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R.J. Potteiger Construction Services, Inc. offers construction services in Carlisle, PA and throughout Central PA. With over 25 years of experience in commercial, industrial and residential concrete construction, we provide services ranging from structural concrete to warehouse floor repairs to saw cutting and core drilling. Our company is diversified in services so our employees can respond to construction variables and demands of the construction business. But, we remain the same when it comes to our quality workmanship.

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Work with one of the best concrete contractors in PA by partnering with R.J. Potteiger Construction Services, Inc. We do concrete work for various residential, industrial and commercial markets throughout our service area of Central PA. Whether you need a warehouse floor repair or a concrete demolition, we are the contractor to call.

When R.J. Potteiger Construction Services, Inc. works with clients, we ensure our commercial concrete services will meet the goals of their project. We provide the desired results by communicating, coordinating and planning with all the involved parties.

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From the world’s tallest skyscrapers to some of the best-known highways, concrete is the material that makes it all possible. It’s one of the oldest building materials in the world, and without it, we wouldn’t have the Willis Tower, the Hoover Dam or the Panama Canal.

The team at R.J. Potteiger has vast experience in different areas of concrete repair and installation, including industrial and commercial concrete construction services. As commercial general contractors, our capabilities include but are not limited to the following services:

Commercial Floors and Concrete Polishing

Warehouse and industrial floors are exposed to more risks than residential ones. Joint edges can spall, crack or move under repetitive stress from wheeled equipment and heavy machinery.

These floors need supports that allow them to move with thermal changes and stress to prevent damage and degradation. High-traffic areas, like those in retail spaces or office buildings, can also experience deterioration over time due to cumulative stress.

Our floor repair services are available for:

  • Surface breakdown or delamination
  • Shrinkage cracking
  • Expansion, contraction, construction or induced concrete floor joint failure
  • Control joint damage
  • Cracking and spalling

If your floor is still structurally sound but looking a little worse for wear, we can come in and polish it. Concrete polishing calls for special diamond tools, chemicals and safety precautions, so you’ll want to work with professional concrete contractors with a strong safety record.

During this process, we will:

  • Remove any existing coatings
  • Seal cracks and joints with the appropriate filler
  • Grind the floor down with descending grit sizes, similar to sandpaper
  • Apply a hardener that densifies the concrete
  • Polish the floor with fine-grit resin-bond diamond
  • Add a stain guard, if desired

Although concrete floors are low-maintenance, polishing can give them a nice refresh and help maintain their durability for years to come.

Commercial Concrete Parking Lots

Concrete is a great choice for parking lots because it offers long lifespans and easy maintenance, especially when compared to the other popular option of asphalt. With rising asphalt prices, concrete parking lots have become even more enticing. Other benefits include a high load-carrying capacity and lighter colors, which can reduce lighting demands and lower the temperature of the area.

Parking lots are a little trickier than basic pavement, as they call for components like joints, curbs and drainage spaces. Depending on the application, there can be many decisions involved, like the thickness and type of concrete, drain locations, freeze-thaw risk and the need for reinforcement.

Our experienced team has years of commercial concrete construction experience and can help simplify your parking lot project with attentive customer service.

Commercial Concrete for Tilt-Up Concrete Construction

Tilt-up concrete construction starts with a concrete slab on the ground. Then, we tilt the slab upward to form the wall of a structure.

This method is popular in buildings of all types, especially in the south. It’s fast and flexible and can accommodate a wide range of building features, from basic windows and doors to complex shapes and decorations. Whether you’re looking for exposed aggregate, embedded brick or unique textures and colors, tilt-up concrete is a quick, cost-efficient way to get them.

With tilt-up concrete construction, you’ll find benefits like:

  • Quick on-site casting: Tilt-up panels can be poured into large panels and don’t need to be shipped by truck, so there are few limitations to size or transit expenses. They also don’t take much time to make, so they’re great for meeting tight deadlines.
  • Flexibility: Tilt-up slabs can be used with a wide range of design and build choices, so you can choose from multiple reinforcement materials, colors and styles to meet even the most unique specifications.
  • Sustainability: This building method can be used for energy-efficient design choices, like insulation panels and airtight construction. Like all types of concrete, it can also be made of recycled materials.
  • Cost: Tilt-up is especially cost-effective for larger buildings, but it’s also a good pick for subdivisions, where multiple homes are built at the same time.

Our commercial concrete services include but are not limited to:

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SLABS ON GRADE

Slabs on grade are one of the three main types of building foundations. These foundations consist of just one thick layer, and when they are poured, the edges will be made extra thick so that they can help carry the weight of the structure. It is standard practice to place a layer of gravel or soil down first to enhance the drainage, and the use of wire mesh will help limit the risk of the concrete breaking up and cracking.

Known for their consistency and durability, slabs on grade foundations are also described as floating foundations. To create the foundation, a mold will first be placed onto the ground, and the concrete will then be poured onto it. The slab and grade option has many advantages in that it creates an affordable and strong base, and it offers better protection against termites.

In colder environments, slabs on grade can be insulated to protect against frost and to help regulate the temperature of the concrete.

COMMON PROBLEMS WITH SLABS ON GRADE

One of the most common problems of using a concrete base in this form is shrinkage. However, there are methods that can be used to help counter this, such as creating an extra-thick slab, using damp proofing, allowing the concrete to cure for longer and using coatings and sealers to prevent moisture from seeping in.

Great care needs to be taken when it’s utilized, as poorly installed concrete can lead to cracking, which could threaten the structure of the building if it becomes severe enough. Special care should also be taken to ensure drainage is sufficient.

APPLICATIONS

Applications for slabs on grade include:

  • Garage floors
  • Flooring
  • Foundations

COMMERCIAL CONCRETE FOUNDATION TYPES AND CHARACTERISTICS

A firm foundation is integral to the longevity of a steel building. If a foundation isn’t laid according to the highest of standards, it can ultimately result in the building failing structurally. When a building is structurally unsound, leaks and floods can be commonplace and walls can begin to slant or move, leaving the construction in danger of failing.

When a steel building starts with a strong foundation, the finished building will be durable and better protected from harsh environmental factors and will provide a reliable base for the building structure.

PREPARING THE LAND

Laying the foundations will usually begin with the steel building foundation contractors conducting a survey of the land. During this stage, it will be established whether the ground is stable enough and if the quality of soil is adequate. If any potential problems arise during this stage, options for overcoming them will then be discussed.

THE PURPOSE OF STEEL BUILDING FOUNDATIONS

The foundation serves to counter many of the common problems that come with steel building construction. Steel buildings are vulnerable to damage from environmental forces such as earthquakes and wind uplift. The challenge of wind uplift makes it necessary to take a different approach to building a foundation.

Typically, foundations for steel buildings will be heavier and include additional topsoil or may require deeper footings to provide the necessary stability.

TYPES OF STEEL BUILDING FOUNDATIONS

Steel building foundations come in three main forms: slab, pier and perimeter wall. A slab foundation is the most commonly used and provides both a floor for the steel construction and support for the completed building. Buildings that have a gravel or soil floor will usually be built on a pier foundation, and this option is common in the agriculture industry. Portable and floating foundations are also an option.

A floating or permanent foundation is most often used for building construction in the commercial and industrial sector, and it’s the preferred option for buildings that are to be situated on softer soils. Floating foundations have many advantages, such as:

  • They provide an affordable option.
  • They require less digging.
  • Floating and portable foundations mean less construction time.
  • It eliminates the risk of building height loss.
  • It is suitable for simple construction.
  • It offers an affordable and straightforward solution for construction.

However, these types of foundations don’t have the sturdiness of the regular foundations. Nevertheless, they do offer greater flexibility.

The type of steel building foundation used will vary depending on the project. Pier, footing and grade beam is used widely for agricultural buildings and is often used where the soil is dry. It’s more expensive, but is long-lasting and will stand the test of time. There’s also the option of a concrete slab foundation.

The main considerations when choosing a suitable concrete foundation include:

  • The location of the steel building and what the building is to be used for
  • The type of soil
  • The weight of the building, equipment and vehicles
  • The final dimensions of the building

Applications

Steel foundations have applications in:

  • Carports and commercial buildings
  • Agricultural buildings
  • Workshops and storage units

Types of Commercial Concrete Mixes

Commercial concrete is made by mixing water, aggregates and cement in various ratios. The materials and ratios used will add certain characteristics to the concrete. Below are some of the types of concrete available for commercial applications:

  • Normal concrete: Normal concrete is a great all-around solution with enough strength for most construction work. It uses regular cement, and its aggregates include stone and sand. It has a relatively quick setting time — anywhere from 30-90 minutes.
  • High-strength concrete: As the name implies, high-strength concrete can stand up to more stress. It uses less water and a higher amount of quality aggregate. Some additives can also help make it stronger. High-strength concrete can take much longer to set, but it’s suitable for high-load projects, like walkways.
  • High-performance concrete: High-performance concrete is even stronger than high-strength concrete. It offers additional durability and strength for large pieces like pillars, warehouses and facades. It can stand up better to tough environments where it might be exposed to chemicals or abrasion.
  • Air-entrained concrete: Lastly, air-entrained concrete incorporates small air bubbles into the concrete that can better resist freeze-thaw cycles. Normally, when water enters concrete and freezes, it increases the internal pressure and damages the concrete over time. Air-entrained concrete helps alleviate this issue for applications where freeze-thaw cycles are likely to be a problem.

We can work with all types of concrete and help you find the right one for your project.

CONCRETE LOADING DOCK PITS

A well-designed loading dock is crucial to any business that requires space to pack or unload merchandise. They’re commonly used by suppliers who need to easily ship or remove stock from their premises. The type of loading dock pit needed will depend on the individual requirements of the business, the space available and any potential safety issues that need to be taken into account.

CHALLENGES IN LOADING DOCK DESIGN

Some of the biggest challenges for concrete loading dock contractors begin in the planning stages. It’s crucial that the calculations and measurements are precise, or the completed project will not meet the individual business’s requirements. However, it’s also essential that the designs are drawn up with any future business plans in mind, as this will help to save costs on remodeling later.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF LOADING DOCK PITS

There are several types of loading docks, including flush docks, which are the most widely used. Other methods of construction pits include:

OPEN DOCKS

Open docks are among the least popular types. They have a distinct disadvantage due to the exposure to the elements, and they can be an easy target for theft.

DEPRESSED DOCKS

These could also be described as “sloping docks.” They are used when the setup of the building won’t allow a basement, or when there’s no access to a dock-level floor.

SAW TOOTH DOCKS

These are used when there isn’t a lot of apron space. However, the main negative with the saw tooth dock is the fact that it will intrude onto dock space.

APPLICATIONS

Concrete loading dock pits have the following applications:

  • Manufacturing plants
  • Warehouses
  • Agriculture

CONCRETE EQUIPMENT FOUNDATIONS

Another use of concrete in the industrial sector is concrete equipment foundations. A durable, reliable concrete foundation is of paramount importance to companies in the manufacturing sector, as the foundation needs to be strong enough to hold the hefty, specialized equipment that is commonplace in the manufacturing industry.

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An experienced team of concrete equipment foundation contractors will use their skilled knowledge to create a foundation of any size or shape to cater to the individual business. The creation of these foundations will need to be done with great precision during the construction phase if it’s going to provide the kind of tough, long-lasting foundation that’s necessary to support the weight of specialized equipment.

THE IMPORTANCE OF CONCRETE EQUIPMENT FOUNDATIONS

The types of foundations typically used in regular construction are crawlspaces, slabs on grade and full basements. However, an equipment foundation requires a different approach, as an equipment foundation will need to manage the impact caused by machinery when it’s in operation to manage the dynamic forces that are at workThe purpose of an equipment foundation is to offset these forces and to create a strong, stable base.

In construction, a wide variety of materials can be used to create a foundation. However, if it’s going to stand the test of time and provide adequate tensile strength, reinforced or structural concrete is the usual method used in the building of equipment foundations.

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APPLICATIONS:

Equipment foundations are typically used in:

  • Manufacturing plants
  • Press pits
  • Machine foundations

Start Your Commercial Concrete Project With R.J. Potteiger

If you’re in central Pennsylvania, the experienced professionals at R.J. Potteiger can help bring your residential or commercial concrete project to life. We’re fully licensed, insured and bonded and have over 25 years of concrete work in our arsenal. Our team has the high attention to detail needed for industrial buildings, residential floors, public walkways and many other concrete projects, offering an array of services for existing and new concrete structures.

Reach out to us today to learn more about our services and how we can help.

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CONCRETE’S USE IN DRIVEWAYS, PATIOS, SIDEWALKS, AND WALKWAYS

When constructing driveways, patios, sidewalks, and walkways, there is standard concrete, which is most commonly used, or colored concrete which is often used for decorative/stamped concrete projects.

Decorative concrete comes in a vast range of designs and colors. However, it is important to note that decorative concrete prices can vary substantially from standard concrete prices. Detailed below are some pointers that should be taken into consideration when installing concrete:

DRIVEWAYS

There are several factors that are essential to a long-lasting driveway. This starts with the subgrade being adequately prepared and achieving the right mix of concrete. During the construction phase, reinforcement in the form of steel will often be added to give the driveway greater longevity.

The concrete will need to be cured and finished properly, and adequate drainage is also necessary.

With sidewalks, again, the subgrade is vital. However, a granular subbase layer is often added to give additional support and to limit shrinkage. Control joints are fitted into the concrete to limit cracking of the concrete, but careful consideration needs to be given to the placement of trees, as the roots can cause concrete to lift and crack.

WALKWAYS AND PATIOS

Even the simplest of concrete patios or walkways can transform the exterior of a building. However, if it’s going to last, the surface needs to be adequately prepared and must start with a firm foundation to avoid cracks that could otherwise occur.

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BBB ACCREDITED

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is an organization that reviews businesses and their practices so customers know if the business is trustworthy. R.J. Potteiger Construction Services, Inc. has been BBB accredited with an A+ rating since 2011. Our BBB accreditation means we have the attributes of a better business, including legal business practices and honest customer service. Our high rating also indicates that we are responsive to our customers’ needs based on how we address issues and honor the BBB’s standards.

Since R.J. Potteiger Construction Services, Inc. is a BBB accredited business, you can expect us to be trustworthy and transparent throughout your project. We strive to honor our commitment to quality, safe concrete work.

A DIVERSE PORTFOLIO

R.J. Potteiger Construction Services, Inc. is proud to have a record of repeat clients for all complexities and sizes of projects. We have worked on a diverse range of jobs, which allows us to be creative problem-solvers if a project has challenges. Our projects are supported by our skilled staff, experience with concrete services and competitive prices.

Our current clients trust us when they need quality concrete construction work, so you can have faith that we will provide this same excellence to you, too. Our portfolio of projects in PA includes:

  • Building a deck and walkway in the Hershey Medical Rehab Center according to ADA regulations.
  • Raising an existing building roof and constructing a concrete mezzanine for Fry Communications.
  • Creating a veterans memorial for Silver Spring Township.
  • Adding concrete patios to several Rita’s Italian Ice locations.

EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

R.J. Potteiger Construction Services, Inc. is a fully licensed commercial concrete contractor in PA offering high-quality managed projects. Our diverse services and dedication to our clients are why we have been successful for our more than 25 years in business.

We are skilled in several commercial concrete services, offering these types of concrete work:

  • Saw cutting: We have the right saws to cut through reinforced floors and walls to make room for expansion and control joints and more. We’ll also cut slabs to even their surfaces.
  • Demolition: Concrete demolition includes removing concrete structures like parking lots, foundations and slabs and responsibly disposing of the debris. Our work will not disturb your daily operations.
  • Core drilling: We will make openings in slabs, walls and ceilings to install lines and cables. With our precision drilling, we can make a hole at the exact width and depth you want.

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However, its part in everyday construction shouldn’t be ignored, either. As a foundation, it’s a stabilizing force — and as a result, concrete is widely used for industrial and commercial purposes. Today we’ll be exploring concrete, its many applications in construction, and its use for all manner of concrete services.

THE BENEFITS OF CONCRETE

Known for its versatility and durability, concrete is one of the most widely used building materials. Regardless of the building project, it’s likely that at some point, concrete will play a core part in the successful completion. Concrete is used widely in both commercial and domestic construction, and as detailed below, concrete offers many distinct advantages when used in construction:

  • It’s low-maintenance and can stand up to erosion and harsh weather conditions.
  • The fact that it’s so durable makes concrete an economical solution for a building project and helps keep the budget under control.
  • When used in construction, concrete is an environmentally friendly and sustainable solution, which can be recycled and used for another purpose.
  • Concrete is fire-resistant.
  • It’s versatile and can be used in different forms, including slabs on grade.

STRUCTURAL CONCRETE: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF STRUCTURAL CONCRETE

What makes structural concrete stand out from regular concrete, and why is it so important to the construction industry? Effectively managing tension is imperative to stable building design. Concrete has good compressive qualities, but it lacks tension on its own. This is why steel is added to the mix, giving us structural, or reinforced, concrete.

When steel is incorporated into concrete, it gives the material added tensile strength, allowing the foundation or construction to withstand the stresses it will naturally be exposed to. Between them, the steel and concrete come together to create a more resistant force.

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The steel will be embedded in various forms such as steel bars, rods and mesh. However, it might also take the form of plates and fibers. When the two materials are used together, the concrete is strengthened and therefore more structurally sound.

STRUCTURAL STEEL AND ITS ROLE IN CONSTRUCTION

  • The use of structural concrete is popular among contractors not only for its tensile strength but also because it gives a structure added strength and firmness.
  • Adding steel to concrete reduces shrinkage. When used by itself, concrete can become tough and is prone to drying out, which leads to cracks. With steel added, cracks are less likely to appear in the concrete, so the structure remains watertight and weatherproof.
  • Combining steel with concrete reduces the chances of corrosion.
  • Concrete is brittle by nature, and steel balances it out due to its ductile qualities. By incorporating the two materials, a structure is less likely to succumb to brittle failure.
  • Steel is used in combination with concrete to ensure added strength. Contractors use various forms of steel rebar in the concrete to enforce its strength against heavy forces, strong winds or other environmental factors.
  • Structural concrete is a cost-effective solution.

APPLICATIONS:

Applications for structural concrete include:

  • Equipment Foundations
  • Building Foundations
  • Loading Dock Pits

However, structural concrete also has multiple applications in larger projects. It’s often used in bridges, piers and buildings, and it’s used in both the commercial and residential sectors. Due to its highly efficient performance and its reliability, structural concrete is used in the construction of football stadiums and conference halls.

In addition, structural concrete is suitable for flooring slabs, foundations and for retaining walls, but it also has a role in wall repair. On larger scale projects, structural concrete is used in:

  • Healthcare facilities
  • Stadiums
  • High rise and commercial buildings

Commercial Concrete vs. Residential Concrete

Installing concrete in commercial and residential settings calls for different processes and considerations. Both residential and commercial projects can include structures like concrete floors, concrete patios, foundation repair, concrete walls and concrete countertops.

Residential concrete generally has less wear placed upon it. Foot traffic is minimal on floors, and heavy items might include appliances or furniture — not heavy machinery that weighs several tons. Since it doesn’t need to be incredibly strong, you can typically go with more affordable varieties of concrete and simple finishes. Residential projects often allow for creativity and unique designs that are possible with concrete.

Commercial concrete, on the other hand, needs strength and durability to withstand the stresses of the job or the public. It usually needs to be rated for higher strengths and reinforced. The finish also needs to be suitable for high-traffic scenarios, with good traction, the right aesthetic and resistance to spills and abrasion.

FLOATING AND PORTABLE FOUNDATIONS

A floating or permanent foundation is most often used for building construction in the commercial and industrial sector, and it’s the preferred option for buildings that are to be situated on softer soils. Floating foundations have many advantages, such as:

  • They provide an affordable option.
  • They require less digging.
  • Floating and portable foundations mean less construction time.
  • It eliminates the risk of building height loss.
  • It is suitable for simple construction.
  • It offers an affordable and straightforward solution for construction.

However, these types of foundations don’t have the sturdiness of the regular foundations. Nevertheless, they do offer greater flexibility.

The type of steel building foundation used will vary depending on the project. Pier, footing and grade beam is used widely for agricultural buildings and is often used where the soil is dry. It’s more expensive, but is long lasting and will stand the test of time. There’s also the option of a concrete slab foundation.

The main considerations when choosing a suitable concrete foundation include:

  • The location of the steel building and what the building is to be used for
  • The type of soil
  • The weight of the building, equipment and vehicles
  • The final dimensions of the building

APPLICATIONS:

Steel foundations have applications in:

  • Carports and commercial buildings
  • Agricultural buildings
  • Workshops and storage units

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Concrete is a multi-purpose material used for numerous purposes in the construction industry. From basic concrete ramps and loading docks to keep businesses moving, equipment foundations for the manufacturing industry and steel building foundations to protect the longevity of agricultural buildings, it all begins with a skillfully constructed base.

The team at R.J. Potteiger Construction Services, Inc. has over 25 years of experience offering an extensive range of concrete services in PA. Contact us online or call us at 717-697-3192 to find out more about our concrete construction services in PA, to learn about how our structural concrete contractors in PA can help you, or to enlist our team to help you with your next project.

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