When you’re thinking about replacing your driveway or any other concrete project, cost is always a major concern. That’s just natural. The cost of a concrete replacement driveway or other concrete project depends on a number of factors, some of which can’t be determined without a visit to the property and assessment of what is needed to do the job right. While some companies may give you a price quote over the phone, later, when you get the final bill, that price quote may go right out the window.
At Eveready Concrete, we won’t quote you a price until we’ve visited the job site, measured the area to be concreted, evaluated the conditions there, and discussed all options with the property owner. Then, we’ll make an accurate price estimate for the job. Some of the factors that are involved in the price of any paving job include: Size, excavation requirements, additional options.
Can a concrete driveway be repaired?
Normally, concrete is replaced rather than repaired. Replacement lasts longer and does its job better. Depending on the age, size and degree of damage, however, repairs may be possible. In many cases, an area of a concrete surface can be removed and replaced.
How long before our new driveway is ready?
For a standard Driveway, it takes approximately 5 days from excavation to finish, pending good weather.
How long before we can use the new driveway?
While you can walk on your new concrete after just a couple of days, it will not develop its full strength until some time has passed. As a general rule, cars and other vehicles should stay off new concrete for a week.
2 days: you can walk on it
7 days: Drive a normal passenger vehicle. Avoid driving near edges.
30 Days:Normal use, however, avoid allowing heavy vehicles such as trucks, large vans unless it is built to accept heavy loads
How thick should the concrete be?
Concrete thickness depends on the loads the concrete surface must hold. For most residential uses, a thickness from 100mm is typical.
Caring for your new concrete driveway or other concrete project
First Week – Immediately, you’ll need to keep children or pets off your new concrete for several hours, until it is set solid and the surface is hard. Even foot traffic can cause permanent marks on freshly finished concrete. You’ll be able to walk on your concrete within 24 hours, but you should avoid placing heavy objects on the surface.
The Curing Period – After seven to ten days, your driveway will have cured adequately for you to drive vehicles on it. That time can vary, depending on the temperature.
Continuous care and maintenance
The beauty of choosing a concrete driveway is how little maintenance and care it really needs. Cleaning your concrete periodically and keeping it sealed are the key components of any good maintenance program. How often you clean and reseal will largely depend on the conditions the concrete is exposed to, especially weather extremes, sunlight intensity and the amount of foot or vehicle traffic.
Does concrete have to be grey?
Not at all. There is an almost limitless palette of special finishes for concrete driveways and slabs. With the addition of colour and a skilled decorative concrete contractor, concrete can take on almost any shape, pattern, color, or texture, in both exterior and interior applications.
What is concrete sealer and how often must it be applied?
Once your driveway is cured and given an opportunity to air dry (30 days), it is now ready to be sealed. A protective sealer minimises moisture and deicing salt penetration into the surface of the concrete and to limit surface deterioration due to cycles of freezing and thawing. A sealer can be applied approximately 30 days following placement provided that the surface is dry. After the initial application, it should be done every 2 – 3 years depending on the sealer used. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for application rates and intervals.
How to prevent or minimise cracks in concrete?
To minimise and control cracking, Eveready Concrete will place control joints or “cuts” in the concrete so that if it cracks it happens where those control joints are placed.
Do cracks indicate a structural problem?
In most instances, the answer is no. Very narrow “hairline” cracks are superficial and do not indicate any structural problem.