Professional Concrete Demolition & Installation Services
A well-built concrete driveway can last between 25 and 50 years. Coupled with good maintenance, concrete can outlast most building materials such as asphalt, brick, cobblestone, or gravel. To ensure you enjoy the maximum service life of your driveway while boosting your curb appeal, enlist the help of a trained and experienced crew to install new concrete slabs.
Homeowners in Columbia, South Carolina – and nearby areas such as Lexington, Irmo, and Blythewood – entrust their concrete installation project to The Driveway Company. Our team is equipped with technical knowledge, solid craftsmanship, and professional experience to determine when removal and replacement are better than repair. In addition, we have the advanced methods and tools needed to complete the installation process.
Our friendly, highly trained specialists observe best practices while working on your project in the most efficient way we can. You can count on us to build driveways, sidewalks, patios, swimming pools, and other concrete surfaces that will stand the test of time.
The Concrete Installation Process
It takes more than a quick online search for “concrete demolition near me” to find contractors who can successfully remove and replace your driveway. Finding a team with a proven track record spanning over 30 years requires a little more digging. If you want to know if The Driveway Company is the best fit for your needs, here’s a quick summary of our meticulous concrete replacement process:
- The concrete slab is removed
Our residential concrete removal and installation process begin with breaking up the existing concrete with the most appropriate method and using the right tools. Our crew also clears all vegetation and outlines your new driveway with wooden stakes to further prep the area.
- The sub-base is reinforced
A solid and level foundation is essential to achieving a stable driveway, so your existing sub-base is reinforced next. And if the current layer is not adequate, the area is dug to a certain depth and filled with a layer of gravel. Then, the new sub-base is compacted and leveled across the pour site to stabilize it.
- Wood forms are installed
Wooden forms are added to hold the wet concrete in place until it hardens. These solid wooden planks are securely anchored to wood or metal stakes so that they remain straight and aligned while we install your new driveway.
- Concrete is poured
With the sub-base ready and the perimeter in place, wet concrete is poured into the designated area. It is also flattened using various tools and through a process called floating. Floating the concrete is essential so your newly poured driveway becomes even, smooth, and attractive while remaining strong against the elements.
- Contractions joints are added
Control joints are added to your new concrete driveway using a concrete grooving tool. Also called expansion joints, these grooves allow the slabs to expand and contract without cracking as the foundation settles down.
- Finishing touches
We wrap up our concrete installation process by giving your new driveway a rough-textured, non-slip finish. This is done by running a thick-bristled broom across your driveway.
Lastly, the curing process is done with perfect timing under the best circumstances to allow the concrete to harden and strengthen optimally.
When Is Your Driveway Due for a Concrete Makeover?
Sometimes, it is more economical to replace concrete than go through the process of patching and resurfacing. But it can be difficult to know when your driveway is due for concrete demolition and install. Signs that your driveway needs more than patching or applying a decorative overlay to the concrete include deep, widespread cracks, excessive spalling or pitting, frost heave, and sunken slabs.
When the best possible solution is concrete removal and replacement, it’s recommended to seek help from an expert team of concrete demolition contractors. Concrete demolition is not an easy job; it takes a professional to determine the method or combination of methods to use on your driveway or any concrete slabs. It also requires training in how to choose and operate the correct tools for this difficult project.
Further, it is critical to get the components of installation right, including the correct placement of expansion joints and amount of floating. Expansion grooves are gaps between the concrete and other parts of the structure that allow the former to expand and contract when the temperature changes. Floating concrete, on the other hand, is done to make the surface smooth – but excessive floating can weaken the surface and result in flaking.
Your Dependable Experts In Concrete Installation In Columbia
For more than 30 years, The Driveway Company has been the one-stop solution for homeowners seeking concrete repair, maintenance services, concrete demolition and install. Our local teams in Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, and Blythewood are experienced in sealing cracks and joints on your driveway and repairing other concrete surfaces on your property.
For residents with concrete slabs that are beyond repair, we are the concrete demolition contractors offering specialized and advanced solutions. We have a professionally trained crew that combines one-of-a-kind techniques with commercial-grade products to ensure your new driveway lasts for decades.
Whether you found us by searching “concrete demolition near me” or through a customer recommendation, you can rely on our friendly experts to respond to your call promptly.
Our experienced concrete installation and demolition contractors are mindful of safety considerations and hazards that come with concrete removal. Further, we ensure the project is completed successfully and efficiently, from excavation to pouring to finishing.
Contact Us Today
When your driveway starts showing signs of damage, it’s time to call the team of experts at The Driveway Company in Columbia. Reach out to us today, and let the removal and replacement process begin!
“I’m so glad I saw the TV commercial for The Driveway Co. I had deep scoring cracks in my back patio and front walk and I thought if they went through another winter of freezing and thawing and freezing, they would require more work. And it looked like more work than I could or wanted to do to look right. They did a Great job. I’m very pleased with the work they did and would refer them to anyone who needs this type of work done. Well done and neat. I’m proud to show my patio and front walk.”
“The Driveway Company removed failed caulking and recaulked the drive and patio. Their estimator and workers were friendly and courteous. They did not treat me like an idiot because I am a female and do not know a lot about concrete. The job looks very neat and I have every confidence that the driveway is structurally stable and well done. I’m very pleased with the whole experience.”
Mary A. Blossom
“The Driveway Co did an outstanding job on our new garage floor. The workers, Steve and Mike, were very professional and friendly. They took the time to explain the procedure and answered our questions. They also cleaned up the work area. Thanks!”
Craig & Carol Anderson
“We heard very positive things about The Driveway Company and decided to opt for a driveway renovation. We are very pleased with the technical aspects of the renovation. The 2 guys that came were very skilled at their craft. They sawed some expansion (crack) joints in order to alleviate some of the problems with expansion and contraction at the frost line in order to facilitate the prevention of any moisture that would undermine the structure of the driveway. Then they sealed each crack and fissure, even the tiniest hairline cracks.
We were delightfully surprised at the extraordinary job that was skillfully accomplished by the Driveway techs. We could not be happier nor could we have found a better company to do our drive. Thank you The Driveway Company. We would highly recommend their professional workmanship.”
Gail and Denise Baccus
“Thank you for a job well done! The crew that was here did a great job! Please be sure to tell them!”
“I had your company do some work on my steps and around my foundation. Your company truck pulled up and four gentlemen got out. They had a job to do. Each knew what to do and they went to work.
If I had any questions or concerns, Steve was there to answer them. It was a great crew. I cannot express enough how happy I am with the job that was done. My home is in one piece again. I wish I could have had the driveway done, but I understand about the black tar. Any visitors I have are surprised how good it looks. Again I thank you.”
P.S. Give the crew a raise. They were great!
Mary Ann Nowak
“I would rate this company A+. From the start they were responsive and answered any and all questions I had. I really appreciated the fact no one tried to “up sell” me or treat me like I didn’t know what I was talking about. When they came to caulk the cracks in my driveway, they were so wonderful. Had I not seen them here with my own eyes, I would never have known they had done work here; they were so quick, efficient and cleaned up everything! I have already told a friend that I think they are the company to go with. I am very glad I called them and am so thrilled with the results so far! Thank You!”
“I am writing this letter to commend Skylar Spahn and Dan Peters for the excellent job they did on our driveway last Saturday, August 1, 2015.
They arrived promptly and were very personable and helpful! All my questions were answered completely and thoroughly. They went above and beyond what I expected. They were interrupted by rain and had to stop. They returned and finished the job as soon as the conditions permitted that day which I was very thankful for. I will recommend them and your company to my neighbors. Thank you.”