A new concrete driveway can enhance the curb appeal of your home and also increase its overall value. Let's be honest, rain in Oregon is just a part of life and how we go about concrete installation in this region is a little different. In this blog post, we will break down the process of installing a new concrete driveway, what homeowners can expect, and how long it takes before they can start using it.
Step 1: Planning and Design
Pacific NW Concrete starts with the planning stage. We consider factors such as the slope of your property, drainage requirements, and the style that complements your home. Since we live in a wet region, proper drainage is crucial. A sloped driveway, coupled with strategically placed channels or drains, will help prevent water from pooling and drainage is properly in place.
Step 2: Site Preparation
Before concrete can be poured, the site must be properly prepared. This involves excavating the existing surface, which could be grass, gravel, or an old, worn-out driveway. The soil underneath will be compacted to provide a stable foundation. In the winter here in Oregon, further measures will be taken on days we expect freezing temperatures, this will prevent frost heaving.
Step 3: Installation of Forms and Reinforcement
Next, forms are set up to define the shape and dimensions of the driveway. Reinforcement materials, typically steel mesh or rebar, are strategically placed within the forms to add strength and durability to the concrete. This step ensures that the concrete will be able to withstand the weight of vehicles over time.
Step 4: Concrete Pouring
After the forms are in place and rebar or mesh installed, we are ready for concrete to be poured. Weather conditions can be unpredictable here in Oregon, when it starts to rain we tend to you a tarp or thin layer of plastic after the concrete finishers are done smoothing out the service. This enables the concrete to dry with out getting to wet.
Step 5: Curing
Once the concrete is poured and leveled, it needs time to cure. This is a critical step that allows the concrete to achieve its full strength and durability. In Oregon, where dampness is common, proper curing is essential to prevent cracking and other issues. Curing typically takes about 7 to 14 days.
Step 6: Sealing and Finishing
After the concrete has cured, it's time to apply a sealant. This provides an extra layer of protection against moisture, oil, and other potential sources of damage. Additionally, this step can enhance the appearance of the driveway, giving it a polished finish. This is an optional step and not all driveways are sealed.
A new concrete driveway is an investment and can increase the look, usability, and value of your home or business. By hiring us, we will follow these steps to create an aesthetically pleasing new driveway for customers in the Pacific Northwest can ensure a durable, beautiful, and long-lasting addition to their property. Pacific NW Concrete are experienced professional who understands the unique challenges of the region's climate is key to a successful installation. With proper planning and care, your new concrete driveway will serve you well for years to come!