Your Guide to Concrete Driveways
If you’ve been thinking about replacing the existing surface of your driveway, you will have quickly realised that there are several possible materials to choose from. The choice you make depends on a range of factors, with aesthetic appearance and cost to install two of the most important factors for most people.
If you’re still sitting on the fence and need a little inspiration or guidance, we’re going to tell you all you need to know about resurfacing your home driveway with concrete.
Concrete is one of the most popular driveway materials in existence and for good reason. It is one of the most durable manmade ground materials available, and if laid correctly, can even look attractive.
To further improve its aesthetic appearance, some homeowners often specify some form of stamping or stencilling to inscribe a pattern into the surface of the concrete.
If you’ve ever wondered what ingredients are combined together to produce concrete, they are as follows:
- Cement – which constitutes the bulk of the finished product. Raw cement takes on the appearance of a grey powered dust.
- Aggregate – which usually takes the form of crushed rock or stone and acts as a binding agent for the concrete mix. Both the type and size of aggregate can be customised to provide specific qualities.
- Sand – the final raw material is sand. Readily available from any builder’s merchant, sand provides another form of binding agent and is a crucial ingredient.
- Water – the solution that binds it all together. Once each ingredient has been added, they are simply mixed together until the desired consistency is reached.
Concrete is typically available in two forms; cast and precast. The difference is in when the concrete is actually produced.
- Concrete delivered to a construction site in a concrete mixer and then poured or cast where required is known as cast in situ concrete.
- Concrete delivered to a construction site in the form of precast slabs is known as precast concrete.
The right solution depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Precast concrete is beneficial as the production process can be tightly controlled whereas cast in situ concrete is suitable for projects where a specific formation of concrete is required.
From a driveway point of view, your concrete will usually always be cast in situ in a series of bays or sections.
You will find that concrete driveways require the least amount of maintenance of any common driveway material. Unlike gravel, which is prone to thinning and spreading, concrete will simply require a wash down every now and again to remove any stains that are present.
Built Your Driveway of Choice
If you decide that concrete is for you, we feel you have made a fine choice. For those in the Melbourne region, concrete driveways in Doncaster can be installed by any one of several contractors who possess the relevant experience. Simply create a shortlist and approach several for a quotation.
In a matter of weeks, you will have the perfect driveway that you’ve always wanted.