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Steps to Install a New Concrete Driveway:

  1. Planning and Permits:
    • Determine the dimensions and layout of the driveway.
    • Check local building codes and obtain necessary permits.
  2. Preparation:
    • Site Clearing: Remove any existing driveway, grass, or debris.
    • Excavation: Dig out the area to the appropriate depth (usually 8-12 inches) for the driveway.
    • Grading: Ensure the base is level and slopes away from buildings for proper drainage.
    • Compacting: Compact the soil to provide a stable base.
  3. Base Installation:
    • Lay down a layer of crushed stone or gravel (4-6 inches) and compact it.
    • Install forms (wooden boards) to outline the driveway’s shape.
  4. Reinforcement:
    • Place rebar or wire mesh within the forms to reinforce the concrete and prevent cracking.
  5. Pouring the Concrete:
    • Call Dispatch (971) 219-8604 to schedule the concrete.
    • Pour the concrete evenly within the forms.
    • Use a shovel or rake to spread the concrete, ensuring it fills all spaces.
  6. Leveling and Finishing:
    • Use a screed board to level the concrete surface.
    • Smooth the surface with a float.
    • Add texture (broom finish or stamped patterns) if desired.
  7. Curing:
    • Allow the concrete to cure properly, which usually takes about a week.
    • Keep the surface moist to prevent cracking.
  8. Sealing (Optional):
    • Apply a concrete sealer to protect the driveway from stains and weather damage.


  • Ensure proper drainage to prevent water pooling on the driveway.
  • Use MicroFibers for increased resistance from cracking.
  • Use expansion joints to allow for concrete expansion and contraction.
  • Consider hiring professionals for larger driveways or if you are inexperienced with concrete work.