What is a Georgia Concrete Form?

GA Concrete is ubiquitous in our society because it can be incorporated into so many different projects and structures. GA Concrete is often used to create a patio for a house, a pool, a work of art, a wall and almost anything else that you can think of. Forms are the reason that they can be made into all of those different shapes and sizes. A concrete form is essentially a mold for the concrete. It holds the concrete into the shape you desire until it is strong enough to support itself.

A new trend in construction has actually started to incorporate the concrete form into the finished product. Instead of removing the form at some point it stays in and provides extra insulation and reinforcement for the structure.

Forms can be made into any shape or size that you desire. The only thing that really sets custom forms apart is its individual fill size. Fill size is the amount of concrete that the form can safely support. Concrete mix is extremely heavy and it exerts a large amount of pressure on its form so you need a form that is designed to bear up under the weight of your concrete.

If you are not looking for a custom concrete form then they will tend to fall into categories depending on their use. For instance, there are:

  • Wood forms
  • Metal forms
  • Foam concrete forms
  • Plastic forms
  • Insulated concrete forms
  • Concrete wall forms

Each form is best used for a specific purpose but the insulated concrete forms are by far the most often employed. So far, the wood and metal forms are the most popular because they are cheaper, stronger and more durable but resin and fiberglass forms are starting to gain traction in the marketplace.

If you are not familiar with the installation of a concrete form then it is recommended to consult an expert. The forms are very heavy and they need to stand up under pressure so they must be installed correctly the first time. If a form breaks because it was improperly installed then you can quickly lose quite a bit of money in material costs.

Top 3 Uses for Gravel around Your Home

Do you enjoy working on your landscape in your yard when you have a free moment? If so, then you have probably become intimately familiar with gravel over the course of your landscaping adventures. You can use it for multiple different projects from the purely decorative to anti erosion and drainage measures.

However, as popular as gravel has become for landscaping, there are still some people that don’t know about its three most important uses. They include:

  1. Driveways and roads – If you have ever driven through the country then you have been on a gravel road at some point. Rural areas use gravel heavily for road construction because of its low cost. It is not quite as stable as a paved road so your tires may slide a bit when you take a corner but gravel has other benefits that pavement doesn’t. It is more economical, easier to lay down because the gravel will shift around to fill in the nooks and crannies of the road bed plus it can be layered for an extremely solid foundation.  Gravel has become a popular material to use in the construction of residential driveways using a three layer system.  If you put larger stones down for the bottom layer, smaller gravel in the middle and then top it with the smallest gravel and mix in some dust then you are left with a solid driveway that can bear enormous weight and last for years to come.
  2. Drainage systemsIrrigation ditches and drainage systems almost always have a layer of gravel at the bottom. Gravel is utilized in these situations because of the gaps between the pieces of gravel that allows water to seep down through it. That makes it perfectly suited for areas that have trouble with standing water because it will shunt the excess water safely away from things like a road bed or your nice dry basement.
  3. Water treatment – In order to treat water and clean it properly, the water has to be run through a filter. A treatment plant utilizes a massive system filled with a collection of material that acts as filters. The topmost level holds large materials with a lot of room for water to seep through. It is only designed to take out large objects like branches and dirt clods at that level and this is where gravel is most often used. The materials get gradually smaller until at the last level only clean water is allowed to pass through the filter.

Follow These 6 Steps to Build Your Own Concrete Patio

Concrete Patios are a prime spot for relaxing in the summer. They are a great place for cookouts, family get-togethers or just kicking back and reading a book. In addition, they can add to the value of your home when they are done right. If you are not comfortable with the work then you may want to contact a professional but if you are a confident do it yourselfer then the following steps should get you started:

  • Step one: Visit your local Georgia concrete construction supply store and get the tools you need. You will probably want to purchase most tools but some of the larger tools can be rented if this is more of a one-time use.
  • Step two: Use stakes and string to mark out the boundaries of your future patio. The string should be about 3 inches outside of the edge of the patio. You will need the extra space to put in the forms. Once that is done you will need to dig out the marked off area and cover it in weed killer to prevent any future growth.
  • Step three: Install expansion strips wherever the patio will come into contact with the wall of your home.
  • Step four: Use a GA concrete form around the area you excavated and pound the stakes into the ground until they are flush with the top of the form.
  • Step five: Now you will need to form a bed for your concrete that will allow moisture to travel under it easily. To do that spread cinders, gravel and crushed rock around the bottom of the form. Cover this layer with wire mesh when you are finished.
  • Step six: Now it is time to pour the concrete. Use a trowel to even out the concrete as you pour. Once the form is filled. Smooth the top of the concrete about 3 times with the trowel to get it is even and smooth. Now you just need to wait 7-10 days and you will be able to start using your new patio.