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Frequently Asked Concrete Questions

What should I expect when buying a concrete driveway?
What if the color isn't what I expected?
Do I need to seal my concrete driveway, patio or walkway?
How long before I can drive on my concrete driveway?
What if it cracks?

What should I Expect When Buying A Concrete Driveway?

We all want the best. When it comes to a new concrete driveway we want a perfectly colored, high performance driveway with absolutely no random cracks and flawless surface texture. But we only want to pay the lowest price. This is completely unrealistic and you are setting yourself up for disappointment.

Whether you’re buying a house, car, boat, new deck or a concrete driveway, just remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is and you get what you pay for.

What can you do to make sure that your expectations are reasonable? It is important to understand what you should and shouldn’t expect from a concrete driveway and your contractor.

There are certain expectations you, as a homeowner, have a right to.

Your concrete driveway should:

  • Present a clean and attractive appearance
  • Have little to no maintenance for many years
  • The edges of your driveway should be straight and level
  • The surface should have a consistent appearance and texture
  • Have a consistent thickness
  • Joints need to be installed with proper spacing and depth to control random cracking
  • A high quality concrete mix should be used
  • Your driveway should be poured, finished and cured according to industry standards

A common unrealistic homeowner expectation is color. If you are using colored concrete for part of your project this is especially true. It is not realistic to expect your contractor to exactly match a color sample from a neighbor’s driveway, a brochure or a floor room sample. You have to be aware that a concrete driveway is literally tons of material usually requiring more than one load. This will often lead to color variations. Even plain concrete will have variations. These are often slight and fade with time.

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What If It Cracks?

If concrete is jointed properly cracking is very unlikely. A joint is planned crack that is purposely put in the concrete in order to minimize random cracking.

Sometimes random cracking can occur even when all the proper guidelines and procedures were followed. These cracks are not an indication of a more serious problem. They are just unplanned joints and will not affect the life and durability of the concrete any more than the planned joints. They are however unsightly.

While cracking is rare, especially with an experienced contractor, you should still ask your contractor what measures they will take to prevent cracking and what their policy is about fixing any random cracks.

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What If The Color Isn't What I Expected?

A common unrealistic homeowner expectation is color. If you are using colored concrete for part of your project this is especially true.

It is not realistic to expect your contractor to exactly match a color sample from a neighbor’s driveway, a brochure or a floor room sample. You have to be aware that a concrete driveway is literally tons of material usually requiring more than one load. This will often lead to color variations. Even plain concrete will have variations. These are often slight and fade with time.

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Do I Need To Seal My Concrete?

Any concrete that is exposed to freeze-thaw conditions should have a high quality sealer applied to it. This protects your concrete from moisture absorption, exposure to chemicals and grease and oil stains. If you have colored concrete the sealer will really enhance the color.

It is highly recommended that you invest in sealing your driveway. The value of your concrete far exceeds the cost of sealing and will help provide the durability and blemish free surface you expect.

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How long Before I Can Drive On My New Driveway?

Let a concrete driveway dry for a least a week before you drive on it. You can walk on it the next day.

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