Cutting Edge: The Benefits Of Having Your Concrete Driveway Cut Using Wet Cutting Methods

Concrete's immense durability and longevity are tremendously well suited to driveway construction, but no concrete driveway lasts forever, and pulling up an aged, degraded concrete driveway before replacing it can be a challenge. Some homeowners choose to have their driveways removed using pneumatic drills, excavators and other pieces of heavy equipment, but these methods can create powerful vibrations that damage nearby foundations and structures, so many homeowners choose to have their disused driveways cut for ease of disposal.

Concrete cutting services across Australia can quickly and effectively cut your driveway into pieces so it can easily be removed and replaced. However, conventional concrete cutting can be a disruptive process for a number of reasons, so if you are planning to have your driveway cut you should seriously consider investing a little extra in wet cutting services. Wet concrete cutting offers a number of benefits compared to conventional, 'dry' concrete cutting methods:

Minimised dust production

Conventional concrete cutting does not create the damaging vibrations caused by other concrete removal methods, but it does create substantial quantities of concrete dust. This dust can be very difficult to remove, especially if it is blown by wind into cracks and crevices, and can badly mar the curbside appearance of your home. If inhaled, this concrete dust also becomes a significant health hazard, and can cause serious respiratory problems.

Wet concrete cutting processes were invented to reduce the amount of dust produced by concrete cutting, and they do this very effectively. By wetting the concrete prior to cutting, and providing a constant stream of water as the cutting is carried out, the amount of airborne dust which is produced is dramatically reduced, as the dust mixes with the water to produce solid deposits which can easily be swept away and disposed of. As such, wet concrete cutting is particularly useful if you live in an urban or heavily-populated area and are worried about dust clouds drifting onto other people's properties.

Fast cutting

The water used during wet concrete cutting procedures isn't just used to inhibit dust production, however. The constant water supply provided to the concrete blade during cutting helps prevent the blade from overheating, and allows concrete saws to be used for longer periods before they have to be powered down and left to cool. This allows concrete cutting services to complete the process of cutting your driveway more quickly, saving you time and money and bringing your new driveway into service more rapidly.

Precise cutting

Wet concrete cutting can also lead to straighter, more precise cuts in your driveway, as the saw operator is not blinded by dust and does not have to stop and start cutting frequently to allow the blade to cool. This precision is very useful if you only intend to remove part of your concrete driveway, as the straight, prices cut left behind is far more aesthetically pleasing. If you choose to have the removed concrete replaced with fresh concrete, striaght cuts will minimise the visibility of the transition, giving you a smooth driveway that shows little sign of where it was repaired.