CONCRETE SERVICES

CONCRETE DRIVEWAYS

Homeowners in Victoria are turning to concrete as the material of choice for a new driveway or to revamp an existing one. Concrete has many benefits: it’s durable, and is easy to maintain, and it looks smooth and clean. Atlantis Masonry have been  Concrete Contractors in Victoria, BC for nearly a decade 

we recommend you consult with concrete professionals in your service when it’s time to get your driveway poured, and at Atlantis we can help. There are some rudimentary construction details you should be aware of before we start the process. Regardless of whether or not you get estimates from Atlantis or on your own, it’s a good idea to use these standards as discussion points with your contractor to ensure your driveway is getting installed for maximum durability and longevity.

Concrete Driveway Process

 

Subgrade Preparation

The first steps in preparing the subgrade are critical if you want your concrete driveway to last for several years. First, your subgrade should be compacted evenly through out. 4 inches of base gravel is the least that should be used and it should pack well. A tamper is highly recommended to guarantee best results and is frequently used amongst concrete professionals.

Take note that ground soaked with water needs to be properly removed prior to concrete being poured. If you have a downspout draining in a certain area, ensure you get down far enough to remove the moisture before pouring.

Concrete

You must ensure that a minimum 4” of concrete is being poured whether you’re pouring your concrete driveway yourself or you’re hiring a professional contractor. Concrete is measured by its strength capacity. Pounds per square inch, or MPa (megapascals) is the metric measurement for psi. Your driveway must be poured with a 32 MPa duramix concrete (a specific mix from any redimix concrete supplier). There are economical mixes so be certain this is what is being used for your project.

Correctly Placed Joints

Joints are placed in concrete to encourage cracking to occur inside the cut (in a straight line). It’s a common misconception that joints prevent cracking.

It’s suggested from our concrete professionals in Victoria to make sure there are angled cuts of 90 degree corners as consensus. Cut lines can still look great as they can be incorporated into patterns and designs.  They are essential components of the construction of your driveway. Joints must be at least ¼ of the concrete’s thickness. A 1” deep joint should be created in the concrete in a 4” thick driveway. There is also proper spacing required for the joint placement. On a 4” thick driveway, joints must be spaced no farther than 8’-12’ apart.

When the concrete is wet, some concrete contractors put in control joints with a groover, and others cut them in with a concrete saw the next day. Both have their pros and cons but be sure to ask your contractor what they do and ask them why.

Side note:

Concrete cracks, and it just naturally happens! At Atlantis, we do everything in our control to prevent cracking. If you see some cracks in your driveway, don’t panic. It’s normal. Although on that note, you should inquire if there seems to be extreme cracking or if the cracking appears to be spreading.

 

CONCRETE BLOCKS

Concrete block construction is a type of masonry using concrete blocks (also called CMU’s) to build strong structures such as entire buildings, or walls. This concrete block construction is optimal for foundations or basements because they are not eroded by termites, they resist extreme temperatures, they provide insulation and soundproofing, and they are much stronger than the usual wood structures and even poured concrete. Atlantis has years of experience working with concrete blocks for residential projects.

Give us a call today to see if concrete block construction is right for your project, and to set up a free estimate.

What are concrete blocks made of?

A concrete block is made of a mixture of powdered cement, water, sand, and gravel. When these ingredients are mixed together they produce a light gray block with a smooth surface texture and remarkable strength.

Atlantis most commonly uses Hollow Concrete blocks.  They are extreme light weight and used to make structural walls and portioning walls, standard core filled block, etc. They are used to make lightweight concrete blocks, which are also used in house construction.

Hollow Concrete Blocks are made of lightweight concrete, which has a density in the range of 140 to 150 lb/ft3 (2240 to 2400 kg/m3). But they differ in their ingredient as compared to concrete block, as gravel is used instead of sand with expanded clay, shale or slate for their build.

Enjoy the benefits of concrete block. They are more durable and energy efficient.

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