A beautiful concrete driveway is a great addition to any home that is sure to increase curb appeal and value. But, having a concrete driveway installed isn’t the end of this home feature. Taking good care of your concrete driveway will not only enhance the aesthetics of your home and increase your property’s value, but also extend the life expectancy of your concrete driveway. If you have been overlooking your driveway, it is not too late to pay a little attention to it and help bring back its former beauty. 

There are multiple ways to enhance the look of your existing concrete driveway, here are a few tactics that are worth giving a chance.

1. Etching

Etching is one of the most common techniques of improving the look of a concrete driveway. This method involves using specialized tools to etch a permanent design, pattern, or inscription into your driveway’s facade. The design or pattern can be a logo, image, or letters. To make the etching stand out, it can be stained to add a more dramatic look.

2. Staining

Staining your concrete driveway helps to cover the otherwise boring gray colour of natural concrete and provides a pop of colour to your home’s exterior. Stain allows dyes to soak into the driveway to give the driveway a unique finished look that is attractive. You can choose between a rainbow of water-based and earth-toned acid stains. This is the perfect option if your driveway previously had blemishes, such as oil stains and cracks. Staining is also effective for a coated driveway.

3. Sealing

Sealing your driveway may be the easiest way to bring it back to its former glory. Concrete sealant can be purchased at most home renovation stores and some paint stores. There is some preparation needed before you can begin, including cleaning your driveway of dirt and debris as well as removing stains and grease spots. Once ready, you can apply a thin coat of sealer using a sprayer or roller. This will not only bring out your driveways original colour, it will help protect it against future stains and wear. 

4. Intertwined Pavers

Intertwined paving stones can add a new aesthetic look and offer structural functionality to your driveway. Paving stones can be interlocked to create a pattern and make a concrete driveway look more beautiful. With pavers, you can fix a buckling or cracked driveway at once without pouring new concrete. Cut a boarder around the edge of your driveway or in the center of your existing driveway for the pavers to be installed. 

5. Resurfacing

Using a polymer-based cement resurfacer you can bring back to life your old, cracked and weathered concrete driveway. All that is needed is a thin layer of this concrete dressing to make your existing driveway shine. This process is a fairly inexpensive option, but does require some moderate DIY skills.

The techniques mentioned above are just some of the ways to make your concrete driveway look great again. If you are unsure where to begin, contact an experienced concrete contractor to help you fix and transform your concrete driveway into a more appealing, functional, and valuable asset.