FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What benefits can I get by choosing to get a concrete driveway instead of an asphalt driveway?

Begin by considering the cost of the driveway over its lifetime. A good quality concrete driveway will last a lifetime with little or no maintenance. Asphalt driveways need periodic sealing coats to slow down age related cracking. Even properly constructed residential asphalt driveways will deteriorate more quickly due to environmental influences than due to vehicle traffic. If you consider the cost of surface and crack sealers and the shorter life-span of the asphalt, concrete will cost much you less in the long run.

2. Why do you have to put saw cuts in my new concrete?

Like all other materials, concrete will slightly change in volume when it dries out. This change in volume brings about tensile stresses within the concrete, which causes it to crack. This is the reason that contractors put joints or cuts in concrete driveways and patios to allow the concrete to crack in a neat, straight line in the joint or cut, allowing it to move when the volume of the concrete changes due to shrinkage. The changing weather conditions may also contribute to cracking with the risk most likely on warm days, dry days with low humidity and/or windy days.

3. What is reinforcement and why should I use it in my slab?

Concrete is strong in compression (squashing) and weak in tension (stretching). The introduction of steel reinforcement in concrete improves the strength of concrete in tension. In a slab-on-ground, reinforcement increases the tensile strength and helps control the width of shrinkage cracks.

4. What is curing and how do I cure my new concrete slab?

Concrete hardens as a result of hydration, that is the chemical reaction between cement and water. Hydration occurs only if water is available and if the concrete's temperature stays within a suitable range. After placing concrete, the surface needs to be kept moist for a period of time to permit the hydration process. This period is referred to as the curing period and is usually 5-7 days after placing conventional concrete.

5. How thick should a concrete driveway be?

A minimum of 4 to 5 inches is recommended. Thickness is the major factor (even more than the strength of the concrete) in determining the driveway's structural capacity. Increasing your driveway's thickness from 4 inches to 5 inches will add 20% to your concrete cost, but the additional inch of concrete will add almost 50% to load-carrying capacity of your driveway.

6. Is it necessary to seal a concrete driveway?

Periodically sealing a concrete driveway will protect it from water or chemical absorption. This will make it much easier to clean accidental spills and will also help prevent the occurrence of surface defects. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for sealing concrete.

Contact Information

6 Hewitson Road
Stoney Creek, ON.
L8E 2T4
Business: (905) 643-1735
Residence: (905) 945-0117
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Testimonials

“Tony and Paul Concrete removed my old asphalt driveway and installed an exposed aggregate driveway with stamped concrete borders. I’m amazed at the compliments I get from my neighbours. I’m so happy with the work that I haven’t even taken the Tony and Paul Concrete sign off of my front lawn.” Sincerely; Robert LeMaitre – Toronto, ON.
"My wife and I are both very pleased with the coloured stamped driveway and sidewalk that Tony and Paul installed for us a couple of years ago. The price, workmanship and quality of the products used were second to none. Both Tony and Paul made recommendations to ensure that the finished product complimented our home. I would have no hesitations what so ever in recommending Tony and Paul Concrete Contractors for your next concrete job." Sincerely; Alex Nicholson - Hamilton, ON.
“Tony and Paul Concrete Contractors installed a Traditional Concrete driveway, sidewalks and patio a few years ago and both my husband Gino and I are very happy with the work they did. They worked with me to design a flower box cutout on the side of my driveway and I am very satisfied with the way it turned out. Best of all the work was completed from start to finish in only two and a half days.” Thanks again; Tina DeFeo – Hamilton Mountain, ON.