Your solid concrete foundation needs to be at the utmost level of excellence as it is the basis upon which you build the rest of the structure. This is why many construction workers make one common mistake that may cost the entire project: saving on their material. When building a solid concrete foundation, there are many factors that you need to take into account in order to achieve the level of perfection you expect from the building process. The five facts should be put into consideration before you begin the process of building the perfect concrete foundations are listed below:
1) Make sure your mix is of a high quality.
Be sure to get your concrete mix from a trusted seller. This will ensure that your concrete mix is of the right proportions and aggregates have not been unnecessarily added. Remember: if your mix is high quality, then so will your foundation.
One of the more beneficial options is to purchase ready mix concrete. Ready mix is produced in a factory or batching plant using a tried and tested set recipe and it is delivered to the work site in a truck that has a transit mixer installed. This allows for a more precise and high quality mix to be produced.
2) Choose a concrete mixing plant that is nearby.
A mixing plant that is nearby has the advantage of being convenient in transport and delivery. In ideal conditions, the mix would be poured into the foundation 45 minutes after the material has been mixed so as to ensure it has not set. In the case of ready mixed concrete, the pre-installed transit mixer would be mixing the material during the process of transportation.
3) Keep the season in mind when planning your concreting date.
10-25 °C is the ideal temperature for concreting. Direct sunlight, heavy rains or windy conditions should be avoided for smooth concreting.
4) Choosing between onsite mixing or ready mixed concrete.
This is a tough decision, but it has to be made. As shown above, there are many benefits to choosing ready mixed concrete. Onsite mixing has its advantages as well, like the fact that there is no fear of the mix setting. However, onsite mixing is very time consuming and construction sites (often) do not have the time to go through the hassle.
Before starting the process of concreting, be sure to check that the different aspects of your foundation (i.e. formwork joints, insulation, reinforcement, etc.) have been properly placed so as to serve their function. Be sure that this checking is done thoroughly before allowing for the process to begin.