How do I find the right contractor to install my driveway?
You can search online, local directories or ask people you trust for referrals. Alternatively, you may look at decorative or coloured concrete driveways in your neighbourhood and get the names of the contractors who installed the driveways that appeal to you most. Be sure to ask the homeowners about their experience with the contractor and the quality of the workmanship. Get references from friends, home builders or local ready-mix suppliers. Once you come up with a list of contractors, be sure to ask for references and get a list of projects in your area that you can check out. Also ask how long the contractor has been in business, if they’re insured, whether they have any professional certifications, and if they offer a warranty for their work.
Do I need to seal my new concrete driveway?
You should apply a high-quality sealer to all exterior concrete slabs. The sealer helps protect the concrete from moisture absorption, exposure to chemicals, and grease and oil stains. On decorative coloured concrete, a sealer will also help enhance the colour . Regardless of the sealer you use, be sure it’s applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
What if the colour isn’t what I expected?
It’s unrealistic to expect your contractor to precisely match the colour of your concrete driveway to a showroom sample, a neighbour’s decorative concrete driveway, or a photo from a brochure. Even plain concrete can exhibit colour variations, especially if the project requires more than one load of concrete or if the concrete placements are made on different days. Most of these variations are minor and will fade over time.
Can I get a warranty for my concrete driveway?
Yes! Many contractors will warrant their work, and you may be able to obtain an extended warranty. Speak to your contractor about this before signing up for the project.
Is it hard to maintain?
No, it’s not hard to maintain as long as you wash any contaminates of as soon as possible. Your supplier should provide you with maintenance and care instructions for your decorative concrete surface. Parchem has a maintenance and care flyer, contact us to request one.
Where can I view samples?
A range of samples can be viewed at Parchem’s trade stores located across the country.