Installing a Concrete Path: Mistakes to Avoid Installing a Concrete Path: Mistakes to Avoid

Many people choose to install a concrete path, rather than wearing down a path in the grass. A concrete path makes a smoother surface to walk on, and is much more suitable for wheeling a stroller or wheelchair over. For a lovely concrete path, avoid making the following mistakes:

1. Path Depth

Don't make the path too shallow. Make sure that the path is 8 inches deep. Because you do not want the path to start cracking and bending under the weight of general use, this will make for a solid path. The first 4 inches should be covered with gravel, and the top 4 inches should be filled with cement.

2. Edging First

Many people think that edging is an afterthought when building a path, an optional extra. In fact, it is one of the most important features of a path, because it keeps the path within its perimeters, makes the edges sturdy, and prevents the concrete from crumbling and cracking. Therefore, putting the edging in first is important, to make a successful concrete path.

3. Reinforce the Concrete

If the concrete is not reinforced, it can be cracked under the weight of general use. Placing a sheet of mesh in the centre of the concrete will reinforce it. In order to make sure the mesh is in the centre and does not sink to the bottom before the concrete dries, set in “chairs,” which are small plastic stands that resemble stools, and can be bought for your concrete path from most DIY stores.

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