Project managers, builders and other construction and remodeling specialists work every day with heavy, durable materials such as concrete and brick. These standard building materials are thankfully designed to last. Still, their presence leads to significant issues during both initial construction and various types of repairs and replacements. These issues center on one important question: how to cut into concrete and masonry safely, accurately and efficiently. In many cases, the answer to this question is a modern piece of machinery called a flat saw.
However, not just anyone can effectively operate a flat saw. In addition, not all saws in this category meet the same high standard for accuracy and reliability. In San Bernardino, Riverside, Ontario and Los Angeles, construction and remodeling professionals turn to the experts at Garrett Concrete Coring and Sawing for the region’s premier flat sawing services. Every day, we combine almost 40 years of experience and knowhow with some of the most powerful, efficient flat saws on the market. Whether you need work done in a small area or throughout your entire worksite, we have the dedication, skill and training needed to help you complete your project on time and on budget.
FLAT SAWING ESSENTIALS
Anyone working on a structure made from concrete, reinforced concrete or any form of masonry is familiar with the need to make various types of modifications in these hardened materials. In many cases, these modifications take place on flat, horizontal surfaces such as interior floors or parking lots. At one time, the only way to penetrate a hardened, flat surface was to bring in a jackhammer. However, jackhammer use comes with a number of regrettable drawbacks, including poor control over the accuracy of the cutting process and the creation of difficult-to-handle rubble piles.
For these and other reasons, construction managers have largely abandoned jackhammer use and now rely on specialized flat saws, which come equipped with tough, diamond-tipped circular blades. These modern pieces of equipment offer a number of important advantages, including:
- Precise, predictable cut lines
- Easy cutting through a wide range of material thicknesses
- Increased project speed and efficiency
- Simpler removal and cleanup procedures
Some flat saws are relatively small and hand-operated. However, professionals also frequently rely on larger walk-behind models mounted on wheeled carts. This portable equipment layout makes it easy for a trained operator to make accurate cuts. It also makes it possible to maintain the safety standards needed to minimize the risks for jobsite injuries.
In the hands of a skilled operator, a full-size flat saw has an extremely wide range of potential uses in structures made from concrete, reinforced concrete and/or masonry. Common examples of these many uses include:
- Creating expansion joints (also known as control joints or movement joints)
- Creating the trenches needed to install building utilities
- Accessing building utilities for needed repairs or replacements
- Removing damaged segments of material
- Repairing serious cracks
- Making the openings required for certain kinds of ductwork, and
- Making the openings required to install staircases and elevators
Flat sawing also frequently plays an important role in the demolition of horizontal structures. In addition to performing well on floors and similar indoor surfaces, this type of saw is also an excellent option for work performed on the outdoor surfaces of structures such as bridge decks and roofs.
A properly equipped flat saw can also cut through surfaces made from asphalt. This type of work requires a switch to a specialized saw blade designed to handle the typical mixture of pitch (i.e., tar) and aggregate materials found in these surfaces. Common reasons for asphalt cutting include:
- Removal of damaged segments of pavement during a larger repair process
- Preparation for the repair of isolated cracks, and
- The creation of various kinds of trenches
THE GARRETT ADVANTAGE
In an understandable effort to save time or money, managers of construction projects sometimes turn to non-specialist general contractors to operate rented flat saws on their worksites. Some managers go even further and rely on their own unskilled workers for flat saw operation. You might feel inclined to follow these examples, especially if you just need a small amount of work done for your current project. However, the fact of the matter is that any reliance on untrained personnel to operate this specialized equipment can lead to much more harm than good. Specific problems you may experience include:
- Poorly performed cuts that don’t meet your project’s quality standards
- A significant increase in the risks for worksite accidents and injuries, and
- An actual increase in your overall project costs
The same warning applies to the equipment used for flat sawing. Work done with the wrong type of saw or an improperly maintained piece of equipment can complicate your project unnecessarily and eat into your potential profits and critically important safety margin.
At Garrett Concrete Coring and Sawing, we’ve been specializing in professional flat sawing for decades. On projects large and small, we rely exclusively on trained equipment operators who know how to achieve your objectives with the highest possible level of accuracy and efficiency. At the same time, our operators maintain a continual emphasis on maintaining your safe work environment.
The Garrett advantage extends to the type of equipment used for flat sawing. We perform all work with high-cycle electric saws that combine easy maneuverability and a small footprint with dead-accurate cuts that meet your highest project standards. These saws have the muscle needed to cut through both thick and thin slabs of material. In addition, since they run on electricity instead of gas, they help keep noise levels low and add to the overall comfort of your worksite.
YOUR CHOICE FOR PROFESSIONAL FLAT SAWING
Since opening our doors for business in 1978, family owned and operated Garrett Concrete Coring and Sawing has emphasized three things: dependability, choice and service. Over the years, we’ve developed one of the most reliable, dedicated staffs in the industry. In addition, we’ve developed practical expertise working on all kinds of jobsites, from single-family dwellings all the way up to multi-story public structures. Every day, we strive to provide you with exemplary flat sawing services that exceed your expectations and truly add value to your project’s bottom line. For more information and a quote on your upcoming job, contact us today.