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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our frequently asked questions page!

At Pittsburgh Concrete Company, we know that customers may have a lot of concrete related questions and we want to help our clients become a little more familiar with the intricacies and care requirements of installed concrete.

If you have a question that hasn’t been addressed here, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We are happy to connect with you.

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What is concrete?

Concrete is the resulting material created when these substances are mixed:

  • Water
  • Chemical admixture
  • Portland cement
  • Well graded gravel and sand

Once combined and cured, this mixture is one of the strongest and most resilient substances with a wide variety of uses throughout history.

What is concrete curing?

Poured concrete requires the right temperature and moisture content to cure. The curing process helps the concrete gain strength and reliability. Concrete cured by a professional paving contractor should become weather and wear resistant, and improve its longevity. However, customers must wait to walk or drive on their new concrete for a short period of time after installation.

Curing can take about a month. About 48 hours after pouring, you should be able to walk on your concrete. Wait 7 days to drive on a new driveway. Concrete should be completely cured within a month.

Once your concrete has cured, sealant should be applied to protect the surface.

Will my concrete develop cracks or chips?

Cracks can develop in brand new concrete construction and this is an unavoidable aspect of the concrete drying process. This occurs because of the water content in concrete. When concrete is poured, water begins to evaporate from the concrete, which leads to shrinking and cracking.

Concrete may also crack due to settlement over time. Even if concrete settles one millimeter, this may lead to a crack.

What is concrete sealant?

Concrete sealant is an essential aspect of concrete upkeep. This sealant helps keep concrete from cracking and fading, or incurring damage from heavy vehicle traffic.

Like other concrete contractors, we recommend resealing driveways every year and patios, sidewalks, and pool decks every other year.

How long will my project take?

The length of your project time depends on several factors: whether you’ve hired us for a concrete patio installer, driveway installer, warehouse floor resealing, or for an entirely new demolition and poured concrete construction job. You can expect a different completion time based on which concrete services you need.

Driveways and patios will take around 2-4 days, give or take. Larger projects could take as long as 10 days.

The best way to find out how long the project will take is to call us and discuss with a contractor who can provide a more accurate estimate.

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Selecting Concrete Contractors in Pittsburgh

We know concrete installation at Pittsburgh Concrete Company, but choosing your contractor can be overwhelming. If your question hasn’t been answered by our FAQ page, please reach out to us so we can discuss your needs in more detail. We want you to feel confident about the installation process– from the first consultation to the finished product.

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