I've got a question for the concrete folks here....
Building a new home in Cleveland, Ohio. I have gotten two quotes from poured wall concrete contractors and had some questions about the differences.
Specifically, one of the contractors quoted no rebar in the garage walls (4' frost wall) while the other of course did. Is there some significant story here with the rebar. Of course more rebar is better (generally), but is there any reason to absolutely require it in the garage frost walls?
How much rebar is standard in a poured wall? The one contractor specifies 1 horizontal row in the 4' frost walls (walkout basement on two sides) and 3 horizontal rows in an 8' high wall. The other contractor did not specify but his overall allowance for rebar is 4 times higher.
And one last question...... is it worth it to get the contractor to leave the forms on the wall for 2 or 3 days? I expect this would either cost me more money or some serious coaxing (like maybe requesting the pour on Friday, form strip on monday). But I understand that keeping the forms on the wall helps the concrete cure better and reduces the likelihood of cracking. Or is there some other secrete that I should be requesting to get a better cure without cracks? The standard that I have seen is to pour and strip the next day.
The bids are very close but the one without the rebar in the garage frost walls in the higher bid and frankly the one I feel a little more comfortable with.
Choosing my foundation wall contractor has been my toughest road so far.
Any help greatly appreciated.