7 Tips for Finishing Concrete and the Tools You’ll Need

After you have placed concrete, you will want to finish it to achieve the desired look and ensure it sets correctly. Concrete finishing prevents chipping and increases the durability of your project. Contractors use different finishing techniques to impart anti-slip properties to concrete, creating a smooth and durable surface.

Here are some tools you need for finishing concrete:

  • Concrete mix
  • A five-gallon bucket
  • A straight 2×4 for leveling
  • Edging tool. Use the tool to get the perfect finish
  • Bull float or darby. Use it to flatten any edges after you initially flatten the concrete with 2×4
  • An electric concrete mixer. For a large-scale project, use a wheelbarrow mixer or towable concrete mixer
  • Straightedge or snap line. Use the tool to make straight lines before edging the concrete
  • Hand float or magnesium float. Use it to create the perfect surface and get a smooth finish
  • Broom or concrete brush. Concrete can be very slippery when wet, especially when its surface is smooth troweled. A sturdy broom can be used to create a non-slip durable surface with sufficient traction
  • Grooving tool to create grooves that give your concrete the perfect finished appearance. The benefits of concrete grooving go beyond aesthetics. It helps prevent cracking
  • Concrete dye to color your concrete during the finishing process

Concrete Finishing Tips

As the leading concrete and tools supplier in the Vallejo area, Bayshore Materials has all the tools and materials you need for your project. When it is coming down to the finishing touches on your cement project, the details are what really matter. Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure the best results on your concrete job.

  • When mixing the concrete, follow manufacturer’s instructions. Measure and mix precisely.
  • Trowel with care. Do not rush troweling. Consider how your technique will impact the final appearance of your concrete and its durability. To prevent undesirable grooves, apply equal pressure
  • As the concrete begins to set in, water may start rising back to the surface. This is known as bleed water. Work bleed water back into your concrete mixture or your concrete may not have enough moisture to achieve the desired strength and density. If you still notice some water rising to the surface, allow it to evaporate
  • Make sure your concrete control joints are cut to a depth equal to at least 1/4th of the total thickness of the slab. For a 4” thick slab, control joints should be placed 8-12 feet apart
  • Choose the work area carefully. Look for a spot in your house that receives ample sunlight and is airy. If you choose a dark, poorly ventilated area, your concrete may not set properly or cure as desired
  • Concrete sealing repels moisture, prevents cracks, resists stains, and keeps colors from fading. Apply sealant as soon as possible after your concrete dries and cures
  • Keep the desired appearance in mind throughout the finishing process

Bayshore is a leading concrete tool supply center near you in Vallejo. Whether you want to build a concrete slab, or a new concrete driveway, we have the right tools for your project. To place your order, call (707) 644-0859.