Every day, thousands of project managers, builders and remodelers in the Inland Empire and greater Los Angeles must modify or repair tough, hardened construction materials such as concrete. While much of this work takes place on level, horizontal surfaces, there is also an ongoing need for the modification and repair of vertical or angled surfaces. This need introduces a unique set of problems, since the equipment that allows you to safely and accurately cut through horizontal structures just doesn’t produce the same results on walls and upright or tilted structures. Instead, you must rely on a specialized piece of equipment called a wall saw.
In San Bernardino, Riverside, Ontario and Los Angeles, your destination for the best in professional concrete cutting services such as wall sawing is Garrett Concrete Coring and Sawing. Over the course of nearly 40 years, we’ve developed a solid reputation for high-quality work that meets even the strictest construction and repair specifications. With our staff of dedicated experts and inventory of powerful, specialized equipment, we provide accurate cuts on all kinds of vertical and angled surfaces while maximizing worksite safety and minimizing the prospects for noise and dust pollution. Regardless of the size of your project, we’ll help you reach the finish line with time to spare.
WALL SAWING ESSENTIALS
Vertical and angled surfaces pose some unique challenges for sawing procedures. That’s because you must find a way to accurately cut through standard concrete, reinforced concrete and various forms of masonry while dealing with the combined influences of elevation and gravity. Simply put, without the proper equipment and operators skilled in using that equipment, chances of making cutting mistakes and creating an unsafe work environment skyrocket, especially in comparison to cutting done on a flat, horizontal surface. The standard piece of equipment used to make vertical and angled cuts possible is the wall saw.
A wall saw relies on the same type of diamond-tipped blade found on a flat saw. However, while you can potentially make flat cuts without using any kind of guide, specialized wall saws work in combination with track systems that keep them properly aligned during operation. The guidance provided by the supporting tracks allows a properly trained operator to make extremely precise cuts not possible with a saw guided only by hand-eye coordination. This high level of accuracy is increased by the thinness of the blade used during cutting, which removes only very small amounts of material outside the cut line.
Despite the clearly superior accuracy of a specialized wall saw, some general contractors nevertheless attempt to cut through walls and other vertical or angled surfaces by rigging up an impromptu system based on a standard, hand-guided flat saw. In addition to diminishing the quality of the finished work, this approach greatly increases the odds of jobsite injuries by reducing the safety margin critical to a properly managed work environment. Wall saws also add another important advantage. Compared to hand-guided saws, they generate only minimal vibration, helping you avoid producing any form of collateral damage while achieving your cutting objectives.
Track-mounted wall saws are extremely versatile cutting machines. A short list of their possible uses includes:
- Cutting openings for windows
- Cutting openings for doors
- Enlarging previously cut windows and doors
- Making all kinds of flush cuts in vertical or angled material
- Creating vent openings
- Creating overhead doors
- Modifying existing walls
- Creating the openings required for vault installations
- Making the cuts needed to install stairs, and
- Performing the complex cuts needed to make chamfered edges
In addition, when you need extremely accurate horizontal cuts, you can use this type of guided saw as a substitute for a hand-operated flat saw. Wall saws also provide important benefits if you need to replace, modify or remove the precast concrete panels sometimes installed on newer buildings. Specifically, they help you carry out all cutting phases of this type of work, from minor modifications to complete retrofits.
THE GARRETT CONCRETE ADVANTAGE
Instead of relying on experts equipped with the proper equipment, some construction project managers rely on general contractors to perform wall-sawing work. You may feel particularly tempted to use this same approach when working on jobs that call for only minimal cutting of vertical or angled surfaces made from concrete or masonry. However, when left in the hands of non-specialists, even seemingly limited wall-sawing procedures can lead to major headaches, including:
- Cuts too inaccurate to meet your project specifications
- An unsafe jobsite
- Preventable jobsite injuries, and
- Unacceptable increases in your bottom-line project expenditures
The only way to consistently avoid these unwanted issues is to call on experienced, well-trained professionals who know how work efficiently and accurately while emphasizing worksite safety at all times.
The experts at Garrett Concrete Coring and Sawing have decades of experience making accurate cuts in concrete, reinforced concrete and masonry walls, as well as other vertical and angled surfaces. We perform all our work with high-cycle electric wall saws that provide an excellent blend of low weight and exceptional cutting power. In combination with our high-quality continuous tracking systems, these saws can easily cut through both flat and curved surfaces, as well as discontinuous surfaces with significant gaps or voids. Compared to gas-powered saws, our electric units have the added advantage of relatively quiet operation that helps minimize jobsite noise pollution.
All of our wall-sawing procedures are carried out by skilled operators who know how to perform safe, accurate cuts on any scale you require. Their constant guidance keeps the potential for collateral damage and the need for material patching to an absolute minimum.
YOUR CHOICE FOR PROFESSIONAL WALL SAWING
Garrett Concrete Coring and Sawing has proudly served the Inland Empire and greater Los Angeles since 1978. From the very beginning, we’ve stood by our core values of dependability, choice and service. Whether you need work done on a single residential building or a large-scale commercial structure, we provide the same combination of deep training, practical expertise and top-notch, specialized equipment. That’s why you can count on us as your preferred wall sawing provider. Contact us today for more detailed information and a quote on your next project.