07:42AM | 05/15/03
Member Since: 05/14/03
1 lifetime posts
My husband & I are trying to determine what type of driveway to install in our new home. He'd like the more traditional blacktop and I say some sort of concrete design? He doesn't want concrete b/c he say's it will crack. Our gargage is concrete and there are cracks all over. How can I be sure or is there something special to use that we won't get cracks in a driveway.


10:02AM | 05/15/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
There really is no way to prevent cracks or predict accurately where or when they will occur. Some cracks appear almost immediately as the concrete cures. Some will present themselves months or years later. Some are weather dependent. Some occur as the earth moves.

What can be done is to have a designed concrete mix for your area, and a designed plan of pours and jointing for the driveway slab(s). You might need a professional engineer to prepare the plan. The plan would indicate how the driveway would be divided into pours that limit the amount of expansion and shrinkage the slab will experience as it cures. It will show where construction, control, and tooled joints should be placed to "catch" cracks that might occur. Construction joints occur between concrete pours. Control and tooled joints are installed after a concrete pour is done, while the concrete is setting up, but before it hardens. These joints basically provide a weak vertical plane in the slab where a crack will occur if it's going to occur. A crack occuring at a control or tooled joint will most often not be apparent. Having the concrete mix designed for your area can most often be accomplished by the ready mix company. In some areas, and in some companies, what is called "admixtures" are added to the concrete mix to vary the strength characteristics of the concrete. They can be chemical or small fibers made of various materials.



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

With technology similar to that used by keyless ignition cars, the Kevo communicates with your iPhone via Bluetooth or a k... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... For some decorative recycling, consider burying old bottles upside down to create edging for your garden beds and walkways... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon