A client recently hired Lovell Construction Co. Inc. to renovate their residential driveway. We demolished their old exhausted driveway and concrete approach, and repaved a new residential concrete driveway. This took place on the west side of San Antonio, TX.
Client’s old driveway
Benefits Of A Concrete Driveway
Why choose a concrete driveway over asphalt? Concrete may cost more than asphalt, but you will get a good return on your investment. Here are a few reasons why a concrete driveway will benefit you over asphalt paving:
Concrete is aesthetic – Concrete looks great! Concrete can be stylized to include concrete coloring or stain. Concrete can also be stamped to give an appearance of brick, stone, or other patterns. When it comes to reselling your home, concrete will increase the curb appeal and resale value of your property.
Concrete lasts longer – If properly maintained, concrete driveways can last longer than its asphalt counterpart. A concrete driveway requires less maintenance vs an asphalt driveway needing to be resealed every 3-5 years.
Concrete is stronger – A concrete drivway has a higher load bearing capacity opposed to asphalt. This is great for busy families with a lot of driveway traffic.
Concrete and hot climates – While we are used to the hot climate here in south Texas, a concrete driveway will fare better than asphalt. Concrete tends to reflect more light, and asphalt absorbs light making it hotter. Asphalt tends to soften in hot weather.
Constructing A Concrete Driveway
Construction began by demolishing and hauling away the old driveway, including the old concrete approach and concrete retaining walls. The next step taken was applying base material which consists of a mix of coarse and fine aggregate ( usually crushed stone). This base layer helps with drainage and settlement and will help support the concrete that will be poured on top. Wooden forms are then built around the driveway to be poured. Rebar reinforcement is then added in between the boundary of the wooden forms to add strength to the concrete slab to be poured.
Paving The Concrete Driveway
With the aggregate base layed, the wooden forms set, and the rebar tied in place, we are ready to pour and finish the concrete driveway on this hot sunny day. With other concrete projects, the concrete truck can back up and pour the concrete ready mix directly into the wooden forms as needed. With this driveway there’s limited space and access, therefore a concrete buggy is used to transport concrete from the truck to the area our crew will start spreading the concrete. We started from the end of the driveway by the client’s garage, and worked our way to the street. We started in the morning, and finished the concrete driveway towards the afternoon.
The Finished Driveway
Do you have a home concrete project in mind that you would like done? Lovell Construction Co. Inc. can handle any residential project whether it’s a concrete driveway, concrete patio, brick or stone paver walkway. If you would like an estimate on a home project, give us a call at (210) 271-3908.