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Old 05-25-2015, 10:01 PM   #1
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Any ideas how to build a concrete road that the finish and texture would look and feel like an old dirt road ?
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:20 PM   #2
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So you want an uneven dusty pot holed and washboard road, but in concrete? Is this for real?

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latest trend, "distressed concrete road"
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Build a concrete road, then put dirt on it. It's a waste of effort, anyway - the locals and government will know all about your place, and whatever you think you're hiding, no matter how crappy you make the road.
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Just do a poor job finishing it, and throw a bunch of dirt and crap on it before the initial set.
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hire the lowest bidder.
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Better yet let me finish it. I gaurantee you it will look like dirt. I do charge a premium though.
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Brownish-tan pigment/dye, and you can always have it stamped. But dont 'distress' it or leave it rough. That would certainly be a waste of money, regardless what the HO wants...

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After you pour it, put a layer of river rock over the top. Most will stick. That's my best guess. If it's for a customer, they may want the look of a dirt road, but I'm guessing they won't want the feel when you drive on it.
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I have a few contacts for you
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Pick any of our secondary roads around here and take what you need.

We won't miss 'em and most folks wouldn't notice any difference.
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You guys will probably laugh but.
I was working on a house in the more rural area, and the drive way was done in road crush with Portland cement mixed in then rolled flat.
Looked like a gravel driveway.
I don't know how it looks today.
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I was working on a house in the more rural area, and the drive way was done in road crush with Portland cement mixed in then rolled flat.
I've seen it done with asphalt millings and no portland, and it holds up quite well with light (IOW, residential) traffic. I'd think portland would actually contribute a tendency to crack more.
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This is for an estate in Malibu (calif), the owners are very nostalgic about the past, the place is secluded and feels like being back in the 19th century. They don't want asphalt or concrete driveway.
We are talking about a new dirt road that will stay as such. Sloppy concrete job will not do as it will not look authentic. Spraying with dirt cement mix is also not a good idea as organic material in the dirt will cause the overlay to crumble within a year or so.
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Finish concrete as normal, put down a thick layer of sealer and while stil wet, throw dirt on it? Maybe color the conrete too? It will wear off and need to be re-applied in a few years but sealer doesn't last forever anyway.
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Whats their issue with a straight up dirt driveway?
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You guys will probably laugh but.
I was working on a house in the more rural area, and the drive way was done in road crush with Portland cement mixed in then rolled flat.
Looked like a gravel driveway.
I don't know how it looks today.
That gets used a lot out here. We're on clay. Also asphalt millings get used (residential only) but these are messy.

The county puts asphalt millings on our dirt road every spring in the soggy pockets, but it just blows out.

If I weren't so lazy, I'd post a Google Earth view of these drives - they look rustic with green growing up in the middle and crowding in from the side.

Horses like it too.
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Is they're nostalgic then plant grass in the middle of the drive and make the tire lanes pea stone. Usually getting a road like that takes years of light use.
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Is they're nostalgic then plant grass in the middle of the drive and make the tire lanes pea stone.
or a cobblestone type.
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