If you’re in the market to have your driveway replaced, you’ve come to the right place! This guide will walk you through every step of the process from beginning to end, ensuring that you know everything there is to know about what goes into concrete driveway construction and that you get the results you want from your new concrete driveway. Follow along as we go over how concrete paving stones are made, important prep work before the job begins, laying down your basecoat, getting it all sealed up, and much more! If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, keep reading on!
Different Types of Concrete
Before starting any concrete driveway construction, it is important that you know the different types of concrete available for paving. The concrete mixture type you choose will depend on your particular needs and budget.
Traditional poured concrete is a more affordable solution that requires less maintenance, but it doesn’t offer much flexibility in terms of design and does not look as polished as other types of asphalt.
How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of a concrete driveway can vary depending on the size, shape, and length. The average cost is around $7-$10 per square foot and the price will go up for larger drives. Additionally, some companies charge by footage and others by linear foot. For example, if your driveway measures 15 feet by 35 feet (490 sq ft), then you can expect it to cost about $4200 for a fresh concrete pour installation with design work included in this price.
Planning your Driveway
As with any construction project, the first step is to plan. You will need to mark the location of the driveway with stakes and then shovel a trench that extends a few inches below grade in each direction. It should be about 8 ft wide, 10 ft long and 2 inches deep.
Buying the Materials
Before buying any materials, make sure you have already bought the necessary tools and supplies for the job. Having them on hand before starting work will save time and money.
Preparing for Laying the New Concrete
1. Remove any dirt and debris from the surface of the driveway by sweeping it off, followed by a pressure washing with soap and water, using as high of pressure as possible.
2. Get out your string line and measure the distance between points on opposite sides of the driveway: start in one corner, walk out into the middle, come back in half that distance to another point on opposite side (i.e.
Pouring the New Layer
Before you start adding any new layers, the bottom two layers need to have at least a day of curing time. This allows the asphalt to set up, which makes it easier for you when you are ready to add your next layer. You will want a minimum of six inches of space between your old and new pour. Make sure that there is enough space for both the top layer of asphalt and at least one inch for the bitumen coating that goes on top.
Backfilling, compacting, and leveling the soil around your driveway
Before any concrete can be poured, the soil needs to be backfilled, compacted, and leveled. If you don’t do this step correctly it could lead to an uneven or sinking driveway. There are many ways of backfilling but the easiest is with a rented trencher that has a spade attached on the end of a four wheeler.
Knowing what you are doing before you do it is crucial when it comes to concrete driveway construction. Here are the steps that need to be taken in order for a successful project:
1. Excavate the area using a shovel and a post hole digger. Make sure there is plenty of dirt under the driveway and around the hole, as this will help support the post when it is put in place. 2.