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Nov 24, How To Pour And Finish A Concrete Patio Slab (My Pro Tips)

I’ll show you how to pour and finish a concrete patio slab just like the pro’s do it. From leveling and screeding the concrete to broom finishing.

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The steps it takes to build, pour, and finish a concrete patio slab are:

  1. Prepare the sub-grade
  2. Install the forms and reinforcement
  3. Pour and level the concrete
  4. Finish the concrete
  5. Seal the concrete

prepare the sub-grade for concrete

The sub-base under your concrete patio wants to be either gravel, road base, sand, or crushed rock.

You’ll want to remove any sod, grass, clay, or dirt. How much you remove and replace with gravel will depend on where you live and how many freeze/thaw days you get during the winter months.

If you live where you get some to many freezing days, then more gravel is recommended under your concrete patio. A good base would have 12″ to 24″ of compacted gravel under the concrete.

If you live where you don’t get many temperatures below freezing then 4″ to 12″ of sub-base gravel would suffice.

If you have wet conditions, then more gravel and adding drainage would be recommended in that case.

To help keep frost from getting under the patio, you can install 2″ styrofoam under the slab. This will insulate the sub-base and keep it from freezing.





install the forms and reinforcemenet

The thickness of your patio slab will determine what you use for forming material. Most likely your patio slab will be 4″ thick. That’s quite common for a patio slab. 

IF that’s the case, you can use either 2×4’s or 2×6’s to form your concrete patio. The size and shape of your patio will be determined by you and your space or area you have to install the patio.

Setting up forms is fairly simple. Here is more information about forming that will help you.

For reinforcement, you can use wire mesh or rebar. Both are good and will help reinforce the concrete if it does end up cracking.

how to pour and level the concrete

Pouring the concrete for your patio slab and getting it leveled out is something you might want to hire a professional for. 

If your patio slab isn’t very big, then maybe it’s something you can do on your own. 

Watch us pour this 50′ x 10′ concrete patio and see if it’s something you want to try or not.

To learn how to pour and finish concrete like we do in the video above, check out my training academy The Concrete Underground.

In The Concrete Underground I have many of my best training videos to teach you how to pour and finish concrete just like we do it.

how to broom finish and seal the concrete

Knowing how and when to start the finishing process is one of the hardest things to learn about concrete finishing.

In the video below, I will show you how we start the finishing process and apply a broom finish to the concrete.

The finishing is always determined by how fast of slow the concrete sets up. I’ll show you the best time to start finishing in the video below for best results.

I used a penetrating sealer to seal the concrete with in the video. This type of sealer will not leave a slippery film on the surface but will seal and protect your concrete.

It’s best applied with some type of sprayer. We’re using a power sprayer in the video but you can use a simple garden pump up style sprayer if you like.

tools you’ll need to build a concrete patio slab

I’ve made a list of all the tools you’ll need to build your concrete patio slab.

Most of these you can get at your local hardware store or even easier, you can order them right from Amazon.

Concrete tools list for building a patio slab.

IN CONCLUSION:

I built this page to help you decide if you want to pour your own concrete patio or not. 

If you kind of handy and like building and doing things on your own, then maybe it’s something you can tackle by yourself after watching my videos.

If the size of your patio slab isn’t too large, maybe you can do it yourself with the information I’ve given you on this page.

If you have any doubts or questions, then look to hire a pro like me. We do this kind of work every day.

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How to Remove Stains From Concrete Flooring

One of the biggest concerns that people have when it comes to concrete flooring is how to clean it efficiently. Fortunately, removing stains from a concrete floor is not nearly as difficult or complicated as it sounds.  Here are a few stain removal tricks to help you maintain spectacular looking concrete floors. Removing paint stains
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Kryton CEO Kari Yuers Appointed to the GVBOT’s Council of Governors

Kryton is pleased to announce that the company’s very own CEO, Kari Yuers, has been appointed to the Council of Governors for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT). Kari was elected to the board in 2015 and served in several positions over the years. Most recently, she served as chair of the organization from […]

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Kryton is pleased to announce that the company’s very own CEO, Kari Yuers, has been appointed to the Council of Governors for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT).

Kari was elected to the board in 2015 and served in several positions over the years. Most recently, she served as chair of the organization from 2019 to 2020.

At the start of her term in November 2019, Kari had laid out three key goals she wanted to dedicate the efforts of the board to. Those were the continued building of Greater Vancouver’s competitive advantage, championing gateway infrastructure, and supporting collaboration and relationship-building with others to support economic growth.

Those goals didn’t change when the pandemic hit. Instead, they became even more critical to the survival of the Greater Vancouver business community, which the GVBOT rallied to support. Working together under Kari’s direction, the GVBOT advanced a great number of initiatives. Those included the creation of the economic recovery plan to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on local businesses, the launch of the Scale-up Centre for SMEs to help high-potential firms overcome barriers to growth, and transforming the Women’s Leadership Council to the Diversity and Inclusion Council to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to enhance business innovation.

“I am honored to have served as Chair of the Board of Trade, particularly through such challenging times. When I laid out my mandate, I spoke about the importance of building off our strengths and embracing technological change and innovation,” said Kari. “I am inspired by the resilience and grit that the members and staff of the GVBOT have shown over the past year. I look forward to continuing to serve the business community as a member of the Council of Governors and working together to strengthen the community further.”

Kari was inducted to the Council of Governors on April 7 at the virtual 2021 Governors’ Gala and Rix Awards ceremony. As last year’s gala was canceled due to the pandemic, the GVBOT also celebrated the appointment of Lori Mathison to the Council of Governors in 2020.

 

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4 Steps You Must Take to Prepare Your Stamped Concrete for Summer

When it comes to taking care of stamped concrete, summer is the best season to do so. With temperatures rising in Louisiana, now is the time to start preparing your concrete for the warmer weather to come. To increase the longevity of your decorative concrete, you must follow the following 4 steps when preparing your
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