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Preparing Your Home for a Concrete Driveway Installation

A lot of homeowners get pretty excited about the idea of installing a new concrete driveway. It’s easy to get caught up imagining how a fresh look can change the appearance of your home. However, it’s common to rush into it without considering all the necessary steps. This can lead to being unprepared for the actual work that goes into the installation. I’ve noticed this happening with neighbours and clients who didn’t fully understand what the process entails. In this blog, we’re going to talk about those important, but often overlooked, aspects of preparing for a concrete driveway installation. Let’s go through what you should think about before the concreters arrive at your home.


Understanding Driveway Crossover and Seeking Approval

First and foremost, you need to understand the concept of a driveway crossover if it applies to you – the part of the driveway that crosses over the public footpath and nature strip. Some properties this won’t apply to, but many do. This is a critical element because it’s where your property intersects with public land. In many localities, making alterations to this area requires approval from your local council or governing body. 


Before you start dreaming about the perfect concrete driveway, check with your local council about the specific requirements for driveway crossover. You may need to submit a detailed plan or even apply for a permit. This process might seem tedious, but it’s essential to avoid legal complications or the need to redo work that doesn’t comply with regulations.


Assessing the Need for Pipe Relining

One aspect of driveway preparation that’s often overlooked is the condition of underground pipes. Concrete driveways are heavy, and if they’re laid over compromised or weak pipes, the risk of pipe damage escalates. This is where pipe relining comes into play. It’s a method of repairing pipes without the need for extensive excavation. If your property is older or you’ve had issues with underground pipes, it’s wise to have them inspected.


Pipe relining might seem like an additional expense, but it’s a proactive measure. It’s far more cost-effective to reline existing pipes now than to deal with broken pipes under a brand-new concrete driveway later. If the inspection reveals that pipe relining is necessary, ensure it’s completed before the driveway installation begins.


Preparing the Site

Now, let’s talk about site preparation, the most hands-on part of the process for many homeowners. This step involves clearing the area where your driveway will be. Remove any vegetation, debris, or existing driveway materials. If there are large trees with roots that could interfere with the driveway, this will create an added expense. 


Site levelling is also crucial. The ground should be as level as possible to avoid uneven pouring of the concrete. Many concreters such as Sprecaks Concreting will level the site for you.


Choosing the Right Contractor

Selecting the right contractor is perhaps one of the most critical decisions in this process. A good contractor will guide you through the entire process, from design to completion. They can help with securing necessary permits, advise on the best type of concrete for your climate and soil type, and ensure that all preparatory work, like base preparation and form installation, is done correctly.


When choosing a contractor, don’t just go for the lowest quote. Look for experience, reputation, and professionalism. Ask for references and examples of previous work. A good contractor will not only deliver a high-quality driveway but also a stress-free experience for you.


Final Checks and Communication

Before the concrete pouring begins, do a final check. Ensure that all preparatory work is completed and meets the required standards. Communicate with your contractor about any last-minute concerns or questions. Clear communication can prevent misunderstandings and ensure that the final product is exactly what you envisioned.