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New Concrete Driveway Construction Information

Before Construction

·         Turn off the sprinkler system. You may turn it back on three days after the concrete is placed.

·         Clearly mark all sprinkler heads within 6 feet of the new driveway. Flags, stakes, or spray paint work well.

·         Please move cars out of the garage and park at least 30 feet away from driveway. Do not park directly across the street. Parking in the yard is fine as long as it is 30 feet or more away from driveway.

During Construction

·         Keep a close eye on pets when they are let outside.

·         Please keep children inside or away from the construction area for their own safety...

Rinse off your concrete

During the winter months in Minnesota, salt, or a de-icing chemical, is commonly used to clear snow and ice from paved surfaces. Salt has the potential to cause surface defects in all exterior concrete that is subjected to freeze/thaw conditions. Many times the salt is applied purposefully to keep sidewalks and driveways clear, however, salt may also be hitching a ride on your vehicle from the roadways. It is good practice to rinse all your concrete surfaces as soon as possible in the spring even if you didn’t purposefully apply salt to your concrete surfaces.

Apply sealer

Having a routine sealing schedule for your concrete is similar to changing the oil in your car. Your car engine will not last very long if you do not change the oil regularly and, chances are, neither will your concrete.  

Concrete becomes damaged from de-icing salts that are applied during the winter season. Exterior concrete must be kept clear of snow and ice for safety reasons – we understand that. However, there is no such thing as "safe for concrete" de-icing salts or chemicals.

The first winter, for new concrete, salt should never be used. Sand can be used to increase traction when needed. After the first winter, if you choose to take the risk to use de-icing salts or chemicals, you should apply a sealer to your concrete in the fall. The sealer helps prevent the water and salt from entering the pores of the concrete. Be sure to use as little salt as possible, sweep the slush and salt off the concrete as soon as possible, and rinse the concrete when you are able in the spring.

If I can't use salt... what should I do?

Clear the snow immediately before it gets walked on or driven on and becomes hard packed. Apply sand. Bags of sand can be purchased at...

Spraying water on your new concrete is one of the best and oldest ways to cure your concrete. After new concrete is poured and finished the concrete begins its curing process. The best cured concrete is concrete that is cured slowly, uniformly, and evenly from top to bottom.

During the summer months, the outside temperature can become hot. By keeping the surface wet, you are keeping the concrete temperature low. Be sure to start watering the concrete in the morning and keep watering throughout the hottest part of the day. Do not start watering during the hottest part of the day because it could shock the concrete into developing surface crazing (similar to a hot glass breaking when filled with cold water).

Spraying water on the surface prevents the surface of the concrete slab from drying faster than the bottom. 

Advances in chemical curing compounds virtually eliminate the need to keep the concrete wet to keep the surface from drying faster than the...

Concrete is a mixture of cement, sand, course aggregate, and water. These materials are mixed in specific proportions according to its designed use.

Many people make the mistake by calling concrete "cement" when cement is the binding agent in concrete.

Concrete is the most used building material in the world. In 2008, the United States alone consumed 93.6 million metric tons of portland cement with annual cement industry shipments currently estimated at $10.0 billion.

So where does cement come from?

I need to start this with a quick history lesson.  Back in the 19th century, a bricklayer named Joseph Aspdin of Leeds, England first made portland cement by burning powdered limestone and clay on his kitchen stove. He named it Portland cement because it produced a concrete that resembled the color of the natural limestone quarried on the Isle of Portland, an island in the English Channel. Little did he know...