Whether you’re building a house or planning a long-overdue home makeover, you might be thinking about renovating your driveway.
But when is the best time to do it?
While pouring the perfect concrete might be an exact science, when to do it certainly isn’t.
So there is no hard and fast answer. The best time to renovate, is any time that best suits you.
Although this means you can build a concrete driveway, entertainment or alfresco area any time of the year, there are still some considerations to take into account to help you choose the perfect time to pour.
While it is ideal to have optimal weather conditions for pouring concrete, there are many benefits to renovating driveways and outdoor areas in the cooler months too.
Perhaps best of all, getting your outdoor spaces finished in the winter means more time to enjoy it with friends and family when summer comes around.
Upgrading the outside of your home with renovations such as a new driveway or pathways could help increase the value of your home sooner, improving the curbside appeal of your home for potential buyers, should you decide to sell.
Be it in the depths of winter or the heart of summer, there are always great weather days just around the corner. CCAA’s Smart Concreting App could be helpful in forward planning your renovation, as it can assist with forecasting temperatures and weather conditions and how they could impact your pour.
Seasons change, but technology means you no longer need to be a slave to the temperature. Avoid the rain and continue working through the winter months, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your new outdoor area on those balmy summer evenings.
Will you be working on the renovations yourself? If you’re hiring contractors and planning a big project, do you have time to oversee it? Or will you need to engage a site manager?
These are important but often overlooked considerations to factor in when deciding on a timeline for your project.
Your budget can also influence when the best time will be for your concrete pour. Can you afford to do it now, or do you need more time to save?
A common mistake renovators make is leaving the outdoor jobs until it’s too late. They prioritise walls, floors and doors, break the budget inside, leaving outside looking old and outdated.
If you have the budget available, stick to your limits, set deadlines, and avoid ending up with an unfinished driveway, garden or outdoor area.
And when it comes time for your concreting project, remember to follow the best practice guidelines for a long-lasting finish and take measures to avoid concrete cracking. Following just a few simple steps will help save you time and money in the long run.
When planning your Geostone concrete project, discuss these points with your concrete installer or service provider to help ensure your decorative concrete looks great for years to come.
Staged renovating is popular for budget-conscious renovators. You might be planning to build a new driveway now, saving for some garden steps in six months and a new entertaining area next year.
But you could save more money by combining all of these projects into one.
Geostone offers decorative concrete in a range of coloured concrete and exposed aggregate finishes for a wide array of outdoor projects, including pool surrounds and footpaths, as well as honed and polished concrete to add style and sophistication to your home.
So the best time to renovate your driveway might be right now.
Contact Geostone today and we’ll help get you on your way to a brand new driveway.