Commercial and Residential Concrete Services
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Wood Haven Construction offers turn-key commercial and residential concrete services for projects of virtually any size throughout the Houston area. Our company will provide you with professional expertise to ensure that your concrete needs are met with high expectations. The success of our concrete business has been founded upon our industry-leading ‘TURN-KEY’ service delivery that transforms hours of unproductive bidding and frustration at the purchasing level into a ’One-Stop’ source for your Houston residential and commercial concrete needs.
From blueprints and project conception through to project completion, allow Wood Haven Construction to prove to you why some of the largest, most established businesses call us for their concrete contractor needs.
Regardless of the size or scope of your concrete project, residential or commercial in nature, we look forward to serving you with a spirit of excellence. We will be creating unique concepts and designing solutions that will allow you to rest at ease, while we take care of the work.
- Concrete Piers
- Patio Installation or Repair
- Concrete Demolition and Removal
- New Home, Garage and Shop Foundation
- Sidewalk and Walkway Installation or Repairs
- Driveway Installation, Repair or Extension
Concrete is quite literally the foundation of many of today’s construction projects. It’s also widely used for exterior surfaces–driveways, sidewalks, patios, stoops, steps, etc. No wonder: Concrete is strong, durable, relatively inexpensive and can be formed into many shapes and sizes.
As a property owner, how do you know which cracks, crevices and crumblings are serious and which are not? Which need repair and which don’t? When in doubt, feel free to give Wood Haven Construction a call.
Sidewalk and Walkway Repair and Installation
Damaged or cracked walkways and sidewalks are usually cut out and removed. The ground is then re-graded to insure the correct gradients and wooden forms are installed to contain the new concrete.
Then the reinforcing steel is installed in a checkerboard design, usually at 2 ft. intervals. The steel is placed on plastic or steel chairs that keep them about 1.5″ off the ground. Standard concrete with a 3000 PSI compressive strength @ 28 days is then poured, normally at a 4 inch thickness.
The final surface finish of the concrete is the standard, slip-resistant, “Broom Finish”. The new concrete may be tied into existing, surrounding concrete by drilling steel “dowels” into the existing concrete. This is a not always recommended particularly with aged or old concrete. Expansion joints are normally installed at varying distances depending on the size of the project. This allows for some expansion and contraction of the walkway or sidewalk without causing cracking; it also contains a fault within a specific section and minimizes the cost of repair if necessary. Depending on weather conditions concrete may need to be moistened for the 1st 3 days after it is 1st poured. There is also a waiting period (that varies with weather conditions) before heavy objects may be placed or moved across the new concrete. Concrete generally takes 28 days to reach its maximum compressive strength.
Driveway Repair Extend and Install
Damaged or cracked driveways are usually cut out and removed. The ground is then re-graded to insure the correct gradients and wooden forms are installed to contain the new concrete driveway.
Then the reinforcing steel is installed in a checkerboard design, usually at 18 inch intervals to provide greater reinforcing strength than that of the sidewalks, due to the heavier weight that the driveways must bear. The steel is placed on plastic or steel chairs that keep them about 1.5″ off the ground. Standard concrete with a 3000 PSI compressive strength @ 28 days is then poured. Normally at a 4 inch thickness.
We offer the option of installing steel reinforced concrete support beams on the outer edges of the driveway since it is here that the greatest weight-stress occurs. We recommend a 6″ wide x 8″ deep perimeter beams along the outer edges of the driveway.
The final surface finish of the concrete driveway is the standard, slip-resistant, “Broom Finish”. The new concrete driveway may be tied into existing, surrounding concrete by drilling steel “dowels” into the existing concrete
Demolition and Removal of Concrete
Most cracked and damaged concrete cannot be effectively repaired. It must be cut out, broken up, placed in a dump-truck for removal in an eco-friendly fashion. Normally a diamond tipped saw blade will be used to cut the concrete. A machine (usually a skid-loader) with a heavy pneumatic Jack-hammer will demolish the concrete into smaller, transportable pieces. This is a rather noisy operation and is coordinated with the customer.
Stamped concrete, commonly referred to as patterned concrete or imprinted concrete, is concrete that is stamped to resemble the high-end look of brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile and even wood.
This Is a less expensive alternative to colored concrete. This process includes pouring standard grey concrete and then applying the colored acid stain 30 days after original pour.
Sawcutting concrete can prevent driveway and walkways from cracking while allowing you to add various designs, such as diamonds and stars.
With colored concrete, the creative options and color choices are endless, making it possible to achieve the perfect look. Colored concrete can transform a room or patio.
Our Step-by-Step Process
ARCHITECT’S PLAN: Usually a builder/home owner starts with a vision that is represented by a drawing, a plan or an architect’s rendition of an above the ground structure.
STRUCTURAL PLAN: Prior to issuing a permit for installing the foundation of a new home or a sizeable garage/shop, most cities and counties require a foundation plan that has been certified by a credited, structural engineer. Depending on the results of a soil sample and the structure of the house/garage an engineer may dictate a significant support structure be installed to support the foundation slab. At times the cost of this sub-foundational reinforcement may equal and sometimes surpass the cost of the slab itself.
Excavation vs. Grading: When large amounts of dirt need to be added or removed in order to obtain the proper levels it is termed “excavation”. Often the ground needs to be compacted after the excavation is done. Normally this is not necessary when dealing with lots in a development since this function has already been done by the developer. Grading is the minor adjustment that needs to be made to obtain the correct flow of water and gradient. This generally equates to less than a few inches of correction. Excavation (if it is required) needs to be done before the grading.
FORMS & FORM SURVEY: The wooden forms are installed to mirror the outline of the foundation and are positioned with the use of a “laser-transit”. Once this is done the builder/home owner is responsible for obtaining a form survey. The purpose of this survey is to approve the placement of the forms so that they are not encroaching on a “right-of-way” or another’s property line. This is not always needed with the installation of a shop or garage.
PIERS & TRENCHING: The piers (if called for) are drilled next and the specified reinforcing steel is installed. These piers may or may not be filled with concrete at the same time as the rest of the slab. This depends on the local ordinances. In almost all cases, it is necessary to obtain a “Green Tag” of approval from the local inspector after the Piers have been prepared. Following this “Green Tag” for the Piers, the support beams are trenched or dug using a trenching machine. After this step the builder/home owner installs any plumbing, electrical lines and obtains the necessary “Green Tag” of approvals for them.
PREPARATION TO POUR THE SLAB: Next the Steel as specified is installed in the slab. Usually a polyethylene sheet is used as a moisture barrier between the ground and the new foundation slab. Cushion sand is used as specified to obtain the proper grade and level. Following this preparation a “Green Tag” of approval is obtained from the local inspector.
INSTALLATION AND FINISH OF THE CONCRETE: If the site is not accessible to a concrete truck (that is if a truck is not able to get within a few feet of the site) then an alternate method must be arrived at to transport the concrete. Either an overhead concrete pump or a ground level pump must be used and this cost will raise the price of the project. Once the concrete slab is poured it is generally finished with a “Slick Finish”. This smooth finish is obtained by using a “trolley” machine. There is a waiting period before any frame work or the like can be started on the new concrete.
Piers: Often, due to Texas soil conditions, a structural engineer will mandate that piers be drilled into the ground and filled with concrete usually reinforced with heavy steel. These concrete piers will vary in diameter and in depth depending on the engineer’s plan. The standard concrete pier is 1 foot in diameter and can vary from 8 ft. to 18 ft.. in depth. A specialized heavy-duty drilling machine is required to drill these piers.