Calculating the amount of
Concrete Needed For Slabs
(including odd shapes)
Rule of thumb: add 1/4" to the thickness of your slab for your slab concrete budget. This assumes you have the job evenly graded to the right depth, and the grade is well compacted.
If you check your grade and one spot is 4", some spots are 4.5" to 5"-the best solution for both the job quality and your concrete budget is to fix the grade.
Odd shapes: Transform odd shapes into rectangles and odd shapes are suddenly easy to figure.
Figure driveway 14' x 20' and your estimate will be good. Here is why: The driveway is 16' at the top and 12' at the bottom. Through the center the width averages 14'.
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