For many of us, the ugly old ribbon strip driveway is an unfortunate reality every morning we get in the car. Too often for homeowners, this type of paving problem is relegated right down the bottom of a homeowners never-ending ‘Santa’ style to do list .. “I’m going to get around to this one day” or more optimistically “once I win lotto”.
It’s easy to overlook just how well your original 50 year concrete driveway has lasted! What other product could have stood up to 50 years of daily vehicle traffic? With the constant degradation from UV rays wind and water erosion from constant vehicle traffic.
Refresh Your driveway!
Despair no longer! While that old problem on your list hasn’t gotten easier, rather theres a new way of solving it!
You don’t need to go all-out and rip up all that old cement. You don’t even have to get paving contractors in! This video demonstrates the problem can be solved by bit of prior planning and preparation, combined with choice of a novel product like StoneSet resin bound stone.
But first it helps to understand why you’ve come to have two strips of cement running down the length of your driveway, and why you cans still use those two existing cement strips for another 50 years to come!
Why ‘Old’ driveways have Ribbon strips
Australia experienced a building boom after World War 2. This is because much of Australia’s residential building stopped during the war. Most of Australia’s tradesmen were either directly involved in the war effort or were pulled into the roles of other essential services domestically.
By the end of the war, there was a huge amount of backed up residential building demand. Not only was labour no longer committed to the war, but construction was further boosted by a massive amount of immigrant labour – refugees of those countries as Italy fleeing the war and Europe generally.
The combination of a building boom and large amounts of available labour meant a relative shortage of building materials, such as concrete and cement. This gave rise to a situation that is virtually opposite to the one Australia has today – The 1950’s saw a combination of cheap labour and relatively expensive building materials.
That meant builders had to be more efficient in their use of materials but could afford to spend more labour / more time in applying materials. The hassle of laying two seperate tyre strips was far cheaper than the current day alternative of pouring one large single cement slab.
The below photos show some of the images taken from this job
- Use of Quick Set Cement to bring levels up to an average 15mm depth (Please leave 1 week to dry!) Note loose gravel can be used here for small gaps approx 10cm wide etc.
- Grinding out of stone near the edges ‘chasing out’ to improve the strength at the sides where they need to ‘grab’ the sides of the cement slab
- ‘Before’ photos showing the size of the gaps around sandstone blocks in this section of the driveway
- ‘After’ photo showing the driveway after rain, with the cement turning a darker colour. The driveway is uniform in colour for the most part when the surface is dry.
Filling the void
Being the middle, filling the centre strip could be done with a much cheaper option of grass, sandstone blocks a even river pebble could be used as it didn’t experience weight and compaction from car tyres.
But over the years these sections aged far worse than the surrounding cement. The gradual compaction of soil and weed growth, the gaps that open when cement falls away from the sandstone crazy paving and the loose river stone that needs to be constantly swept back into place.. These are just some of the issues that result in an ugly and dysfunctional driveway.
Solve it once and for all with stoneset
This video explains all the advantages of using a 6mm quarried stone such as StoneSet. Durability, colour matching, permeability. These are all the advantages of a fantastic resin bound solution to last you 10 or 20 years down the track!