New Concrete Driveway Contractors
What do the Babylonians, Egyptians, and Romans all have in common? They all used concrete and lots of it. Unlike asphalt driveways, concrete driveways require little to no maintenance and last longer (the Colosseum and Hadrian’s Wall are still standing). Concrete’s versatility, durability, appearance, and low maintenance make it the preferred choice when replacing your driveway. A new concrete driveway drastically improves the curb appeal and value of your home.
Sal Catalano and his crew have replaced thousands of concrete driveways throughout the Chicagoland area. We are experts in building new concrete driveways and are familiar with local building codes, and have the expertise and resources to build concrete driveways that look great and can survive our rough Chicago winters.
- 5-6 inch-thick concrete slab
- 4000 psi concrete, Fiber Mesh, clean low chert mix
- Steel Wire Mesh Reinforcement
- 4-6 inch compacted gravel base
- Perimeter backfilled with topsoil
- Owner on site during construction
Concrete Installation Process:
Step 1. Site Preparation
Existing driveway is removed and hauled away. Temporally forms are erected around the perimeter of the driveway. A new gravel sub base is installed and compacted. The grade of the sub-base must have an even thickness to ensure the slab of the driveway will have the same thickness throughout. The grading must also have enough pitch for proper drainage. Finally, steel wire mesh reinforcement is cut to fit and laid on base. The wire will be placed in the middle of the concrete slab during the pour. At this point, the site is ready for municipality inspection.
Step 2. Pouring & Finishing
Wet concrete is poured in place and leveled off. Concrete is then bull-floated and left alone until all the water on top of the concrete driveway has evaporated –this is to prevent water from getting trapped which can create a weak surface. Joints are cut with a hand groover to prevent unsightly random cracks. The entire area is now hand finished by floating and brooming the surface. Finishing will also vary depending on the application and preference. A few days later, the forms are removed and the site is cleaned. The surface is now ready for light foot traffic; however, a minimum of seven days of curing is required before it can be driven on. We recommend that homeowners apply a concrete sealer to prevent staining and damage caused by deicers.
When is it Time For a New Concrete Driveway?
- Multiple large cracks (wide enough to fit a quarter) outside of the control joints throughout.
- The finished surface has or is starting to deteriorate and break apart from the concrete slab
- You keep driving on the grass – time for a wider driveway
- Sections have sunk causing a trip hazard and/or improper water drainage. This problem may also be corrected by polyjacking.
- Tired of dealing with the maintenance and ugly look of an asphalt driveway
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Whether you have uneven sidewalks, driveways, garage floors or patios, we provide hassle-free, no-obligation estimates for concrete raising projects, either in-person or online!