Understanding Paving Problems

When we started working on finishing our house, I realized we weren't going to be able to take care of the paving on our own. Instead of trying to haul in concrete and hope for the best, I hired a professional paving contractor to come out and help. They were incredible to work with. They listened carefully to our requests, and then they started laying the concrete and leveling the surface. Within a few hours, we had a driveway and front sidewalk that looked incredible. This blog is all about the benefits of working with paving contractors, and understanding the problems you might come up against if you do things on your own.

Tips For Hiring A Concrete Company For A Driveway

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If your house only has grass or gravel as a driveway, upgrading to a paved one can add both financial and aesthetic value to your property.  A paved concrete driveway will also be more convenient, as you won't have to walk on wet grass to get to your car when it rains. It will also be a lot easier to shovel if you live in a snowy climate.

Creating a paved driveway is more complicated than pouring concrete over the ground, so consider hiring a professional paving contractor or concrete company to do the dirty work for you. Not all concrete companies and paving contractors are created equally, however, so it will pay to do a little research ahead of time. There are also some questions you should ask the hired company before they start working to ensure the best results. 

Here are some tips for hiring the best company to make your paved driveway: 

1. When interviewing various concrete companies, ask what their procedure for creating a driveway is. To make sure that the pavement lasts as long as possible, it's important that a stable base is laid prior to pouring the concrete. Steel rebar grids can also add strength and longevity, so inquire about that as well.

2. Check the weather forecast before scheduling the paved driveway construction. For the best results, the concrete needs time to set and cure before getting wet, so be sure to ask the paving contractors what the exact time is. Then, avoid having the concrete poured when rain or snow is in the forecast during that time period.

It's best to have concrete poured during warm, dry conditions, so consider having the home upgrade done during summer or early fall. 

3. Ask the concrete professionals what the recommended weight limit on the paved driveway is, especially if you have heavy vehicles or sporting equipment, such as an RV, a big truck or a boat with a trailer. Let them know ahead of time what you plan on using the driveway for to make sure it will work for you.

If objects are too heavy for the concrete, the driveway could crack over time, resulting in an unsightly situation and possible costly repairs.

4. After the driveway installation is complete, ask the contractors how to care for and maintain your new pavement. They can recommend cleaning and stain-removal techniques and products to keep your driveway looking and performing its best. 

Contact a company like Star Paving to learn more.

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4 November 2016