Concrete sidewalks are required by most jurisdictions to be completed by a concrete professional so that they adhere to the local codes. You should always speak to your local jurisdiction first to find out who is responsible for replacing and maintaining your sidewalk. Some jurisdictions will order you to replace sections of your sidewalk if they are damaged or must be removed due to construction on your property.
Concrete sidewalks are often damaged by tree-roots, fluctuating temperatures, sink-holes, ground sagging, high traffic, or poor initial build quality. Whatever the reason might be, if you have been instructed by your local jurisdiction to replace the sidewalks surrounding your property, call the experts at Concrete Services Vancouver 604-373-1224
Careful planning and consultation with your local jurisdiction must be undertaken before building a concrete sidewalk. Special consideration must be given so that the project adheres to local code and also ties into existing infrastructure.
If the sidewalk requires a curb it must be taken into account during the planning stages. An area of the road must be cleared by cutting back the concrete so that the new concrete can tie into the road and provide the curb with enough space to create a stable foundation.
Concrete sidewalks must include relief cuts approximately every 5ft to prevent damage caused by settling, tectonic movement, and temperature fluctuations. These are etched in by a concrete professional before drying using a concrete groover tool.
After the concrete has been placed, and before it has dried, it is common practice to run a broom-type attachment over the concrete to increase traction. This is referred to as broom-brushed concrete. Most jurisdictions mandate that all public sidewalks must be broom-brushed.
Do not attempt to diy if you are inexperienced in digging or cutting the hole, form-making, or placing and finishing. Attempting to build a concrete sidewalk without professional help can result in majour liabilities. To avoid unnecessary costs it is especially important to hire a concrete professional when building a concrete sidewalk. If you are building a concrete sidewalk call the experts at Concrete Services Vancouver 604-373-1224