Adding a pavement to your property is a costly investment that requires significant perusal and consideration. Concrete is a popular paving material widely used for all types of commercial and residential projects, including parking lots, driveways, pathways, and curbs. If you are planning to get a concrete surface paved, you might have a lot of questions.
Below are the answers to a few questions that you might have related to concrete paving so you can decide if concrete is the right choice for your project.
How long does a concrete pavement typically last?
Concrete payment typically lasts between 30 to 50 years, 10 to 30 years more than asphalt. A pavement can last even longer, depending on the use and care provided.
Does concrete paving cost a lot?
Concrete installation is expensive but once installed, you do not have to spend much on caring for it. In the case of asphalt, it is the opposite.
Does concrete pavement require a lot of maintenance?
Unlike other paving materials, concrete requires very little maintenance. However, if the pavement is damaged, the whole concrete slab needs to be replaced because repairing it is impossible.
How often should a concrete surface be sealed?
Sealing a concrete pavement is recommended but not compulsory. Generally, a concrete surface should be resealed every two to five years, depending on traffic and type of sealant. Reactive chemical sealers last ten years or more, while epoxy or urethane system lasts five to ten years. Acrylic-resin sealers have the shortest life span as they last between one to three years.
Also, sealing should be done around a month after the concrete pavement is installed for the first time.
How long does a concrete pavement take to dry?
The estimated drying time for poured concrete depends on several variables, such as temperature and humidity. However, a concrete pavement generally needs 24 to 48 hours before it can be opened for foot traffic and vehicles.
Does concrete really get stronger with time?
A concrete surface gains strength with time due to a process called hydration, which takes place in the presence of moisture and favorable temperatures. Most of the hydration and compressive strength gain occurs within the first month of concrete’s life cycle, but hydration continues at a slower pace for many years.
Is concrete paving susceptible to winter damage?
Winters can prove particularly harmful for all types of pavement surfaces. The freezing and thawing cycle can cause extensive damage to the concrete pavement. The moisture present in the concrete pavement or water (from melted ice and snow) that has settled in the concrete pores freezes and expands, thereby damaging the pavement from the inside.
You can learn more about concrete paving through your own research. You can also find out more about if concrete is the right paving material for your project by consulting your professional paving company.
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