Information for General Contractors


Before the slabs are poured, it is important that a pre-pour meeting be conducted that would include the architect, owner, ready mix plant, contractor and their superintendent performing the pouring, placement and finishing, project manager, engineer, superintendent and Cuviello.

The results of the polishing process are largely dependent on what Cuviello is given to work with. There has to be a clear understanding of how to finish the concrete to get the best possible results from the polishing process. Cuviello's goal is for an efficient and successful installation.

A pre-pour meeting agenda will include some items. For a complete meeting agenda, contact us at

Sample meeting agenda items:

(Some of the items to be discussed in the meeting)  
______ Review flatwork specifications and guidelines incorporated into cast in place specifications.
______ Review polishing specification.
______ Confirm at what stage in construction the polishing installation is to take place so that other trades are properly scheduled.

Cuviello has bid the work based on when the polishing process would take place. If this changes, so will the price. The most desirable time for the polishing process is before any interior walls have been placed, although this is not always possible. The next desirable time to perform the process to get the best possible finish along wall edges is before millwork and before door jambs are placed. The process should always be performed before paint, since the equipment runs tight along walls. Having to work around walls and tight areas increases the time a polishing contractor spends on a job site, and the finished product is never as good as it would have been if the work had been performed before walls.

______ Review how all parties are to work together and how each influences installation results.
______ Review how damaged floors will be repaired prior to the polishing process and what the repair will look like.
______ Confirm submittals have been submitted and approved.
______ Review procedures, including, but not limited to:
 ______ Protecting concrete floor surfaces until polishing installation begins.
 ______ Protecting polished floors after work is completed.
 ______ Review power requirements.

Equipment that runs on electric has large power requirements that need to be planned for. On new commercial jobs, temporary power is rarely sufficient.

Regardless of if the concrete exists or is new, all trades need to be reminded that the concrete will be used as the finished floor, and should be treated accordingly.


Why Use Zip Strips? Baseboard Not Big Enough to Cover Felt:

Baseboard Not Big Enough to Cover Felt

Two Pours from Two Different Trucks:

Two Pours from Two Different Trucks

Improper Curing and or Mix Design:

Improper Curing and or Mix Design

Low Floor Flatness (FF) Numbers:

Low Floor Flatness (FF) Numbers

Poor Mix Design:

Poor Mix Design

Improper Floor Protection:

Improper Floor Protection