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Projects

I need a quote for my driveway, patio or path, can you help?

Absolutely. Just fill out the Request a Quote form on our home page, or give us a call on 07 533 6165. From there it’s simply arranging a suitable time to meet with you on-site and discuss your project, go through the details and organise a timeline.

Can you replace old driveways?

Yes, whether you have old pavers, concrete or asphalt we can pull up and dump old material and re-lay a new concrete driveway. We renovate many gravel driveways into exposed aggregate, plain or coloured concrete.

Do you do excavation?

We are quite happy to organise excavation, cartage, drainage and cutting for you. We regularly work with efficient tradesmen on these projects.

I have a reasonably flat site, is excavation still required?

There is usually some excavation involved in preparing the site area for concrete. We will meet you on-site to discuss what your project requires.

Conditions

When will I be able to walk and drive on my new driveway or patio?

You will need to stay completely off the concrete until it has dried. This is quicker in the summer and longer in the winter. We will put up barrier tape and signs, but unfortunately we cannot be responsible for pets, children, leaves etc. once we leave the site. You will be able to walk on the concrete after 24 hours and drive on it after 7 days but we recommend trucks and heavier vehicles stay off for 27 days.

Will rain effect the concrete?

We cannot usually pour in the rain as it can affect the finish of the concrete. We also need a dry base to pour the concrete on, if it has been raining we will need to wait for the base to dry. Our experienced team follow weather forecasts closely so that we can ensure your project is placed in the best possible conditions.  We will keep you informed if the schedule of your job has been delayed due to weather.

Cracking

Why does concrete crack?

Concrete shrinks as it dries, the result of this is strain in the concrete which leads to cracks forming.

Can cracking be minimised?

The proper preparation of the site, using a quality concrete mixture (including synthetic fibres) and correctly placing control cuts in your concrete are the best ways to minimise the risk of unsightly cracks. Steel mesh is placed in the concrete to prevent it from moving or shifting in the event of cracking.

Not walking or driving on your concrete for as long as possible will help prevent cracking. In summer we recommend dampening your concrete 3 times per day for the first month to prevent cracking due to heat.

Expansion cuts are essential to help prevent cracking. The purpose of these is to allow the concrete to shrink and relieve strain at the join. The result should be that any cracking is then directed into the cut rather than in random places. The concrete needs to be cut between 24 and 72 hours after placement. The cutting must be well timed by an experienced place and will vary in different climates. Our team of placers are well trained to monitor your job and the timing of cuts.