Adding your own concrete driveway to your home is always a beneficial upgrade when it comes to the equity of your home. Masonry work isn’t the easiest of tasks, but it’s definitely doable with the proper time, information, and materials. It’s not really a one person job, though, so you will probably want to enlist the help of your friends. If you’re sincerely considering a DIY driveway installation, then you’re in the right place to begin your research. Here is a simplified synopsis of five easy steps to installing your own concrete driveway.
Sketch out a design
You can’t start building your driveway if you don’t know what you’re going to build in the first place. You will be setting yourself up for failure if you don’t take the time to be thorough, and plan out every move of the project before you begin. You will need the sketch to be specific enough to plot out dimensions for your driveway. With that information, you can then begin to move on towards the second step of the process.
Derive an estimate on materials
Now that you have the exact dimensions of your driveway planned out, you can begin estimating what materials you will need to complete the job. You will need lumber, concrete, and stakes to build your driveway. How much you will need is dependant upon your design. Your concrete should be at least six inches deep. You’ll need to determine the square footage of your design to figure up how much concrete will be needed. You shouldn’t try to mix the concrete on your own. Just have the professionals come and pour it for you when you’re ready.
Building the form
After you have fully prepared the ground surface, you will begin building the form for your driveway. Start on the outside edges, and then work your way in to complete the process. You can use string to define the outside boundaries first. Then place your stakes in the ground, and go from there. You will have to research the exact specs for how to frame out a driveway. Be meticulous during this step. Any small defect will rear its ugly head by the time you finish the project.
Pouring the concrete
When it comes to mixing and pouring the concrete for your new driveway, you will probably want to leave that to the professionals. You will also want to make certain that you have enough people on hand the day you schedule to have the concrete poured. Once the material is poured, you only have an allotted amount of time to perfect its placement before it sets.
Curing the new concrete
Once you have planned, plotted, poured, and molded there’s only one more thing to do to finish off your brand new driveway. Cure the concrete. This will extend the life of the driveway overall. It’s recommended that you cover the concrete in burlap for at least two weeks after the first pour. You will then need to fix the little spots that may have been altered from the weather, and your done!