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A concrete contractor has many different ways to build concrete walls, the most common way is using ply-wood forms. Metal-ties are used through out the forms to holding the two sides of ply-wood together wile the concrete stiffens. After some time is given for the concrete to cure, the contractor removes the forms leaving the finished wall.
This method of using ply-wood forms allows the architect & designer to be very crateful in the shape and finish that you maybe looking for. Forms can fitted with pattern finishes on them so that the wall will have a decorative look, this is used on retaining walls.
Another building material that can be used to form walls is called ICF (insulated concrete forms), theses types of forms don’t require to be stripped. ICF blocks consist of two panels of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) that are 25/8” in thickness and connected together with patented web system that is made of 100% recycled material that remain as part of the wall assembly. This is great for below grade applications like basements. When using this product you will not be required to frame your exterior walls of your basement, the drywall gets fastened straight to the ICF blocks bring costs saving to you.
Any concrete not poured in a vertical form to build a wall is considered slab or flat work. When pouring any concrete horizontally you must take into consideration the load being placed on it and adequately install/place reinforcing where ever needed. Typically wire mesh is used for lighter loads and rebar tied into a mesh for larger loads. Never the less having a proper sub-base is critical to achieving long-lasting concrete, this is seen a lot on driveways and roadways where there is constant loads placed on it.
Concrete poured into areas larger then 30sq feet must have expansion joint cut into the surface to allow cracks to form for expansion and contraction, this is extremely visible on sidewalks and curbs. Concrete can be finished into a polished floor or can have a broom finish to allow proper grip when walking in the winter and not falling. Decorative concrete has endless amounts of finishes starting from colure and all the way to stamp.
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