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Cement Mason and Concrete Finisher Overview

Concrete is one of the most popular construction materials. The mixture of sand, water, gravel, and Portland cement is durable, inexpensive, and versatile. It is used in many different areas of construction, from foundations, floor, verandas, sidewalk in residential houses; to miles of highways or dams weighing tons. Metro Atlanta has many needs for Concrete and Sudlow Concrete has all the tools, manpower, and machinery to complete most any job. Focusing on residential houses – Including Driveways, Waterproofing, Decks, Patios, Sidewalks, Basements, Foundations, and anything else in the home; Sudlow Concrete is your one stop solution for concrete projects. Focusing on Gwinnett County, Dekalb County, Fulton County, Rockdale County, Forsyth County, Lawrenceville, Snellville, Tucker, Decatur, Lilburn, Duluth, Suwanee, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, and the Metro Atlanta area.

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There are many different jobs that work with concrete.Cement masons/Concrete finishers: Their main job is to install and finish concrete. This might involve different things. They might make beams, plates, or columns of concrete; or make decorative finishes like colorization. Some masons perform the entire procedure from beginning to end on their own, such as Metro Atlanta’s Sudlow Conrete. Before applying concrete masons must first attach and line up the forms that hold the concrete. They then direct the workers to shovel or pour the concrete smoothly and correctly. The next step is to “screed” the surface, which consists of leveling the top of the concrete using a flat tool and straightedge. When the concrete is uniform the concrete mason uses a tool called a “bull float”, a long, thin tool that buries the rough parts of the concrete and raises a fine, full paste of the cement to the top. After this step is complete the concrete finishers take over. They use an edger to create founded and smoothed edges between the forms of concrete. This makes the concrete more durable by preventing flaking or cracking. Another way of preventing cracking is to use a “groover” that scores the concrete into smaller sections. After this is done they use a flat smooth tool called trowel to make the surface completely uniform.

To complete the process, they trowel the surface a second time to make sure it is completely smooth or make different finishes. Different jobs require different surfaces. Sometimes masons need to create a rougher surface to prevent slipping. To achieve this, they use a broom or brush with still bristles to score the surface. Other times they place small stone chips or gravel into the concrete, called aggregate, and then wash away the excess concrete to achieve a pebble finish. Sometimes masons use concrete that is premixed with coloring for certain colored finishes. When making ceilings, pillars, or wall panels where the concrete will be exposed after the frames are removed, masons chisel away loose concrete, patch up any gaps or dents with a paste made out of Portland cement, and use carborundum stone to create a uniform surface. To finish they cover the entire area that is exposed with a rich blend of Portland cement and use tools or cloths to smooth the concrete.

Cement masons have to take into account the complex ways in which the environment affects concrete. Warm or cool temperatures, wind, and weather can all make the concrete warp or crack. Masons have to know how the concrete responds to different changes, predict problems, and take preventative measures.

Segmental pavers: They install panels made of compressed brick or concrete. These panels are called pavers and are used in constructing walkways, verandas, playgrounds, steps, driveways, and many other things. Pavers come in many different textures, colors, and shapes that can be designed to form decorative patterns. Those who lay pavers begin by clearing and leveling the area to be covered. They then lay and compress the base material, which is a compressible grainy material. Then they can lay the pavers, beginning with the center and trimming the pavers on the end so the fit neatly. To finish they lay bordering materials to hold the pavers in place and fill in the joints between pavers with sand.

Terrazzo Workers: They construct paths, floors, verandas, and wall panels in decorative ways by making cement walls with surfaces of aggregates, or small stones, of marble or other materials. Installing terrazzo is very much like installing concrete. The procedure involves installing three layers of different materials. To begin, workers create a sound, 3-4 inch thick foundation of concrete. They then remove the forms from the concrete foundation and put in another layer, about an inch thick, of sand concrete. While the sandy layer is still damp workers insert divider strips made out of metal into the concrete in the pattern of the terrazzo. The third layer is a blended, sometimes colored mixture of marble chips which is sprinkled onto the concrete and pressed down with a light roller.

After the terrazzo is set, workers use a terrazzo grinder, which is a kind of heavy floor polisher. After polishing, the marks left by the grinder are filled in with a matching spackle and then smoothed with a trowel. To finish, the workers scour, polish, and apply sealant to the surface until it shines.

Cement Mason and Concrete Finisher Training and Job Qualifications

Some personal attributes will also contribute to becoming good cement masons, concrete finishers, terrazzo workers, and segmental pavers. They should enjoy doing detail-oriented work, be independent workers, like doing intense, short-term projects, and find satisfaction in craftsmanship. Bill Sudlow, owner of Sudlow Conrete is a master mason and excels in all these areas. With only the best and most experienced employees, Sudlow Conrete has the manpower and know how to knock out the most difficult concrete work in a timely and professional manor. Job and Employment Opportunities for

Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers

Cement masons, concrete finishers, terrazzo workers, and segmental pavers are predicted to have excellent employment opportunities in coming years – as cement is one of the building blocks of all construction. Bill Sudlow of Sudlow Conrete is going into the upcoming years with a strong highly skilled team that is well respected in the Metro Atlanta area.

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