Complete Concreters Mornington

Yes, it is a good idea to get a concrete driveway. The strength and longevity of concrete make it a worthwhile investment for large paved areas. Although it may be more expensive than gravel or asphalt, it is much less expensive than brick, cobblestone, or concrete pavers and typically outlasts all of them.

Plain concrete on its own may seem unexciting, but you can ask concreters to colour and stamp these surfaces to make them appealing. This post will answer some of the most common questions involving the use of concrete for driveways.

What is Concrete Made Of?

Concrete is made up of stone aggregate, water, and a lime-based binder. The size of the aggregate varies depending on the intended use. Steel reinforcement wire or rebar is often placed within the slab for added strength. Additional ingredients can also be added to improve strength or slow drying time.

Once mixed, concrete becomes a pourable slurry that can be moulded to any shape required. It gradually hardens during the curing process, which can take several months or even years, but becomes hard enough for most uses after a few days.

Can I Do Concrete Driveway Installation by Myself?

Yes, you can do concrete driveway installations on your own. However, it is hard work and time-consuming. 

Hiring professionals is recommended, as they can quickly excavate, prepare forms, pour the concrete, and finish the surface in a couple of days. The installation involves removing vegetation, preparing a stable soil foundation, installing wood forms, adding a gravel base, and reinforcing with a steel wire grid or metal rebar.

A crew then pours wet concrete into the forms and quickly finishes the surface. This ensures an adequate number of expansion joints are added. Floating the concrete is an essential part of the finishing process, as it creates an attractive, smoother surface.

Curing the Concrete Driveway

Concrete doesn’t dry out; it undergoes a slow chemical process that hardens and strengthens the material. The curing process should occur under the best of circumstances, with ideal curing weather at around 70 degrees Celsius with a damp surface but not wet.

Curing takes longer in cool weather and can be slowed down in hot weather by regularly dampening the surface with water. Wait at least a week before driving on the new driveway and at least a month before parking heavy vehicles on it.

Concrete Driveway Maintenance

Maintaining a concrete driveway is relatively easy, but it’s essential for extending its lifespan. While concrete is durable and resistant to wear and tear, it is still subject to damage from weather and heavy use. Regular cleaning and sealing are necessary to keep it in good shape.

Cleaning a concrete driveway is as simple as using a hose and a stiff brush. This process can remove dirt, debris, and stains. Sealing a concrete driveway is crucial to ensure protection against the elements. Concrete sealer should be applied at least once a year.

You can learn more about how long concrete driveways last by checking out our blog here.