A slab surface is one of the most popular and durable types of surfaces available today. Many people like slabs for their driveway, patio, or even a shed.
Before any type of slab can be put in these places there is a demolition that must take place. During the demolition, the land is cleared and made ready to receive a slab.
There are some specific ways in which the ground must be prepared to accommodate slabs. Here’s a look at how the ground is prepared.
Clear Away Debris
The first thing that should be done is to clear away debris.
The area where you want concrete must be completely cleared of debris and stones. If there are tree stumps in the general area where the slab will be, then you need to make sure that you remove them from the roots.
Failure to do this can cause the slab to become very heavy. It may even start to crack as well.
Removal of Topsoil
Removal of Topsoil is the next stage you will need to go through. During this stage, the topsoil is removed.
During this stage, you will need a tool to make sure that you are digging the topsoil to the required depth. Most slabs are built one or two inches above the ground surface.
You will need to decide how high you want the slab to be. You need to consider the depth you want as well. Always dig to leave two inches of the depth for gravel.
Use a Compact Base
A compact base is necessary to ensure the integrity of the slab that you are creating. Whether or not you need a compact base is dependent on the type of soil you have and the climatic conditions that the slab will face.
If the ground you are slabbing has mostly sand and gravel then you don’t need to use a compact base; you can go to the final stage of the process.
On the other hand, if the soil is made out of clay and there are cold temperatures where this slab will be built, you will need to add a compact base to the ground. This additional base is made out of gravel and sand.
This will help to support drainage under the slab structure.
Add a Compact Base
The final stage for a professional finish is to compact every layer of the base. This includes the gravel and sand mixture.
When you compact this layer it makes sure that the base fits together very tightly. This will provide a good base for the concrete.
This is part of the process where the slabbing of the driveway or any other pavement you are creating takes place.
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