Sacramento Concrete Cutting Contractor Explains Slab and Wall Sawing
Wall sawing is also known as track sawing and is used to cut vertical or sloped surfaces. A Sacramento concrete contractor can help you determine the best method for your sawing needs. It is the most effective way to cut sloped of the following materials:
- Concrete – including reinforced concrete
- Cinder block
This type of sawing uses a circular diamond blade which is typically attached to a track-mounted machine. This allows for very precise placement of the saw and thus an exact cut. Because the saw is attached to a track-mounted machine, it can be used on just about any horizontal or vertical surface. This includes surfaces ranging from a flat floor to a complete 90 degree angle with the ground.
Wall sawing may be powered by a variety of sources, such as hydraulic, air, or electric power. A Sacramento concrete contractor may use a wall saw to create a straight or angled cut. It is a great saw for creating precise openings in concrete and other very hard surfaces. These saws are very fast and precise and are also known for being very safe when wielded by an experienced construction contractor.
This sawing method is very useful for any situation that requires a precise cut in a very hard surface, such as stone. This may include:
- Openings or cutouts
- Stairs or steps
Wall saws can be capable of cutting materials as much as 37” thick. This type of sawing can be extremely useful in many circumstances. It can be used as a controlled demolition method to cut access ways for staircases, elevators, cables, flow deflectors for dams, tanks, towers, and pipes. It is often used in major construction jobs but can also be used in residential construction projects. Unlike conventional demolition methods, wall sawing leaves a smooth finish so that window and door installations may be done immediately. Depending on the type of project you’re working on, it is always a good idea to contact a Sacramento concrete contractor for help.
Wall saws of varying power sources can provide different elements. For example, a hydraulic wall saw may bring more power for thicker or harder surfaces while an electric wall saw may be able to reach smaller areas.
Slab sawing is also often referred to as flat sawing and is the most commonly used diamond cutting method (meaning it uses a diamond saw). It is called “slab” sawing as it often is used to cut concrete, installations of which are often referred to as “slabs.” Slab saws are also used for other materials, such as pavement and driveways. The saw is mounted to a machine that a single operator uses by walking behind and pushing it. This sawing method can cut up to 24 inches deep or more and is often used to cut horizontal surfaces including:
- Floors – Including reinforced concrete
- Roadways and walkways – On bridges, especially
- Expansion joints – These are often placed between sections of brick or concrete to absorb any expansion from heat, earthquakes, etc. Flat sawing may be used to create an area for its insertion into the ground.
- Control joints – Control joints are placed in sections of concrete so that when the concrete shrinks over time, the joints expand and prevent cracking. Flat sawing may be used to create an area for its insertion into the ground.
- Damaged pavement or concrete – Slab sawing can perform controlled demolition of old pavement or concrete so new materials can be laid.
- Cutting plumbing and electrical trenches
- Broken water pipes or sewer lines – Slab sawing may be used in order to access these broken pipes.
- Structural foundations
Slab sawing is a very efficient method of cutting horizontal surfaces. It is quick and precise and can be contained, allowing other contracting work to continue pretty much without interruption. This is a big difference than if a jack hammer technique was used. Compared to using a jackhammer, slab sawing is much faster, quieter, and less stressful on structural areas. Slab sawing can be use for a wide variety of projects, as illustrated above and can be used on many materials both indoors and outdoors. A Sacramento concrete contractor can explain further depending on your project needs.
There are thousands of companies throughout the state of California that have the capabilities to perform these sawing techniques. When considering hiring one, it is important to consider experience, references, and specific capabilities for the job at hand.
Contact a Sacramento Concrete Contractor for Your Wall Sawing Needs
At California Cut & Core, we provide top-quality concrete and asphalt cutting, coring and other services. Give us a call at (916) 853 – 9224 to speak to a Sacramento concrete contractor today.