Converting From a Concrete to a Rock Driveway

What You'll Need
Gravel or rocks
Mortar mixer
Caulk gun
Coarse sand
Epoxy grout mix

Having an old and cracked concrete driveway definitely needs a rock driveway makeover. Sometimes, taking for granted these little cracks and weary concrete driveway can already cause an accident, particularly if you have small kids at home who love to run all over the property. Rock driveway is the most advisable driveway to be used, because it is burly and can stand the test of unpredictable weather types. A combination of accurate tools and some old-fashioned labor work can end in converting that aged blot on the landscape into a rock driveway that you will be proud of since it is your own work.

Getting Started

Match up the layer of rock to the height of your garage flooring. Put down the borders first. These will provide guides when you will fill in the entire area of the driveway. Place the borders through running a line using a piece of string just along the driveway sides, and then place the rocks alongside those lines. In addition, stick the borders so that they will not move when putting the entire surface.

Installing the Rocks

Begin from the driveway’s top portion then install the rocks downward up to the street. Compact and wet the rocks for burly finish, and always be careful not to break any of those. Wash the surface then use a leaf blower to remove excess dirt as well as to clean all the joints in between the rocks you placed. Avoid using epoxy resin when placing the rock "field," since the grout will clasp it together.

Grouting Time

Stuff the joints amid the rock sections using your preferred sand, epoxy grout or gravel. Always make sure that the joints are water-free and clean. You will need about one day to dry it off. Cover it if there is a possibility of raining.  

Make use of a concrete mixer to combine the epoxies and sand for the grout. Gently spray the mixer’s inside with water prior pouring a 50-pound sack of sand, and then add the water. Operate the mixer for approximately 5 minutes. Pour the grout mix in the wheelbarrow which has been evenly coated with water. You have approximately 10 to 15 minutes to use the mixture before it starts to harden.

Finalizing Your Work

Transfer the grout onto the rocks, moving it along the joints of the rocks using your squeegee. Ensure that there is no glut grout along the surface by means of running the squeegee over the lips then running it slantways across the driveway’s facade.

Extra sand should be eliminated prior spreading an additional batch of grout through evenly spraying water on the surface using a squeegee.

Leave the grouted area for the next 6 to 8 hours, giving it ample time to adhere completely. Too much walking along the grouted area prior that specified time could wane the bond of the rocks in your driveway.