DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum (
-   Concrete, Stone & Masonry (
-   -   New driveway rough strips between smooth areas (

Smoldt 10-11-2012 02:19 PM

New driveway rough strips between smooth areas
5 Attachment(s)
I had a driveway poured by a contractor three and four weeks ago, and then had a third and fourth pour for sidewalks and wheelchair access ramps to the sidewalks.

The sidewalks are smooth, though one section developed three hairline cracks - the contractor is having a sample analyzed and expects to go back to the cement mixer for that section.

The access ramps have a good broom finish and look good.

The driveways, however, have alternating strips that are mostly smooth with rough strips in between. The contractor claimed he could work the concrete too much because he wanted a rough finish. I've never heard of that method of finishing before so I'd like to find out if it's an acceptable method, or if this may cause issues in the future. I expect to keep this house for generations.

I've attached several pictures and can post more if you need. I can provide links to higher resolution photos if needed.

Thanks for your opinions.


Smoldt 10-15-2012 08:44 AM

Need comments

pwgsx 10-15-2012 08:52 AM

Looks like they had no idea on what to do:eek:

Smoldt 10-15-2012 09:26 AM

What to do about it?
Thanks, pwgsx.

Any idea what I should have them do from here? Tear it up, coat it, etc.?

pwgsx 10-15-2012 11:17 AM

Tear that up unless you can live with it. Maybe they can refund some $??? My 12x16 shed foundation looks better than that and my dad and I trucked 50+ loads of concrete up a hill to the site and then did the top work and it looks great. The pics you show looks like they were trying to smooth it way late or had too much water or something. Good Luck!!

jomama45 10-15-2012 03:22 PM

Looks like a bull float finish that sat too long before the broom. They should have a better system in place if they're trying to get a courser broom finish, like say, a COURSER broom...............:whistling2:

So, the contractor claims he wanted a rougher finish, yet you say the finish is mostly smooth. IMPO, the only option is to replace the concrete, as he simply let the concrete get away for whatever reason. This conversation generally never goes well with a contractor, unless they've already offered to remedy the situation correctly. He's probably going to tell you: "I can just coat it with snake-oil product xyz", "I don't think it looks any different than any other concrete", "It's only asthetic, and the concrete is just as hard underneath", "It will look better when it fully cures (translation: I'll feel better about this situation after you pay me in full and then I can move on with life & quit responding to your phone calls), yada, yada, yada..........

Good luck, most of these situations "go South" quick considering the amount of labor & material it takes to fix the job the right way........

concretemasonry 10-15-2012 03:49 PM

Did you check out the contractor and references regarding previous jobs or was it just a price/availability situation with loose specifications/expectations?


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:13 PM.

vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1