Concrete Ideas for Your Backyard

Have you been looking for a new and fresh way to spruce up your outdoor space? Concrete details can add curb appeal and value to your home. The team here at Clayton Concrete & Backhoe is an experienced concrete pouring company that serves the Oklahoma City and Tulsa area.

 

We have a few ideas of ways you can use concrete to make your home look more appealing.

 

1. Front Yard Retaining Wall

Retaining walls can really add a level of sophistication to a home. They are versatile and can blend with a variety of styles. Whether you have more of a bohemian style or high society and chic, adding a concrete retaining wall is a beautiful addition to your home. They are best used outside of homes with sloped yards and add a level of protection, helping to keep the soil stable behind it.

 

2. Concrete Fire Pits

Everyone loves sitting around a campfire with friends and family. Why not ditch the temporary pit and have a permanent concrete fire pit installed?

 

You can even opt for a concrete seating area around the fire pit so you don’t have to worry about having enough chairs for everyone. Make sure that you put a lot of thought into where your family and friends love to hang out since this will be a permanent fixture to your home.

 

3. Stamped Patio Surfaces

Stamped surfaces add a lot of fun and personality to an area. You can take the beauty of concrete and amp it up a few notches with beautiful patterns and designs. Patio surfaces can be stamped which will add value to your home in the case you ever decide to sell it. Or you can choose from basic textured designs or even a hardwood plank appearance.

 

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Common Issues With Concrete

Over time, your concrete can become cracked and worn out. Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe specializes in pouring concrete in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa area. We’re experts in concrete and help our clients when they need a new slab poured.

 

Here are some of the things you can expect from your concrete when it gets older.

 

Stains and Discoloration

Stains and discoloration are one of the most common issues with concrete, especially oil stains. Did you know that the sun can also cause discoloration to concrete?

 

It is a good idea to move around unfixed furniture if you want to keep your concrete from bleaching out. The upside to concretes ability to absorb color is that it can be stained in a multitude of beautiful and attractive colors.

 

Cracks in Your Concrete

Cracks in concrete are a very common occurrence and luckily it’s not necessary to fix each one of them. You do, however, need to keep an eye on them to make sure they do not get larger and create a hazard to you or your vehicle.

 

Cracks can occur from weather changes and heavy vehicles. If you can stick a nickel inside of the cracks you should look into getting it repaired soon.

 

Erosion and Weather Concerns

Erosion is caused when the soil underneath is not compacted firmly enough before construction. Over time weather and the weight of your vehicles assist in this erosion process and the concrete starts to crumble or sag. It is, however, a fixable problem so there is no need to worry if you attend to it.

 

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Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe offers solutions for all your concrete needs here in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa area. When you are ready to have new concrete poured, get in touch with our team. We’ll be happy to help you.

What to Know Before Pouring New Concrete Driveway

We specialize in concrete pouring here at Clayton Concrete & Backhoe. Our team serves those that live in Oklahoma City and Tulsa area with our concrete services. One of the things we do for our customers is to pour concrete for a new driveway.

 

If you are planning to have a concrete driveway poured, there are several things to consider:

 

The Right Foundation

Your top priority should be to make sure it is a permanent foundation that works in a practical way for you and your home. The slope, grade, and thickness of the concrete should be at the right level for your home and your yard. If the slope is too going toward your garage door, this could increase water retention against the door causing flooding and erosion.

 

The Right Concrete Pouring Company

Another thing to consider is the company you are planning to hire to put in your driveway. Are they experienced for installations such as yours? Are they trained to use the correct equipment that is needed to install driveways? Are they insured? Will they be responsible to get the required permits?

 

The team here at Clayton Concrete Pouring & Backhoe has highly skilled operators that are fully trained on the equipment. We’ll make sure that your driveway is poured properly.

 

Future Possible Additions

Are you going to need sleeves for future utilities to go under the driveway? This may be something you consider before having the concrete laid down. Having the space for water runoff and also future irrigation lines or lighting circuits may be worthwhile to save you some hassle in the future.

 

You should also know about the finished grade of the driveway and if it will be level to the ground or rise above it. The size you plan for the driveway to be will also be a factor.

 

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

1. How many cars do you need to be able to fit on the driveway at one time?

2. Will you need an area to be used as a turnaround spot?

 

After the design is laid out, the contractor will determine the type of expansion joints, concrete supports, and concrete finish for your driveway.

 

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When you are looking to install a concrete driveway, call our team at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe. We are a local, family-owned company and we love to help out our neighbors here in Oklahoma City and Tulas. Give us a call for all your concrete questions.

How Backhoes Can Be Used to Dig Swimming Pools

Backhoes are highly versatile machines that have many uses, such as digging holes for swimming pools. The team here at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe has skilled operators that use our backhoes for projects in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa area. Here is what must be done to dig a hole for a swimming pool:

 

Mark Utility Lines

One of the first and most important things we do is mark your utility lines. This is so we don’t dig into utility lines and cause issues with the rest of your home. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to mark private lines such as water, septic and gas.

 

We help make the digging process as easy as possible. We offer our customers a free consultation and then we will schedule a date to locate utility lines. Once the lines have been marked, we begin the digging process.

 

Dig a Spot For The Pool

After marking the utility lines, it’s time for us to start the digging process. Our skilled operator will dig a hole to the specifications needed for a pool to fit in. The backhoe allows one person to tackle a large project on their own, which is why it is used in pool installations.

 

Excess Dirt

After the hole is dug, some of the dirt may need to be used to level out around the pool and fill in gaps. However, there will be a lot of excess dirt you need to do something with. There are two ways to deal with your excess dirt. Have it hauled off or keep the dirt. Excess dirt can be used to grade other parts of your yard.

 

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If you need backhoe services in Oklahoma City or Tulsa, we can help you. Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe knows specializes in operating this equipment. We can manage both large and small projects for you. Call us now! We look forward to hearing from you.

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.