How Thick Should a Concrete Walkway Be
Walkways are a popular concrete project for residential and commercial services. Unlike parking lots and driveways, walkways and sidewalks are generally designed for pedestrian traffic. Explore the common thickness, when to consider reinforcement options and how G&G Concrete & Construction can help you create a dependable concrete walkway.
In most situations, we pour a 4-inch thick concrete sidewalk. This thickness is more affordable than a thicker slab, and offers enough durability for typical use. As long as only foot traffic, hand carts and bicycles operate on your walkway, you’ll enjoy a long-lasting surface.
Why Concrete Walkway Thickness Matters
The thickness of concrete is an essential factor, but it isn’t the only one. You need a qualified paving team and a high-quality mix to ensure your walkway is smooth, safe and is a worthwhile investment. Improper installation can lead to an unsafe surface. DIY walkway installation is incredibly time consuming and difficult to achieve with commercial tools and expertise. Once you choose a reliable team who recommends a quality product, discuss these two benefits of a thick, reliable walkway.
A walkway cracks and chips for a number of reasons, but a common one is a thin slab. Work with our team at G&G Concrete & Construction to ensure the entire walkway is at least 4 inches thick. This generous slab accommodates foot traffic at home or at a commercial location and is designed to last for years with minimal maintenance.
A thick, professionally installed concrete walkway is an eye-catching component in your landscaping. Create a walkway to your backyard garden or pool for an elegant, safe path. In commercial locations, a thick, smooth-surfaced concrete sidewalk is easy to maintain and directs traffic.
Professional installation is key to a beautiful finish. Your paving team doesn’t just pour out a slab and call it a day. Instead, the process requires carefully planning, foundation preparation, pouring and smoothing. A smooth surface is one of the hardest features to achieve when you work with an inexperienced team.
How Reinforcement Affects Sidewalks
Sealants and other reinforcement techniques may be used to extend the lifetime of your walkway or improve its weight rating. Discuss these services with your team to learn more about the best ways to protect your sidewalk from heavy loads and weather affects.
Steel bars are used in commercial construction projects to reinforce concrete components. Concrete is poured around a framework of rebar to improve the weight rating. It’s a common addition for areas where heavy equipment is expected to operate, but rarely used in walkway construction.
Not only does it cost more money to add this reinforcement, it also increases the cost of maintenance and repairs in the future. Discuss your reinforcement options with your team if you plan on frequently driving equipment over the sidewalk, but otherwise don’t expect to use it. Typically, heavy-use sidewalks are poured up to 8 inches thick, but rarely receive rebar reinforcement.
Winters in Macomb, MI, and the surrounding area can be harsh. Freezing temperatures and the yearly freeze/thaw cycle can increase the risk of cracks in your walkway. To prevent early cracking, some walkways use expansion joints and control joints. These lines allow the concrete to expand with less risk of cracking. Ask if this service is applicable to your walkway or sidewalk project.
Another common reinforcement technique is a sealer coat. Direct sunlight, heavy rain and snowfall can all affect the surface of your walkway. Reduce the risk of potholes, cracks and other issues by asking about a sealer coat as the final step in your concrete walkway construction project.