Q.: Can you complete the finishing of concrete with power floating and troweling or must you hand float and finish?

A.: There is nothing sacred about hand floating and finishing; in fact, on pavements and some driveways the work is considered finished as soon as the concrete has been screeded and given a texture with a drag or broom. Hand floating and hand troweling produce a finer finish than power floating and power troweling and it is common practice to give at least one hand troweling after the power troweling has been completed. On the finest finishes the hand troweling operations may be repeated 4 or 5 times after the power troweling operation.