Can my project be priced off a plan?
How long will it take to complete my job?
Every job has its own quirks. Typically by the time all of the stages are complete, the works will take around two to three weeks.
With each quotation sent out, you will receive our homeowner information booklet. In this booklet it clearly outlines the whole process from start to finish.
From the time I accept your quotation, how long before you can start work onsite?
From the time of quotation acceptance, generally around 3 weeks. Sometimes sooner if we have other projects starting sooner close by.
My neighbours concrete is bright white. Will my concrete be that bright too?
There are low cost options including adding some black oxide to the concrete the time of batching. This takes that bright glare off the concrete and tones it down to a mid grey. This is just one option. Read more
Will my driveway need a sump or strip drain?
It is possible. This can depend on which City Council your property is in, the size of your driveway, the slope of your section and your landscape design.
Can you do my vehicle crossing the entry of my driveway?
Will my concrete crack?
Yes. A common misconception with concrete is that your new concrete will not crack. Cracking is a very frequent cause of complaint in the concrete industry. Cracks in concrete can be the result of or a combination of a number of factors. These include, drying shrinkage (The most common), thermal contraction, subgrade settlement, applied heavy loads and Christchurch’s specialty, earthquakes!
All though we use all possible measures and best practice, cracks will occur! All steps are taken at the preparation, placing and finishing stage (excavation and base preparation)
and there are a number of steps taken during and after the concrete is placed. We go into this in further detail in your homeowner booklet.
Does my concrete need to have cuts in it?
Definitely. The cuts in the concrete helps induce a crack in the concrete along the cut. We cover this in great depth in your homeowner booklet.
Do you add steel reinforcing to the new concrete?
Only if the client requests it. As a rule of thumb, most insurance works are like for like also. When dealing direct with the client, we will only add reinforcing if it is requested.
Should I add steel reinforcing to my new concrete?
We absolutely recommend it. Although steel mesh does not necessarily prevent cracking in concrete, it does help hold it together. Also, if cracks do develop, they will stay far finer than would otherwise if there no steel mesh.
Should I seal my new concrete?
Why do we seal concrete? Well, it is done for a number of reasons: –
- It seals the pores of the concrete and provides a barrier to prevent dirt, grease and mould from staining the
- It creates a very hardwearing surface.
Provides good UV protection for colored concrete surfaces.
Helps with the curing process.
- It brings out the colours in the concrete oxides.
- It seals off any minor cracks that may have formed preventing dirt and moisture from entering the cracks. This
will help prevent spalling over time.
- It gives the concrete a wet look.
The concrete sealer does unfortunately break down over time. This is due to a number of factors with traffic and the sun
being the two main culprits. To prevent the surface underneath the sealer being damaged, a new coat of this sealer
should be applied every one to three years depending on the amount of traffic the area receives. It is usually very
noticeable when it is time to reseal the concrete, as it will start to lose its sheen. Give us a call when you feel it is time for
advice on resealing options.
Which surface finish is right for me?
There are many considerations when deciding. Ranging from the final look, the cost through to the use of the surface.
Read more on our section on finishes here
I have seen a fancy picture of a concrete area on the internet. Can you do my property the same?
More than likely. Our large team has a experience in all forms of hard surfacing. Send us a picture of what you are after and we can give you our advice.
Any more questions?
Please feel free to either email us or call us to discuss any questions you may have.