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Is Your Home Or Business In Need Of A New Concrete Driveway?
At Bulldog Concrete our number one core value is quality. We have a strong connection to the term “A job worth doing, is a job worth doing well”. This means when you hire us as your concrete driveway contractor you rest assured knowing that if we take on your concrete driveway project it will be finished to the highest standards available in the East Kootenays.
Whether your looking looking for a simple light grey broom finish driveway or a decorative stamped and/or exposed driveway our team has you covered. With over 12 years experience finishing concrete driveways in the East Kootenays and all over Northern Alberta we’ve completed hundreds of amazing concrete driveway projects.
The Benefits Of A Concrete Driveway
Lifecycle and Expense
For some the initial upfront cost of an asphalt driveway might be the deciding factor between concrete or asphalt. However, on average a concrete driveway will last 50 to 60 percent longer than an asphalt driveway. Additionally, the lower upfront cost of asphalt is quickly offset with the higher price to maintain the asphalt over it’s lifespan.
Now we might be biased but even a basic broom finish driveway looks far better than an asphalt or gravel driveway. But once you start to introduce a little decorative flair into your concrete driveway you take curn appeal to a whole new level. Often times all it takes is a simple stamped or exposed border mixed with your basic broom finish.
Load Bearing Capacity
Let’s face it the whole point of your driveway is to be able to park heavy cars, trucks, boats and RV’s and concrete is the best option when it comes to being able to bear the load of these items. Your concrete driveway can be preped and poured to withstand the weight of all the vehicles you plan to park on it.
Summer and Winter Friendly
In the summer the lighter color of a concrete driveway makes it a great choice over ashpalt. When it’s 32 degrees celcius out an asphalt driveway can see average temperatures of 63 degrees celcius whereas concrete will be 50 degrees on average. These hot temperatures make concrete far more bareable in the summer.
Our East Kootenay winters can make managing your driveway a real pain. If you have a gravel, stone or brick driveway they can be frustrating to shovel. And if you have an asphalt driveway they’re prone to heaving due to our freeze and thaw cycles. A concrete driveway makes winter managment a walk in the park.
Frequently Asked Questions About
How Much Is My Concrete Driveway Going To Cost?
Due to the fact that there are so many different variables when it come to pricing a concrete driveway this is a difficult question to answer on a website. Prices can range from $1 per sq. ft. up to $20 per sq. ft.
For argument sake though, an average broom finish driveway, just place and finish (no prep work) you can expect to pay between $1.20 to $2.00 per sq. ft. depending on location, size and complexity of the job.
For a more decorative finish like stamped or exposed, just place and finish, you can expect to pay $4-$5 per sq. ft.
If you’d like a more detailed estimate please fill out our estimate form or call us at 250.581.0714
How Long Will My Driveway Installation Take?
This is obviously going to depend on the size and or the complexity of your project. Here is a typical timeline though.
- Removal of old concrete or ashphalt: 1-3 days
- Excavating and subgrade prep: 1-3 days
- Setting up forms and rebar: 1-2 days
- Placing and Finishing: 1-2 days
- Site cleanup: 1-2 days
- Letting driveway properly cure: 28 days
How Thick Will My Concrete Driveway Be?
In most cases residential concrete driveways are 4″ to 5″ thick. However, if you plan to drive on or park RV’s, or commercial trucks then we’d recommend you go with a 6″ to 8″ driveway. If you have a designated area that you plan to park heavier vehicles we can make that area thicker and remain 4″ everywhere else.
Do You Tie The Rebar?
Yes, if you choose, we can certainly include installation of rebar, wire mesh or fiberglass v-rod in your concrete driveway.
Do I Need To Seal My Concrete Driveway?
In short, YES?
We think that sealing your concrete driveway is very important in order to increase its longevity and keep it looking spectacular. Typically, we include the first seal in the price of our decorative concrete driveways. However, for basic driveways we do not, unless we’ve agreed to include it for an additional fee (15-25 cents per square foot).
Concrete is a porous material that readily absorbs liquids. In freeze-thaw climates like in the Kootenays, the expansion of frozen liquids can destroy the surface of unsealed concrete. Oil, salt, fertilizer, and other household chemicals can discolor and damage unsealed concrete as well.
It is best to reseal your concrete driveway every 1 to 3 years depending on what type of abuse your driveway is subject to. The types of things to consider are foot traffic, vehicle traffic, salt, sand and elements such as water, snow and sun.
Can I Use Salt On My Concrete Driveway?
Salt is best avoided, especially for the first winter after your concrete driveway is installed. Salt can cause a chemical reaction with the concrete and cause issues with the surface. Sand is the best alternative to provide traction.
Do You Do The Subgrade and Base Prep For My Driveway?
Currently Bulldog Concrete does not usually offer subgrade or base prep as a service. However we do plan to offer this service in the future. In the meantime, we have a handful of contractors we can recommend.
The main reason that we do not offer subgrade prep is due to the fact that we need to rent equipment in order to do so. Renting equipment can be costly which will result in your costs being higher than if another contractor does subgrade and base prep.
Do You Set Up The Forms?
Yes, if you desire, we can come in and prepare the forms for your concrete driveway project.
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