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Joints in Concrete Slabs

Properly creating and locating joints keeps concrete looking its best

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An Overview of Concrete Joint Types

Where to Locate Joints in Concrete Slabs

Special Considerations for Installing Joints

Load transfer - Transferring loads across joints

Sealing joints - Tips for sealing and filling joints

Jointless slabs - Reducing or eliminating joints

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Concrete is not a ductile material—it doesn't stretch or bend without breaking. That's both its greatest strength and greatest weakness. Its hardness and high compressive strength is why we use so much of it in construction. But concrete does move—it shrinks, it expands, and different parts of a building move in different ways. This is where joints come into play. Although many building elements are designed and built with joints, including walls and foundations, we'll limit this discussion to joints in concrete slabs. Here's an overview of the types of joints, their function, and tips for locating and installing joints.

Bill Palmer

Author Bill Palmer, ConcreteNetwork.com Columnist

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