building workers pouring concrete with barrel
building workers pouring concrete with barrel

Becoming a Concrete Contractor: The Job and the Responsibilities

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In construction, concrete is the most frequently used material. It is used to build roads, floors, walls, and more. Concrete works as the foundation of the houses that we live in, and the buildings that we work in and we use for other commercial and non-commercial purposes. That is why the foundation must be built well from the start, to ensure the safety of the workers and of the people who will live in the house or use the building, and also prevent future extra costs in repairing it. In connection to this, having a good concrete contractor and good employees who will work well and with quality in building these foundations is necessary to survive, thrive, and succeed in the concrete construction field.

What is a concrete contractor?

 

Concrete contractors are specially trained and experienced people who can handle concrete in its different stages starting from the unmixed combination to the hard-finished foundation. Certified concrete contractors can create intricate plans and designs with their knowledge and experience in the industry. Because of this, homeowners and building owners can choose to have their own customize renovations and design features in their property. Great contractors use their skills, knowledge, techniques, and experiences to create the utmost possible result which can satisfy the clients. In addition to these, concrete specialists can finish their tasks efficiently using their special tools. A professionally trained concrete contractor can deliver projects with the highest quality, with top structural standards and customer satisfaction during the process of creating the project and after it is finished. They also make sure that the expectation of the client regarding the project is met throughout the process, with their reliable and effective service. There was a point in time when concrete contractors themselves prepare the concrete needed for a project. But today, with ready mix plants available in most areas, now, they do not need to do this part of the job by themselves.

What are the jobs and responsibilities of a concrete contractor?

  1. Details about the concrete

In concrete construction, the first thing that concrete contractors need to do is to identify the shape, size, color, finish, and depth of the concrete that will be used. All of these things should be prioritized before the start of the project for each option can highly change what is needed, and all of these factors can affect the overall result of the project.

  1. Site Preparation

One of the jobs of concrete contractors is site preparation wherein they backfill and excavate. Through site preparation, contractors ensure that rocks, trees, grass, garbage, and shrubs are thoroughly removed. They make sure that the ground is compacted, graded, and leveled for these are necessary to make sure that it can load the requirements of the building for years even under different weather situations, both extreme and mild. Because when the ground is not correctly prepared to permit and withstand the settling of moisture and dirt, there can be problems with the concrete which can compromise the integrity of the building and the safety of the people who will occupy it.

  1. Formwork

One of the best characteristics of concrete is its capability of taking many shapes and designs. Formwork is one of the jobs or responsibilities of concrete contractors. Today, there have been several innovations to formwork. An example of this is prefabrication which makes formwork less intensive, less expensive, and less wasteful. To create the shapes and designs that the client prefers, they use formwork to create the mold that is needed for concrete placement and to keep the concrete in place while the mixture hardens. Based on how the concrete will be made use of, the shapes and forms can be set using plastic, metal, or wood.

  1. Placement

Another part of a concrete contractor’s job is placement. During this part of the process, the concrete is poured into forms and using rakes and shovels the construction team will move the concrete through the forms.

  1. Finishing

In the finishing process, after the concrete is poured, it is then consolidated and compacted to make sure that air pockets are not present. The finish can be a broom finish, wherein a special broom is pulled over the surface to make a rough texture quality. And whenever necessary, finishing might also include putting decorative elements to the concrete which can include design, dye, or other details.

How can project management software help a contractor?

Being a concrete contractor comes with plenty of different jobs and responsibilities. But by using a

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