By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: June 2014
Kalan Paul, owner of LCI Concrete.
Kalan Paul and LCI Concrete provide replacement driveways for homeowners. “We pride ourselves on completing every turnkey project to the satisfaction of our customers,” he says. “Most area driveways deteriorate due to the harshness of our Oklahoma winters and the measures taken to remove snow and ice.” LCI Concrete specializes in pouring, scoring and polishing concrete driveways and has served the greater Tulsa area for nearly ten years.
If you’re considering a new concrete driveway, here are some things Kalan advises becoming aware of:Make sure you’re dealing with a reputable company that has general liability and workman’s comprehensive insurance. You don’t want to be held liable for expenses resulting from an accident.
Find a contractor who has been in business for at least one year. Never pay for work in advance. You might wake up and find that your contractor has “left Dodge” and cannot be reached.
Get a written quote listing exactly what work will be done, a materials list with specifications and how long it will take to complete the project. This is your insurance that acceptable quality and standards are met. It’s also good to check to see that the contractor is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.
A reputable concrete contractor will mention the word “rebar” without your having to ask because steel reinforcement rebar is critical to the driveway’s fabrication. Without rebar, the driveway’s life could be reduced by many years.
Ask for references for completed projects that were similar to yours. Visit sites to check quality and talk to previous customers if possible. Make sure you know how long it will take to complete your project. Kalan says most driveways take two days.
When you select LCI to do your work, they will remove the old drive, grade, set forms and rebar on day one. The concrete will be poured and worked on day two. No. 3 (3/8”) rebar will be set on two-foot centers and concrete will be poured to form a four-inch pad rated at 3500 psi. to exceed industry standards. If you desire greater specifications, they are available upon request.
You will need to keep vehicles off your new drive for 36 hours. It may be walked upon in two to four hours and will be completely cured in 28 days. Be sure to avoid cheap mixes containing shale. “Concrete and shale don’t like each other,” says Kalan.
Kalan looks forward to meeting you and hopes you will give LCI the opportunity to provide a quote and specs for your new driveway. Call to schedule a meeting and receive your free estimate.
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Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.