How thick do I need to pour my concrete slab?

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How thick do I need to pour my concrete slab?
Concrete is an inexpensive material used for many types of projects. (concrete and light image by Stephen Jacoby from Fotolia.com)

Because concrete is inexpensive and easy to maintain, more homeowners are choosing to use the material. Whether you are planning to pour a concrete floor or a concrete counter, it is important to make sure your slab is durable.

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Types of Concrete Use

Concrete is used for a variety of projects, including floors, tables, house foundations and countertops. The type of project determines how thick the concrete should be poured. If you are pouring a floor, your slab should be thick enough to withstand the weight of furniture and cars.

How thick do I need to pour my concrete slab?
Pour concrete thick enough to withstand pressure. (fancy garage image by Aaron Kohr from Fotolia.com)

Light Concrete Slabs

If you are building a concrete countertop, you will want to pour your slab relatively thin. Countertops that are too thick are difficult to install because of heavy weight. The standard slab thickness of a countertop is two inches.

How thick do I need to pour my concrete slab?
Keep countertops lightweight. (modern kitchen with cabinets image by redking from Fotolia.com)

Average Concrete Slabs

If you are building a house foundation out of concrete, you will want to make sure it is thick enough to withstand years of pressure from people and furniture. The standard thickness of a solid house foundation is 4 inches. You should also use reinforcement materials in the building process.

How thick do I need to pour my concrete slab?
A solid concrete foundation should be 4 inches thick. (fundament image by Pitiiplatsch from Fotolia.com)

Heavy Concrete Slabs

When building a concrete garage floor, you should take into consideration the type of vehicle(s) you drive. A typical garage floor is poured 4 to 6 inches thick. However, if you drive large trucks you will want to pour the floor 6 to 8 inches thick. Reinforcement materials are incorporated. The thicker the concrete, the more durable it will remain.

How thick do I need to pour my concrete slab?
If you own a large truck, make your garage floor slab thicker. (fancy garage image by Aaron Kohr from Fotolia.com)

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