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What do concrete services include?

Concrete services involve more than just mixing and pouring concrete. Your local concreter can help with everything from giving advice, cutting concrete, and removing old concrete, to laying the slab and installing things like washing lines and fence posts. Here’s what you can expect when you hire a concreter near you:

Concrete cutting

Concrete contractors don’t just install new concrete - they’ll also help get rid of old concrete too. They might do this before you lay new concrete, or if you decide to move a shed or patio, and replace your old concrete with grass or gardens. They’ll use heavy-duty tools to safely remove concrete, cut up and remove old pathways, remove washing lines, pull out fence posts, and remove broken sections of concrete to prepare for repairs.

Preparing the base

Before laying new concrete, your concreter will start by preparing the base to ensure a long-lasting, quality finish for your concreting that doesn’t crack or crumble. First, they’ll measure and mark out the area and prepare the base by levelling the ground. If the soil is clay-based or you’ll have heavy loads on the concrete, your concreter may create a reinforcement layer with gravel first. This is compacted with a plate-based leveller, giving each layer a smooth finish before the next is laid.

Setting up form guides and insulation

Once the ground is level, your concreter will mark out the area with form guides and string to ensure a consistent depth of concrete. Your concreter will build a slight angle into the concrete to allow for water runoff. If the concrete is for an indoor area, they’ll also install damp-proofing and insulation before laying the concrete. 

Laying concrete slabs

Concrete slabs are popular for house foundations, concrete flooring, sheds, and carports, thanks to their durability, termite-proofing, and thermal properties. The slack thickness will depend on the ground underneath, as well as the expected load that it will hold. A concreter near you will advise on factors like insulation and waterproofing for your concrete slab for local conditions. Then they’ll order a concrete delivery, ensuring your concrete is mixed consistently, then poured within the form guides. They’ll use a shovel to make sure the concrete fills out each edge and corner and remove air pockets. Finally, they’ll use a screed to level out the concrete, using the formwork as a guide.

Laying concrete driveways

A new concrete driveway can dramatically improve the street appeal of your home, and there are many decorative concrete options available. Whether you need a new driveway, a replacement, or you want to add stone or paved look with coloured concrete, a local concreter near you can help. Driveway concreting often requires council approval, so it’s important to find a concrete contractor that is aware of local by-laws and can ensure compliance.

Concrete finishing

Once the concrete for your slab or driveway is poured and starts to set, your local concrete contractor will finish the surface. They’ll use a broom to make a roughened, easier-to-grip surface for outdoor areas, or a trowel to make it smoother for indoor flooring. Your new concrete will need 24-48 hours to dry, and shouldn’t be used heavily for at least 7 days. If your concrete is indoors, you may want to request another finish, like concrete floor polishing to help seal your concrete and give it an on-trend industrial look.

Recent Concreting tasks in Cairns

Concreting

$123

Edge Hill QLD 4870, Australia

9th Aug 2022

Small carport requires concreting and drain installation.

Removal of damages concrete path

$150

Mareeba QLD, Australia

21st Dec 2021

Dig out and remove cracked footpath ready for concreting

Polishing concrete

$200

Trinity Beach QLD, Australia

16th Jun 2021

Hi I was looking for someone my concrete

Establish small garden + patio planters, Westcourt

$160

Westcourt QLD, Australia

14th Oct 2020

Clear veges from 2.5 x 0.8 garden bed and replace with 2/3 small bushes from pots. Assemble 2 1.6 x 0.6 corrugated steel planters, place on besser blocks, fill soil and potting mix, plant small shrubs and cordelines. Collection of besser blocks; collection of bushes and steel planters, boxed, from Bunnings.

Michael works quickly and methodically; he handles well complications that may arise with the task.

Lay a concrete slab

$1,100

Cairns QLD, Australia

21st Jul 2020

Backyard garden shed slab needed. Shed is 3mx3m. Access is through a carport. Flat ground area.

Concrete driveway Kuranda

$5,000

Kuranda Queensland, Australia

9th Apr 2019

The current driveway has a slope and covered with gravels , which has been eroded and washed away by heavy rain Requires a concrete driveway with steel for a permanent fix Total slope area is around 54 square meters

Concrete cutting

$500

Cairns QLD, Australia

23rd Sep 2018

I require an approx 5m long trench cut into an existing concrete slab in preparation for plumbing upgrade.

Concrete slab

$3,500

Kurrimine Beach QLD, Australia

7th Mar 2022

The slab is 150 mm thick x 7 m x8

Concrete 3.5 x 3.0 mtr

$500

Trinity Park QLD, Australia

23rd Aug 2021

Need a concrete pad put down for a bbq area in my back yard

Crossover concrete

$2,800

Whitfield QLD, Australia

18th Apr 2021

Want to get quotes for cement driveway

Put concrete sleepers around garden beds

$525

Bayview Heights QLD, Australia

12th Oct 2020

Need a handyman to position concrete sleepers evenly around garden beds

Excellent help. Really easy going and willing to help out

Block layer

$2,000

Cairns QLD, Australia

30th Jun 2020

Extend an existing concrete wall approx 1 meter high with vertical metal supports.

Concrete driveway

$4,500

Cairns QLD, Australia

11th Dec 2018

I need an exposed aggregate driveway laid asap. Old driveway has been removed already. Approx 30sqm.

Concreter

$1,000

Aloomba QLD, Australia

11th Aug 2022

Need cement piers/ footings done for a shed - Due date: Before Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Repair concrete structure on driveway - small section.

$45

Bayview Heights QLD, Australia

9th Feb 2022

We are in need of a concreter to complete a small job on our driveway to fix a small structural area prior to placing a fence over the area. Must have valid qualifications and experience. Paid by the hour. - Due date: Before Monday, 7th Mar 2022

10mt x 3 concrete slab

$500

Smithfield Queensland, Australia

19th Jul 2021

As the title suggests I would like to make this concrete slub 3x10 10cm thick. The first 5 x 3 meters have already been excavated. I don’t have idea about the price, please make your best quote

Build small Besser block wall

$123

Brinsmead QLD, Australia

4th Jan 2021

I need my approximately 2mtr length wall increased in height by 2 Besser bricks. I have the Besser bricks, steel rods and a small amount of concrete but will need more. I have no idea how much this would cost.

Demo a concrete pillar

$200

Kewarra Beach QLD, Australia

31st Aug 2020

Hi, I just need a concrete pillar and some little bits either side knocked down.

Help with a small amount of concreting

$75

Edmonton Queensland, Australia

18th Nov 2019

7m x 1.6m slab needs pouring and sceeding - concrete truck will deliver concrete just needing some assistance with screeding while hubby also helps and puts some posts in at the same time.

Concrete core fill

$300

Palm Cove QLD 4879, Australia

23rd Nov 2018

Core fill blockwall. 6.4m 4 courses high and 6m 2 courses high. Access for a mixer on wheels but not a truck. Level ready to be rendered.