Concrete Driveway Installation & Repair in Lancaster
Concrete is a popular material for driveways, and there’s a good reason for that. Concrete slabs are strong and durable, and they need very little maintenance. Because of its strength and longevity, concrete is a great primary material in paving large areas like driveways, garages, and basements. Concrete driveway installation is more expensive than asphalt and gravel, but it’s more affordable than brick or stone, yet concrete outlasts all of them. Before you dismiss concrete because of its plain old gray color, you should know that concrete can be colored and stamped to design a unique and attractive driveway, and Lancaster Concrete Contractors would love to handle that project for you.
Homeowners can pour concrete to their driveways on their own, but it’s a tedious process and without much experience, your driveway may not look or be as durable compared to a driveway built by a concrete professional. From excavation, pouring, to finishing, our builders will be with you from start to finish and ensure that you get your ideal driveway as soon as possible.
We can do any type of concrete repair like:
- Spall Repair
- Crack Repair
- Joint Rebuild & Filling
- Concrete Waterproofing
- Concrete Restoration
- Floor Preparation
- Concrete Milling, Grinding and Scarifying
- Shot Blasting
- Slab-on-Ground Stabilizing
- Suspended Slab Repairs
- Parking Garage Repairs
The process of installing a driveway in your property starts with our team removing all grass and other vegetation in your soon-to-be driveway area. We also add in the necessary materials and reinforcements to build a stable and solid soil foundation. Once we’ve determined that everything is ready, we will then pour the wet concrete to quickly finish your driveway’s surface. Our driveway installation team will add an adequate number of expansion joints to allow the slab to shift and break at controller places. This reduces the effect of natural shifting or settling and guarantees the longevity of your concrete surface. We will then draw the cement and finer particles to the surface to create a more attractive and smoother driveway surface. This is also the best time for our skilled crew to impart our unique decorative finishes and colors to the surface of your concrete slab.
After this, we will wait for the curing process to finish. It’s a slow chemical process that hardens and strengthens the material and it’s very sensitive to weather. The cooler the weather, the longer it will take the concrete surface to cure. That’s why we advise our clients to wait for the ideal curing weather if possible. Once complete, you just need to wait for at least a week before you drive to your new driveway, and at least a month or two before sealing the concrete.
Concrete driveways do not need much maintenance, but to make sure it lasts, it does pay to keep your driveway clean and sealed.
Scrubbing with a hose and stiff brush will usually suffice in keeping your concrete surface clean, while concrete sealer can add a much-needed layer of protection. Concrete sealing should be done every two years, and for those in the Lancaster area, our team can do that for you at an affordable rate.