1. What is the life expectancy of a new Concrete driveway?
A full replacement will last an average of 25 years. It may last longer depending on climate conditions.
2. Does my project require a permit?
This can vary depending on the municipality, but in general MOST municipalities require a permit for concrete work including driveways, patios, sidewalks, and garage floors.
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3. What type of concrete mix should I have and is there any type of "chert - free" mix?
General outdoor flat work requires a 4000 PSI Concrete Mix with air entrainment.
There is no such thing as a completely "chert - free" mix. There is a super strength mix that is said to have the least amount of chert possible, however, it is not that much different than normal concrete mix. All of the stone that comes out of Midwest quarries to make concrete contains chert.
4. What is "Backfilling"?
"Backfilling" refers to the area of edging that will need to be filled between the new driveway surface and the grass that surrounds it. Backfilling will typically need to be completed by the customer or homeowner.
5. Why does my new concrete driveway have grooves in the finish?
This is called a broom finish. This is typical for outdoor flat work and keeps it from getting slippery. Another option is a California finish. This style creates a more decorative look with a smooth perimeter finish on each square and the broom finish through the middle.
PRO - Tip
It is not mandatory to seal concrete. Concrete sealant will give the concrete a shine look, but there is no strong evidence that sealing concrete will prevent it from cracking.
PRO - Tip
Concrete color can have variations due to the colors of cement, sand, and course aggregates (gravel and limestone) used in the mix. The structural integrity is not affected by the color of the concrete.