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Concrete Paving Faq

The short answers are… Concrete driveways are extremely durable, can last for many years and support a lot of weight. Concrete can also be installed in a variety of colours, textures and patterns. This will definitely add curb appeal and value to your property.

The concrete driveway width plays a big part in determining its lifespan. It should be wide enough to prevent vehicles from driving off the edges as this causes the material to crack and break off. We recommend a minimum width of 20 Ft. This will allow two cars to park in the driveway side by side. If possible try to go with a width of at least 24 Ft. This will allow both cars plenty of room to open their doors simultaneously.

There are several things to consider. If it has MINOR spalling or cracking, an overlay maybe your best option. However, if it is cracked, heaving or spalling, it is usually best for you to have a new one installed.

Concrete is normally placed at four inches thick, however, this is still dependent on the quality of the soil, gravel base and preparation where the driveway will be installed. A visit from one of our friendly estimators will give you all the information necessary to make an educated decision.

There are many types of concrete strengths. These days the industry standard for a concrete driveway is 32 MPA. Some other classifications for concrete you might find are Normal concrete, High Strength Concrete, High-Performance Concrete, Air Entrained Concrete, Light Weight Concrete, Self-Compacting Concrete, Pervious Concrete and Roller Compacted Concrete.

The industry standard for a concrete driveway is 32 MPA. We can install weaker or stronger based on your particular preference and budget.

This depends on the customer’s preference. However, we typically recommend rebar for our concrete driveway installations.

Definitely! Proper concrete driveway base should be prepared as this will determine its durability. It is a requirement for a concrete driveway to be installed over solid and stable soil and gravel to avoid failing and reduced life span. Make sure you always use clean gravel straight from the quarry and not a recycled gravel base. Using a recycled gravel base can lead to a variety of problems with your new concrete driveway.

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Drainage planning plays a very important role in the process of installation. Poorly planned drainage can lead to a variety of problems such as flooding in your home or premature deterioration of the concrete driveway.

Concrete driveway installations will vary how many days are required before use. To play it safe, you should wait at least 1 – 2 weeks before driving on your new driveway.

Yes. Sealcoating your concrete driveway is recommended as it will help to enhance longevity as well as prevent future issues and damage to the surface.

Stamped concrete is chosen due to its abundance of colours, patterns as well as overall curve appeal.

No. it is not recommended to use pavers over existing concrete.

Because concrete driveways are quite durable, it is recommended for sealing to be done every 3 – 5 years.

This will depend on the specific type of concrete driveway you have installed however it is recommended to seal your concrete driveway within one month of installation.

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There are two ways of coating a concrete driveway, using a sprayer or squeegee. When using a sprayer, it is recommended to coat it two times. If you are using a squeegee one or two coats will be sufficient.

Sealers are available by request. The use of sealers is highly recommended on exposed aggregates and stamped finish and optional for broom finish.

Yes. We do have an option to add colour to the cement finishing. This dramatically enhances the look of your driveway.

Yes. We install concrete in many different colours.

There are several recommended ways of maintaining and caring for your concrete driveway. We highly recommend sealing as it results in a longer life span. It is also best that you refrain from using your newly installed driveway for at least 1 week to avoid cracking. Do not place heavy equipment for the first 30 days and remember to clear oil spots regularly as this causes staining.

The joints installed in your concrete driveway control cracking and will prevent them from spreading, there are instances where random cracks may appear. It is best to contact an expert to get recommendations on how to manage them and prevent further cracking.

If you wish to have a slip-resistant concrete driveway, we suggest broom finishing as this provides better footing.

Yes it is possible, however, we recommend hand shoveling because heavy machinery can damage a concrete driveway.

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Your Safety is Our Priority

To our valued customers

As a company, we prioritise health and safety for our employees and most importantly, our customers. We would like to assure you that we work under strict compliance with the BC Centre of Disease Control (CDC) and adheres to the guidelines provided by Health Canada and the World Health Organization regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our business procedures, including estimating, collections, on site work procedures and overall customer interaction have been adjusted to ensure a healthy interaction between our employees and customers:

Our employees have been educated with regards to the health and safety requirements amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We make sure that they strictly adhere to the following:

Our company representative will contact the customer before starting the project to ensure a safe environment for our workers:

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will ensure that all policies and preventive measures are adhered to. We also would like to encourage you to be up to date with COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the Health Canada’s website and watching the daily news.

If you have queries and concerns regarding the above practice, please feel free to contact us at 778.855.0513 or send an email to [email protected]. Be assured that we will continue to be at our best in providing a safe and healthy work environment.

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