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Sidewalks are an excellent example of concrete flatwork. Usually, sidewalks are made in sections having expansion joints between them. Generally, these are not created with the help of rebar reinforcements. Instead, they consist of a sub-base made up using aggregate rock.

Finishing for sidewalks is flat and often provided a subtle finish to improve the grip when the sidewalk is wet.


Concrete is the favored option when a patio is constructed since it provides you several options in terms of sealing and finished coloring you can use. In addition, you can reinforce concrete patios with the help of aggregate or rebar.

Aggregate is often utilized when a particular surface is in level with soil's surface and also to reduce the cost. On the other hand, rebar is utilized for raising concrete patios so that the patio maintains its form.


Driveways are constructed in such a way that they can bear the weight of automobiles and as such, must contain expansion joints for preventing cracks. You will commonly find homes with cement driveways as they are created right at the time home's foundation is made.

Generally, a frame is used for forming the concrete driveway. Based upon driveway's slope, a rebar underlay may not be required.
The good thing about concrete driveways is that they are quite cost effective and you can also seal them using different colored stains for achieving the desired look.


Concrete steps prove to be quite sturdy and offer a smooth transition from an outdoor space like a patio to your house.

What is Concrete Flatwork?

Any type of poured surface that travels in a horizontal plane is known as concrete flatwork. These flatwork surfaces include driveways, foundations, sidewalks, walkways, patios, and similar other types of flat surfaces. Usually, concrete is the preferred material for such flatwork since it helps in the formation of perfectly even and flat surface.

How is flatwork formed?

For the formation of flatwork, a frame is used as well as sub-base is utilized that is created using either aggregate rock or rebar.

The benefit of sub-base is that it helps in strengthening the concrete and also in preventing the formation of cracks due to age and pressure.

Benefits of Concrete Flatwork

Even though concrete flatwork costs more compared to other types of paving materials such as asphalt, the cost you make pays off due to the durability of the material and the longer lifespan it has.

You will not have to replace concrete flatwork too often, and also, it will also remain finished for a longer duration.

When bricks or pavers are utilized for making flatwork, there are concerns of movement and settling. But, when concrete flatwork is used, you have the assurance that it will be more resilient to various factors such as rain damage and tree roots compared to pavers.