Concrete sidewalks come in a wide range of sizes, colours, and can be shaped into about every shape you can think of. Look around at other homes and businesses to see what can be achieved before beginning this project, but don’t be cnstrained by what you see. Make up your own storey. Many Redi-mix manufacturers also sell colored concrete, and concrete paint stains are another choice for a beautiful finished product. Have a look at Sidewalk Repair Company for more info on this.
There are “cast-on” materials that can include a non-slip barrier, a super hard surface, and even anti-spalling compounds to protect the sidewalk from chipping due to winter salt use. Based on the hue of the sand and Portland cement used, most redi-mix concrete dries in a shade of beige. Request that the supplier show you where he has poured his stock and inspect it. This will give you a sense of how the “worn” product will appear in the future. After you’ve settled on the colour of concrete you’ll use, you’ll need to figure out how solid it needs to be. Except for very heavy use or vehicle traffic, I recommend using 3000# strength concrete for all sidewalks. Using 4000# or 5000# whether buses will be walking the sidewalk. It will cost a few bucks per yard more, but it will last much longer.
Hammer, sledge, string line, and tripod stage 4′ hand size, pointing and flat shovels, 2×4 wood for concrete screeding (levelling), bolt cutters, safety glasses, work gloves, fine broom, and two edgers: sidewalk edgers and v-groove types A steel trowel, a metal sidewalk edge finishing tool, and a V-groove tool for centre joints are all necessary. Many masons tend to add the original finish to their walks with a magnesium float before adding the final broom finish.