Category Archives: Concrete

Concrete Tilt Walls, Houston

Concrete tilt walls have grown in popularity for construction throughout the Houston area, as they provide a low-cost, quick method for creating buildings. Also known as tilt-up construction is completed by pouring concrete into the shape of each wall at the construction site, creating concrete panels that are then raised and assembled into the building’s skeleton. These concrete tilt walls can also be assembled offsite and transported to the new construction for assembly. Both of these methods yield a quick turnaround time and a comparably low price tag for construction projects throughout Houston. Continue reading

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Cutting and Grinding Concrete

Once concrete is hardened, it is renowned for its strength and endurance. When properly maintained, a concrete installation can last for decades. However, many construction or remodeling projects require that concrete be leveled, cut, drilled, and removed for variety of reasons. Adding doorways to concrete walls, drilling openings for wiring, and repairing roadways are just some of the tasks that require concrete to be cut. To cut or grind concrete, construction experts often require special processes or tools. Continue reading

Recycling Asphalt and Concrete

Many tasks to repair, replace, or simply remove a parking lot or other structure can result in piles of leftover asphalt or concrete. The need to consistently maintain these materials, especially in high traffic areas, calls for massive production of concrete and asphalt, but the good news is that many times these materials can be gathered and recycled for future use.

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ADA Compliance for Wheelchair Access

ADA Compliance and Wheelchair Accessible Ramps

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires by Federal Law that certain buildings provide Wheelchair Ramps that meet specific standards. This code allows everyone equal access to the building, which typically does not include residences, but applies to most spaces with public access, such as businesses, churches, schools, and other locations. Sidewalks, parking lots, parks, and other outdoor areas will also typically be required to meet these guidelines with ramps made of concrete or other materials.

These guidelines are developed to grant easy and safe access to public buildings for those with disabilities, such as those requiring the use of wheelchairs or crutches.

Wheelchair Ramp Codes include several specifications, including:

  • The ramp must include one foot of length for every inch of rise, leading to a 1:12 ramp slope ratio
  • Turn platforms must be a minimum of 5’ by 5’
  • Ramps must have at least 36 inches of space across the ramp
  • There can only be 30’ of a ramp before a rest or turn platform
  • Handrails must be between 34” and 38” on both sides of the ramp
  • Ramps must have at least a 5’ by 5’ unobstructed and flat area at the top and bottom of the ramp
  • Ramps must be constructed in such a way that water will not accumulate on walking surfaces

Businesses can face significant fines for failing to comply with these regulations. Many companies have been penalized for violations by the Department of Justice, from Walmart to hotels.

Property managers and business owners must proactively ensure that their buildings are compliant with ADA regulations in order to avoid severe consequences, as well as to ensure that their properties are easily accessible to any individuals. When repairs, renovations, or new buildings are being constructed, owners should ensure that any contractors used are familiar with ADA regulations and have experience in adhering to these guidelines.

Concrete Contractors Houston

For over 20 years, A-1 Construction Services has been the premiere concrete contractor in the Greater Houston area. Dedicated to providing 100% customer satisfaction, A-1 Construction Services knows that every single employee deserves a reliable, honest, and knowledgeable contractor, and we’re here to provide those services to you. Continue reading