Concrete Driveway Construction

The Process:

If you hire Counts Contracting to pave your concrete driveway, we will sit down with you and go over the process face to face so you’ll know exactly what to expect. If you are in the process of deciding who to hire for your concrete driveway construction project, consider these points of discussion points with contractors you interview for the job, so you can be sure your concrete driveway is getting installed for maximum longevity and durability.

concrete-driveway-mint-hillSubgrade Preparation
In order for your concrete driveway to last for years and years, the first steps in preparing the subgrade are critical. Your subgrade should be evenly compacted. A standard driveway is 4” thick of concrete. It should be 4” thick throughout and should not vary 3-4”.

Correctly Placed Joints
Joints are placed in concrete to help prevent cracking. They can be incorporated into patterns and designs to be somewhat disguised, but they are a necessary part of your driveway’s construction. Joints should 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 that should be followed for the joint placement. On a 4” thick driveway, joints should be spaced no farther than 8’-12’ apart.

A freshly poured concrete driveway should have reinforcement with either wire mesh, or steel bars. Steel bars are often placed in a grid pattern. Both types of reinforcement should be placed on blocks to keep it in the center of the concrete. Reinforcing your concrete does not prevent or eliminate cracks.

concrete driveway south charlotteProper Drainage
To eliminate standing water or puddles, all concrete driveways should slope ¼” per running foot away from the home. If proper drainage cannot be constructed, a drain should be installed at the lowest point of the concrete to collect the water.

The suggested width for a single-car driveway is 8-9 feet.

The professionals at Counts Contracting can assure you that we have a proven process and standards for concrete driveway construction. We serve South Charlotte and surrounding areas into Union County NC and York County / Lancaster County, SC.  We understand the importance of knowing that your contractor is qualified to do the job. Call us to talk more about our process and expertise.

We Serve:

Waxhaw, Weddington, Marvin, Mineral Springs, Indian Trail, Wesley Chapel, Stallings, Monroe, Wingate, Marshville

South Charlotte:  Ballantyne, Mint Hill, Matthews, Pineville

South Carolina:  Fort Mill, Lancaster, Indian Land, Van Wyck, Pageland