What you'll need
- A long, straight plank (a ‘2x4’)
- A bull float - one with rounded edges is preferable
- A hand float
- An edging tool
- A trowel or broom
For your freshly poured concrete to look as smooth as it possibly can, you’ll need to learn all about the finishing process. Concrete doesn’t just form a neat slab shape all on its own, it needs some extra attention using a few tools and some patience. This guide should help you produce a perfect finish for your concrete, ensuring it’s as clean and durable as possible.
Top tip Two people - one at either end of the plank - will make this stage easier.
Top tip This stage should be completed before any bleed water appears on the slab surface
Top tip Trowel finish: Do two or three passes with your trowel - and wait for the concrete to slightly dry between passes. Broom finish: Drag the broom towards you, gently, and overlap the preceding area to ensure you don’t miss an inch.
Top tip Start the curing process as soon as you can. For driveways, keep vehicles off the concrete for the full 28 day cure period to avoid any chance of cracks or collapse.