Concrete has often been the go-to material used for surfaces like driveways. This is because concrete has binding properties that adhere together to form a solid and strengthening surface layer that can hold the weight of heavy vehicles and other structures or buildings. Concrete is also versatile in how it can be poured, meaning that you can easily customize your concrete to build wraparound driveways, elevated driveways, courtyards, and much more.
Concrete driveways are installed by tapering off the section where you want the driveway itself to meet your street, sidewalk, front yard, garage, and home. Before we can begin installing concrete, most driveways need some leveling first to ensure that the surface is (mostly) flat and softened for when the concrete is poured. Leaving an outdoor space with boulders or other ground items in the way can be cause for premature deterioration of your driveway, unsafe usage during the winter, or just simply poor installation overall. Once completed, your driveway is then ready for customizations, such as a stamped concrete driveway, for some added texture and dimension.
Concrete sidewalks are typically built using concrete slabs, solely because they are easier to design and pour in slab-form for future repairs, versus having to pour it into one frame, like a standard driveway setting. Concrete sidewalks, since they wrap around and can extend quite farm, need to be consistent in design as well, which can be easier to do with concrete slabs. Concrete slabs are poured into pre-measured frames and left to dry in even blocks, which are then laid in alignment along the sidewalk and sealed together. This method of concrete installation makes future repairs easier as the slab itself only needs to be repaired instead of repairing the entire concrete surface.
The preparation of pouring concrete is a crucial step to having long-lasting concrete that won’t crack or crumble easily and doesn’t require numerous repairs. In order to prepare the space for your concrete, we’ll take a few steps – as mentioned before – such as excavating the area, if needed, and leveling out the ground for safe application and installation. Without preparing the land first and simply pouring concrete instead, your driveway surface can easily run the risk of drying improperly because of the uneven layers and thickness, and can eventually crack unexpectedly as well because of the lack of extra safety measures during installation.
Installing your concrete driveway can then be done after the important preparation has been completed. We’ll then begin to mix your concrete and do so with precision and attention to detail. If concrete is mixed in a sloppy or careless manner, it could become more prone to cracks and crumbling, as concrete that has been mixed with too much water or not enough water, will have trouble drying and holding up as well as other, nicely mixed concrete. To avoid this, we use precise measurements and mix concrete thoroughly and completely before installing it into the prepared space. It is then smoothed and left to dry for the appropriate amount of time. Once fully dried, we recommend adding a sealant to the top of your concrete.
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