Consider using concrete instead of asphalt. While it may cost a little more, concrete lasts longer and requires less regular maintenance. Choosing the right contractor will ensure that it lasts even longer.
Contractors should look at your home and yard, your current driveway and the location where you want your concrete driveway to sit. You may also receive a more specific quote at this point.
Ask how long it will take to install the concrete driveway and how long it will take for it to be ready for you to drive on. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Concrete cracks easily, especially right after it is poured. Ask if the contractor will come back and fix those cracks for a limited amount of time.
The installation of a concrete driveway should take place on a warm, dry day. Never work with a contractor who is willing to do the job when it is cold, raining or snowing.
Some localities have specific requirements, and you may need a permit for installation. Make sure the contractor is willing to uphold those laws when working on your concrete driveway.
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Wait several weeks before driving or parking on your new driveway.
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