A concrete or paver driveway from The Concrete Store, combines quality workmanship and materials to create a product that will last for many years. Concrete/Pavers are also one of the “greenest,” most dependable options available on the market today.
Build a Concrete Driveway the Right Way
by: Todd Filjones
You know you need a new driveway. That’s the easy part. But you’re torn between using asphalt or concrete. Concrete looks great but does it last 30 or 40 years as promised? The short answer is, yes… a concrete driveway can last you at least 40 years. But only if it’s installed and finished properly. Here’s how!
Concrete is a fickle material and prone to cracking. Although it can be compressed or squeezed without cracking under the pressure, it doesn’t take stretching or bending very well at all The goal is to minimize the potential for cracking by pouring it over a stable, hard surface and by constructing it properly with expansion joints and reinforcing steel and fibermesh An adequate thickness for a residential driveway is four inches.
In addition to stretching, the other thing concrete doesn’t do well is shrink when it dries. The larger the section, the more it will shrink as it hardens, about 1/16th of an inch per ten feet. To control cracking caused by the inevitable shrinking. The Concrete Store will cut control joints that actually encourage the concrete to crack at the control joint. It’s done by cutting exact, neatly tooled lines in the concrete slab, at minimum intervals of twelve feet or less. These joints should be deep enough to absorb the stress, preferably at least one-quarter the depth of the slab. Corners are weak points that must be protected from cracking. If you driveway will have corners , the control joint should radiate outward from the corner into the slab.
The Concrete Store may also consider installing thicker concrete and steel reinforcements for extra strength. This application is primary used for, but not limited to, large vehicles such as motor-homes or heavy equipment.
Finally, concrete driveways are under constant attack from vehicle traffic, weather conditions and water. Your driveway is one of the first things visitors see as they approach your home; keeping it maintained and sealed gives a better appearance and helps prevent the surface breaking down over time. You can seal your concrete driveway yourself, using a penetrating siloxane water repellent, which provides protection even below the concrete’s surface.