GraniteCrete residential installation requires the following tools for successful installation:
- (3) Rounded point or flat edge shovels for moving product
- 6 cubic foot cement mixer for mixing small installations
- Wheelbarrow for moving material
- Vibratory plate for base rock compaction ONLY
- 36” roller (static position) for GraniteCrete compaction
- 8” or 10” hand-tamps for compacting edges and corners, step back fills, and small areas
- Hose with a shower spray nozzle for moistening dry product
- Landscape and asphalt rake with flat edge for finish grading
- (2-3) steel garden rakes for mixing moisture throughout product
- Heavy lawn roller filled with water to compact
- Medium bristled push broom for finishing
- (2-3) 6″-9″ wooden masonry float for finishing
- (1) 6″-9″ steel float for cleaning hand tamp and roller
Options for Mixing GraniteCrete with Decomposed Granite
There are three primary methods for mixing GraniteCrete with decomposed granite when installing GraniteCrete. The best method to use depends on the size of the installation.
Based on our experience, we recommend the following methods for the following installation sizes:
- For installations up to 500 square feet, we recommend mixing GraniteCrete and decomposed granite onsite using a portable concrete mixer, preferably with a fiberglass drum for easy cleaning.
- For installations ranging from 501 square feet to 3,000 square feet, we recommend the use of pre-mixed (and dry) decomposed granite and GraniteCrete admixture; pre-mixed material can be purchased from one of our retailers. The pre-mixed material will arrive DRY and will need water added for proper installation of GraniteCrete.Or, the decomposed granite and GraniteCrete can be ordered UNmixed and delivered to the installation site, where a volumetric truck can be used to mix the decomposed granite, GraniteCrete, and water.
- For installations 3,001 square feet and larger, we recommend the use of a volumetric truck. A volumetric mixer has separate areas for decomposed granite, GraniteCrete admixture, and water. It is able to mix these materials together at the job site to produce GraniteCrete ready to install, saving valuable time.
Whatever the method, it is important the the GraniteCrete admixture and the decomposed granite be mixed evenly. For guidance on mixing or installing GraniteCrete, refer to our installation instructions, contact your retailer, or contact us.
We can recommend the following businesses below for rental of a volumetric truck.
Volumetric Concrete Trucks for Onsite Batching:
Northern and Central California:
- Bauman Landscape Construction – 1255 Battery Street Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94111 – 415-447-4800
- Bay “Area” Mix
Eduardo Espinoza – 925-435-5416
Luis Espinoza – 925-329-9876
- Noah Concrete Corporation – 5900 Rossi Lane, Gilroy, CA 95020 – 408-842-7211