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Concrete FAQ

Q:How do you ensure I am getting the concrete strength I need. ​A: CIA uses plasticizers to make the concrete hold its slump without adding water. Water degrades MPA (strength). Consistent depth through our robotic machine control ensures that you get consistent strength throughout your concrete and do not have weak spots in your concrete surface. Customers can also request an independent report that verifies the MPA strength of their concrete to put their minds at ease and know they got exactly what they ordered.

Q: Will my concrete crack? ​ A: All concrete cracks. The reason to add cuts is to control were the cracks happen. Ensuring that cuts are no further than 12 feet by 12 feet apart helps lessen the risk that concrete will crack where you don't want it to. We lay out a symmetrical grid to give an even fit and finish to your floor and control cracking as the concrete expands and contracts.  ​

​​Q: If CIA didn't build my structure will you pour the concrete. ​ A: Yes! CIA is pleased to work with other contractors and industry professionals to ensure that you get the results you need. If the land owner is the project manager we will let you know what we need for finished grade so that you can communicate information to your building contractor/s. We can also communicate directly with other contractors, where needed, to ensure all contractors have the information they need.

​Q: Will CIA work with land owners who want to manage the project themselves.  ​ A: Experienced owners often manage building projects themselves. They understand how each contractors job effects the other contractors. Our preparation and conversations with owners who project manage help CIA seamlessly fit our concrete pour into the rest of your build.

Q: What are the most common types of projects your concrete division does? ​ A: CIA Stands for Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural. We are involved in projects in these areas. Common projects include outdoor concrete pads, shop floors, concrete pads, shop home or barndominium concrete floors, building aprons. We do driveways and sidewalks as part of larger projects and shop builds. We are not involved in residential garages, driveways and sidewalks typically.

Q: What are the common problems people can have with concrete.  ​ A: Common problems are inconsistent elevations, poor sub-grade, improper slopes, incorrect cutting, insufficient MPA(strength). Concrete is a system that requires attention to detail every step of the way. Our investment in technology allows us to test sub-grades, accurately report slopes, sub-grade, and concrete depths. Our reporting gives our customers the confidence that they have concrete that will last more than a lifetime.

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