What is a Wide Placement Slab?

If you are new or unfamiliar with the concrete construction industry, it can be somewhat difficult to learn all of the related terms and definitions that come along with this exciting field. Here at Somero, we are passionate about what we do and strive to inform others of our products and services to the best of our abilities. This includes informing those who may not know everything about concrete but are still interested in learning more.

Today, we are going to talk about wide placement slabs and what exactly they can do for concrete professionals today. So, what is a wide placement slab you ask? Read below to learn more.

What is the Definition of a Wide Placement Slab?

First and foremost, the definition of wide placement varies significantly depends on factors that are unique to each project. The overall goal for contractors is to find and select a placement method that is wide and practical for the specific requirements and conditions of each day. When a contractor selects wide placement, it allows he/she to maximize all of the benefits and resources available. This in turn allows for more timely installation of the slab and reduces any problems and construction joints associated with the slab.

An important thing to keep in mind is that as concrete slump decreases and the specified FL numbers and or temperatures increase, the width of the pour must also decrease. Also important to note,only qualified floor finishing contractors should make wide placement slabs.

Why Is the Wide Placement Method for Slab Placement Useful?

There are many reasons why a floor contractor should utilize the wide placement method of slab placement including:

  • Total footage of construction joint installed will be less
  • Less labor will be used for hand troweling edges
  • Delays in starting and stopping will be minimized
  • Less lighting, as well as labor to install lighting, is needed to illuminate work area
  • It allows for easier tracking of all placing and finishing equipment
  • It allows for easier communication among workers
  • Two or more trucks can be discharged simultaneously

Concrete contractors know that a lot of planning goes into successful slab installations. By utilizing wide placement slabs, contractors can increase daily productivity while reducing labor hours overall due to its high degree of maneuverability. To learn more about wide placement slabs and how Somero’s Laser Screed machines can help with leveling concrete floors, click here!