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The construction sector nowadays features a range of material alternatives. Most of your clients will nonetheless still prefer concrete owing to its durability. Concrete has been around for ages, and you might assume that its use in your project is fail-safe. Several designs and construction techniques have nonetheless been introduced into the concrete sector to meet the desires of different projects and boost your surface’s protection and durability.

The PVC waterstop, for instance, is made from an elastomeric plastic, high-grade PVC, chemical additives like stabilizers and plasticizers and special resin. It is embedded in your concrete joints and acts as a watertight seal that will avert the seeping of liquids in your construction joints. Other than water protection, water stops will also accommodate the transverse and lateral movements of your structure. Other than this protective element, you should also invest in the right tools for your project’s finishing. Here are the must-have tools.

Trowel Blade

The trowel blade is a handheld or powered tool that is often used for small construction tasks such as the application of a plaster finish. The handheld trowel is generally made of steel, plastic or wood and comes in various sizes to match your finish needs. It creates a hard polished concrete finish while eliminating the chances of leaving burnish marks on your surface. Powered trowels have attached motors that rotate at high speed to generate a smooth and nice concrete finish. Powered trowel blades can be walk-behind or ride-on machines.

Vibratory Screed Finishers

These comprise a truss frame featuring a 1ft minimum base width. The machine has auxiliary driven pneumatic vibrators or fixed mechanical driven eccentric weights that generate some vibratory action on your concrete surface. Vibratory screed finishes will create a smooth and level concrete surface on driveways and patios. Though vibratory screed finishers are the most common in concrete construction, there also exist laser, truss and roller screeds.

man smoothing out concrete with a machine

Tining Machine

The tining process on concrete surfaces involves the formation of uniform transverse grooves on your plastic concrete surfaces. This will be done after the application of an additional concrete surface layer for optimal jointing. The handheld or mechanical tining machine will use a texturizing comb that has spaced steel tines. These will create grooves for skid resistance while eliminating hydroplaning on your concrete surfaces.

Concrete Edger

This will generate a neat and rounded edge along your slab’s perimeter. This edge helps the concrete resist spalling and chipping after its formation. While edging is not vital on some indoor concrete surfaces, curbs, driveways, patios, and curbs cannot do without it.

Broom

Exceptional broom finishes are used for the creation of artistic finishes. Steel brooms are the ones used for this task. The decorative effects will be created by running your broom in different directions.

You might not have the cash to buy all the needed finishing tools upfront for your construction company. This need not see you rely on techniques that are less than optimal for your project. You can choose to hire the tools above from a reputable supplier. This negates the repair and maintenance costs of finishing machines and makes it affordable even for the lowest cost project.