All of these requirements are important, and failure to satisfy any one of them will often result in a reduction in quality. The materials used by Top Cat Concrete
meet quality requirements. The specifications relate to important properties such as amounts of nondurable substances permitted in aggregates and how fast the cement will set and gain strength. Multiple tests are conducted to verify that the materials we use meet and exceed applicable specifications.
Another key to having excellent concrete is proportioning. Proportioning is simply deciding how much of each ingredient will be put in the concrete. A temptation to use too much water generally results from an effort to make placing operations easier for the contractor. Overly wet concrete flows into the forms more readily, is easier to compact and to strike off.
Everything about overly wet concrete is easier, except the maintenance problems that will begin to appear on a surface that could just as easily have been trouble-free for many years.