New driveway installations and resurfacing Sydney.
A concrete driveway is one of the most practical and durable materials that can be used to provide safe vehicle and pedestrian access in and out of your property for many decades.
The team at NS Formwork and Concreting have 40+ years experience laying concrete driveways of all shapes and sizes. Based on the Northern Beaches, we service all Sydney suburbs and can often provide a driveway quote estimate over the phone. Below we have listed some important things all homeowners should consider when it comes concrete driveways and why we believe it provides the best value for money and long term durability for Sydney homeowners.
Our driveway installation and repair services
- New concrete driveways
- Driveway excavation
- New concrete driveways
- Driveway excavation
- Concrete formwork and steel fixing
- Concrete driveway removal
- Exposed aggregate driveways
- Driveway resurfacing
- Driveway painting
- Colour concrete driveways
- Concrete driveway sealing
- Driveway drainage
- Driveway stencilling and stamping
- Driveway design advice
- Driveway extensions
Popular and common driveway types »
Concrete driveway styles and designs »
Driveway care and maintenance »
Repairing or resurfacing an existing concrete driveway »
Common problems with concrete driveways »
Concrete driveway quotes »
Popular and common driveway types
Gravel is a cheap driveway option however does have some disadvantages including needing more ongoing maintenance and being a dangerous trip hazard due to the uneven nature of gravel and it’s tendency to move around when vehicles drive over it. It can also be prone to movement during heavy rain events.
A correctly laid concrete driveway can last up to 50 years (or even longer). It is very durable and can withstand very heavy loads over and over. There are different colour options available to match the aesthetics of the home. Additionally, concrete driveways can be stamped or stencilled to give the appearance of pavers and different textures.
The benefits of concrete driveways
- Strength – can withstand very heavy loads
- Durable and cost effective – can last up to 50 years
- Safe – provides sturdy passage in and out of your property
- Termite resistant
- Can withstand hot Australian summers and cooler winter temperatures
- Available in a range of colours, styles and textures
- Very low maintenance
- Can be extended
This is possibly the most expensive driveway option and often requires maintenance if the tiles move and/or crack. Concrete driveways can be stamped and stencilled to give the appearance of pavers for a fraction of the cost as creating a paved driveway.
Asphalt, like what’s used on roads, is probably the cheapest driveway option available. It’s durable however doesn’t have any aesthetic appeal so not many homeowners in Sydney choose asphalt driveways.
Concrete Driveway Designs and Styles
Anything but boring, concrete driveways are not only durable and provide safe access to your property, but can be coloured and designed to complement your home and drastically increase its street appeal.
Coloured concrete driveway
Concrete can be laid in a huge range of colours. This is done by adding a powdered dye to the water when mixing the concrete. The dye is UV stable and is fade resistant.
Exposed aggregate concrete driveway
Concrete uses aggregates like stones and pebbles and these can be exposed to create a striking visual effect. Using just a single coloured pebble or a variety of colours will alter the appearance.
Stamped concrete driveways
By colouring the concrete and applying a stamped pattern to it while still wet can make it look like stone, pavers or bricks.
Stencilled concrete driveways
Stencils are used to create patterns and designs on the concrete surface.
Polished concrete driveways
No longer the domain of commercial buildings, polished concrete driveways have increased in popularity, particularly in modern and architecturally designed homes.
Driveways with ‘WOW’ factor
Why choose just one of the above when you can mix styles to create a driveway that is anything but boring and becomes a feature of your home. Let your imagination run wild and let us turn your ideas into reality.
Ensuring your driveway stands the test of time
To ensure its longevity for decades to come, the preparation of your concrete driveway and how it is laid is paramount. All our work is guaranteed and fully insured providing you with peace of mind of a great job every single time.
A thickness of 100mm (4 inches) is recommended for a standard passenger car driveway. For heavier vehicles 120mm (5 inches) is necessary.
To prevent water from pooling on the driveway, laying the driveway with a slope, or fall, is paramount.
A proper foundation
A strong gravel base is necessary under all concrete driveways. Poor soil or a driveway with a steep gradient may require deeper gravel and even under concrete drainage. When packed tightly, the gravel will not move beneath the concrete.
Caring for your driveway
Concrete driveways are, traditionally, very low maintenance when compared to other options. If required, it can be cleaned with a stiff brush and garden hose. If your driveway has been sealed properly then oil stains should come off using this method. A heavily soiled drive may require high pressure cleaning with a gerni or similar.
Repairing or resurfacing an existing concrete driveway
We are often asked whether it’s possible to repair or fix an existing driveway and the answer is YES!
If the existing concrete driveway and sub-structure is in relatively sound condition and it won’t cause problems adding a few inches of additional concrete on top of the existing driveway then, in most cases, we can pour new concrete onto of the existing slab(s).
Resurfacing an old driveway can not only increase its durability and lifespan but can add value to a property as it will look like new and can even be coloured, stamped or stencilled to match the aesthetics of the house and landscaping.
Common problems with concrete driveways
When a concrete driveway is incorrectly laid initially or is very old, problems can occur.
Lifting or rising concrete driveway
There can be many different reasons why concrete lifts or rises. A common cause is tree roots below the concrete pushing it up over time. Roots can also cause a concrete driveway to crack.
Expansion and contraction of the soil below the concrete driveway can also cause concrete to lift (see below). Soil conditions can also
Cracking concrete driveway
Another cause of lifting concrete is poor soil below the concrete. If the area below the concrete isn’t prepared correctly with the adequate gravel and drainage then, over time, water and changing soil conditions (i.e. drying out and getting saturated then shrinking and expanding) can cause the concrete to move and crack.
Strategically placed seams throughout the concrete driveway, called ‘controlled joints’, can reduce cracking.
Sinking concrete driveway
Again, this is usually caused by inadequate or installation and drainage issues. If the area below and adjacent to the concrete driveway is not back-filled correctly then, after the concrete cures and settles over time it may drop or sink.
Is my driveway safe to use?
Are these problems something to be concerned about? It depends on the extent of the damage and whether it has inhibited the integrity of the concrete. It’s best to contact us for advice on 0402 336 586 or email your photos to email@example.com.
Concrete Driveway Quotes
We provide quality concrete and formwork services for residential and commercial clients, including the installation and resurfacing of all concrete driveways. No job is too big or too small.
With 40+ years concreting experience, we bring a wealth of knowledge to any driveway project. We provide a high level of services and workmanship on all our projects, with attention to detail and professional approach to every jobs.
We are a friendly team, focused on our customers’ needs and satisfaction – and getting the job done.