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A quotation for Concrete Driveways in Melbourne generally will take into account of the following factors:
A few things to note in terms of pricing:
Be mindful if your quotation is too cheap compares with others.
To achieve that low price or unrealistic budget, lots of concreters will choose to cut corners, reduce quality of material and workmanship to maintain their profit margin. You may not notice any difference when the driveway is new, but later you may find your driveway cracks earlier than it should be.
There are a few factors you may consider to choose a reliable, trustworthy, reputable and good quality concreter:
Unfortunately it’s not if a new concrete driveway then eventually it will it crack. There are a few things that a qualified concrete will do to minimize the chance your driveway will crack:
The thickness of a concrete driveway depends on a few factors such as the soil the driveway is being installed, the industry standards in your area, and if there is heavy vehicles on your driveways on regular basis.
For common expansive soils most contractors will install 7.5cm – 15cm of structural base and pour 4 to 6 inches of concrete. Heavy vehicles can cause sever damage to your driveway, so try to eliminate the need for these vehicles on your driveway where possible.
To minimise your chance of your new driveway cracking, try to stay clear of it:
Moving vans and skip bins are extremely heavy, they can destroy a concrete driveway. Try to avoid allowing them on your concrete driveway when it’s possible.
Concrete driveways should be sealed to prolong its useful life. It’s recommended they need to be sealed at least every 2-5 years to maintain its fresh and new look, and to maximize its life.
There are generally 3 visits for the driveway process, which take about 1-2 weeks from start to finish:
With council crossing and footpath, there are extra steps of getting council approval and council officer’s site visit, which may cause some delays.
Therefore it’s recommended that paperwork with council to be done at the start of the process rather than later.
The process of installation of a driveway after acceptation of a quotation is normally as following:
For council driveways, there will be applications for permit and site inspections and approval by council before and during installation of council foot pass and crossing:
There are 4 type of driveways to choose from:
Plan, colored, stencil and stamped. There are various color you can choose and patterns for you to choose from – please contact us and we can send you specific samples for you to chose and help you with the choices.
The driveway will dry in good weather conditions within a couple of days. It’s suggested to wait for at least a week before normal traffic on your driveway, this will ensure concrete is totally dried and strongly formed, and minimize the chance of cracking.
Try to avoid heavy equipment/vehicle for at least 30 days after installation.
Where possible, try to avoid moving vans and skip bins on your driveway as they are extremely heavy, and likely to destroy your driveway.
Yes, as part of the CDC or council approval process, you will need to do the footpath and crossing concreting. Your driveway contractor will coordinate with local council re application of permit, booking inspections with your local council and assist you with obtaining permit and approval from council.
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