A Beginner’s Look at Flatwork

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You may not be familiar with the term flatwork, but chances are you see and use it every day. Flatwork is a term used to describe a flat system of construction, such as a driveway, sidewalk, patio, or concrete slab.

process for installing concrete flatwork

The process for installing concrete flatwork involves several steps. First, soil is excavated to be replaced by a sand or gravel base. Next, concrete is poured into a mold and left to harden. Last, finishing touches are added. There are many different finishing methods used to create different looks. You can have your concrete stained a variety of colors. You can also opt for stenciling to be done to mimic the look of other more expensive materials, creating a stylish look at a fraction of the price.

At AAA Top Quality Asphalt, we use the highest quality materials and excellent craftsmanship to create the perfect flatwork that will last for years. However, certain steps can be taken to extend the life of your flatwork:

  • Be aware of temperature changes– Sudden changes in temperature can damage the surface of your flatwork. For example, avoid pouring hot water on icy flatwork.
  • Install drains- Make sure you have good drainage for water to float into. Concrete slabs can float in flood situations, but a good drain system can prevent this.
  • Seal cracks– If you notice a crack in your flatwork, don’t give it time to spread before patching it with gray silicone sealant.
  • Concrete sealing– One of the best ways to keep your flatwork looking new is to have it sealed. At AAA Top Quality Asphalt, we can add high quality sealer that will prevent cracks, weeds, and burrowing pests from damaging the look of your flatwork.

Contact us today to learn more about our flatwork installations.