10 Steps on how to pour a concrete driveway
For our Gold Coast concreting clients, our resident concreting expert Chad, has put together the steps and process we go through when pouring a concrete driveway. This will help you understand the time it takes and what will be required for the job to be done professionally and to stand the test of time.
This obviously is the before photo
We use a 3 ton excavator to rip out the existing concrete allowing for a 100mm thick replacement.
We will then drill into the face of the garage floor and also the roadside curb, steel bars will be installed, this will tie the new driveway to the road and the garage.
Able flex is also installed between the garage floor and the roadside curb, this allows for the new concrete driveway to expand and contract between the two surfaces reducing the risk of the new concrete cracking.
Both be able flex and the dowel bars are installed.
A string line is used to provide a straight line then steel pickets are hammered into the ground and formwork is installed.
Steel reinforcing is then laid on the ground within the new concrete area, this mesh should be suspended on chairs, positioning it within the concrete prior to it being poured.
Once the concrete is placed, it should be finished with a trowel and bullnose edger, this will leave a nice rounded edge.
After ball floating the concrete, the concrete will be stick troweled and then broom finished to allow for a safe non-slip surface.
The concrete is then left for approximately two days to cure before expansion cuts are added.
The end result. A finished plain concrete driveway.