Concrete Driveways Vancouver
Vancouver's Best Driveway Contractor
We Know Driveways, We probably pour more than anyone in the city and have been pouring driveways over 25 years. In order to help our clients choose the best finish for their needs and budget, we stay up to date on industry trends.
Here you’ll find a list of our most popular finishes, along with a brief description of what makes each one special. The driveway technique is also explained in greater detail in our projects section for various driveway projects. All of our projects, from beginning to end, are listed here.
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Planning The Design
First Thing we do is confirm the layout of the driveway. We use a combination of hoses, wood and spray paint to show the owner the new design if there is to be a change in design when redoing a driveway. Once the owner is happy with the design we move on to the forming stage.
Forming The Driveway
We only use high-quality materials in our driveways because we want them to last a long time. We start by laying down a layer of gravel that is at least four inches thick. Your driveway will remain intact even if a crack occurs since we only utilise rebar and never mesh. In our services, we only employ quality air entrained concrete mixtures. We recommend using one of our driveway sealers to help reinforce your driveway.
Types Of Driveways We Build
Stamped Concrete Driveways
Driveways with stamped concrete patterns come in a wide range of designs and colours. Stamped concrete has the appearance of stone, slate, or wood. To generate high-quality, realistic effects, a variety of colours are available. Each stamped concrete driveway is tailored to your specific requirements. When the stamped concrete is finished, it is sealed to protect it from the elements and to enhance its aesthetic appeal. In the winter, special care should be taken to avoid salting these driveways as salt damage is not repairable.
Broom Finish Driveways
Broom finish driveways represent a popular and practical choice in the realm of concrete surfacing. The distinctive texture achieved through the use of a broom during the finishing process adds both aesthetic appeal and functional benefits to driveways. This finish provides a slightly rough surface, enhancing traction and reducing the risk of slipping, particularly when the driveway is wet. The broom pattern also adds a subtle visual interest to the concrete, breaking up the surface and preventing it from looking monotonous. Beyond its utilitarian advantages, a broom finish driveway is known for its durability and ease of maintenance, making it an excellent option for homeowners seeking both reliability and a touch of textured elegance in their outdoor spaces
Why Broom Finish Concrete Is So Popular
Love or hate broom finish concrete, its popularity endures due to a combination of practicality and aesthetic appeal. For those who appreciate its utilitarian qualities, the roughened surface created by the broom finish provides enhanced traction, reducing the risk of slipping—especially in wet conditions. This makes it a practical choice for driveways and walkways where safety is paramount. Simultaneously, the broom pattern adds a subtle texture that prevents the concrete from appearing too plain, contributing to a visually interesting and varied surface. Additionally, the ease of maintenance and durability associated with broom finished concrete make it a cost-effective and long-lasting solution, appealing to homeowners seeking both functionality and a touch of textured charm in their outdoor spaces
Float Finish Driveways
The float finish or Sponge finish concrete driveway boasts a textured surface that strikes a balance between safety and decorative appeal. This random finish is ideal for those seeking a more relaxed and non-linear aesthetic compared to the uniform appearance of a broom finish driveway. Float finish driveways come at an equivalent cost to broom finish driveways and are frequently saw-cut, adding extra decorative elements. Additionally, saw cutting is commonly employed for creating borders, providing further customization options for a personalized touch
Float Finish with A Border
A bordered float finish concrete driveway costs somewhat more than a standard float finish driveway. Borders are available in any of our other finishes and can be coloured if requested. Depending on the size and shape of the border, it may be monolithic or poured separately. As with all of our concrete, the driveway should be sealed with concrete sealer.
Modern Driveway Styles
A modern west coast style driveway might include intervals between the slabs to allow grass to grow, or it might have stones or even artificial grass. A smooth surface with well spaced saw cuts can also be found with a modern concrete driveway. With an acid wash, a light sandblast, or a light wash, the current driveway finish can be softly textured. Please see our driveways section for additional information on modern style driveways.
Exposed Aggregate Driveways
In the city, exposed aggregate is a popular choice for decorative concrete driveways. The exposed rock can be sealed to produce a lovely attractive surface while also providing protection from the damp and cold winter weather. Even though the slab has previously been exposed, winter maintenance is required. Exposed Aggregate Concrete driveways can be colored to complement or contrast with the colour scheme of the house.
Acid Stain Driveways
The appeal of acid-stained driveways lies in their ability to transform ordinary concrete surfaces into unique, vibrant, and aesthetically pleasing features. Acid staining involves applying a solution of acid, water, and metallic salts to the concrete, creating chemical reactions that produce distinctive and unpredictable color variations. This method allows for the creation of rich, earthy tones and marbled effects that mimic the appearance of natural stone. The resulting finish is not only visually stunning but also highly customizable, enabling homeowners to achieve a personalized and artistic look for their driveways. Moreover, acid-stained driveways are known for their durability, as the stain penetrates the concrete surface, making it somewhat resistant to fading, peeling, or chipping. This combination of artistic versatility and long-lasting durability makes acid-stained driveways an appealing choice for those seeking a unique and enduring aesthetic for their outdoor spaces.
Light Sandblast Driveways
Sandblasting or lightly washing the surface creates the Concrete Driveway with a Light Sandblast. If sandblasting isn’t an option, power washing the driveway can give it a sandblast appearance. For lighter washes, we have depth-controlled concrete surface retarders. This style driveway has a shallow retardation depth, displaying only the sand in the concrete matrix; there is no aggregate in this concrete finish.
Wave Broom Finish Concrete
The wave broom driveway finish is identical to a conventional broom finish, except that on each pass, the broom is dragged up and down, creating a wave pattern. This driveway has all of the advantages of a traditional broom finish driveway. The wave finish, which was formerly popular, is now considered a classic design.
Creative Driveway Combinations
All of the abovementioned are available in nearly any combination and design with concrete driveways. The design of the driveway is equally as important as the finish. The goal is to establish the perfect union between the two. Color combinations are unlimited, and patterns and finishes are only limited by your imagination. Each decorated concrete driveway we build is tailored to the client’s specific requirements.
Exposed Aggregate with Borders
Concrete driveways with exposed aggregate are quite popular in a wide range of homes for many years now. Borders for exposed can be any of the finishes above or below, as well as natural stone or brick mortared borders; for those mortared options, we create a sunken rough slab border. One of the more expensive driveway options is a combination with exposed aggregate and a border. Spray paint is commonly utilised because it gives an excellent visual depiction of border design options before they are formed.
Stamped Concrete and Borders
Another high-end type of concrete driveway that may be created is stamped concrete driveways with borders. When these two things are combined, a number of combinations and effects are available. Integral colour hardeners or topical colour hardeners can also be used. Natural rock and stone effects can be made with up to eight different colours, allowing for highly realistic rock and stone effects to be created. Depending on the desired finish, borders are poured either before or after the main body of the concrete.
Smooth Finish Driveways
Smooth finish driveways offer a sleek and polished appearance, providing a clean and modern aesthetic to outdoor spaces. The smooth surface is achieved through meticulous finishing techniques, resulting in a flat and even texture. This style is popular for its minimalist and contemporary appeal, enhancing the overall look of residential and commercial properties. However, it’s essential to note that the smooth finish can become slippery when wet, posing potential safety concerns. This characteristic prompts homeowners and property developers to consider the trade-off between the driveway’s visual appeal and the need for slip-resistant features, especially in regions with frequent rainfall or inclement weather conditions. Despite this consideration, many still appreciate the sophistication and simplicity that smooth finish driveways bring to architectural designs.
When it comes to poured concrete, the most common damage is to driveways. To avoid harm, keep your driveway free of salt and other ice melt materials. Please don’t let your car leak any corrosive chemicals and oil on your new driveway, since most of the stains will be difficult or impossible to remove. Sealing your decorative driveway on a regular basis helps protect it and keep it looking nice for many years. Our maintenance services are available to all of our clients and help to ensure the long-term viability of their investment.
Other Services We Provide
Patios - Steps - Walkways - Pool Decks - Walls - and More.....
Do We Offer Driveway Repairs ?
No, would be our most common response to driveway repairs. There are very few occasions when driveway repairs are made just for aesthetic reasons. Please visit our webpage for additional information on concrete repairs.
Why Work With Us ....
Your Concrete Driveway Contractor
As your dedicated concrete contractor, we take pride in transforming your visions into durable, aesthetically pleasing driveways that stand the test of time. Our expertise encompasses various concrete finishes, including stamped patterns, exposed aggregate, broom finish, and smooth finishes, allowing us to cater to your unique preferences and style. From the initial consultation to the final installation, our skilled team ensures precision, quality, and customer satisfaction. Choose us for your driveway needs, and let our craftsmanship redefine the entrance to your home or business. Whether you prefer the intricate designs of stamped concrete or the modern simplicity of a smooth finish, we are here to turn your dreams into reality. Elevate your property with our comprehensive concrete driveway solutions – where durability meets design.