Concrete Driveways is occasionally incorrectly referred to as cement. Still, the term cement denotes just one component: Portland cement is mixed in concrete. Concrete is a complex material made up of various types of stone aggregate and sand held together with water and lime-based cement. Because cement itself is crushed limestone and clay, the concrete mixture’s aggregate size can vary, depending on the concrete’s intended use.
For typical structural construction, concrete is formed with gravel-sized aggregates, but finer sands can be used as the aggregate for more refined work and smoother finished surfaces. The typical mixture used in driveway slabs, sidewalks, and patios usually uses a mixture of aggregate ranging from gravel to sand-sized particles
When concrete is first mixed together, globby mud is consistent, which is referred to as slurry. The slurry that can be shaped to whatever is required when pouring a driveway, sidewalk or patio.
However, once the chemical process of curing starts, it will harden as the concrete heats up from the combination of ingredients. The hardening starts roughly 5 hours after it is poured, gaining strength called mpa (or psi). The process continues for many months and cant last years, although a few curing days make it hard enough for most uses. They are typically walking traffic. It is recommended that you don’t park your vehicles on the driveway of new concrete for minimal 28 days to acquire enough strength.
Concrete for residential driveways is exceptionally durable and can be used to achieve an assortment of looks. Your typical finish is a standard grey broom finished concrete; however, we can help if you have something fancy in mind. Stamped and coloured concrete makes it possible to use concrete to mimic the look of slate stone, brick or layer pavers for a fraction of the total cost. Concretes versatile ability allows custom designs that can be created on a concrete driveway to give your home a unique entrance.
Our Canadian climate is not the easiest on concrete. It poses a challenge due to the changing seasons. Because of freeze-thaw, ground heave and chemical factors can impact your concrete, keeping your concrete looking good will take some work. Concrete is used for many projects for its strength, durability and fit on site. Concrete is a multipurpose material that can be used to transform your house’s exterior or interior so that you have a low maintenance product.
Although concrete is sturdy, durable material, rebar is also used to help keep its original shape. Rebar is typically laid anywhere from 16-inch centres up to 30-inch centres depending on the project requirements. However, due to environmental challenges, it will crack over time. Cracking can happen for many different reasons and is not the fault of the contractor. But things such as; lack of control joints, improper strength poured, rapid drying, and excess water can cause your concrete to crack. Concrete is ideal for most driveways because of its qualities, but cars leave oil stains or tire marks. Abuse from salt or chemical use will also damage your concrete results in rapid failure and breakdown.
Because of the unlimited options in today’s concrete, there many products and methods available to help you turn your driveway and exterior concrete into something to be proud of. Concrete is very affordable, and by having the right contractor pour your new concrete driveway, you will be happy with the end result. It takes years of experience and requires a skilled worker to avoid the problems listed above.
Due to the are many products and options mentioned above speaking with a Concrete Doctors representative can help bring you to project to life. By accenting your driveway’s colour to your home, it enhances the homes’ overall curb appeal. Let us help in picking the different patterns and designs and present you with overall scope. We know sometimes choosing the right decorative concrete stamp can be overwhelming.