Concrete FAQs

Can I Get an Estimate Over The Phone?

Absolutely. If you know the dimensions of your project, we can generally give you an exact or close estimate over the phone. This lets you decide if you want to proceed and have us meet with you for an accurate estimate. You can also use our contact form to send us your project information.

What are the lines you cut into concrete?

These lines are called control joints. “Control joints” are pre-planned cracks designed to accommodate the expansion and shrinkage of the concrete due to changes in temperature and moisture.
JM Concrete Pros uses hand tools and metal boards to create an attractive and effective control joint. Also, for Basketball Court saw cuts are suggested.

Why does concrete crack?

Being an Earthen material, concrete shrinks as it hardens. We place our concrete on compacted soil or Road Base (ABC) and reinforce it with steel or MicroFibrer. This prevents the concrete mass from shrinking too quickly. However, concrete always shrinks to the point that it creates internal forces that are greater than the strength of the concrete. Cracks form to relieve those forces. Therefore, we do the control joints so the crack goes straight.

Does the presence of cracks indicate a structural problem?

In most cases, the answer is no. Hairline cracks in a control joint are normal and do not indicate any structural problem. Cracks that have movement where one side moves independently to the other side should be investigated by a professional.

How long after the job is done can I drive on my new concrete?

In most cases, 6 days of cure time is needed for the concrete to achieve the necessary strength for residential traffic. Cure times may vary depending on weather conditions, thickness, and strength of the concrete.

When can I walk on my new concrete?

Typically, concrete will cure enough for foot traffic the next morning.

Do I need to remove topsoil and dirt before placing concrete?

NO. We will do the prep work. Dirt and anything organic must be removed before placing concrete. Organic materials are unstable and unable to provide uniform support for concrete slabs.

If necessary, we will bring Aggregate Base Road (ABC), which provides uniform support.

At what temperature can concrete be poured?

Concrete can be poured year-round. We pour concrete without reservation when the temperature is high out, we pour early morning.

Can you help with excavation projects?

Yes, we offer several excavation services for both residential and commercial customers. Check out our excavation services for more information.

Is there a way to reinforce concrete?

The solution is to put reinforced concrete and use rebar for structural reinforcement. Place the rebar vertically and horizontally in 4-foot sections creating a grid pattern. Or using fiber mesh or wire mesh to prevent cracks from forming. Fibers are much more lightweight and tend to stay in position better. Microfiber mesh tends to be less expensive and requires far less labor to install. By using the rebar and the fiber mesh you build an effective support system to reinforce your concrete project

How much concrete will be needed?

Measure the length and width that you’d like to cover. Multiply the length by the width to determine the square footage. Convert the thickness from inches to feet. Multiply the thickness in feet by the square footage to determine the amount of concrete you will need to order in cubic yards, the standard measurement by which contractors order concrete.

What kind of concrete to use?

The strength of concrete is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) and is a measurement of the concrete’s ability to carry loads or handle compression. The higher the number, the stronger the concrete. For example, we only use between 3000 PSI and 4000 PSI for residential applications such as driveways and garage floors. That would make the concrete to hold firm underneath more than 3000 to 5000 pounds.

Can I Pour Concrete Myself?

Although it may be tempting to roll up your sleeves, mix up some concrete, and tackle a concrete project yourself to save money, you will likely spend most of your time preparing for the project. From planning a complete and realistic budget to considering help from professional concrete contractors for certain steps of the project to making sure your project is allowed by the local permitting office, there’s a lot to do before you start mixing up that gray matter! Pouring and finishing concrete is hard work, and the convenience of hiring a contractor often outweighs the enticement of a challenge for most homeowners.

Can I make the concrete look more appealing?

YES, there are many options for upgrading concrete. Add color directly into the concrete mix. Stamp the concrete to look like brick or stone. Stamping concrete is also pleasing to the eye.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept the following payment methods: Cash, Check, and Zelle. Zelle is accepted with a 4% Convenience Fee.

12 Reasons Why Concrete is a Good Investment for Your Home:

  1. Durability: Concrete is known for its strength and durability. It can withstand extreme weather conditions and is resistant to wear and tear.
  2. Low maintenance: Unlike other materials, concrete requires minimal maintenance. It does not need to be painted, sealed, or stained and can last for many years without needing any major repairs.
  3. Versatility: Concrete can be used in a variety of applications, including flooring, walls, countertops, and outdoor spaces like patios and walkways.
  4. Energy efficiency: Concrete has a high thermal mass, which means it can absorb and store heat from the sun during the day and release it at night, reducing your energy bills.
  5. Fire-resistant: Concrete is fire-resistant, which means it can help protect your home in case of a fire.
  6. Noise reduction: Concrete is an excellent sound insulator, which means it can help reduce noise levels in your home.
  7. Cost-effective: Concrete is an affordable building material, and its low maintenance requirements make it a cost-effective choice in the long run.
  8. Eco-friendly: Concrete is made from natural materials, and it can be recycled and reused, making it an eco-friendly choice for your home.
  9. Aesthetically pleasing: Concrete can be customized to suit your personal style and preferences. It can be stamped, stained, or polished to create a unique and beautiful finish.
  10.  Increases home value: The durability, low maintenance, and energy efficiency of concrete can increase the value of your home.
  11.  Resistant to pests and insects: Concrete is resistant to pests and insects, which means it can help protect your home from infestations.
  12.  Long lifespan: Concrete can last for many years, and its durability and strength mean it can withstand the test of time, making it a wise investment for your home.

Why should I use concrete for my driveway if I can get asphalt more cheaply?

First, consider the cost of the driveway over its lifetime. Being in the business since 2010, we have found that our quality driveways last for decades with little or no maintenance. Asphalt driveways need periodic sealing coats to retard age-related cracking. Even when properly constructed, residential asphalt driveways will deteriorate more quickly due to changes in the weather than by residential traffic.
If you consider the cost of surface and crack sealers and the shorter life span of asphalt, concrete costs much less.

While asphalt may be cheaper upfront than concrete, there are several reasons why using concrete for your driveway can be a better investment in the long run:

  1. Durability: Concrete is a highly durable material that can withstand heavy loads and extreme weather conditions. It can last for decades with minimal maintenance, while asphalt typically requires resealing every few years.

  2. Low maintenance: Concrete requires less maintenance than asphalt, and it doesn’t need to be sealed as often. Additionally, concrete is less likely to crack or develop potholes, which can be expensive to repair.

  3. Aesthetics: Concrete can be stamped, colored, or textured to create a unique and visually appealing driveway that complements your home’s style. Asphalt, on the other hand, has a uniform appearance and doesn’t offer as many design options.

  4. Resale value: A well-maintained concrete driveway can add value to your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

  5. Environmental impact: Concrete is a more environmentally friendly option than asphalt, as it doesn’t produce as much air pollution during the manufacturing process.

  6. Heat resistance: Concrete is less likely to soften or melt in hot weather than asphalt, which can become sticky and potentially damage your car tires or shoes.

While the upfront cost of asphalt may be lower, considering the long-term benefits of using concrete for your driveway can make it a more worthwhile investment in the end.


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