Different Types of Concrete Cutting Services

You may already know that A-Core offers various types of concrete cutting services, but not exactly what they are. Learn more about the different concrete cutting methods we use to find out which one you need before contacting a concrete cutting company.

1. Core Drilling

A core drill is a hollow, cylindrical drill that is used to make holes through a surface. It is made of metal, and the drill tips are usually coated with either diamond or carbide. A core drill is composed of a motor, handle, and drill bits. The main difference between a core drill and other cement cutting tools is that a core drill will extract a sample from the material. The center of the drill is hollow, allowing it to carve out a sample from the drilled material. This sample, called a core sample, conforms to the shape of the hollow walls of the drill.

A core drill can penetrate various surface types. It can cut cement, wood, rocks, and ice. It pushes through the surface with a twisting motion to create the hole. A different drill bit needs to be installed for each surface to allow for the best performance.

The size, power, and features of a core drill can vary, depending on what it will be used for. Individuals can use a small core drill at home, while a powerful, medium-sized drill can be used for buildings and mines. Large drills are usually used for the cutting of concrete on massive construction projects.

2. Flat Sawing

Flat sawing is a technique used by concrete cutting contractors to saw horizontal surfaces. This sophisticated process uses a 400Hz electric saw for cutting cement or asphalt sheets up to 24 inches thick. As a high-powered, lightweight saw, it has multiplied production rates by 5 times over the past few years. Flat saws, also known as slab saws, can be used to cut floors, bridge decks, expansion joints, and pavement. They are also used to remove damaged pavement sections, clean and prepare cracks for repair, and concrete breaking and removal for demolition purposes.

Not only are flat saws used for concrete cutting and removal outside, but they can also be used indoors. This is quite common now, as they are quiet and produce less dust than a normal saw. Flat saws are extremely quick and precise, making them very efficient cutting saws for building cutting contractors to use.

3. Wall Sawing

Wall sawing is used for accurate concrete cutting on vertical or horizontal surfaces. This method of concrete wall cutting is used when a new doorway, HVAC opening, or window is needed. Wall saws can also cut access ways for staircases and elevators, crossovers for mechanical services and cabling, and flow detectors on dams, tanks, and other structures.

These cement cutting saws can be used in both concrete and masonry structures. They leave surfaces with a smooth finish, making the opening ready for a door or window installation. A wall saw can penetrate surfaces up to 37 inches thick. However, it requires experience to cut perfectly smooth and level openings, which is why you should hire concrete removal services to do the job.

Wall saws are unique because they can be used on a steep incline surface where flat saws cannot safely be used. They can also be used for specialized applications, such as finishing roughed-in walls. Wall sawing units are extremely portable and easy to set up for concrete cutting experts, making them overall great concrete removal tools.

4. Curb Cutting

Curb cutting is a type of industrial cutting used to make a break in a curb that allows easy access to and from the sidewalk. These cuts must be performed so that individuals can move on and off of the sidewalk without difficulty, making it convenient for those with wheelchairs, strollers, dollies, or skateboards. They are also used to provide a way for cars to reach parking lots and driveways. Curb cuts, also known as curb ramps, are required by law in the U.S.

Curb cuts are created using specialized machines that cut at a precise angle along the curb. The main purpose of this concrete cutting equipment is to cut curbs to create ramps and driveway approaches. These machines cut into sidewalks and create a slope incline, leaving a smooth, finished look on the curb. This slope can be no greater than 8.33 percent so wheelchairs and scooters can easily use them.

Curb cutting is the ideal technique to use for curb or parapet removal when roads and bridges require widening or demolition. Curb saws can cut walls flush to the road surface, eliminating the need for curb excavation.

Contact A-Core Today for Your Concrete Cutting Needs

A-Core offers all of these concrete cutting services  as well as many concrete demolition services, and will perform them to your satisfaction. With something as important as concrete cutting and removal, you don’t want to guess. Call a specialist and request a quote today. Contact A-Core by calling (855) 367-3620.