A problem spot for many homes is the outside area surrounding the foundation. If concrete walkways are uneven or deteriorating, puddles can quickly turn into lakes. Additionally, standing water can wear away concrete walkways and foundations over time, causing cracks and holes, which jeopardize the ability of the original foundation walls to keep water out. Perhaps your old concrete entrance is showing cracks or buckling in places. It may be time to dig it up and lay out a new walkway.
Installing a concrete walkway is a professional job because only an experienced contractor understands what to look for before digging – including electric lines and underground pipes. A durable walkway has to be measured precisely when the form is set up. Then the layer of gravel, which is placed underneath the concrete, has to be packed tightly to avoid shifting.
A sturdy concrete walkway that’s professionally leveled and spread properly, will direct water away from your home keeping stress off of the foundation. If you want a separate side or back entrance added to your home, concrete is the best durable material for a new walkway.