QUIKRETE (r) Concrete Mix is an excellent all-purpose mix for sidewalk and slab construction. Sidewalks should be a minimum of 4 inches thick. Simple slabs for minor foundations, bases, and so on, typically 4' to 6' thick, depending on the load they must sustain. To ensure appropriate drainage, slope the walk away from buildings. The standard practice is to allow 1 inch of water per foot of sidewalk depth. However, if you want your walk to look better, go for at least 3/4 inch or 1 inch of water per foot.
If you want to know whether Quikrete can be used as an exterior concrete product, the answer is yes, it can be used for a sidewalk. There are several factors to consider before using Quikrete for an exterior application such as temperature, moisture, and so on. If you plan to use the sidewalk in a climate that exceeds 100 degrees F, we recommend adding fiberglass insulation to the outer layer of the sidewalk to prevent heat damage to other materials such as asphalt or concrete. As long as the overall weight of the mixture is within specification, any type of concrete could be used for an exterior application provided it is well cured (see below).
The best part is that Quikrete is easy to work with and has a high level of durability. You will need a trowel for smoothing the surface and a hand tamper for compacting the mix when necessary.
Quikrete cement is intended for use in do-it-yourself applications. It may be used to finish a range of concrete construction jobs, including pouring footings. However, it is not as durable as other cements and should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or heavy loads.
The powder is mixed with water to form a paste that can be poured into the required shape. Once dry, it will hold its shape well if left alone. The powder is very fine and so does not get clogged up in your pipes or drain. It also doesn't leave any residue behind when washed away.
People who work with Quikrete often comment on its quick set time. This makes it useful for small projects where you don't have much time to wait for the mortar to harden.
Additionally, Quikrete has a low pH which means it's non-toxic. This is good if you need to pour inside a house or onto a patio area where children might play. There are some precautions you should take though. For example, if you're using the powder version then you'll need to make sure you wear protective clothing due to its dusting nature. When mixing the powder with water, ensure that you keep the airway open so that you don't breathe in any excess moisture.
Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix is simple to use (simply add water) and dries in 20 to 40 minutes. It's the quickest way to install posts for items like mailboxes, fences, and lighting. That is more powerful than the concrete used in most housing foundations. It can be colored or tinted with additives such as paints or stains and will not crack like regular concrete does over time.
The ingredients are natural gas, silica sand, limestone, iron oxide, and sugar. There is no aluminum or magnesium powder used in its manufacture which makes it eco-friendly.
It is very durable and resistant to heat, acids, alkalis, and chemicals. The color can change depending on how it is mixed so you can match it to any décor. However, the color will not last as long as normal concrete.
Fast-setting concrete is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and is easy to clean. It doesn't smell like ordinary concrete and can be used for various projects including patios, pool decks, and playgrounds.
The only disadvantage of this type of concrete is that it cannot be used when moisture is present because the mixture would become wet and unusable. Also, it won't set if temperatures reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
This concrete calculator can assist you in determining the amount of bags of QUIKRETE (r) Concrete Mix, Mortar Mix, or Fast-Setting Concrete required for the following projects: (All calculations are rounded to the nearest entire bag.)
Use this calculator to determine how much concrete you will need for your project. Enter the number of yards required and then click on the Calculate button. The result will be displayed in the text box below.
For example, if you want to make a driveway that is 20 feet long by 8 inches wide, enter 20 into the Length field and 8 into the Width field. Then click the Calculate button. You now know how much concrete you will need.