Concrete Driveway FAQ

Welcome to our Concrete Driveway FAQ page, where we address common questions and provide valuable insights to help you make informed decisions about your driveway. Whether you’re considering concrete installation, maintenance, or repairs, we’ve got you covered with expert answers to guide you to a durable, aesthetically pleasing, and long-lasting driveway solution.

Concrete Driveway Q&A


When considering the cost of a concrete driveway, several factors come into play, such as location, size, excavation, grading, labor, and concrete type.

With proper care and maintenance, a concrete driveway can last over 20 years.

There are no hidden fees. If there are any changes in the final invoice, they will be discussed with the homeowner. These changes will often be from adding on to a project during the construction process. Please note that this does not include the price of any permits that are required by your city.

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The demolition of the existing driveway will be done on day 1. We will have our concrete crew return within the next 1-3 days to pour the concrete and finish the project. Keep in mind that concrete projects are weather dependent and we cannot pour concrete in the rain. Rain may result in a delay in the completion of your project.

You DO NOT need to be home for the duration of the project. However, we will need to have the garage door open to allow enough room for the crew and their equipment. If you do not plan on being home, we ask that you provide an access code, leave a side door unlocked, or set out a garage door opener.

Concrete’s durability comes from its strong composition and resistance to wear and tear. It outlasts other materials, such as asphalt, providing a longer lifespan for driveways.

While asphalt costs less initially, it requires more maintenance and has about half the lifespan of concrete driveways. Concrete’s durability and lower maintenance needs make it a better long-term investment.

Concrete driveways increase home value more than asphalt, offering better curb appeal and longevity, and contributing to a higher return on investment.

Yes, you can choose different finishes, colors, and patterns to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your concrete driveway.

Concrete is made of ready-mix concrete and chemical additives. Various additives are used throughout the year to aid the curing process, adapting to different weather conditions.

The recommended thickness for residential driveways is typically 4 inches, but it may vary based on local codes and soil conditions.

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We typically space the rebar for concrete driveways 4-6 feet apart unless otherwise specified (for extra rebar there would be an additional cost).

We will saw-cut the expansion joints in concrete driveways between 6 -10 feet apart.

While you can walk on it after a day or two, it’s advisable to wait at least 7 days before driving on it. Full curing takes about 28 days.

Cracking in concrete is inevitable. We will saw-cut control joints in the concrete driveway to help prevent cracking. By doing this, we hope that cracking will occur in the control joints where they won’t be noticeable.

Concrete is generally considered environmentally friendly. Proper disposal of waste and using eco-friendly additives can minimize environmental impact.


If the temperature is above 60 degrees F then we apply a “cure and seal” solution. It helps the concrete to cure properly. We recommend doing a final concrete seal 28 days after the concrete is poured. Here is a link for a final concrete sealer that we recommend (we do NOT provide the service of applying a final concrete seal.

All you have to do is clean the concrete with a broom/hose/pressure washer, let dry, and brush/roll/spray the sealer (rolling is the best technique) just like you do with paint. Please note that any tire markings/stains/etc on the concrete will be trapped in. It is very important to apply a final concrete sealer to help protect the concrete from any salt that WILL be tracked in from the roads during the winter.

Ideally, you should reseal your driveway every 2-3 years, or more frequently if you notice the sealant wearing off.

Several factors, such as variations in curing conditions, ground moisture content, and the application of sealers, can influence the surface color of concrete. These variations are normal and do not impact quality.

Regularly sweep debris and use a mild detergent with a stiff brush for cleaning. Pressure 

washing can be effective but should be done cautiously to avoid damage.

DO NOT use any salt or deicers on your new concrete. These products can produce a chemical reaction with the concrete that will cause physical damage. Use of these products will void the Warranty. We recommend using SAND, this will not cause any harm to the new concrete.

It is typical that some salt will track in from the city streets and you will see this towards the bottom of the driveway and other high-traffic areas.

When you use a method of snow removal that has a steel cutting/scraping edge, it will leave behind tiny amounts of steel on the surface of the concrete. These small amounts of steel will oxidize and rust, leaving rust visible on the surface of the concrete. This rust is difficult to remove.

Apply a weed killer or use a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weed growth. Regularly inspect and remove any emerging weeds.

Dark marks, often seen when turning on the driveway, are rubber from tires rubbing off onto the concrete. While normal, they cannot be prevented.

Petroleum stains are challenging to remove from concrete due to its porous nature. Such stains can penetrate below the surface, causing discoloration. Regular cleaning and sealing can help minimize the impact

Here are three ways to safely remove oil stains from concrete as well as what you should avoid to prevent further damage.


Clean the crack, use a concrete patching compound, and seal it. For larger cracks, consult with a professional for proper repair.

Large cracks may require professional assessment and repair. DIY approaches for significant damage may not provide a long-lasting solution.

Persistent cracks may indicate an underlying issue. Consult with a professional to identify and address the root cause before attempting another repair.

Yes, resurfacing is an effective way to repair minor surface damage and rejuvenate the appearance of your concrete driveway.

Yes, mudjacking or polyurethane foam injection can be used to lift and level sunken concrete slabs, including driveways. It is recommended to consult with a professional for proper repair.

Regular maintenance, proper drainage, and addressing issues promptly can help prevent further damage to your repaired concrete driveway.

Cracks, settlement, heaving, or significant surface damage are signs that warrant a professional inspection and repair.

At Aurora Asphalt & Concrete, we’re dedicated to delivering top-quality service for your property. Our skilled team takes pride in exceeding your expectations, offering competitive pricing, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Your satisfaction is our priority. Contact us at 763-493-2976 if you have additional questions or would like a free estimate.


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