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How to Build a Concrete Driveway

Page history last edited by steve rogers 1 year, 1 month ago

Concrete driveway are a popular choice for homeowners looking to increase the curb appeal of their home. These driveways are durable, low-maintenance and offer a lifespan of up to 50 years under the right conditions.

The first step in deciding on a concrete driveway is choosing the type of concrete you would like to use. You have many options including exposed aggregate, standard concrete, and decorative finishes.

Choosing the best type of concrete for your project involves selecting the mix that will provide a strong, long-lasting, and durable driveway. The mix must contain enough strength to support your vehicle and withstand the stresses of heavy traffic.

In addition to strength, the mix should be able to stand up to water, temperature fluctuations, and environmental conditions. A water-reducing admixture can help the concrete stand up to these challenges and keep it pliable.

Before pouring the concrete, prepare the base with a 4 inch (0.5 cm) layer of gravel. This will help ensure that the concrete is set securely and will prevent cracks in the subgrade from developing.

Then, using a form forming system that you can assemble and disassemble, place the forms on the subgrade. Once the forms are in place, spread the concrete over them using a trowel.

Alternatively, you can use a hand-held form placing machine to quickly and efficiently create the forms. Once the concrete is in place, you can finish and cure it in alternating sections.

Once you have decided on a concrete driveway, make sure to hire a reputable contractor who will install and care for it. If you do not, you may have to spend more money on repairs or replacement later.

 

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