Cedar Rapids Concrete Driveways
It’s not impossible for a homeowner to install a concrete driveway on their own, it is very hard work and best left to professionals who have many years of experience. Time is always critical when pouring concrete, as it is a material which sets very quickly. For this reason, it is important to have a highly trained professional on hand who can prepare forms and finish the surface quickly. A professional crew from Cedar Rapids Concrete will complete this task as quickly as is possible. From removing the grass and vegetation, to applying finishes touches, you can be sure all of our work is of real quality.
Installing a concrete driveway begins with removing grass and other vegetation whilst also ensuring that there is a stable soil foundation. Our team will then install wood forms around the perimeter of your driveway. Once the driveway is ready for a concrete pour, a team of professionals from Cedar Rapids Concrete will use a ready-mix vendor and quickly finish the surface. They will take great care in adding expansion grooves; without it a concrete slab might break randomly under the effects of natural settling and shifting.
A key tenet to our work is the process of floating concrete. After we have poured the concrete onto your driveway and smoothed it over, our team will use a variety of modern tools and techniques to ensure the surface is even, attractive, and durable. It’s also a moment when we can, should you wish, impart decorative finishes to the driveway. Whatever driveway you have imagined, we are here to turn your dream into a reality. Our quality means that your concrete drive will not weaken, nor will it have a rough, industrial look.
Curing is an essential part of any concrete driveway installation. Many don’t realise that concrete does not ‘dry out’, but rather it goes through a slow chemical process wherein the material becomes harder and strengthens. In cooler weather, this process will take a little while longer. In hotter weather, our staff will make sure that the concrete surface is dampened regularly with water so as to slow down the curing time. As you can see, laying a concrete drive requires real craftsmanship - no driveway is the same! Luckily our years of experience mean that there is nothing we haven’t encountered!
Whilst lifespan will vary, concrete driveways will generally remain functional for between 25 and 50 years. This variation will largely depend on how well built they have been, and how well they have been maintained. A basic concrete driveway is virtually maintenance free - although there are some proactive steps you might take to extend the life of your new concrete driveway. A concrete sealer will add an extra layer of protection to your drive. We would be more than happy to apply this for you. If you need a new concrete drive, please get in touch!