Concrete Path and Walkway Installation
Laying a Solid Foundation
Nothing is more visually appealing than a smooth walkway on your property. Though gravel and asphalt cost less, concrete is a great option that will save you money in the long term.
Concrete has promising benefits over its alternatives. You can tint it to any color you like, while asphalt has a dark grey shade and gravel is just a loose mix of small rocks with no specific color. You can also shape concrete into patterns or a textured finish to complement your home's style.
With proper preparation, a concrete walkway can expand and contract according to the weather. Generally, asphalt and gravel paths and walkways require more attention and upkeep to maintain. Concrete, on the other hand, tends to be much more durable.
If you want to install a concrete walkway yourself, the following is what you can expect during this project.
Concrete Path and Walkway Installation:
First, you want to make sure you have all the tools and equipment. This includes 2x4 boards, stakes, premixed concrete, gravel, a container for wet concrete, trowel, rake, concrete float, and hammer.
When plotting out the pathway, use obvious visual cues, like spray paint or flags, for where you want the path to be. Dig about 8" deep, unearthing everything, roots and all. Flatten the soil underneath, as you want the concrete to be level and stable. Lay down gravel about 4" deep and flatten this layer as well.
Using the boards, create a mold for the walkway. About every 4' place a stake on the outside of the mold. You want to make sure it will withstand the weight of the wet cement and not warp. Make sure all boards are level and your base is firmly set.
After the outline is firmly set, mix the concrete according to its directions. Pour it in starting from the lowest elevated point to the highest. Level the concrete immediately after pouring with the back of a rake. Finally, smooth it out by running a board back and forth over its surface or using a concrete float.
Let the concrete set for about an hour before running a trowel along the edges of your mold. This makes it easier to remove after the concrete has completely finished setting, which usually takes a week or so.
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Tips for a Beautiful Concrete Pathway:
For a flawless concrete walkway, pay attention to the smaller details of the project:
A Fun Home Project
A concrete walkway is simple to install. It can be a challenging yet viable DIY project during a free weekend. All you need are the proper equipment and a little elbow grease to create a beautiful path or walkway on your property.
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