Calgary Decorative Driveways

An Exposed Driveway

Bel-aire Driveway

This brief overview of the driveway construction project. This was done for a builder with whom we have a great relationship with. As part of the project, we also poured a new aggregate front landing, sidewalk, and steps. Although this project is located in Southwest Calgary, we are available to take on projects throughout the city, including Chestermere, Cochrane, Okotoks, Airdrie, Bragg Creek, and High River.

Part One Walks

We have found that pouring too much concrete at once can result in lower quality, so we started with the frontwalk and steps and will finish with the concrete driveway later. As you can see, we always use a solid gravel base that has been heavily compacted during installation. Mesh is never used; however, 10m rebar is lifted into the centre of a concrete slab using a chair or other means.

Waiting to Exposed The Aggregate

Exposed aggregate washing and sand blasting are two popular methods of exposing aggregate. As shown in this example, washing is a common method of cleaning. Construction workers began pouring concrete first thing in the morning and finished by suppertime. It was windy that day, and drying the surface too much can result in a tougher wash. We covered the concrete to keep the moisture in and prevent a tough wash. Wind, temperature, and direct sunlight are all important factors to consider when determining whether or not we should cover.

The Washed Result

After the landscaping was completed, these photographs were taken in the spring of the following year. The specks on the driveway in the photographs are caused by fallen tree branches. We typically pour 20 to 30 exposed driveways a year, depending on the season.

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Calgary

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