Job Site Do's & Dont's


  • Order a quality concrete mix with the appropriate slump for proper placement required. 
  • Place concrete on a well-drained, dampened sub-grade that has adequate and uniform load-bearing characteristics. 
  • Grade the sub-grade so that the concrete is of uniform thickness and properly sloped for drainage. 
  • Place, consolidate and screed the concrete, then float it to the specified grade, flatness, and levelness. 
  • Texture all surfaces adequately and uniformly for slip resistance. 
  • Finish all surfaces within reasonably the same time after placement. 
  • Finish the edges first and do all hand- finishing in the same direction. 
  • Protect the concrete surface from rapid evaporation of bleed water. 
  • Use an approved curing compound for proper curing of concrete. 
  • Protect the freshly placed concrete from freezing for the first 72 hours. 


  • Don’t use calcium chloride accelerators to achieve fast concrete set time. 
  • Don’t order concrete in less than 3 yd increments. Full color consistency is not guaranteed. 
  • Don’t place concrete on a sub-grade that is not thoroughly compacted and dampened. 
  • Don’t place concrete over freestanding water or muddy, frozen or soft spots. 
  • Don’t add water after a portion of the load has been discharged, or retemper concrete that has started to set. 
  • Don’t sprinkle water, or otherwise add water to the surface during finishing operations. 
  • Don’t use inconsistent finishing practices. 
  • Don’t over-trowel (burn or burnish) the concrete surface. 
  • Don’t use plastic sheeting to cure color concrete. 
  • Don’t allow items to stand on concrete during the curing process.