So, you’ve been thinking about installing concrete slabs for your driveway. You’ve seen it somewhere on the internet, on TV, maybe you’ve come across a breathtaking yard that had such a driveway. It was love at first sight. You immediately realized that this is something you want for your home too. There was just something really charming about those huge slabs in that yard. However, let’s face it, you know pretty little about concrete slabs for driveways or about concrete slab patios (You’ve seen that too!). You’ve been trying to ask others about their experiences with concrete slabs, but nobody gave you the info you were looking for. You started to research the internet, entered the keywords and…
Here’s where we come in! At Cricket Pavers, our aim to be helpful whenever we can and right now that means giving you all the information you need in order to create a beautiful driveway made out of concrete slabs.
First of all, using high-quality materials and proper concrete slab installation will be the key to a good looking driveway which will perform well in the long-term.
Uniformity will definitely play a huge role in this question. Make sure that the driveway area is even and is able to hold those concrete slabs. Soil quality may also play an important role (soft spots may spoil the even surface of the slab composition), so it is essential to seek help from a professional paving company.
When it comes to slabs, reinforcement of the materials is also crucial. Using steel reinforcement, for example, will provide additional strength (structural capacity in this case). This is especially important if the slabs will be exposed to heavy traffic. Reinforcing the slabs with steel won’t help prevent cracks, but it will help in holding them together if they do occur. Usually, contractors either use wire mesh or steel bars placed in a grid pattern. Synthetic fibers have been also used lately to reduce shrinkage crack. Sadly, they will not provide structural reinforcement.
The other vital thing you will want to consider is proper drainage. To eliminate standing water on your driveway, a slope should be installed towards the street – and away from your house garage or other structures in your yard. You can also install a drain that will collect the water and divert it away.
Make sure you cure the concrete as soon as finishing is completed. Curing is one of the most important parts of the whole process. If you fail to cure to concrete right after the final finishing, you might have to deal with significant structure capacity reductions up to fifty % by reducing the concrete’s resistance to the effects of water. Failure to cure the concrete slabs correctly will also increase the possibility of surface defects.
These are only a few things you will have to take into consideration if you opt for this. Using bigger concrete slabs for your drive will always have a specific magic to it since the big slabs can really look monumental and eye-catching in a yard. If you have any further questions regarding this topic, feel free to contact us, so we can give you a more detailed explanation about concrete driveway slabs, installation, maintenance tips and much more!