FAQ

Concrete Material Frequently Asked Questions, FAQ’s.

What does Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. need to be able to give you an estimate?
Why are poured concrete walls better than cement blocks?
Why waterproof?
What is architectural/decorative concrete and how much more does it cost?
Is colored/stamped concrete durable?
Does integral colored concrete fade?
Do I need to maintain my concrete?
How far does Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. travel?
What is T Mass?
Why use Form-a-drain and what does it do?
Will my concrete crack?
Do you use nylon fibers?
Can I use salt in the winter on my concrete?
Do you pour foundations / flatwork year round?
How do you thaw out the ground in the winter?
How early in the year can you pour concrete  outside & how late in the year?
Do you offer brick patterns?
What type of forms do you use?
Do you use rebar? 
What is spancrete & where is it used?
When can I drive on my concrete?
Do you offer any warranties?

 

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What does Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. need to be able to give you an estimate?
We need a full set of plans and 1 personal contact. (Back to top)

 

Why are poured concrete walls better than cement blocks?
Poured Concrete Walls are Stronger (40% more concrete), Faster Construction process, more water tight and a drier basement. A poured concrete wall is all around a better choice. (Back to top)

 

Why waterproof?
Waterproofing the exterior of  your home keeps the foundation from wicking water through the walls. Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. uses an exterior foundation waterproofing system using a tough seamless polymer membrane which is backed by a 10-year warranty.
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What  is architectural/decorative concrete and how much more does it cost?
There are many types of colored and stained concrete:  Some with simple texture,  some with unique patterns, some with color only and no texture. The cost may vary from $1.00 – $7.00 additional per square foot. Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. has been doing decorative concrete for more than 8 years now. (Back to top)

 

Is colored/stamped concrete durable?
Yes, in fact with proper care the wear surface is actually 25% more durable. (Back to top)

 

Does integral colored concrete fade?
No, the color will not fade if it is maintained. (Back to top)

 

Do I need to maintain my concrete?
Yes, you need to maintain your concrete. We will seal your concrete the first time for curing reasons (twice for decorative concrete).  We recommend you reapply a sealer prior to winter or after 30 days and then once every 3 years after. (Back to top)

 

How far does Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. travel?
Generally, depending upon the size of the project, we travel 50-60 miles from our office without any travel charge. (Back to top)

 

What is T Mass?
T-Mass (Thermal Mass Wall System) is a concrete wall with 2” or 3” Dow Styrofoam integrated into the center of the wall – allowing the Interior of the wall to act as  a heat bank. (Back to top)

 

Why use Form-a-drain and what does it do?
Form-a-drain is a CertainTeed complete tile system.  It is the Cadillac of drainage systems.  Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. strongly recommends this system for any soil that is not sand.  It is also a radon evacuation system. (Back to top)

 

Will my concrete crack?
Cracking from shrinkage is normal and characteristic of concrete. Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. uses control joints in the building process on both horizontal and vertical concrete to try to control cracking. (Back to top)

 

Do you use nylon fibers?
Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. will offer fibers as an extra crack prevention method. But not as a replacement for reinforcement. 
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Can I use salt in the winter on my concrete?
If you maintain your sealer you may after the first winter, but we strongly recommend a non-corrosive deicer. (Back to top)

 

Do you pour foundations / flatwork year round?
Yes, we offer year round concrete installation. We have taken part in many Portland cement cold weather construction testing and own and use many heaters and insulated blankets. (Back to top)

 

How do you thaw out the ground in the winter?
Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. owns and operates 2 Thawzall Ground Heating Units. (Back to top)

 

How early in the year can you pour concrete outside & how late in the year?
Cost effectively – April 1st to December 1st.  With extra cost and procedures you can pour year round. (Back to top)

 

Do you offer brick patterns?
Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. offers a precise textured brick pattern – the most realistic brick texture on the market.(Back to top)

 

What type of forms do you use?
Precise forms. (Back to top)

 

Do you use rebar?
All of Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. walls are constructed using rebar spec quantities.  In connection with Oswell Engineering and Consulting LLC, annual engineering is designed to meet state, local and federal building codes. (Back to top)

 

What is spancrete & where is it used?
We use spancrete to create living space or additional storage space below garages and porches.  Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. has installed 100’s of multi-level garages and houses. (Back to top)

 

When can I drive on my concrete?
Typically 5-7 days after poured. (Back to top)

 

Do you offer any warranties?
Most of our products carry a manufactures warranty and Plummer Concrete & Associates, Inc. warranties its workmanship.(Back to top)