Things to Consider Before Pouring Concrete for Your Loading Dock

A loading dock is pivotal to companies that rely on the safe transportation of goods and materials. Here at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe, we pump concrete for businesses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa area. If you are a company that needs a loading dock, you will need a solid foundation for the docks.

 

Here are some other things to consider when building a loading dock:

 

1. Location – Since your loading dock is going to be used often, top-level security is incredibly important. You want your loading dock to be efficient, but most importantly, you want it to be safe for your employees to use. If you can separate it from general parking, that would provide more security.

 

2. Vehicle Accommodation – When mapping out the size of the concrete for the loading dock, you’ll need to consider how much space a truck needs to back in. Also, you should consider how much space you’ll need for other large trucks to get past parked trucks.

 

3. Slab Thickness – The thickness of a concrete slab is usually determined by the amount of weight it will hold. For example, most sidewalks are 4 inches thick and driveways are around 6 inches thick. However, in order to support the weight of heavy loads, you will need a slab that is a minimum of 10 inches to 12 inches thick. Also, the slab must be able to hold the weight of dock levelers while the loaded truck is parked.

 

Other considerations to think of regarding the slab thickness is the soil conditions. Softer soils will require a thicker slab to support the weight of a load.

 

Do You Need Concrete Pouring?

If you need concrete poured for a loading dock, Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe can help you. Our skilled operators help business owners and residents in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and surrounding areas. Call us now so we can get someone out to help you.

Can I Pour Concrete in the Rain?

“Can I pour concrete in the rain?” This is one of the most common questions our clients here at Clayton Concrete & Backhoe often receive. The concern is warranted since Tulsa, Oklahoma City is a hotbed for rain and other inclement weather throughout the year. Once and for all, let us settle this question.

 

Effect of Rainwater on Concrete

There is a reason why most concrete pouring stop during rain. The main problem is how the strength of the concrete mix will be affected. Water is essential in concrete, but the wrong proportion or too much distribution can greatly damage its integrity, durability, texture, and appearance.

 

If it starts to rain during the mixing, transferring, pouring, and basically when the concrete is still fresh (roughly 2-4 hours after mixing), then the strength will be compromised. The increase in water will making the pouring easier and you might not notice the effects right away, but there is a high chance that the concrete is already prone to damage. It is likely to develop dusting, cracking, crumbling, and surface scaling.

 

If the concrete has set is down to its finishing process, rainwater will no longer cause damage. In fact, many experts say that keeping water on the surface might even be beneficial. However, too much i.e. ponding water might cause discoloration or a change in texture.

 

If it has been 4-8 hours after mixing, there is a high chance that your concrete will be safe from rainwater.

 

Precautionary Measures When Pouring Concrete in the Rain

Concrete pouring should generally stop during rain, but if your team is unable to, here are a couple of precautions to keep in mind:

 

Make sure that the construction team has a protective enclosure area ready in case rain falls any time of the day.

 

If it does start to rain while in the mixing process, it is vital to have the concrete covered with plastic sheeting. Keep in mind that the plastic should not come in contact with the surface.

 

We strongly recommend avoiding concrete pouring during heavy rain and strong winds.

 

Professionals need to be fully knowledgeable in the water-cement ration, especially in case rainwater seeps into the mixture.

 

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