A rebar grid works better than steel mesh to prevent cracks. Held together with tie wire, a rebar grid set on 2-in.-tall concrete spacers stays put during the pour and the screeding. Wire mesh often ends up at the bottom of the slab, where it can’t provide structural support.
In this article, we’ll show you the tools and techniques you need to get a smooth, durable finish on concrete. We’ll also tell you how to know when the concrete is ready for each phase of the finishing process. Whether you’re pouring a small slap of concrete, like a pad for your garbage can, or a large slab for a patio, these DIY steps will guide you through the process.