Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 43
  1. #1
    CF Founder
    Points: 239,094, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 10.0%
    Achievements:
    Your first GroupVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience Points
    Jeremy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Urbandale, IA
    Posts
    13,199
    Points
    239,094
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 304
    Given: 154

    Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    I am looking to get a driveway laid this spring and am looking for any advice on contractors and what to expect for costs. So far I've heard around $85/cubic yrd for the concrete and we'd be looking at around 11.5 cubic yrds (11ftx84ftx4in). I'm assuming most would recommend using steel rebar as the one contractor I've talked to said he wouldn't own anything that didn't have at least 2-3ft on center rebar.

    Anyways, let me know if you have any recommendations for contractors and what you've paid in the past.


    A program isn't built on one player and it doesn't succeed because of one player, thus a program won't fail if it doesn't get that one player.

  2. #2
    Addict
    Points: 59,650, Level: 75
    Level completed: 74%, Points required for next Level: 400
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    guitarchitect7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    6,318
    Points
    59,650
    Level
    75
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 1

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    Concrete Innovations is someone we use for work. I'm unsure of costs, but quality seems fair.


    "You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy anyplace." -- Ernie Banks



  3. #3
    Pro
    Points: 32,778, Level: 55
    Level completed: 76%, Points required for next Level: 272
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran25000 Experience Points
    4VR4CY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Ankeny, IA
    Posts
    3,468
    Points
    32,778
    Level
    55
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    You are dropping a lot of $ this spring. Driveway, landscaping....

    Sounds like us. We are having a fence installed, had a humidifier installed, bought a water softener, and will do more landscaping just like every summer. Landscaping might actually get done this summer for good. We have been doing sections at a time.



  4. #4
    Addict
    Points: 59,650, Level: 75
    Level completed: 74%, Points required for next Level: 400
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    guitarchitect7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    6,318
    Points
    59,650
    Level
    75
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 1

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    May I recommend perferrated concrete or stone blocks. Water will seem right through not causing an icey drivieway. They also have that in asphalt!

    Classic Concrete is another that comes to mind.


    "You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy anyplace." -- Ernie Banks



  5. #5
    Walk On
    Points: 15,668, Level: 38
    Level completed: 3%, Points required for next Level: 782
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    216
    Points
    15,668
    Level
    38
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 5
    Given: 1

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    Most driveways I've worked on or seen done in my neck of the woods has wire mesh instead of rebar. Look into that, as you can save money and get the same end result.

    The best piece of advice I can give you is make sure the proper amount of time and effort is put into prepping the subgrade. (sand and/or rock used as a base for the concrete itself). A poorly constructed subgrade will cause a majority of your problems in a concrete slab.



  6. #6
    Bench Warmer Achievements:
    Veteran5000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Waukee
    Posts
    299
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    Quote Originally Posted by loki8838 View Post
    Most driveways I've worked on or seen done in my neck of the woods has wire mesh instead of rebar. Look into that, as you can save money and get the same end result.

    The best piece of advice I can give you is make sure the proper amount of time and effort is put into prepping the subgrade. (sand and/or rock used as a base for the concrete itself). A poorly constructed subgrade will cause a majority of your problems in a concrete slab.
    Agree on the subgrade. Also make sure you're considering the grade of the slab as compared to the surrounding earth or other material and pay special attention to drainage. I've had two sections of two separate driveways collapse (shortly after I moved in of course) due to water working its way under the slab which eventually leads to the slab collapsing.



  7. #7
    CF Founder
    Points: 239,094, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 10.0%
    Achievements:
    Your first GroupVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience Points
    Jeremy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Urbandale, IA
    Posts
    13,199
    Points
    239,094
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 304
    Given: 154

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    Right now we have a rock driveway and the drainage is, of course, towards the foundation instead of away. I had the first contractor out tonight to look at the property and he worked out a drainage and elevation plan but won't have an estimate for cost until Thursday or Friday. He said that he uses steel rebar at 2-3' on center and would use rock, not sand, for the subgrade. He seemed very well versed and was very pleasant to talk to. The company is Rayco Concrete out of DSM. I'll be calling some others for quotes tomorrow. Thanks for the advice, keep it coming


    A program isn't built on one player and it doesn't succeed because of one player, thus a program won't fail if it doesn't get that one player.

  8. #8
    Pro
    Points: 33,730, Level: 56
    Level completed: 57%, Points required for next Level: 520
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialRecommendation Second ClassVeteran25000 Experience Points
    scottie33's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Ames, Iowa
    Posts
    2,539
    Points
    33,730
    Level
    56
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 8
    Given: 0

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    Jeremy, I advise you to PM member JustinCl. I know he works for a heavy highway contractor and he would be able to tell you everything you need, and what kind of price you are looking at and whether to use rebar opposed to wire mess and also with your subgrade!



  9. #9
    Speechless
    Points: 452,416, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 28.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialRecommendation Second ClassVeteran50000 Experience PointsOverdrive
    brianhos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Trenchtown
    Posts
    39,687
    Points
    452,416
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 248
    Given: 35

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    Jeremy, I would expect that would run you close to $4k if you are hiring it out. We put in a 3rd slab last year that was almost that size and it was just over $3k.


    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin 1775

  10. #10
    Addict
    Points: 59,650, Level: 75
    Level completed: 74%, Points required for next Level: 400
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    guitarchitect7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    6,318
    Points
    59,650
    Level
    75
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 1

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    Ok, excuse my first thought. Use Classic Concrete, not Concrete Innovations! I confirmed my sources.


    "You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy anyplace." -- Ernie Banks



  11. #11
    Speechless
    Points: 274,613, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    coachdags's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    N.Dakota
    Posts
    15,513
    Points
    274,613
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1
    Given: 3

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Jeremy, I would expect that would run you close to $4k if you are hiring it out. We put in a 3rd slab last year that was almost that size and it was just over $3k.
    or the cost of 6 purses......sorry could not help myself



  12. #12
    Prospect
    Points: 5,584, Level: 22
    Level completed: 7%, Points required for next Level: 466
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran5000 Experience Points
    enolcyc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    28
    Points
    5,584
    Level
    22
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    I had a large area poured last summer and got 3 quotes. The best quote was also awesome service and not a crack anywhere.

    Woodhouse & Lee is the contractor name.

    They have well trained crews and will have the drive ready in a day and pour it the next day....no waiting around.



  13. #13
    Addict
    Points: 146,976, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 12.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    6,187
    Points
    146,976
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1
    Given: 0

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    Quote Originally Posted by loki8838 View Post
    Most driveways I've worked on or seen done in my neck of the woods has wire mesh instead of rebar. Look into that, as you can save money and get the same end result.

    The best piece of advice I can give you is make sure the proper amount of time and effort is put into prepping the subgrade. (sand and/or rock used as a base for the concrete itself). A poorly constructed subgrade will cause a majority of your problems in a concrete slab.
    Agree on the wire mesh instead of rebar, at least for slab on grade that is only 4" thick. Assuming you aren't planning on parking a dump truck in your driveway...



  14. #14
    Walk On Achievements:
    SocialVeteran5000 Experience Points
    mrsbrianhos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    42 Wallaby Way, Sydney
    Posts
    194
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Jeremy, I would expect that would run you close to $4k if you are hiring it out. We put in a 3rd slab last year that was almost that size and it was just over $3k.
    The people who did the drive, were Markley Concrete out of Huxley, I believe. They did a good job.



  15. #15
    Starter
    Points: 12,502, Level: 33
    Level completed: 79%, Points required for next Level: 148
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points
    mkcrawford's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    621
    Points
    12,502
    Level
    33
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 22
    Given: 44

    Re: Concrete Driveway - Costs & Referrals Needed

    Jeremy,

    I would echo some of the suggestions mentioned; wire mesh (make sure the contractors lift it off the ground so that it is in the middle of the slab), pay attention to the drainage (away from the foundation).

    Also, since you're spending the money pay a little extra and get the driveway about 12 to 18 inches wider than your garage door. This way when you pull onto the driveway and get out, you'll be walking on concrete rather than on the sod/yard. Also this will allow you to get two vehicles side-by-side without being cramped.

    On the topic of pervious pavement. I deal with this new method of paving as a Civil Engineer and the one reason I hesitate when someone asks about it, is because of how it will handle deicing agents and our freeze/thaw cycles. The theory is that small rain events will absorb right into the pavement. This is only possible of there is a subsurface chamber for the water to filter in to. Personally, I don't think there is enough information on the product yet to determine what the effects of salt is over time.

    I could go into more detail, but I'm on Vacation in K.C. for the Big 12 Tourney .

    Good luck in your search.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: Fox Sports 1
  • Iowa State vs. Kansas State
  • September 6, 2014
  • 11:00 AM