5 Myths About Installing Concrete About the Ground Floor

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Are you thinking about adding another storey to your commercial building? Do you want to put a pool on the roof of an existing building? Do you need to pour a concrete deck? If you're in any of these situations, you may be wondering if it's possible. The short answer is yes, but there are a variety of elements you need to consider.

To get a sense of how your project is going to go, take a look at some of the myths about commercial concrete pumping at heights.

1. Myth: It's Not Possible.

Truth: Many people think it's not possible to put concrete in on first-, second- or third-storey projects. They think that concrete needs to be spread on the ground. This is not true. In fact, some very tall buildings have concrete frames, but the concrete doesn't just have to be for the frame. You can also add concrete to various levels of a building once it has been completed.

2. Myth: You Can Do It Yourself.

Truth: Typically, pouring concrete at heights is not a DIY task. The only exception is if you own a contracting company and you have access to lots of heavy-duty commercial construction equipment. Alternatively, if you have experience, you may be able to hire the equipment you need.

3. Myth: You Only Need a Traditional Concrete Truck

Myth: If you decide to tackle the project on your own, a traditional concrete truck won't work on its own. If you have a traditional concrete truck on the ground floor, you need a concrete pump to move the concrete up to the higher levels. Alternatively, if you're only putting the concrete in a relatively small space, you may be able to get by with hand-mixing bags of concrete on the level where you're working.

4. Myth: You Can't Get Past the First Floor.

Truth: Luckily, you can get way beyond the first floor. However, the height varies based on the height of the boom of the concrete truck. These booms come in a variety of heights, and they can also be articulated to help you get over and above obstacles.

5. Myth: You Don't Have to Check the Foundation.

Truth: Concrete is heavy. If you're adding concrete to any above-ground storey, you should check the foundation of the building first. A structural engineer can let you know if you have the strength you need.

Contact a commercial concrete pumping company to learn more.