A concrete loading dock is critical in a wide variety of industries across St. Louis. It provides a strong, stable platform for trucks being loaded with goods as well as a surface for the equipment loading the trucks.

Why Use Concrete to Build a Loading Dock?

Loading docks take a lot of abuse and are subject to extremely heavy loads. As such, it’s important to build a safe, strong and durable concrete loading dock.

Concrete is the material of choice where strength and durability count. When the concrete or existing pavement starts to crack in these areas, it won’t be long before the entire area begins to deteriorate due to the extremes this pavement is subjected to.

Replacing a Concrete Loading Dock

The first step in replacing a concrete loading dock area is to remove the broken concrete or asphalt that’s currently in place. When the broken concrete or asphalt is removed, the exposed dirt (known as “sub-grade”) is inspected. Once the dirt is approved, base rock is installed and compacted to create a suitable foundation for the new concrete.

Before installing the new concrete, the remaining pavement must be drilled to accept steel pins. These steel pins will help to support your new concrete loading dock. When it comes time to pour the concrete, it’s key to choose the right type of concrete for the job. A faster setting concrete will allow you to use this area sooner but may not be as strong as a slower setting concrete.

We know choosing the right material can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about loading docks. Ford Asphalt is one of the most experienced commercial concrete contractors in St. Louis, and we’d be happy to discuss the best way to install a durable and safe concrete loading dock in your facility.

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In addition to concrete loading docks, our team can help you with repairs, paving and more. Learn about all of the asphalt and concrete services we offer in the St. Louis area. For questions or to discuss your next project, reach out to our team today!

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