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Get creative with your concrete driveway

Homeowners refresh their concrete driveway when they’re looking to sell, or just looking for a change. With property prices soaring and people becoming pickier about style, the driveway is the easiest outdoor area to take care of when renovating.

the average concrete driveway has come a long way from being a grey slab with exposed aggregate finishes. The latter is certainly a classic, but smooth finishes are favoured because they’re easier to walk on with bare feet and look ‘cleaner’.

Rather than single colours and plain finishes, driveways with a stencilled pattern are the new normal. This gives the property owner the chance to put their ‘stamp’ in stone, so to speak. Stencils are laid over the concrete before it dries and then lifted, creating whatever effect the owner orders. Patterns like stars, compasses, and pavers are etched in driveways around Australia, normally in a multitude of colours. The paver effect is popular because it’s cheap, and uses less time and materials than the real thing. Another common design is a single coloured path with a paver effect at the edge in another shade.

Concreters like Fenix work closely with the homeowners so the desired effect is achieved the first time. If the owner of the property has examples of driveways they’d like to emulate, that is certainly  helpful, though contractors might have some designs on hand. They’ll also have colour charts to choose from. Colours are finalised during the quoting process.

In a world of renovation shows, an expensive property market, and choosy buyers, homeowners and property investors are more concerned with  how their driveway looks. After all, the whole facade of the house is the first thing prospective buyers  see. An old, tired, and cracked concrete driveway doesn’t make a good impression. This is easily fixed with an experienced contractor, some design ideas, and a different colour…or two, or three.

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A driveway in Coolum

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How commercial concrete projects are different

Councils and businesses tender commercial concrete contracts to refresh tired or unsafe spaces. Concrete specialists like Fenix get the call for projects like this because they have the right tools and experience. These in turn lead to short turnaround times.

Commercial concrete’ defines a project that’s not residential. It’s a broad area including office blocks, pathways, and even gully pits. Footpaths, roads, drains, and the like are the concerns of city councils. Footpaths need  some ‘refreshing’ every decade or so thanks to tree roots growing underneath, general cracking, and wear and tear.

Businesses put out contracts for commercial concrete projects of their own for any number of reasons. If they’ve bought an old property, for example, it’ll need some updating. Concreters can tear up and lay new flooring and resurface the car park.  

Commercial concrete projects are special because the footpaths, floors, and the like are subject to large amounts of stress every day. This is from people walking over it, as well as cars driving  and parking. The concrete needs to have a high psi count, usually 4000 and above, to last. Contractors never create slabs with just concrete mixture alone. Rebar, or steel mesh, is laid first and the mix is poured over it. The tensile strength of the rebar plus the durability of the hard concrete makes a near-indestructible slab.

Safety is also a concern when laying new foundations. Restaurants, shops, and event spaces with concrete floors need a surface that won’t leave staff or customers injured. There’s a need for smooth, polished surfaces that are easy to clean and resistant to stains. Each project requires a different finish, as well.

Commercial concrete is different from residential projects because it’s used to make or improve businesses and council areas. All over Brisbane, there’s need for contractors like Fenix to lay  new footpaths or resurface  driveways.