If you are installing a new concrete driveway for your home, there are some basic things to consider. These construction details must be the point of discussion when you talk to your contractor to be sure that your driveway is installed for maximum durability and longevity.
Here are some of the things you need to know from your contractor:
To ensure the concrete driveway’s durability, it is essential to prepare the subgrade. In fact, the subgrade should be evenly compacted at least with a 4″ thick. Although the thickness throughout the surface will vary slightly and follow a uniformed thickness between 3 to 4 inches.
Correctly placed joints
Joints must be placed at the side and in the middle section because this will help prevent cracking. They must be incorporated into patterns, and it would also be beneficial if you use designs that will disguise the joints. For this purpose, joints should be at least ¼ of the concrete thickness.
There must also be correct and uniform spacing that should be followed for the joint placement. For example, on a 3 to 4″ thick driveway, joints should be spaced at least 8 to 12 inches apart.
Another important factor to discuss with your contractor is the reinforcement in your driveway. A freshly poured concrete driveway must have a well-placed reinforcement with either steel bars or wire mesh in it. Both types of reinforcement must be placed on various blocks to set it perfectly at the centre of the surface. Although reinforcing concrete cannot prevent cracks, so the subgrade must also be prepared using industry standards.
To prevent or eliminate standing puddles or water, concrete driveways should be slope at least ½ inch per running foot away from your home. The drainage should be installed at the lowest point of the concrete, to effectively collect water.
How to maintain a concrete driveway
Concrete driveways should be designed for longevity and should withstand the elements. Therefore, it is important to maintain them regularly. This means removing dirt and debris from the surface on a weekly basis. You can use a garden hose with a nozzle to hose off debris and dirt.
To avoid stains from setting into your concrete surface, you need to remove them right away. So, if you work on your vehicle at home, it’s a must that you put down a tarp to catch any grease, oil, or other fluids.
Lastly, concrete can develop small cracks and fractures over time, so it is recommended that you repair it right away or contact a reliable contractor for this task for you. Ignoring cracks may lead to more substantial damage, and it can even weaken the concrete surface.
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