Concrete Driveway FAQs

The amount of time installing your concrete driveway will take will depend on a number of variables. First is the size of the area that needs to be concreted and second will be the concreting method that will be used. Having successfully completed numerous projects in this locality, we at Bayside Concrete Driveways are confident in our ability to complete your driveway in good time. If you are still unsure about the duration of the project, give one of our Bayside concreters a call and we’re sure to be able to answer any questions you may have. 



All concrete constructions require time for the concrete to set. We recommend that you wait at least seven days after we have poured your concrete driveway before you begin using it.

Absolutely. Research has shown that the value of your property can go up by up to 10 percent after you spruce up its driveway! Of course, the extent to which your driveway will live up to its value-boosting potential will depend on how well its aesthetics complement those of your house. The quality of workmanship that went into the driveway’s construction will also be a factor. With experienced Bayside concreters at your side, you can rest assured that your new driveway will immensely boost your home’s worth. Not only can you depend on us for quality workmanship that conforms to the highest standards, but you can also depend on us for insightful input in the design phase.

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Expansion joints, or control gaps, are spaces deliberately left and/or in a concrete construction to allow the concrete to expand, as it tends to do when exposed to the elements. This ensures that the expansion in high temperatures does not lead to stress, which leads to cracking, destroying the driveway you invested so much in. Installing expansion joints is necessary to ensure the driveway’s longevity.

Colouring the concrete can be done in one of two ways: 

  1. The oxide which contains the colouring component can be worked into the concrete mix prior to pouring.
  2. The oxide is worked into the topmost layer of the concrete mix when it has been freshly poured. 

We will finish the laying of your concrete driveway by applying two coats of coloured sealer to make the colour appear richer.

The concrete driveway cost per square metre will depend on a number of factors ranging from the size of the surface to the type of finish you desire. The amount of preparation that needs to be done before the concrete is poured will also be reflected in the price. The cost to lay concrete driveway structures is not a one-size-fits-all. Call us or send us an email request for a quote and we will get back to you promptly.

 

Yes, for the most part. The last thing you want is your driveway moving water towards your house or garage when it rains. An even worse scenario is when the rainwater accumulates on the concrete, without a gradient to shift it away. As you can imagine, the collected water, pushed by gravity, will try to force its way into the concrete over time. This will lead to the formation of cracks, which will compromise the structural integrity of your driveway.

 

This is why we approach all driveway projects with a comprehensive plan for its drainage where required. This plan will dictate how the grading of the surface will be done before the concrete is poured. 

There are a few things your contractor will consider when deciding on the width of your driveway. The size of the area where the driveway will be poured will dictate the width but it is often around the 3m range. It needs to be wide enough for a vehicle to ride on without its wheels slipping off the edges. If your driveway is lifted off the ground, wheels pressing against its edges every so often will lead to it chipping and chunks of it breaking off eventually. 

As you would expect, a number of factors come into play when determining the thickness of your concrete driveway but for the main part, it is a minimum of 100mm. Your chosen concreter will first want to know the type of soil they will be dealing with. The vehicles, or more specifically, the weight of the vehicles that will be driven over the approach should also have a bearing on how thick the driveway will be.

A driveway designed for the regular commuter should not be as thick as one that should withstand the weight of trucks. 

With our expertise in residential concreting Bayside residents can rely on us to construct a charming, purpose built driveway that will stand the test of time. Get in touch with us today and get your new driveway underway with an obligation-free quote.

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