Driveway Installation Basics

» Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Concrete Contractor | 0 comments

Concrete contractors can build you a robust and durable driveway at a good price. They may even throw in extra benefits, such as an attractive finish. Just ensure that you adhere to the important steps in the proper preparation of the place, get the concrete dumped professionally and take plenty of time to set.  

he benefits of installing concrete driveways are they are strong and require minimum maintenance. Only seasonal scrubs and annual resealing are required in accordance with the instructions of the manufacturer to avoid staining and to improve weather resistance. Driveways that are properly maintained and installed has a useful life of 25 to 50 years. Concrete is typically better than asphalt. Here are the points to consider: 

1.  Price  

The total cost of installing the concrete entrance is just right. It costs higher than gravel but it’s cheaper than pavers. It can vary from $4 to $10 for square foot, sometimes higher depending on certain conditions, such as the total area of the work, the distance from plant, and decorative finish requirements. 

2.   Requirements  

Please ensure that the local codes and minimum pressure strength are verified and that your contractor gets all the permits necessary before starting the project. The required height for single-car driveways would be 8 to 9 feet. Two-car driveways have to measure 15 to 18 feet. 

The concrete base must be at least 4 inches thick. However, 5 inches thickness will give you nearly 50% more strength at a price increase of only 20%. It is necessary for the driving pitch for adequate street drainage is a quarter of an inch per foot. Water-reducing mixes would lower the water required to keep concrete workable, and it also leads to a better mix and less cracking. 

3.  Site Prep  

It is important to properly plan for a solid concrete driveway. The wooden shapes have to be placed on the edges of your potential drive site, followed by the compacted gravel foundation. Make sure that the area is clear of trees. The essential work is designed to make sure that the road is high enough and well drained. 

4.  Concrete Mix  

The concrete mix must only be placed on the driveway after the planning stage is complete. The quantity of concrete you need depends not only on the width and length but also on the slab thickness. Hire a team of professional contractors to distribute the concrete mix in the forms, consolidate, and finish the surface with cables and steel bars. The control joints must be between 8 and 12 feet each at intervals. 

5. Curing 

The concrete driveway needs to undergo a curing process before it can be used for its maximum wear capacity. Wait a full week before driving on freshly installed concrete and don’t park big vehicles for a month. During warmer weather, sprinkle your driveway lightly with water every now and then. 

6. Design 

The manufacture of designer colors and decorative concrete finishes is a fascinating new trend in the construction industry. If your roadway is very visible, you might want to highlight it. For instance, you can choose a color that matches the shade of your house. You can also choose stamp patterns or flawed brick finishes to complement it. 

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