When you are installing a concrete driveway, you will want it to be a strong surface that will hold up under heavy vehicle weight and adverse weather conditions. Here are two tips to help you make sure your driveway is installed to give it the best chance at lasting as long as possible.
Prepare the Base Soil
As you prepare the soil for where your concrete driveway will be poured, it is a good idea to take a look at the type of soil that is in the site. If your soil is spongy, sandy, or loamy, it will not provide a good base for your concrete, as it is too soft. The soil needs to be a solid foundation that will not settle, sink, or shift after your concrete has been poured, as it can cause the concrete to crack and break apart. If you are not sure what type of soil you have in the area, you can hire a soil engineer to check the integrity of your soil.
Your soil also needs to be able to provide proper drainage beneath the concrete slab during wet weather and during winter when the moisture can freeze beneath the slab. Freezing of the foundational materials will cause your concrete to heave upward, causing cracks and damage.
If the soil is sandy, spongy, or loamy, you will need to add sand or gravel onto the site and compact it using a compacting machine. Than, you can install the concrete form boards around your site in preparation of the concrete being delivered and poured. Be sure you spray down the base foundation of your driveway with water. This will prevent the foundation from being dry and pulling moisture from the concrete after it has been poured.
Reinforce the Driveway
Depending on the types of vehicles and traffic you expect to use on your concrete driveway, you may need to reinforce its structure to allow for the extra vehicle weight. For heavier traffic, such as heavy-duty trucks, trailers, and construction equipment, it is a good idea to pour your concrete driveway with edges thicker by a few inches. This helps give support to the edges of the concrete that can become cracked from heavier weighted vehicles.
To make the edges of your concrete pad slightly thicker, you will need to adjust the foundation material on the site. When you install the concrete forms, it will be necessary to excavate a slightly deeper section around the perimeter of where you concrete pad will be poured, sloped off from the center of the concrete. When you pour the concrete into the forms, the edges of the pad will be thicker than the center of the concrete.
You can also add reinforcement to your concrete pad with steel rebar. You can add steel rebar in a grid pattern before the concrete is poured, or lay a steel mesh onto the site. Then, as the concrete is poured into the forms, you adjust the rebar to sit within the center of the slab's thickness. For more information, contact companies like Sunny Concrete Services LLC.Share
17 October 2017
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