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I am replacing and adding to an existing concrete driveway. I obtained several estimates from concrete/landscaping contractors. Upon reviewing them I noted that there is significant variation between them in what items are mentioned and how they are specified. I then asked around to people I knew who had had driveways done and was given minimum specs that seem to be above what the estimates were suggesting. I want to request the contractors to resubmit estimates to a consistent set of specifications and am wondering what to require of them. I want a top quality, long lasting result and don't mind paying appropriately for it but at the same time I don't want to go off the deep end and specify something that is beyond what I reasonably need.
Here is what has been suggested I specify:
- 8" to 12" crushed limestone base
- 4" steel wire mesh reinforcement
- Low chirt, 6 bag mix, fibermesh reinforced concrete, 5" to 6" thick
- Broom finish
- Saw cut expansion joints
Is this a reasonable specification? Is there anything else I should specify? Anything else I should ask about or be aware of? Should I stick with a contractor who only does concrete or is this something one of the landscape contractors are capable of?
One friend who has had several concrete jobs done insists that proper curing is critical to a long lasting surface (even with the sprayed on sealer coat applied). He recommends laying a soaker hose with a slow trickle going and plastic sheeting over the surface for 7 days followed by another 21 days of continued plastic sheeting coverage without the soaker hose. Is this the best way to do it? Any other recommendations?