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How to Install a Concrete Driveway

Concrete driveways are a popular choice for homeowners looking to upgrade the appearance of their home and increase its value. These durable surfaces can last for decades without major maintenance.

The cost of a new concrete driveway will vary depending on the size, complexity, and installation techniques. Typically, basic designs are on the lower end of the spectrum while more elaborate installations may cost more.

Before the concrete is poured, you must prepare the site by removing grass and other vegetation. Wood forms are then placed around the perimeter of the site, followed by a base of packed gravel at least 4 inches thick.

Once the gravel base is poured, reinforcement material is added just above the packed gravel, consisting of steel wire grids or metal rebar laid in a criss-cross pattern. Next, a water-reducing admixture is added to reduce the amount of water required in the mix to keep the concrete workable.

After the concrete is poured, it must cure for at least three days before it is safe to walk on. Curing is a chemical process that makes the cement hard and stronger.

After the concrete has cured, seal the surface to prevent deterioration and protect against water penetration. This process should be repeated every few years to prolong its lifespan.


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