Every type of climate has building materials that perform better than others. This is certainly true of building in a tropical climate. Concrete is an almost universally preferred material due to its durability and super low maintenance needs.
If you are planning to install concrete and you live in a tropical climate, there are some questions you should be asking your contractor to insure your project doesn’t run into some of the most common pitfalls during the installation process and in the long term.
Probably the biggest element to contend with in a tropical climate is water. If it’s not raining for days on end, the humidity is constantly in the air. This ever-present moisture can be a challenge for installing and maintaining concrete. You want to ask your contractor how they are going to take into account any issues with water drainage.
When installing a large slab such as a concrete patio, concrete deck or concrete driveway, proper drainage is key both during the installation process and after. Your contractor will likely be on the lookout for any potential pooling of water or other sources of water that may interfere with the pouring of the concrete and proper drying as it sets.
They’ll take steps to redirect any water coming from downspouts and gutters or run-off from any surrounding hills or slopes. If they don’t ask, make sure to let them know where water usually collects or where it usually runs down around the project area.
Exposure to Sun
Another thing you will need to consider is light exposure. Even if your contractor has taken the right steps to ensure there is no pooling and has planned perfectly for proper drainage, there is no doubt that your concrete will be exposed to a lot of moisture from the humid air. Because of this, you will have to be careful in areas where there is a lot of shade. These are the areas where algae will form and become a potential hazard.
In areas where concrete has been installed at a steep slope, constant exposure to moisture can be a definite cause for concern. On smooth concrete the build-up of algae or mold can make it dangerous to walk on. Talk to any concrete contractor who works in a tropical environment and they’ll quickly tell you that the easiest way to solve that problem is to add texture to the driveway.
The most common way to add a rougher texture to a concrete driveway is to use an exposed aggregate finish. The gravel is used to texturize the finished product and give it a bit of grip. Luckily, the aggregate added to concrete is available in a variety of colors, making this type of embellishment both functional and stylish.
Another way to create a non-slip surface is adding a stamped finish to the concrete. Yes, this is a decorative feature you can add to concrete, but here it does double duty providing texture to create more grip on the surface of your sloped concrete.
Keeping all of these things in mind will ensure your concrete installation goes smoothly and that it is built with longevity in mind. Make sure to visit the site of the premier Honolulu concrete company for more information about your next home improvement project.