Concrete slabs are a necessity in most new home builds, extensions, and commercial projects. Concrete is incredibly durable, affordable, zero maintenance, and corrosion resistant. It’s essentially the perfect building material.
But these benefits are not automatic. All slabs should be installed in accordance with AS 2870 for maximum safety and longevity. The slab also needs time to dry properly. If it’s forced to dry too quickly, it could easily crack or shrink.
With all this in mind, it’s important to select a high-quality specialist like Merolli. We provide a range of concrete for residential and commercial buildings. The slab construction process includes formwork preparation, slab bed compaction, reinforcement placement, pouring, compacting, concrete finishing, formwork removal, and slab curing.
In other words, this is a detailed process that needs a skilled hand. And with Merolli, all aspects are taken care of while you benefit from a 60 year provider that specialises in all things concrete.
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When do you really need slabs made of concrete?
The slabs are needed pretty much wherever you need floors, walls, or foundations!
The most common use would be as a floor or as a foundation. The thickness is important if it’s to be the foundation for a home or extension. Concrete has come a long way in terms of design appeal. Concrete can be polished.
There is much innovation in the industry and many environmentally friendly solutions. Moreover, there is practically zero maintenance with concrete once it’s set properly on the first day.
What are the different types of concrete slabs?
There are several major types Each offers its own set of benefits, features, and preferred applications.
Bondek concrete slab
- Supply and install
- Competitive rates
- Supply all reinforcement
- Concrete pour
Ground concrete slab
Suspended concrete slabs
- Conventional formwork
- Supply and steel fixing
- Supply and lay concrete
- Trowel finishes
Waffle pod concrete slabs
- Prepare base
- Supply and install pods
- Large range of suppliers
- Package the whole job
What’s the best type of concrete slabs?
Each type has its uses as well as distinct advantages and disadvantages.
However, waffle pod slabs are among the most efficient. They can be used in reactive soil conditions and don’t require a trench. They are easier to construct, more eco-friendly, and offer improved installation. They can also be installed in wet conditions.
Bondek slabs are also very highly regarded. It’s a kind of permanent steel formwork that’s also very durable. Suspended slabs are used for the upper levels of houses. In many circumstances you can access the underside of suspended slabs. This is why they are called suspended slabs. They are set higher on a structure off the sides allowing room underneath to go in. This by far is great for basement construction, sloping blocks, and areas where land is restricted.
What factors affect the cost?
The cost is affected by many factors. The main criteria would include the thickness, the total surface area to be converted, the type of slab, and the accessibility of the area.
The most efficient approach here would be to contact the service provider to get a direct figure. Even with online information, a direct approach is the best way to go as it will eliminate a lot of ambiguity.
What questions should I bear in mind when discussing the project?
Ideally, you want to work with a specialist that is an expert in concrete with decades of experience. You don’t want to hire a general builder as the end result will be a far lower quality of service. Questions you might consider asking would include:
- How long have you been in business?
- Are you licensed, insured, and registered?
- Are you in compliance with the relevant Australian Standards for concrete slabs?
- Is your business family owned and operated?
- Can you provide referrals and testimonials?
- Do you offer associated services like concrete polishing, excavation, concrete formwork, and concrete piling?
The answers to the above questions should give you a strong indication as to whether or not the contractor is right for you.
Why should I choose Merolli?
We have been proudly providing concrete services for the past 60 years as a family owned and operated business. All slabs are laid down in line with Australian Standards, and we combine the best materials with significant expertise. You’ll save time and money when you choose Merolli, a client focused and dedicated concreting company.
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