Do you need a driveway installed, or maybe your existing one needs replacing?
In your research, you’ll see you have several options available such as asphalt, gravel, cement, and concrete. Each material has its own pros and cons, but perhaps the most popular of all is concrete, and for very good reasons.
Working with Cornerstone to get our old asphalt driveway torn up, and our new concrete driveway installed, was great! Their quote was competitive. Their service was fantastic. The quality and result are great. We went with them after a family member had and after gathering a few quotes and we’re glad we did.
Concrete Driveways Built to Last
Driveways are exposed to the elements 24/7. The weather can be tough on any kind of driveway anywhere but can be especially consequential in Minnesota and Wisconsin with harsh, freezing winters; contrasted with hot, humid summers. The ground and the concrete are cycling through expansion and contraction phases like no other region. This means that driveways can become cracked and damaged if they were not properly installed up to industry standards. The teams at Cornerstone Concrete LLC specialize in concrete driveways and go above and beyond industry standards as we install your new concrete driveway or replace your old one, so your concrete driveway can be with you for generations to come.
I highly recommend Cornerstone Concrete. They did an excellent job on our new driveway. All the new driveways in our association look great! All CS representatives were very professional and very nice. I would give them a 15 on a scale of 1-10.
Concrete Driveways are a Better Investment
If you have had estimates done, you may have been told that concrete will be more expensive than asphalt. Considering the durability of concrete, however, it makes for a more cost-effective investment in the long-run. In addition to being able to withstand harsh weather, concrete is also able to take on very heavy loads. Driveways made from materials like aggregate or asphalt might have difficulty coping with particularly heavy vehicles.
Some people might also comment that concrete is not as appealing as other types of driveways. This is not necessarily the case. If done right, a concrete driveway can be very aesthetically pleasing with a smooth gray tone, stamping, or another desired color. There is some room for creativity to help ensure you get a concrete driveway replacement or installation that you love. Our team is dedicated to laying a driveway that is not only functional but also aesthetically appealing!
Concrete Driveways: Low Maintenance & Sealant
Some driveways can be very difficult to maintain, particularly those made with loose aggregate. Whereas, concrete needs only a little more than the occasional sweep with a stiff broom. At Cornerstone Concrete we will apply a sealant to the surface of your new concrete driveway. This sealant helps to make maintenance easier and quicker, while also helping to increase durability. We are specialists in concrete driveway replacement, installation, materials, sealants, other driveway enhancements, and really anything you can think of when it comes to concrete driveways!
Are you ready to get your concrete driveway installed?
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What About Cement Driveways?
Concrete is a great long-term investment because it lasts the longest, but what about cement? Cement and concrete are often used interchangeably, but they are indeed different. Cement is actually one of the main ingredients in concrete. Cement acts as the binding agent to help make the concrete stronger. Aggregates used in the mix are bound together by the cement. It is because of cement that concrete driveways outlast other types of driveways. If you would like to learn more about the difference between concrete and cement, check out our blog.
There’s a Stonger Material in Town: Macro Synthetic Fibers
Macro Synthetic Fibers are the newest, and now strongest, material available. Over the past decade engineers and scientists have been looking for a different concrete reinforcement material that would be stronger, more affordable, and less labor intensive. Macro Synthetic Fibers were the answer! These little fibers mix right into the concrete mix, allowing for more strength to spread throughout the concrete slab; top to bottom left to right. Whereas rebar or steel offers the most strength at the bottom of the slab where the rebar grid lays. These little fibers do not look like much but offer a stronger, longer-lasting concrete driveway that will crack less, even under adverse weather conditions. Learn more about our macro synthetic fiber reinforced concrete driveways by reading our new blog!
Ready for the Residential Concrete Driveway Experts to Come to You?
While we would love to pour concrete driveways all over the country, unfortunately, our trucks and crews can’t travel too far away.
The Cornerstone Concrete business started in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has since expanded to Wisconsin. Check out our local service areas to see if we can bring our crews out to you.
The Cornerstone Difference – Our Proven Concrete Installation Process
We have factorized the process of replacing and installing a new concrete driveway. Systematically, one crew at a time flows through the concrete installation process, performs their duties at an expert level and then moves on to the next driveway. Below, in chronological order are our five crews:
1. Tear Out Crew (Replacement)
With a bobcat and dump truck, we carefully tear out the existing driveway and dispose of the material at a local recycling station.
2. Set Up Crew
Set up forms per specifications, grade, and compact subsoil.
3. Pour Crew
Meet the local ready mix concrete truck(s) and pour the fresh concrete in a professional manner.
4. Cut and Clean Crew
Lay out and cut expansion cuts. Then clean up.
5. Seal Crew
After 28 days (time for concrete to cure), we apply the industry’s top-grade sealer. Seal crew will also finish up with feathering in black dirt and seed if part of the contract.
OUR PROMISE TO YOU:
“FROM START TO FINISH, (steps 1-4)…WE WILL HAVE YOUR JOB DONE IN 5 DAYS.”
*Weather permitting and with the exception of 1,200+ sqft
Do you have specific questions about your project?
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