To help ensure that a concrete driveway is installed properly and -- given proper maintenance -- will look good and be safe and durable for many years down the road, there are important specifications and industry Best Practices that ACCG follows. Expert workmanship and quality materials are vital to proper concrete construction for our satisfied clients in the Orlando area and throughout central Florida.
For example, thickness is the major factor (generally even moreso than the strength of the concrete) in determining a driveway's structural capacity. Accordingly, concrete is placed at a minimum thickness of four inches. Increasing the thickness by just one inch -- from four inches to five inches -- will add about 20% to your concrete cost while boosting your driveway's load-carrying capacity by nearly 50%, per the Tennessee Concrete Association.
Moreover, thickening the edges of the driveway by one or two inches can provide extra structural support in the area most likely to be subjected to heavy loading. Such further thickened sections should extend inward from the slab edge by four to eight inches.
Note that local soil conditions and weather patterns may require an even thicker driveway slab, too.
Is concrete driveway repair not sufficient for your cracking, crumbling, brittle pavement that's diminishing the curb appeal and monetary value of your home? Does it pose safety hazards to people, pets and automobiles? Why expose yourself to an eyesore and, more importantly, damages and potential lawsuit liability with unattractive and dangerous concrete construction workmanship? In other words, is concrete replacement necessary?
And how many of us, upon the cement being poured during driveway installation, have taken a bit of time to use a stick and write our names or initials or other comments in the wet cement of the new parkway; thus leaving a permanent memory and mark in this durable construction? How about all the pickup basketball games that occur on a concrete driveway? You don't want your family and friends hurting themselves by stumbling on cracked concrete, let alone interrupting one's dribbling.
As Longwood, FL-based concrete service experts and one of the elite concrete driveway contractors and driveway brick pavers Orlando in paving concrete driveways and stamped concrete driveways, we can concrete a driveway and develop a unique pattern and enhance the overall appearance of your home that can, in turn, increase its valuation. Indeed, our paved driveways installed in Lake Buena Vista, Clermont, Windermere, Doctor Phillips and all over central Florida offer many advantages.
Poured concrete is a preferred material for constructing driveways, for as a driveway surface and parkway, concrete is more expensive than gravel and asphalt; but is much less costly than a driveway built with brick, cobblestone or concrete pavers. Moreover, concrete driveways also tend to outlast the other options due to its durability; thus, providing a tough and stylish option to this common form of residential and commercial concrete construction. Indeed, driveway brick pavers Orlando are a great addition to a property!
OTHER CONCRETE DRIVEWAY AND RELATED CONSIDERATIONS:
At the outset, asphalt can be a less costly option than concrete. However, over the long term, concrete can be the better choice economically; for it's more durable and requires less maintenance, it can last for decades (whereas asphalt typically lasts only 10 to 15 years before needing replacement), and there are a host of repair options for concrete that may extend its life even further (so long as it remains safe and functional despite discoloration, slight wear and tear, etc.).
A driveway is often the first thing guests (or potential buyers) see upon arriving at a home; and a good first impression should be welcoming, clean, and in good condition to set the tone. The rest of the property will follow suit. The durability, lower maintenance requirements and longer lifespan of concrete (relative to asphalt) adds to a home's ultimate, overall market value. In short, a concrete driveway can be an excellent investment!
Many DIY-ers have successfully installed small areas of concrete -- like a slab for a modest shed or single air conditioner. Conversely, pouring cement and finishing an entire driveway is a much larger project than average DIY-ers can generally handle. Such a big job requires multiple helpers to finish the surface following the pour, for the clock is ticking and time is limited before it hardens and cures and is set. Therefore, if a surface is finished improperly and imprecisely, it affects the aesthetics of a driveway AND compromises the strength and durability and safety of it. Not good!
Need to concrete a driveway? Then contact concrete driveway contractor professionals! Longwood-based, Orlando-area, locally owned and operated concrete company ACCG, Inc.; expertly serving all of central Florida.
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