If you plan to have a concrete driveway made in your yard, it is important to know what to expect when the company creates the driveway for you. There is a lot that goes into creating a concrete driveway and knowing what to expect can make the process easier for you and the company creating the driveway. The following guide provides you with everything you need to know about having your concrete driveway created.
Know Where You Want the Driveway to Be Located
The first thing you will need to do is walk around with the concrete contractor to determine where you want the driveway to be located. The contractor will let you know if the driveway can be placed where you want it to be placed or if it needs to be placed in a different location.
The Ground Will Be Leveled
Next, the contractor will need to level the ground where the driveway will be placed. When the concrete is poured, the ground needs to be as level as possible to decrease the chances of the concrete cracking when weight is put on it after it dries.
A Frame Will Be Created
The contractor will then create a frame for the driveway. This ensures that the concrete only goes where you want it to go. The frame is often made out of wood so that it can easily be removed after the concrete hardens.
Rebar and Remesh Will Be Laid
Rebar and remesh will then be laid inside of the frame. The rebar and remesh help to give the concrete more strength so that it can support the heavy weight of the vehicles you plan to park on it.
The Dump Truck Needs a Clear Path
A large concrete dump truck will bring concrete to the job site. In order for the truck to get to the driveway, there needs to be a clear path for the truck to take. The contractor may need to trim tree limbs or have you move vehicles out of the way to create a clear path for the truck.
The Concrete Must Be Spread Immediately
Once the truck gets to your new driveway location, the concrete will be poured into the frame and will need to be spread immediately. The contractor needs to spread the concrete so that it will be even and smooth when everything is said and done.
Once the concrete driveway has been created, you need to be sure that no one walks or drives on it for a few days. This allows the concrete to dry thoroughly so that no prints will be left in the concrete. Once the concrete has dried, you can then allow people to walk on it and park your car on it without having to worry about causing any damage to it.