A bull float is a large float used to smooth and level the surface of the concrete immediately after it is screeded. It typically includes a long pole for reaching across the form. Smaller floats are useful for filling small voids smoothing areas close to the form edges.
A Fresno trowel is designed to attach to long extension handles so finishers don’t have to walk out on the slab. They permit rapid work over large areas, such as driveways, but do not achieve the same degree of compaction possible with hand trowels. However, that can be an advantage when you must trowel slabs early for decorative work because you can create a smooth finish without premature sealing of the surface.
Edgers produce a neat rounded edge along the slab perimeter which helps the slab resist chipping and spalling damage after the forms are removed. Perform edging after the bleedwater disappears from the concrete surface, but before the forms are removed.
Groover Cutter (Line Maker)
Groove cutters are used to create control joints on sidewalks, walkways, driveways, and residential slabs, where a concrete saw typically is not used. Many groovers have a horizontal plate with a vertical fin for cutting the groove.
Brushed finishes are suitable for areas trafficked either by vehicular or foot traffic. A brushed finish is obtained by pulling a brush over the surface of the fresh concrete, after the surface has been levelled. The type of finish obtained will depend upon the coarseness of the brush bristles and the length and shape of the tufts.
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