Concrete is very useful in the construction field. Its durability helps it stand out from its counterpart, cement. This is also why concrete is an important tool that we at Lafferty Aluminum and Screening use to help stabilize our structures. Concrete slabs, particularly smaller and thinner ones, can be used to secure your screen installations while also having a very distinct aesthetic.
So what exactly is concrete? It is made from a mixture of two “ingredients” so to say: aggregate and paste. The aggregate and paste are itself mixtures, with the aggregate composing of different rocks and the paste is made out of cement and water. It is important to be able to mix all of these ingredients together, as the concrete will not be strong enough if improperly mixed. This can spell disaster, as the concrete will not be sturdy enough to hold up and stabilize the screen enclosure. This is why we make sure all of our concrete is mixed to the highest degree.
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According to Section 62-2109 of the Code of Ordinances of Brevard County, Florida Volume 2, fences and other obstructions may not pass six feet in residential zoning. Because of this, it is especially important to measure out the width and height of your slabs. The Aluminum Association of Florida recommends that 8” by 8” concrete footings be used for your project. However, newly created slabs must be inspected by the county in order to make sure they are durable and safe for construction.
Here at Lafferty Aluminum and Screening, we pour all of our concrete blocks and slabs on site. This process is intricate and important, as they must be mixed well enough to help stabilize the structure.
The first thing that we do is prepare the concrete pouring site. We do this by clearing anything that prohibits the concrete from completely forming, such as trees and even old concrete. Setting up concrete forms is our next line of action. These forms are held in place by stakes and are designed to be removed easily.
The next step is to pour the concrete into the form. It is important to make sure that all of the concrete is being poured into our designated area. After we have finished pouring, we make sure the concrete is level and evened-out before applying finish onto it. Finally, the curing process occurs where the concrete begins to take shape. This process takes up to four weeks to complete.
This pouring process is crucial in order for the concrete to hold up the infrastructure. However, with Lafferty Aluminum and Screening, you know you will be receiving not only the best quality of screening structures and fences, but also the best quality of concrete as well.
When you first see your concrete slabs take form, it may be tempting to start painting them right away. However, this could end in disaster. Give the slabs around four weeks to fully cure so that the leftover moisture is able to leave. Once the four weeks are complete, it is important to clean the slabs with a protective film and be left to dry. When this process has been completed, apply the paint of your choosing in weather that is neither too hot nor too cold.
Why Concrete Works
If your structure is made out of aluminum, chances are that concrete slabs are required to set them up. This is for good reason, as it secures the aluminum in a nearly impenetrable casing. Concrete can be used in either continuous and isolated footers. In continuous footers, the slab is overlapped with a #5 rebar and is usually the most common footer in screen enclosure construction. However, in isolated footers, a fairly large 12’x12’ block of concrete holds a post down.
The opinions on Lafferty Aluminum and Screening concrete are, well, concrete. It is a great mixture to use in order to make sure your structures are secure and stable. Visit our website to receive a free quote today. Contact us online or call us at 321-652-1078 and book an appointment today to learn more. Stay connected on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
Why Hire Us?
30 Years Of Experience Serving Customers
Although some items throughout your property can get repaired or installed by yourself, screen enclosures should get left up to the professionals. Every step must get done correctly, or else you’ll only see problems form fast.
Whether you fail to measure the site correctly, or the surface doesn’t get pulled taut enough, it allows the material to pull away from where it should remain secured. And when that happens, you wind up paying for the same job several times over.
From inexperienced installation teams to cheap screen materials, there are too many things that can go wrong with your job. Instead, our team offers more than 30 years of screen enclosure installation and repairs, providing you with the best contractors possible each time.
Why risk a poor-quality installation again when we can save you more on every project? Choose us for your household’s needs and enjoy lasting quality today.
Why Choose Us?
We Would Love to have you as a Customer!
When area homeowners need help securing their household, they turn to us for better results. No matter the area you need enclosed or its dimensions, we can best assist you with added privacy and security that lasts.
No one else provides the level of skill or experience that our team has, giving you the superior quality of service that you deserve. Hiring our contractors means never having to worry about what happens once we leave, and you can still rely on us for better results.
If you need to know that your home remains in the best hands around, you need our contractors today. Call Lafferty Aluminum and Screening for the trusted screen enclosure installers when you’re trying to find “screen enclosures near me”.
Areas We Gladly Serve
We always utilize the qualities of treated and safe materials to create a high quality product for those we are serving.
- Palm Bay
- Melbourne Beach
- Palm Shores
- Melbourne Village
Indian River County
- Vero Beach
- Indian River Shores
- Winter Beach
- South Beach
Reviews from our previous client's
Doug Michels and his crew were great! Doug personally measured and estimated the screen, made the building permit application and managed the project. That's personal service! His price was fair and very competitive. His workmanship is superb and we love our screened lanai! We could not be happier.
— Henry Singer
Michels power-washed our pool cage and then completed a full rescreening in less than 2 days. It looks fantastic! I would highly recommend Michels for their value and quality of work, responsiveness and professionalism. Outstanding job!!
— Liz Lenza
Fantastic Fence installer Tony does an amazing job, if you're in need of a fence-ask for him. This is an amazing team, one stop shop for all your enclosure needs. Whether it's your porch, yard or both these guys can do it - and it looks PHENOMENAL. Doesn't get much better than a family business with quality employees!
— Christy A
Excellent service and I’d highly recommend this company to anyone needing a fence or screening.
I cannot remember the last time I received such honest and genuine customer service.
This is an amazing team, a one-stop-shop for all your enclosure needs.