When it comes to your driveway there are many different materials that yours can be built using, the choice of material for your driveway depends on your style, budget and material preference. Concrete is an extremely popular materials used in the construction of residential driveways. If you are contemplating replacing your driveway or even building a new driveway, concrete should be one of the materials you are considering.
Below we outline several benefits of having a concrete driveway that should help you make an informed decision on if a concrete driveway is right for your home.
Multiple Design Possibilities
When most people think of a concrete driveway, they picture a dull, greyish concrete slab similar to what you find big warehouse store built on. But, this is not the case, concrete driveways can be custom designed to meet any taste and preference. Your driveway can be made into different shapes, have a variety of colour incorporated, and can have an intricate design stamped into it. If you are not fully aware of your concrete options, you can schedule a consultation with your concrete contractor to review possible designs and styles for your driveway.
They Are Sustainable
Concrete is one of the most common material for busy roads, bridges, and parking lots, that’s because of its sustainability. Concrete has very long-term resilience against weather and pressure. It is strong enough to withstand years’ worth of wear and tear from all types of vehicles rolling over it. On average, a concrete driveway can last up to 30 years, depending on the efficiency of the professionals who carried out the installation.
They Are Cost-Effective
The initial cost of installation of a concrete driveway may be higher than some other materials, but you are rest assured that your investment will be well worth it in years to come, especially when you take into consideration the low maintenance and the longevity of the material.
Concrete driveways are fairly easy maintain, there is no special chemicals needed, if your concrete driveway if getting dirty, or has some light staining you can easily clean it with a garden hose, some dish soap, and a rag. You can take an extra step and seal your concrete driveway, this will help make it less porous so that it doesn’t absorb as much water, this is a good idea if you live in an area that has some harsh winter conditions. If you decide to seal your driveway, you can complete this task every 2-3 years.
Reaction to Heat and Light
On hot days, concrete driveways absorb a very low amount of ultraviolet radiation (heat) so that even on such days, you can still walk barefooted on it without concern of serious injury to your feet. Additionally, concrete driveways reflect light from the sun and other artificial light sources better than asphalt driveways, allowing for a brighter environment in low light conditions
These benefits are only a glimpse at the true experience of having a concrete driveway. Your final decision should on if you will select concrete or another material for your driveway replacement should be based on your style preference and budget.