Generally speaking, in the construction industry, “flatwork” refers to concrete work along the horizontal plane. Paving is a specific type of flatwork. The tools and skills required to do flatwork efficiently differ enough from other areas of concrete construction to merit it’s own sub-category. Flatwork usually involves substrate preparation, construction of wooden or composite forms to contain the newly poured concrete and reinforcing rebar or wire mesh embedded in the concrete. Curing of the poured concrete by maintaining the proper moisture and temperature is an important factor in producing high-quality flatwork. Tools and accessories required in flatwork include chemical retarders such as Masterfinish and mechanical pieces such as speed plates and dowels.
Repairing and maintaining existing concrete surfaces is also considered concrete flatwork. Chips and cracks develop in concrete due to natural freeze-thaw cycles causing expansion of the concrete slab, improper moisture content while curing and a host of other factors. Marred surfaces can sometimes be refinished with a thin coat of concrete. Cracks may extend beyond the surface of the concrete slab and threaten its structural integrity. Injecting cracks with special caulk or patching compounds can be successful for minor cracks, whereas major deficiencies might require the concrete to be broken apart and re-done.
George L. Wilson offers a wide variety of mesh, drain systems, rebar, and bar ties from a variety of manufacturers such as Vexcon, Speed Plate, Greenstreak, Form-A-Key, ADA solutions and Polycast. Contact your GLW rep now for a quote!